Delayed Gratification

June 25, 2013

by Roberta Conroy, CCF Donor I have been a donor to the California Community Foundation since sometime in the 90’s.  At that time my career was in full swing and I didn’t feel that I could spend much time getting to know the organizations I wanted to support.   These were also my higher tax bracket […]

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GLEH: Feeling Right at Home

June 19, 2013

By Ara Babaian, Esq., Chairman of the Board and Eric Harrison, Executive Director, GLEH Most people may not realize that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors and seniors living with HIV/AIDS face a disproportionate amount of challenges as compared to their heterosexual counterparts.  Many of today’s LGBT seniors, in particular those who are low-income, […]

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Working Toward Health Equity for LGBT Elders of Color

June 12, 2013

By Judy Evans Over the next several decades, our country will grow increasingly older and more diverse. There are currently more than 40 million adults aged 65 and older in the U.S., a number that will more than double over the next four decades; by 2050, Latino, Black, Asian and Pacific Islander and American Indian […]

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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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Meeting Your Family Where it is: An Approach to Philanthropy to Bring (and Keep) Families Together

April 2, 2013

When new philanthropists think about starting a new foundation, oftentimes two images come to mind.  First, there is the idealized version of what a family foundation might look like: In a beautiful room decorated with (flattering) portraits of the donor, family members of all ages come together to make meaningful gifts that align with a […]

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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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Like Everything About LA, Being Education Mayor Is Different

January 9, 2013

An excerpt from a blog posted on 11/05/12 – THE BLOG on The Huffington Post By Melanie Lundquist, Philanthropist & Civic Activist and Patrick Sinclair, Senior Director, Communications and External Affairs, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools It’s been almost eight years since Antonio Villaraigosa moved into LA City Hall and announced fixing the public schools […]

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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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A Fundraising Cliff? What does the data say?

December 8, 2012

This post by Steve MacLaughlin originally appeared in Beth’s Blog:  Please click here to see the original post. Over the past few months I’ve been asked a lot of questions about giving trends: What explains the flat trend in overall fundraising? Is it the economy? Was it the election cycle? What about Hurricane Sandy? Are we […]

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