Five foundations recently came together to start the Fund for Equity and Excellence to support Los Angeles public schools. Will this effort attract new partners and funding to the nation’s second-largest school district?
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is the latest major grantmaker to consolidate its programs in a bid to be more strategic. Its CEO explains that this wasn’t an easy process. Why is streamlining these places so hard?
We check in on the San Diego Foundation, which is continuing its support of the city’s arts and culture sector. It’s also committed to fostering age-friendly communities.
Women of color are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS and the harsh practices of the criminal justice system. Now, this group is getting new help around these issues from a top funder in California.
Mega-gifts to top L.A. institutions make headlines, but behind the scenes, smaller funders like the Michael Kelly Foundation for the Arts are backing work that questions "institutions and social structures."
The secret sauce of giving circles are members who are strongly invested on a personal level in the limited number of grantees chosen each year. A case in point is a SoCal outfit called Hand to Hand.
If you spend any time around the world of San Diego philanthropy, one name that will keep coming up over and over again is Scripps. But it’s a bit of a challenge to wrap your head around the family's giving.
Los Angeles has become a hub for funders looking to improve outcomes for kids in foster care. The push has engaged both billionaire donors and a who's who of local foundations.
Hollywood producer Judd Apatow and his wife, actress Leslie Mann, have a foundation that spreads money to a range of causes. Here's what the couple is into.
Among the nonprofit crowd in and around San Diego, the San Diego Foundation (TSDF) is a household name. It's been an integral part of the local giving scene since 1975. What's it up to these days?
This foundation was formed after the San Diego television reporter's death from cancer. Here's how its has been involved in the local community lately.
Los Angeles County incarcerates more young people than anywhere else in the nation and most of them are kids of color. A group of local funders is pressing for reform.
While the billionaire Eli Broad used to complain about LA being a "one-philanthropist city"—namely, him—the city is now flush with deep-pocketed and highly motivated art donors. Where's it all leading?
At just 36 years old, Scooter Braun owns two record labels, and with wife Yael Cohen Braun, has established a philanthropic foundation. We look at what they're up to.
The NORCAL Group Foundation was launched in September 2017 and just gave out its first round of grants. The funder is focused on patient care, patient safety, and physician wellness.
The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools has found a way to work within the school district to improve it. And it's done it with buy-in from some charter school mega-donors.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation is also one of the few funders we can think of that responded to all of the top disasters in 2017 at a substantial level.
The Westly Foundation, bankrolled by venture capital wealth, is looking to back "novel" ideas to community challenges that have "strong potential to scale." Who wins its awards and why?
In its third year of operation, the fund zeroed in on program development and expanded its grantmaking. We take a look.
What continues to interest us about sports team funders is their hyper-local focus and their unique ways of developing partnerships in the community. A good example is the LA Galaxy Foundation.
Grantmakers in Southern California have long worked to integrate immigrants into the social fabric. Now they're engaged in an urgent effort, along with public agencies, to keep communities from being torn apart.
Much of the giving we see for early childhood development is by local funders investing in local initiatives. The Atlas Family Foundation's grantmaking in Los Angeles is a good example of that.
Social Venture Partners Los Angeles has a new program that provides seed money and capacity training to local social change leaders. How does it work?
The first pay for success model has been launched in Los Angeles County, with the hope that permanent supportive housing can reduce the cycle of homeless people revolving through the criminal justice system.
The nation's top donor-advised fund, which made a staggering 849,000 grants in 2016, has crunched its data to analyze what giving looks like in different regions of the U.S. It's worth paying attention.
While yet another mass shooting is unlikely to bring a strong federal response, the good news is that funders and advocates are doing more to tackle gun violence at the local level, including in California.
Mini-grants, which are often in the range of $250 to $2,500, have an important place in institutional philanthropy, even though you don't hear much about them.
With the clock ticking for 800,000 young Dreamers now facing deportation, a number of funders are mobilizing to help with legal fees, litigation, advocacy and more.
Brick-and-mortar improvements have been a top priority with this Los Angeles-focused funder. We take a look at where Hannon grants have been going lately.
The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles has a grantmaking program dedicated to new and innovative programs that haven’t been tested before. They’re called Cutting Edge Grants,