50 Years Later, the Embers of the Watts Riots Still Glow

August 18, 2015

By LaWayne Williams On August 11, 1965 in Watts, an ember erupted into flames. The routine traffic stop of 21 year old Marquette Frye sparked a series of events that would forever change Los Angeles. 34 people died during the Watts Riots and the community absorbed $40 million in damages. The ember sparked by Frye’s […]

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The New Normal: Mega Donors and Fewer Recipients

July 22, 2015

The recently released annual report on American philanthropy, Giving USA, cites a 5.4 percent surge in charitable giving last year to $358.4 billion, reaching above pre-recession levels. This is good news and a reflection of the economy. Donations to religious organizations, though in decline, continue to be the top category of giving and each recipient […]

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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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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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Delivering Care Where Care is Needed

November 20, 2013

By Eva Brune, California Community Foundation Earlier this month, CCF 2013 Unsung Hero Don Manelli and the Care Harbor team took over the Los Angeles Sports Arena and turned it into a clinic to deliver much-needed health services to close to 4,000 underserved and uninsured Angelenos. The preliminary data on the breakdown of services provided […]

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Maria Suarez: Human Trafficking Survivor and Unsung Hero

November 13, 2013

Editors note:  Maria Suarez is an example of how one person’s story of tragedy can turn to triumph despite unthinkable and often unspeakable challenges. As a teenager, her life was forever changed when she was “bought” by her employer and held captive as his slave for more than five years and then sent to prison […]

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From Gumballs to Scholarships: Unsung Hero Ezequiel Olvera

November 7, 2013

  Editors Note: Motivated by his own experience investing in a gumball machine at 11 years old, CCF 2013 Unsung Hero honoree Ezequiel Olvera engages youth in East LA/El Sereno to participate in a hands on creative extracurricular business program that provides business and entrepreneurship opportunities and also removes economic barriers that might prevent them […]

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Unsung Hero Donald Manelli, Care Harbor's President and Founder

October 30, 2013

Editors Note: Donald Manelli is the President and Founder of Care Harbor, an organization producing free clinic events that provide medical, dental and vision services to thousands of   uninsured and underinsured in our community.  Mr. Manelli was selected as the California Community Foundation’s 2013 Unsung Hero of Los Angeles because of the work he has […]

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A Collaborative Approach to Immigrant Integration.

October 9, 2013

By Aida Cardenas On August 24th, Building Skills Partnership collaborated with CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles) to host a Citizenship Drive in Los Angeles, where volunteers and attorneys assisted more than 50 low-wage building service workers and other immigrant community members apply for their citizenship. This was in response to a […]

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Omar Brownson: Cast a Vote Today!

October 3, 2013

By Omar Brownson, Executive Director of the Los Angeles River Revitalization CorporationWhat LA landmark did Mayor Garcetti just select to welcome visitors at LAX?  The Los Angeles River.  Less than three years ago when I was asked to become the first executive director of the LA River Corp., I did not even know that LA […]

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