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,
We look at the first round of grants from the Well Being Trust, a new health legacy funder giving millions to mental health groups in California.
Recent gives find the foundation expanding its footprint in and beyond Southern California with an eye towards collaborations that drive social change.
The first anti-trafficking group in the U.S., working locally with survivors who've escaped bondage, is now going stronger than ever. Where does its funding come from?
We’ve been particularly interested in funding shifts at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation lately, including its new foster youth strategy. What does it mean for Los Angeles area groups?
The Pasadena Child Health Foundation has been around since 1992. Here are the most important things to know about this funder.
Like other funders right now, Blue Shield of California Foundation is hot on the trail of ways to deliver better healthcare at a lower cost. And like many, it seems greater coordination as the key.
The Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles is still just a few years old and continues to evolve. This spring, it engaged in a round of venture-style philanthropy grants for newer projects in need of a "spark."
America has both an aging population and millions of children in living in poverty. One foundation is finding a way to avoid the mentality that pits funding for youth versus funding for seniors.
While Dr. Dre's sale of Beats to Apple didn't quite make him a billionaire, the hip hop mogul netted plenty of cash. We take a look at Dre's emerging philanthropy, including a recent performing arts gift.
The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts launched in 2007, but only recently became active in traditional grantmaking. How does it fit within the larger L.A. arts funding landscape?
Mattel Children's Foundation is active in children's health around the country and now in Asia and Africa. A recent $50 million gift to UCLA Children's Hospital fits into that strategy.