From Palmdale to Paramount, from Beverly Hills to Boyle Heights, individuals and organizations are working tirelessly to create a better future for Los Angeles County. #LAtogether was launched by the California Community Foundation to amplify L.A.’s voices of change, draw connections between diverse communities and share innovative new approaches to building Los Angeles together.
Collaboration: Principled Conflict
May 2, 2012
Last weekend was a big one for organizations and people in the business of philanthropy. Individuals ranging from CEOs to program staff of family, corporate, community and private foundations gathered together in Los Angeles for the Annual 2012 Council on Foundation Conference. For many, the opening plenary on how philanthropy responded to crises in the […]Read More
How Much Do Foundations REALLY Give to Nonprofits?
April 25, 2012
Last week, philanthropist Melanie Lundquist addressed Town Hall and exhorted the audience to consider a different philanthropic model – a model more responsive to the needs of the community, especially now. One of her targets for reform is the 5% spending requirement placed on private endowments. Melanie views this as an absolute minimum, but most […]Read More
Are there standards that should be followed in philanthropy?
April 18, 2012
In the late 1990s, community foundations of all sizes and priority areas began to reflect on this question and what constitutes a community foundation. What was the distinct value community foundations should offer, and the philosophies that should guide it? As a direct result, the Council on Foundations and a group of community foundation practitioners […]Read More
It’s Nice to be Nice
April 11, 2012
I got my first lesson on giving in L.A. unexpectedly and from a surprising source – my step grandparents, Grandma Willie and Grandpa John. I was in my late 20’s, they were in their early 80’s. They would call me once a month or so asking if I’d come for a visit. They’d welcome me […]Read More
The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective Boards
April 4, 2012
In my work with foundations over the past decade, it has become clear to me that, while there are lots of effective and well-intentioned board members out there, it’s easy for foundation boards to get lulled into complacency and slip into bad habits. Here are what I regard as the 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective […]Read More
How Wirtz Elementary Got Its Murals
March 28, 2012
Harry Wirtz Elementary became a canvas for a group of renowned contemporary artists who created four murals on the campus’ walls earlier this year. Wirtz Elementary is a Title I school with a high percentage of students on free/reduced lunch, located in Paramount Unified School District. It’s been an Arts for All school since 2006 […]Read More
Rebirth of an Old Idea
March 21, 2012
One of the key findings of CCF’s Transfer of Wealth report was the need to enable non-profits to adopt a planned giving strategy for no cost and little effort. The term “Planned Giving” conjures many reactions among non-profits — it sounds complicated, expensive, not essential, time-consuming, we don’t know any rich people, we’re not interested […]Read More
Angels at Work in L.A.
March 14, 2012
They say that the key to success is “location, location, location.” And that is why the Council on Foundations is so excited that Los Angeles will graciously host its 2012 Annual Conference, a gathering of some of the brightest minds and top leaders in philanthropy. Accurately nicknamed the City of Angels, Los Angeles provides the […]Read More
Nonprofits Need to Start Planning for Their Future, or Else
March 7, 2012
In order to help the nonprofit community of Los Angeles and Southern California improve the financial strength and future prospects of their organizations, CCF is sponsoring a series of free seminars on planned giving which begin this Friday, March 9 at RAND Corporation in Santa Monica. Executive directors, development directors and board members are strongly […]Read More
Smart Growth California
February 29, 2012
I think everyone agrees that we need to encourage more jobs in Los Angeles. Our economy and lifestyle depend on it. At the same time, nobody wants to see an increase in traffic congestion or pollution as a result of more people living far from work. Far too many of us already struggle with long […]Read More
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