Four Things to Know About the Ethel Frends Foundation in Southern California

Four Things to Know About the Ethel Frends Foundation in Southern California

The Ethel Frends Foundation is a surprisingly accessible foundation for animal-related organizations in Southern California. Here’s what local grantseekers should know before approaching this funder.

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“Inclusiveness and Openness of Spirit.” A Donor Makes the Case for Free Museum Admission

“Inclusiveness and Openness of Spirit.” A Donor Makes the Case for Free Museum Admission

With more arts funders talking about "equitable access for all,” a gift out of Los Angeles points to a simple strategy: make museum admission free. Which philanthropists and institutions have swung behind this idea? And what’s been the impact?

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David C. Copley Foundation 101: What San Diego Grantseekers Need to Know

David C. Copley Foundation 101: What San Diego Grantseekers Need to Know

The David C. Copley Foundation has undergone some significant changes in recent years and rebuilt its assets to emerge as a major player on the San Diego funding scene. Here’s what SoCal nonprofits should know about this foundation.

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My Nonprofit Did So Much Right, But We Still Couldn't Raise Enough Money to Survive

My Nonprofit Did So Much Right, But We Still Couldn't Raise Enough Money to Survive

As the founder of DC Central Kitchen, Robert Egger was an old hand at scaling social ventures when he arrived in Los Angeles to create L.A. Kitchen, an ambitious effort to fight hunger and poverty with a proven model. Here’s how things fell apart.

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To Boost Low-Wage Workers, an Influential Funder Turns to Community Colleges

To Boost Low-Wage Workers, an Influential Funder Turns to Community Colleges

A few years back, the Irvine Foundation reorganized itself to empower California's low-income workers. The latest part of this work aims to rev up a key engine of economic mobility, California’s community colleges, as well as the California State University system.

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How and Where the Coastal Community Foundation Gives in SoCal

How and Where the Coastal Community Foundation Gives in SoCal

The Encinitas-based Coastal Community Foundation is very involved in the local mental health and education scenes, and it awarded over $600,000 to groups last year. Here are a few things nonprofits along the Southern California coast should know about this grantmaker.

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On the Edge: A Big Campus Gift Helps Explain Why the L.A. Arts Scene is So Exciting

On the Edge: A Big Campus Gift Helps Explain Why the L.A. Arts Scene is So Exciting

Thanks in part to donor dollars, Los Angeles, according to the New York Times, now has America’s most exciting arts scene. One overlooked driver of the city’s arts boom is alumni support for the arts at universities across the region, including Pomona College.

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The Four Top Interests of Los Angeles’ Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros Foundation

The Four Top Interests of Los Angeles’ Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros Foundation

The Cisneros couple won the California Mega Millions jackpot and formed a foundation in 2010. The former Frito-Lay manager and broadcast journalist have made a name for themselves in Southern California philanthropy, especially in a few niche areas.

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He Was a Young Hedge Funder with a Lucrative Job. Now He’s Working to Scale Access to Healthy Food

He Was a Young Hedge Funder with a Lucrative Job. Now He’s Working to Scale Access to Healthy Food

At the age of 30, Sam Polk walked away from a highly paid trading job to enter the social change arena. With help from the Kellogg Foundation and other backers, he’s building a social enterprise that’s focused on food equity and has big ambitions.

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How the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is Stepping Up to Bat for Local Youth

How the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is Stepping Up to Bat for Local Youth

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation has one of the most well-established and accessible grantmaking programs in Major League Baseball and gives out grants three times each year. Here’s what local grantseekers need to know.

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