New Money

Philanthropy, incorporated for the public good, can and should make all its investments accordingly. In 2021, Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced a bill to more tightly regulate donor-advised funds, commonly referred to as DAFs. While the Accelerating Charitable Giving (ACE) Act’s reforms were far from sweeping, the bill set off a bitter debate over who controls charitable funds: the donor or the public. The Act’s supporters plausibly argued that wealthy donors [...more...]

Back to Basics: How CSUN Helps to Ensure Student Success

The line grew steadily outside the unassuming building on the north side of campus. It was almost closing time on a Thursday afternoon, and the students knew it was their last chance before the weekend [...more...]

 

Giving List Matching Challenges

 

Youth Development

Inspiring Black Male Youth to Build a Bold, New Future The Hidden Genius Project

Well before Silicon Valley’s diversity problem routinely made headlines, The Hidden Genius Project began to tap into the talents of […more…]

Will You Play With Me? Inclusion Matters By Shane’s Inspiration

As a boy, Spencer Hawk loved school field trips to a playground where he could soar on the swings, slip […more…]

Boldly Changing Career Access for L.A.’s Youth Unite-LA

Alma Castillo was a rising junior in high school in South Los Angeles. A time when students begin making their […more…]

The Arts

Through Dance, She Found the Confidence to Speak Everybody Dance LA!

At 13, Sophia Vasquez moved from Mexico to Los Angeles with her family. Sophia struggled to assimilate into the new […more…]

Museum of Latin American Art – Expanding an Appreciation of Art Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)

The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), founded in 1996 in Long Beach, California, is the only accredited Museum in […more…]

Social Justice

Putting an End to Wealth-Based Detention The Bail Project

The Bail Project, a national nonprofit based in Los Angeles, provides free bail assistance and pretrial support to low-income people […more…]

98% of People Living in Prison Experienced Childhood Trauma Compassion Prison Project

Abused children can grow up believing that violence is a solution. Childhood trauma can lead to imprisonment. When a child […more…]

Public Square

Boyle Heights Beat is ‘Por y Para la Comunidad’ Boyle Heights Beat

As news deserts expand across the country, the tight-knit historic immigrant community of Boyle Heights is home to a groundbreaking […more…]

The Social Sector’s Preeminent Source of News and Knowledge Stanford Social Innovation Review

The year was 2003, and the philanthropic sector was going through a period of significant evolution. Every day, new technologies […more…]

Homelessness and Housing

Women Helping Women The Downtown Women’s Center

Of the more than 66,000 unhoused people living on Los Angeles County’s streets, over 20,000 are women.  One of them […more…]

Nonprofit Pioneer Step Up Leads the Way in Ending Homelessness in Los Angeles Step Up

At Step Up, which offers permanent supportive housing to the unhoused in Los Angeles, eviction is not an option. Instead […more…]

Health

Building the Bones of Something Great Luskin Orthopaedic Institute for Children

According to the World Health Organization, significant orthopaedic injuries account for more patient cases worldwide than cancer and HIV-AIDS combined. […more…]

UCLA Rape Treatment Center is Healing, Empowering, and Creating Change UCLA Rape Treatment Center and Stuart House

One out of every five American women has been the victim of a completed or attempted rape in her lifetime.  […more…]

Alleviating Homelessness by Providing Recuperative Care National Health Foundation (NHF)

What has the pandemic taught us? Never take good health or access to healthcare for granted. This is the backbone […more…]

Global Reach

Ordinary People Making an Outsized Impact on the World Lightforce One

Determined to make the world a better place, Dave Bauer vowed to give 10% of his net income to people […more…]

Saying Yes to Students Who Need a Supportive School Community Dunn School

“Ne Tentes Aut Perfice.”  This is the Latin motto that students and faculty at Dunn School, a private co-ed college […more…]

Providing Healthcare to the World’s Most Vulnerable Communities World Telehealth Initiative

Esperanza was 19 years old and living in Malawi when she faced a serious health crisis. While giving birth to […more…]

