On Giving Tuesday, Give to the Future of Los Angeles

November 29, 2016

Today, people all across the U.S. will celebrate Giving Tuesday. On this national day of generosity, individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits come together to build the future of their communities. As the foundation for Los Angeles County, the California Community Foundation is committed to creating a future in which all Angelenos have the opportunity to […]

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A Community-Built Future for El Monte

November 25, 2016

This giving season, we are highlighting innovative approaches to the most pressing issues facing Los Angeles County. Our investments in these solutions are made possible by the Future of L.A. Fund. There are moments when a single question can change your life. Francisco Arroyo was midway through his junior year, when his guidance counselor asked […]

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New Opportunities for New Americans

November 22, 2016

This giving season, we are highlighting innovative approaches to the most pressing issues facing Los Angeles County. Our investments in these solutions are made possible by the Future of L.A. Fund. “I love the freedom that we find in America; being able to create your own life and your own path,” said Sandra Aguillón. When […]

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Lifting Up Artists’ Voices to Spark Dialogue and Advance Change

November 11, 2016

By Cathy Unger As a native Angelena, I have seen the great challenges – and potential – inherent in this region I call home. Many years ago, I was inspired by my parents’ example of community activism and have since dedicated my career to service and championing equal rights. As a donor and former board […]

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Finding Hope, Health and Homes: Remembering Mollie Lowery

July 26, 2016

This week, Los Angeles said farewell to one of its fiercest advocates for our neighbors in need. Mollie Lowery, who passed away on Monday, spent more than four decades on Skid Row, helping homeless men, women and children to find dignity, health, hope and a new future for themselves and their families. The legacy she […]

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Mud Baron, Farmer, Teacher and Project Director

April 14, 2016

“There’s this bias in education that if you work with your hands, you’re less intelligent. We’ve stopped showing students how to make, to build, to do. For 12 years, I’ve had the coolest job ever: teaching gardening to kids. My students earn a paycheck by growing food, flowers and their own futures. We sell what […]

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Kaci Patterson, Co-founder, Building Leaders and Cultivating Change (B.L.A.C.C.)

April 6, 2016

“My life is dramatically different because somebody who I don’t know, who I will probably never meet, put their money to use on my behalf. I feel a great sense of gratitude for that, and it gives me a deep sense of personal responsibility to be a driving force of opportunity for other people. The […]

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Daniel Adler, Educator

March 30, 2016

“VITA [Volunteer Income Tax Assistance] is a win-win-win for everybody. My students learn how to do taxes, the community gets free assistance and I love doing it. The students see lots of single moms, immigrants, low-income residents and are pretty intimidated the first time, but their confidence grows. They say it was the best thing […]

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Isabel Guillen, Cancer Warrior

March 23, 2016

“Christmas still comes when you have cancer. You still have to feed your family. Life goes on when you’re sick, and it’s even more devastating if you’re poor. As a 32-year-old mother, I battled breast cancer. I lost both my jobs, but I gained insight. My mother got me to and from treatment and friends […]

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Kaz Ando, Super Volunteer

March 16, 2016

“They say I’m a ‘super volunteer,’ but I say if you feel you can’t do much of anything, you must do something. Don’t rely on others to take responsibility. You have to do it. And, there’s so much to do. For seven years, I’ve participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program throughout the community, […]

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