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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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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Unsung Heroes Among Us

June 5, 2013

By John Kobara When we are at our best, we are generous and unconditional in our support of others. We are far less cynical and skeptical. We are more concerned about others than ourselves. We are more engaged with the value of our actions. When we are at our best we believe and act as […]

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What's Love Got To Do With It?

May 15, 2013

By Michelle Rhone-Collins Early in my career when I was working with youth in the Lower East Side of New York, I was chastised by the CEO of the organization for writing the word “love” in a grant proposal- it was inappropriate, it was trite, it was soft.  Now I respected this man tremendously, and […]

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Giving Circles: Putting the 'Fun' Back in 'Fundraising'

February 5, 2013

By Diane Manuel Los Angeles is all about choice. If you want to meet a group of folks who like to knit, there are Sip ‘n Stitch groups, if books are your bag; there are countless book clubs and groups. But what about folks who want to do good and have a good time doing […]

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When “Dependency” is Not a Bad Word

January 30, 2013

By Phil Buchanan This blog was originally posted on The Center for Effective Philanthropy blog. I have a dependency problem. No, it’s not drugs or alcohol. My dependency is on something else—philanthropic support. The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), the organization I lead, is hooked on it. True, the majority of the funding CEP receives […]

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Fearless Communication

January 16, 2013

By Barbara Osborn Last spring, in preparation for a Council on Foundations panel discussion, I spent a lot of time thinking about how foundations along with universities, journalists and other keepers of expertise are seeing their social status and influence erode. I asked myself, what changes do we need to put into place lest we […]

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Our Common Endeavor: A Perspective on 2012 and on to 2013

January 2, 2013

By John Kobara 2012 was a year of ups and downs reflecting our economy, an election year and our collective sense of uncertainty. The deep structural impacts of the recession continue to challenge nonprofits and their donors. The division between the haves and have-nots was also evident with nonprofits here in Los Angeles. Charitable giving […]

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Laying the Groundwork for Collaboration

November 14, 2012

Collaboration has long been a buzzword for nonprofits and foundations, and it’s become the subject of renewed interest in recent years as various networked and cross-sector models have emerged. Yet even as economic and social challenges spur some organizations toward collaboration, the same pressures force others inward and make it even harder for those leaders […]

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Out of the Box Giving

October 17, 2012

Traditionally, foundations accept gifts of money, publicly traded stocks and some forms of non-cash gifts such as business interests or privately held stock. Imagine my surprise when I got a call from a financial advisor who said that he had a client with a very unusual gift: bathroom tile. This wasn’t just any tile. This […]

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