LCCF Members from left to right: John Kobara, California Community Foundation; Dan Baldwin, Community Foundation for Monterey County; Lance Linares, Community Foundation Santa Cruz County; Veronica Blake, Placer Community Foundation; Hugh Ralston, Fresno Regional Foundation; James Head, East Bay Community Foundation.
Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation Blog
Posted by Jonathan Greenblatt on December 2, 2014 at 10:35 AM EST
America has led the world in developing a national culture of civic participation, but one of the most enduring institutions that we created has been the community foundation. Today, President Obama is proud to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the community foundation with a convening here at the White House, where we welcomed more than 100 leaders from this field. Together, we commemorated a century of achievement by community foundations and looked forward to the possibilities that lie ahead.
In collaboration with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, we hosted Community Foundations: Vital Leadership for America’s Future, a session to celebrate the extraordinary contributions that these institutions have made to our country. The first community foundation was created in 1914 when Frederick Goff created The Cleveland Foundation to facilitate charitable giving by residents to organizations in the city and surrounding area. (Read more at whitehouse.gov) Download Photo (JPG)
THE STATE OF DONATIONS: INDIVIDUAL CHARITABLE GIVING IN LOS ANGELES The 2014 State of the Nonprofit Sector in Los Angeles Report
Los Angeles County residents donate about $6 billion annually to charities and other nonprofit institutions. While this is an impressive figure, it represents only a fraction of total spending on human services, education, health, and arts and culture in the County. It is roughly equal to not only what Los Angeles County pays in public assistance alone ($6.5 billion) but also the entire Los Angeles Unified School District Budget ($6.6 billion). This2014 State of the Nonprofit Sector Report has two goals: first, to provide nonprofit executive directors, board members, and fund-raisers a useful guide to what is known and what matters when it comes to individual giving and, second, to inform and assist donors in the region to better understand the patterns, effects, and challenges of charitable giving in Los Angeles County. More specifically, this report was conceptualized as a primer and guide to individual giving in Los Angeles, a tour of the territory, and a contribution to the local literature in capacity building for newer board members, executive directors, and fund-raisers. We have set out to paint as comprehensive a picture of individual giving as possible from available local data and extrapolations from national and regional data and research, as well as from the experiences and assumptions of people who have been successful in developing individual giving strategies in the region.
The Santa Barbara Foundation and its donor investors continue their commitment to the well-being and vibrancy of Santa Barbara County as reflected in grantmaking since April. Focused on having a high impact on critical community issues, the foundation has distributed more than $7.8 million through its discretionary and donor funds. (Read more here)
Growing Community. Growing Philanthropy.
Fifteen years. 18 million dollars in assets. Thirteen million dollars in grants. See how our mission of growing community and growing philanthropy has impacted local nonprofits. (Watch Video)
Decorated with thousands of lights, Caltrain Holiday Train, presented by Silicon Valley Community Foundation, will draw visitors to nine Caltrain stations on the evenings of Saturday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 7. Kids (and grownups) can pose for pictures with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and other holiday figures as they step off the train. Visitors are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate. (Learn More)
Introduced by Senator Mitchell, Beall, Hancock, Hill and Jackson
August 19, 2014
Why are students who succeed in algebra being left behind? By Janet Rae Dupree
From Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Spring 2014
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The San Diego Foundation and Climate Education Partners Provide Leadership on Regional Preparedness for Climate Change
Picture your favorite childhood escape or a vacation destination you frequented with loved ones.
Now, you are surprised by a child tugging at your sleeve asking, “What are you doing to address the impacts of climate change?”
Most of us would never have imagined the tragedies that faced the country in the last decade — hurricanes Catrina and Sandy, droughts like California is experiencing and the frightening wildfires that plague the west.
The San Diego Foundation and Climate Education Partners with funding from the National Science Foundation released a new study last month. It’s not a typical ‘the sky is falling’ environmental study. Sure, it includes science from Scripps Institution of Oceanography – world-renowned for its research on climate change. This report, “San Diego, 2050 Is Calling: How Will We Answer?” however, is an unprecedented effort among scientists, community leaders, business, public agencies, tribal communities, healthcare, community activists, environmentalists and others outlining specific regional impacts and the effective actions leaders are engaged in, and ways to continue to expand their engagement. (See Blog Post PDF Here)
Right now is a very exciting time for HOPE SF.
With one year of on-the-ground work in Hunters View completed, we are pleased to share this update on impact, successes, and strategies moving forward.