06/09/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

In A City Packed With Millionaires, It Should Be Easier To Raise Money For The Poor

Figuring out who has the really big money in Los Angeles is as easy as walking along a two-block stretch of UCLA's Westwood Plaza and looking at the names on the buildings. There's the medical school (David Geffen), the neuropsychiatric hospital (Stewart and Lynda Resnick), the psychiatric institute (Terry Semel), the medical offices (Peter Morton), and the genetics research center (Leslie and Susan Gonda). Inside the I.M. Pei-designed Ronald Reagan Medical Center are more names for more things, including the Edward D. and Anna Mitchell Dining Commons and the Susan Harris and Paul Junger Witt Meditation Room. Plus dozens of names etched on a glass donor wall off the entrance: Milken, Riordan, Barad, Tisch, Wiatt, Grey, Lear. A total of $300 million in private donations was raised for the hospital alone.

Another universe away, within the six-block core of downtown's skid row, you'd be hard-pressed to find any names of the rich and famous. Not for lack of opportunity

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