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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Rallying Around Relief: In the Face of Wildfires, California Funders Take Action

Rallying Around Relief: In the Face of Wildfires, California Funders Take Action

As devastating wildfires have become the new normal in California, the state’s philanthropic community has stepped up in response, moving millions for relief. Who’s doing what with fires now burning at both ends of the state?

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Feeding the Youngest Minds: Another Major Donor Steps Up for Early Education

Feeding the Youngest Minds: Another Major Donor Steps Up for Early Education

More donors have been drawn to early education as mounting evidence shows the importance of intervening in the first five years of children’s lives. The latest convert: a deep-pocketed San Diego businessman named Guy Clum.

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This Local Funder Is Fighting Human Trafficking in San Diego County

This Local Funder Is Fighting Human Trafficking in San Diego County

The San Diego Women’s Foundation announced this summer that it would be making new grant funds available for work to prevent and intervene in human trafficking situations. It’s among the handful of funders focused in this area.

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