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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.

Ten Things We Don’t Know About Nonprofit Systems

March 30, 2015

By Denise Tom The nonprofit system in Los Angeles County has an identity problem. If you Google it, you won’t find much there. In today’s digital world, if Google can’t find you, you’re not “trending” and therefore not worth people’s attention. So here is a list, a la BuzzFeed, of the 10 things we don’t […]

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What's Your Nonprofit Start-Up IQ?

March 11, 2015

By John E. Kobara For good reason, people today are seeing the status quo as unacceptable. Regardless of where you sit, there are tremendous challenges all around. Things that have to change if we want a more just and humane world. But when we have impulses to change something, we often fire first, then aim. […]

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Macro Impact Coming From Microloans in LA

January 22, 2015

What is entrepreneurship, after all? Bigness is not the issue. Poor people are the ones who take challenges every day. The guy who sells a hot dog on the street is as much an entrepreneur as anyone else. — Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Grameen America Founder We need to rethink our image […]

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Black Youth at a Crossroads: Helping Students BLOOM

August 29, 2014

Last week, the Los Angeles Unified School District announced a much-needed policy change. Minor infractions committed by students will no longer be treated as criminal offenses. This is a step in the right direction, but if we want to keep young people out of the justice system and in school–where they belong–there is still much […]

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“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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