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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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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Vote Yes on Proposition HHH!

November 8, 2016

Today, voters in the City of Los Angeles have the opportunity to take a bold step in stopping the housing crisis and make a lasting impact in the lives of their fellow Angelenos. Nearly 50,000 L.A. County residents are without homes, enough to fill Dodger Stadium. Proposition HHH is a housing bond on the City […]

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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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Not Enough Fish in the Sea? Los Angeles County Charitable Giving Down $1 Billion Since 2006

June 3, 2016

By John E. Kobara When I was very young, I was captivated by fishing. The idea of throwing a line into a mass of impenetrable water and imagining what you might catch on the line… always thinking there’s a big fish out there for me. My brother-in-law, who is a professional adventure fisherman, told me […]

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Accelerating Economic Opportunity and Helping Young Men BLOOM

May 18, 2016

Ernest had seen too much by the time he turned 16. His family had been shattered by drug abuse, and now he was facing the justice system for the first time. “Friends I grew up with were going to prison for 15 or 20 years,” Ernest said. “I knew there had to be something else.” […]

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A One-Stop Genius Bar for U.S. Citizenship

April 28, 2016

Mega Citizenship Workshop in Long Beach, April 10. Photo by Juan Alaniz. by John E. Kobara “For 16 years, members of my family tried to become U.S. citizens. We spent thousands of dollars on fraudulent attorneys, we lived under fear and intimidation and we had no idea how to navigate the process. I finally became […]

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5 Unexpectedly Fun Ways to Volunteer

December 18, 2015

By L.A. Works Who says serving others can’t be fun? Here are five out-of-the-box volunteer projects from L.A. Works that’ll have you coming back for more! (Open to everyone for short- or long-term commitments.) 1. BEAUTY AND CHARM: Facials! Manicures! Snacks! Help women transitioning out of homelessness feel like a queen for a day, when […]

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Understanding the Real Cost of Nonprofit Work

November 19, 2015

By John E. Kobara This piece originally appeared in Huffington Post Los Angeles: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-e-kobara/understanding-cost-nonprofit-work_b_8556918.html We know that our government depends on nonprofit organizations to sustain critical portions of our safety net through services like shelters, health clinics and foster youth programs. But a recent Urban Institute report highlights the significant challenges nonprofits in California face […]

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