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Vigilant Philanthropy

John E. Kobara | Posted 12.15.2015 | Impact
John E. Kobara

I remember with pride when the Japanese American community stood with Muslim Americans right after 9/11 to condemn the terrorism and to call for sanity and compassion amidst the outbreaks of hateful speech and actions. Here we go again.

Exercise Your Philanthropic Brain

John E. Kobara | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
John E. Kobara

The more we test our biases, certainties and assumptions by directly experiencing our feelings and expressing our compassion, the more we energize our philanthropic brains.

Ending Homelessness in LA: Looking at the Progress

Deborah De Santis | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Ending homelessness is not about waving a magic wand so no one becomes homeless ever again; rather, it's working hard to make sure the processes and systems are in place so that when a person or family enters homelessness, their housing needs are quickly and appropriately identified, met and sustained.

Finding Our Common Ground in Los Angeles

John E. Kobara | Posted 10.09.2015 | Los Angeles
John E. Kobara

Time and again I have seen how individual action is blunted by an inability to engage. Los Angeles County is a big and diverse place, where our challenges -- from ending homelessness to providing quality public education -- seem insurmountable.

Facilitating Mergers and Acquisitions for Nonprofits

John E. Kobara | Posted 09.09.2015 | Impact
John E. Kobara

American idealism, combined with our strong individualism, generates new ideas and businesses like no other country. We also start the most nonprofits.

The New Normal: Mega Donors and Fewer Recipients

John E. Kobara | Posted 07.08.2015 | Impact
John E. Kobara

The recently released annual report on American philanthropy, Giving USA, cites a 5.4 percent surge in charitable giving last year to $358.4 billion, reaching above pre-recession levels.

Ending the Education Drought in California

John E. Kobara | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact
John E. Kobara

In California, we're talking a lot about the water drought. But we have another kind of drought that's been plaguing our state. Our "educational aqueduct" is also running on empty and is an inadequate resource.

Making L.A. a More Equitable Place, Together

John E. Kobara | Posted 06.27.2015 | Los Angeles
John E. Kobara

We want L.A. to continue to be known as the land of opportunity and great weather. We also want L.A. to be known for its incredible diversity, and to stand out for the equitable way it grows and manages its growth.

Macro Impact Coming From Microloans in LA

John E. Kobara | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
John E. Kobara

I can't think of a better place to unleash this concept than in Los Angeles, where our future is being driven by small business entrepreneurs, especially immigrants. Los Angeles is a city of dreams. We have among the highest entrepreneurial activity in the country.

Donald Sterling's LA Charity Plantation

Richard Walden | Posted 06.29.2014 | Los Angeles
Richard Walden

Anyone reading the Los Angeles Times over the past 15 years has had to endure Donald Sterling's ceaseless self-aggrandizing ads for his 300+ apartment buildings, his massive lines of credit from major banks (to buy more buildings) and, worst of all, his charity work.

L.A. Riots: A Rose Grows Through Concrete 20 Years Later

Carol Biondi | Posted 07.03.2012 | Home
Carol Biondi

Twenty years after the L.A. riots, can philanthropy play a meaningful role in addressing the gross over-representation of Black males in prisons and correctional facilities in California?

20 Years After L.A. Riots, Nonprofit Fights Prejudices, Advocates A Better First Chance

Carol Biondi | Posted 07.03.2012 | Impact
Carol Biondi

Twenty years after the L.A. riots, can philanthropy play a meaningful role in addressing the gross over-representation of Black males in prisons and correctional facilities in California?

St. Barnabas Senior Services Continues to Make an Impact Amidst Budget Battle

Gabrielle Canon | Posted 09.17.2011 | Impact
Gabrielle Canon

St. Barnabas provides a community for those who need daily assistance and enables participants to enjoy a greater quality of life, increased independence, and the opportunity to grow in a social family environment.