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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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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Giving Black in Los Angeles: Donor Profiles and Opportunities for the Future

November 20, 2012

By Nike Irvin The Liberty Hill Foundation has released Giving Black in Los Angeles: Donor Profiles and Opportunities for the Future, a comprehensive study of the motivation and giving habits of African Americans in Los Angeles. Building on Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Eugene Robinson’s finding in his book Disintegration that Black America is actually made […]

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The Future of Philanthropy

October 3, 2012

Philanthropy has two possible futures. One can be predicted by looking at the past. In fact, it will be created by our loyalty to the limitations of the past, and it won’t look all that different. It will be characterized by caution and a lack of courage and innovation. Or worse, it will be characterized by […]

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