Private Foundations – The Best Laid Plans? – Part 2

May 10, 2012

  In my last post, I addressed why private foundations are appealing to many donors who want to formalize or advance their personal philanthropy.  What many donors don’t consider before creating one, however, are the costs that come with this seemingly flexible solution.  These unanticipated costs lead many private foundations to fail over time. Here […]

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Private Foundations – The Best Laid Plans? – Part 1

May 9, 2012

One of the wonderful things I love about Los Angeles is our entrepreneurial spirit. Whether that means opening a café selling locally roasted coffee or providing consulting services to help contractors build more energy efficient homes, Angelenos have a desire to fill niches, innovate, and build better mousetraps. This entrepreneurial spirit often extends to our […]

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Make That Change

May 4, 2012

On April 24th, nearly 700 nonprofit staff and board members gathered at California Science Center for the launch of the Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative (NSI).   The original thought of the partners on this venture – California Community Foundation, Weingart Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Center for Nonprofit Management, LaPiana […]

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Giving and Getting in LA

December 9, 2011

Tis the season to give and in that spirit we are launching a new blog which will focus on the philanthropy of L.A. “John, you might be asking, does the world really need another blog?” Yes, I think so. The fact of the matter is we need to improve our collective ability to bring money into the greater L.A. region to offset the recession of the economy, government funding and fundraising and the rising needs of the most vulnerable populations. As L.A.’s public foundation, we at CCF feel a duty to help funders, donors and nonprofits give and get for the needs of this amazing place we call home…


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