Art is My Antidote: Fabian Debora

August 14, 2013

By Fabian Debora Art has kept me sane through the worst times of my life. It got me expelled when my 8th grade teacher ripped apart a drawing of mine, and reappeared as graffiti when I turned to gang life. It stopped me from killing myself. Now my vision is on murals throughout California, funded […]

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BLOOM Initiative's First Year: Successes and New Partnerships

July 24, 2013

This blog originally appeared on the Black Gives Back Blog. Click here to view the original post. Ninety-Three Percent of BLOOM Youth Have Not Violated Their Probation On June 26, 2013, the California Community Foundation (CCF) celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men (BLOOM) initiative with a […]

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Extraordinary Gifts: California Community Foundation VP John E. Kobara on the Surprising State of Charitable Giving Nationwide and in L.A.

December 5, 2012

The complete blog/interview was originally posted by Shayna Rose Arnold on Los Angeles Magazine’s City Think Blog. Please click here to read the full entry: Extraordinary Gifts With the election season behind us and the end-of-year giving season upon us, Shayna Rose Arnold of LAMag.com sat down with California Community Foundation’s Executive VP and COO, […]

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Is a Mandatory Payout for Donor Advised Funds on the Horizon?

September 5, 2012

How many ofour readers have money in donor advised funds (DAFs)? If you are one of those readers, you may soon be hearing a lot more about a mandatory 5% annual payout. That’s because earlier this summer, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report concluding that, like private foundations, DAFs should have a mandatory […]

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Change IS Service

August 29, 2012

We nonprofits often think of ourselves as serving our communities — such as the Latino community, the museum-going community, a low income community, and so forth. And we often forget that we not only serve communities, we represent communities. For example, if you serve families of children with disabilities, you also represent such families and […]

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Strategic Philanthropy Demands Data-Driven Decision Making

August 22, 2012

If you are a philanthropist or responsible for funding decisions, you have no doubt faced difficult choices in these tough economic times. Rates of poverty and unemployment are soaring while health outcomes and educational attainment are slipping. Faced with shrinking funding portfolios and skyrocketing community needs, the use of data can help drive decision-making. Over […]

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The Need for Philanthropic Champions of Transparency

August 15, 2012

Even if it might be uncomfortable for institutions used to operating at a relative distance from public scrutiny, several public benefits might be realized by increased foundation transparency. As Vikki Spruill, the new leader of the Council on Foundations, noted in one of her first official communications to the Council’s membership, institutional philanthropy faces “its most […]

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Developing Leading Professionals into Effective Boardmembers

August 8, 2012

Giving in L.A. takes on many forms. Prior to becoming Mayor, Richard Riordan observed a lack of succession planning in nonprofit board governance and wanted to solve this problem. With advisory direction from Coro Southern California, The United Way of Greater Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce Charity Foundation, the idea of […]

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A Summer of Learning and Fun Despite Funding Cuts

August 1, 2012

Philanthropy often reaches communities on the heels of strategic initiatives, years in the making. Sometimes, though, real-world problems demand urgency and innovation, new partnerships, and immediate action. In early June 2009, Los Angeles Unified School District announced budget cuts that began dismantling summer school programs throughout the city—immediately. Without warning, families found themselves without access […]

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How Millennials Are Giving in L.A. and Beyond

July 25, 2012

Generation Y wants to give back to worthwhile causes. Each individual has its own preferences, from donating to volunteering, but the spirit of philanthropy is evident. Millennials also want to take action now and like knowing – and seeing – that every little bit of what they give is making an impact. Philanthropy is personal, […]

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