Fostering Care

Happy Trails for Kids Lets Foster Kids Celebrate Childhood Happy Trails for Kids

For most kids, summer equals fun. Vacations. Camp. Exciting adventures with families and friends.  But that is often not true […more…]

Forever Families and Connections for Older Kids in Foster Care Kidsave Los Angeles

Matt, a Los Angeles teenager living in foster care, was “mad, irritated,” and most of all “disappointed” when his social […more…]

Helping Foster Care Survivors ‘Weather the Storms’ A Home Within

Anthony Pico was homeless, unemployed, and had aged out of the foster care system when he started seeing a therapist […more…]

For the Children

Saving Young Lives With Car Seat Safety SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.

Marc Cohen knows just how catastrophic an incorrectly installed car seat can be. On an otherwise ordinary day, his 21-year-old […more…]

Empowering Underserved Middle Schoolers to Succeed The Emily Shane Foundation

On the night their 13-year-old daughter Emily was murdered, Michel and Ellen Shane thought of a way to memorialize her […more…]

Improving Children’s Lives One Book at a Time J3 Foundation

Back in college, Joe Blackstone and his wife, Jamie Mohn, volunteered to read storybooks to elementary school kids. It was […more…]

Family Well-Being

An Early Pioneer in Community Empowerment Continues to Break the Cycle of Poverty El Nido Family Centers

Forty years ago, Liz Herrera was studying to become a social worker at UCLA. Herrera told her field advisor that […more…]

From Skid Row, Para Los Niños Is Giving Children a Path to Their Fullest Potential Paras Los Niños

In 1979, the Los Angeles Times published an article about the children of Skid Row. They were hardened by their […more…]

Giving Nonprofits the Power of Information and Resources Children’s Action Coalition

During the COVID-19 pandemic, education advocate Kristina Brittenham was searching for free college counseling services for LAUSD students. Her friend […more…]

Emergency Services

Innovations That Save Lives Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation

Los Angeles County is usually synonymous with entertainment, but the Los Angeles County Fire Department Foundation is giving Silicon Valley […more…]

From the Tragedy of the Oklahoma City Bombing Was Born a Human-canine Bond That Relentlessly Saves Lives National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

When two children got lost during a hike in rural New York with oncoming rain commingling with the darkening night, […more…]

Education

To College and Beyond Educating Students Together 

Yasmin Delahoussaye grew up in kinship care, which is as close to foster care as you can get. The relatives […more…]

Free Pizza Sets Leo on a Path to Success Determined to Succeed

Leo* heard about free pizza after school. The middle schooler happily got a slice and listened to a pitch about […more…]

A Living Laboratory for Regenerative Agriculture White Buffalo Land Trust

White Buffalo Land Trust has a vital purpose: to restore the ecosystem through agriculture and in the process directly address […more…]

Community Resilience

Urban Alchemy Practitioners Calm the Streets of Los Angeles Urban Alchemy

For years, Los Angeles police have been challenged by how to respond to calls about unhoused Angelenos. Then came CIRCLE, […more…]

Nourishing Essential Workers No Us Without You LA

When Los Angeles experienced its first COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020, Damián Diaz and Othón Nolasco wasted no time helping […more…]

Destination Crenshaw is Transforming South L.A., and the Lives of its Residents Destination Crenshaw

When a Metro light rail line running through Crenshaw Boulevard was announced years ago, it sparked fears of displacement and […more…]

Advocacy

Protect Your Kids, Invest in Brady Brady | United Against Gun Violence

In contemplating the scope and destruction wrought by gun violence, it is understandable to despair. But inaction won’t save your […more…]

A Second Chance for Formerly Incarcerated Battered Women Five Keys Home Free

As a kid, Nilda Palacios was sexually abused at home and at school. She tried to escape into a relationship, […more…]

From Despair and Uncertainty to Hope and Opportunity JVS SoCal

When Felicia Cates first sought help through JVS SoCal’s career readiness and job placement centers in the Los Angeles area, […more…]