You Can Help Transform a Life This Giving Tuesday

November 28, 2017

Data analysts expect a staggering $201 million dollars to be raised this #GivingTuesday, known as the single day dedicated to celebrating the start of the giving season. Every year on the Tuesday following the Thanksgiving holiday (and the “Black Friday” shopping rush), millions of individuals give to the philanthropic causes that are close to their […]

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Wholehearted Philanthropy

December 30, 2016

“Why do we spend our lives striving to be something that we would never want to be, if only we knew what we wanted? Why do we waste our time doing things which, if we only stop to think about them, are just the opposite of what we are made for?” -Thomas Merton If a […]

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Statement from Los Angeles Foundations on SCOTUS’ 4-4 Tie in Decision on Expanded DACA and DAPA

June 23, 2016

Dreams for a better life – one out of the shadows with the promise of greater economic vitality for individuals and the region as a whole – were deferred today. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled 4-4 on the Obama Administration’s immigration executive actions that would have expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals […]

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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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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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Exercise Your Philanthropic Brain

November 24, 2015

Photo: A Health Blog – https://flic.kr/p/dLSKTQ by John E. Kobara This piece originally appeared in Huffington Post Impact: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-e-kobara/exercise-your-philanthropic-brain_b_8614052.html “The tragedy of life is what dies within us while we live–the death of genuine feeling, the death of inspired response, the awareness that makes it possible to feel the pain or the glory of others.” […]

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Beyond the Dollar Sign: Redefining Community Philanthropy

October 23, 2015

By: Antonia Hernández This piece originally appeared on the Council on Foundations RE: Philanthropy Blog: http://www.cof.org/blogs/re-philanthropy/2015-10-23/beyond-dollar-sign-redefining-community-philanthropy BUILDING A CULTURE OF LOCAL INVOLVEMENT We could all name an instance where an act of goodwill impacted our lives or even changed it. Often these reflections aren’t about giving or receiving a significant sum of money. They involve genuine […]

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Finding Our Common Ground in Los Angeles

October 9, 2015

By John E. Kobara Time and again I have seen how individual action is blunted by an inability to engage. Los Angeles County is a big and diverse place, where our challenges – from ending homelessness to providing quality public education – seem insurmountable. We are siloed in our cars, in our neighborhoods and in […]

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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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