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From Palmdale to Paramount, from Beverly Hills to Boyle Heights, individuals and organizations are working tirelessly to create a better future for Los Angeles County. #LAtogether was launched by the California Community Foundation to amplify L.A.’s voices of change, draw connections between diverse communities and share innovative new approaches to building Los Angeles together.

“Easier than Getting a Library Card?” Critical Considerations on Using the IRS Form 1023-EZ

August 5, 2014

by Ofer Lion With the release of Form 1023-EZ, Streamlined Application for Recognition of Exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, applying for tax-exempt status has never been faster or easier. As Tim Delaney, president and CEO of the Council of Nonprofits, put it, “It’s easier to get tax-exempt status under 1023-EZ than […]

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The El Monte Promise Foundation: Collaboration and Innovation Brings a Better Future to El Monte

July 3, 2014

Kindergartners are encouraged to think about what they want to be when they grow up. In classrooms, they learn about different professions and draw pictures of themselves as firefighters, astronauts, doctors, artists and even U.S. presidents. Their dreams are big and they are unstoppable. Yet somewhere along the way, far too many children see these […]

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Not Just Numbers: How Tax Form 990 Can Tell An Organization's Story

May 16, 2014

This week, hundreds of thousands of nonprofits whose fiscal years ended in December filed a Tax Form 990, the annual return required of many tax-exempt organizations. While the full 990 is required for tax-exempt organizations with average annual receipts of over $200,000 (organizations with receipts between $50,000 and $200,000 file a simpler 990EZ, and those […]

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Immediate, Direct & Inspirational: May 6th is Pass It Along LA Day

April 30, 2014

A purse gets stolen. A refrigerator breaks down. Eye glasses need to be purchased. What most of us consider as minor inconveniences could be life changing for many who are vulnerable. These critical moments often do not cost much in dollars, but, unaddressed, they could cost a great deal to an individual or family’s well […]

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The Case for Effective “Policing” of Nonprofit Funds

April 23, 2014

By Edward J. Loya, Jr. Charitable giving in the United States is big business. From 2008-2012, nonprofits received more than $1.5 trillion in donation from charity-minded Americans.[1] The nation’s 965,000 nonprofits[2] range from one-person operations to huge, multinational organizations and represent a diverse spectrum of viewpoints, causes and approaches. What they all have in common […]

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Tell us what you think!

March 19, 2014

As GivinginLA begins its third year highlighting the trends, issues and challenges of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector in Los Angeles County, we want to know how we can better tell the stories that matter to you. L.A. County is a land of both great needs and tremendous resources. It contains an enormous population of […]

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Investing in College Success Yields High Returns

February 27, 2014

From the rag traders of the early 20th century who founded multi-billion dollar media companies to today’s Silicon Valley venture capitalists, California has always been a magnet for smart investors. The state’s culture of innovation and entrepreneurship has made it the world’s 8th largest economy, with a Gross Domestic Product between that of Russia and […]

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Developing the Underdeveloped

February 5, 2014

Many nonprofits are caught in a vicious cycle. Declining fundraising leads to the development director’s departure. This disrupts donor relationships, makes it difficult to recruit new development staff and leads to further fundraising declines. This cycle is taking place throughout the sector, and a new study released by The Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund […]

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Street Poets: Healing L.A. Youth Through the Power of the Pen

January 22, 2014

“Now I see since my youth I’ve had the key To open the door inside me This pen & pad will set me free” -“Me Myself & I” by Eric Henderson, Street Poet The idea for Street Poets first came to Chris Henrikson back in 1995, while he was volunteering through the Writer’s Guild of […]

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Spotlight: One Los Angeles, One Nation

January 9, 2014

The One Los Angeles, One Nation Initiative supports increased civic engagement of the American Muslim, and those perceived as Muslim, communities in Los Angeles County. The Initiative seeks to address misperceptions of the American Muslim community post-9/11 by supporting civic engagement through leadership development, engaging residents in public policy and advocacy, and partnerships and collaborations. […]

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