Tag Archives: Giving List LA

Helping New Parents Born Every Day SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A.

Stephanie M. Tombrello, LCSW, CPSTI, Executive Director Emeritus of SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. has been involved in child passenger safety since 1970. […more…]

Meeting Human Needs Before Academic Needs J3 Foundation

The classroom lights are turned off. The blinds are drawn low. J3 Cozy Reading Club is about to start at […more…]

A Success Story Amid Pandemic Learning Losses J3 Foundation

When the grim results of the National Assessment of Education Progress report came out, teachers across the country were not […more…]

Philanthropy’s Opportunity to Leverage Trillions in Federal Spending Towards Equity

In the summer of 2022, Don Howard, the President and CEO of The James Irvine Foundation, penned an essay for The Chronicle of Philanthropy calling on the field to ensure massive federal infrastructure spending was allocated with an eye to equity.  Pointing to the $3.1 trillion pouring into the economy through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the American Rescue plan, Howard called out the need to go beyond “repairing roads and bridges, upgrading water infrastructure, expanding broadband access, and building a national network of electric-vehicles,” but changing “who decides who builds and who benefits.”  Before coming to Irvine [...more...]

Giving Back Giving Back

We launched The Giving List to help the nonprofit organizations featured in this book spend less time fundraising and more […more…]

Welcome to The Giving List Los Angeles, 2023

We are thrilled to present you with this year’s edition of The Giving List Los Angeles. Los Angeles is a wonderfully diverse tapestry of people and communities and locations and causes. In many ways it’s a microcosm of everything that is both great and complex about our country. And nothing creates a more important safety net for the pieces of the complicated puzzle that is L.A. than the region’s nonprofit sector. The Giving List was created out of the belief that storytelling, one of the most powerful tools we have as humans, is vastly underutilized in educating donors on the [...more...]

Island Boy’s Philanthropic Reach Fills the San Fernando Valley

In his childhood, Milton Valera lived near the airport on the Garden Island of Kauai, where at a young age, he had started setting his internal clock to a very specific hour. “This is a true story,” Valera says. “Seven o’clock on Kauai was very, very significant for me, because at seven o’clock in the evening, the last plane left the island. And, as young as I was – I don’t know, I was eight years old – I just felt trapped until seven o’clock the next morning when a new plane would come back in.” Valera, it seems, couldn’t [...more...]

Eyeglasses: The Critical Difference for So Many Struggling Students Vision to Learn

Five-year-old Noah was almost legally blind, pressing his nose against the page to make sense of the words. Then a […more…]

Challenging Los Angeles to Do More

Los Angeles is rife with challenges. Meeting those challenges requires people and institutions willing to step up. For the Annenberg Foundation, that willingness is embedded in its DNA.  From the environment to housing and harnessing the incredible burgeoning of the tech industry locally, the Foundation has developed a successful strategy to gently, but clearly, challenge partners across the public and private sector into joining hands to accelerate change.  April 2022, Earth Day, was case-in-point. Political leaders including Governor Gavin Newsom, Senator Alex Padilla, and Congressman Ted Lieu had joined other electeds, nonprofit leaders, and foundation staff for the groundbreaking for [...more...]

Wilma Melville: Dogged Determination

Wilma Melville is the most inspirational person I’ve ever met. She has done more during her retirement than most people have done during their entire careers. I recently had the pleasure of visiting her at the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation Training Center in Santa Paula, California, and then again in the hangar where she lives with her airplane. “Spark plug” is an overused term I have never used before. She is a spark plug. She is Annie Oakley. She is Amelia Earhart. Above all, Wilma Melville is an exhauster of my internal thesaurus of superlatives. One of the things [...more...]

Time to Switch ‘Our Investment Thesis’?

Michael Tubbs was just 26 when he was elected mayor of Stockton in 2016. Raised by a low-income, single mother, he became the youngest-ever mayor of a large American city. Under his leadership, Stockton was named an All-America City in 2017 and 2018 by the National Civic League.  Tubbs was named a fellow at MIT media lab, was a member of Fortune’s 40 Under 40, and he launched a groundbreaking Universal Basic Income program in Stockton that has led to pilot programs in cities across the nation, thanks to his Mayors for a Guaranteed Income coalition. Made up of mayors [...more...]

Systems-Change Provocateur

The 2013 murder of an 8-year-old named Gabriel Fernandez at the hands of his mother and her partner, dominated the headlines of the Los Angeles Times and every other news outlet in the region. Outraged, the County Board of Supervisors empaneled a Blue Ribbon Commission to make recommendations to improve the county’s sprawling child welfare system. One called on child-serving public agencies to partner with philanthropy. Philanthropy stepped up with one of its most prominent cheerleaders, Wendy Garen, the longtime President and CEO of The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. In the near decade since, Garen, with partners across philanthropy and [...more...]

Closing the Loop: Elizabeth Faraut’s Purpose-Driven Life Combines Business with Philanthropy

In addition to her innate style and fashion sense, Elizabeth Faraut is perhaps best known for two things: Her Los Angeles-based company, LA LOOP (where she’s the Creative Director and CEO), and her unwavering dedication to social justice through philanthropy. Now she’s conjoined these two endeavors, creating an inspiring model for others seeking to live a purpose-driven life. Famous fashion diva Diana Vreeland once proclaimed, “The first thing to do is arrange to be born in Paris. After that, everything follows quite naturally.”  Faraut did the next best thing; she was born in Los Angeles and spent most of her [...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 to pick up supplies they needed to keep their studies on track. The supplies they received in red California State University, Northridge-branded bags were not textbooks, pens, or calculators, but rather something more basic: food. “Let’s see, today I got canned beans and pineapple, pasta, and tomato sauce,” said Swapnil Doshi, a first-year graduate engineering student, peering into his bag. He goes to the CSUN [...more...]

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 could use the increasingly popular philanthropic instruments for personal gain, and that DAFs allow them to hoard and perpetually control what becomes public money once [...more...]

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…]

Historic Filipinotown’s Oldest Youth Nonprofit, SIPA, Is an Institution Worth Investing In Search to Involve Pilipino Americans

Long before Allan Pineda Lindo, better known as Apl.de.Ap, would co-found the Black Eyed Peas with William James Adams, aka […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…]

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…]

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…]

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…]