No matter who we are or what unique experience we bring, we all have a place at the table and something valuable to contribute.

Civic engagement holds the key to creating systems change that is driven by communities. It empowers individuals and communities to make their voices heard, gain a role in policy decisions and affect institutions that influence their futures and those of their families.

THE WAY FORWARD
Our approach to civic engagement is focused on building and increasing the capacity of underrepresented communities to affect lasting change. In civic deserts such as South, East and Southeast LA, as well as the San Fernando, San Gabriel and Antelope Valleys, problems of underinvestment and a lack of civic participation compound the challenges faced in addressing severe inequities and systemic problems.

Lasting positive change in these communities requires investment in organizing, leadership development, coalition building and public policy research. Over the years, we have invested in initiatives and projects that nurture and empower communities, from convening to community organizing to building collaboration among community members, nonprofits and institutions.

INITIATIVES:
Proposition 15 “Schools and Communities First”  would of generated over $3.75 billion in much needed new revenues for Los Angeles County K-12 public schools, community colleges and local governments by closing tax loopholes for the state’s largest commercial properties.

Proposition 16 addresses gender discrimination and systemic racism by restoring affirmative action in state hiring, contracting and education.

Measure H and Proposition HHH are two ballot measures passed in 2017 and 2016 that fund key aspects of LA County’s plan to end homelessness.

COLLABORATIONS:
California Calls
Local Leaders Academy
Million Voters Project
Southeast LA (SELA)

Our Policy & Civic Engagement focuses on:

  • Investing in training and building the capacity of nonprofits to deepen civic engagement within the communities they serve.
  • Partnering, leading and supporting collaborations and convenings in civic deserts, bringing community, policymakers and key stakeholders together to address complex problems, assess opportunities and develop and implement systems level remedies.
  • Building a regional advocacy and community organizing effort in the Southeast cities to:
    • Strengthen their nonprofit sector
    • Support the development of a strong regional identity
    • Encourage multisector collaboration around critical issues
    • Generate greater public and private investment in the region

For more information, download our Community Empowerment and Voter Participation Resource Toolkit.

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ABOUT CROENI FOUNDATION

Croeni Foundation was established in early 2015 by serial entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Jan Croeni, after sales and IPO of his companies.

Our vision is a truly harmonic, compassionate and livable world, in which biodiversity is appreciated and protected, and in which all humans and animals enjoy well-being and health throughout their whole lives.

Impact is the single most important factor that stands at the heart of everything we do and how we measure success of our endeavors. Instead of financial impetus, we focus on results which matter to all humans and animals: healthy, active life years filled with well-being.

We support causes which address the major challenges of this millennium: giving, environment and health, specifically advancing efficient and high impact philanthropy, environmental protection and biodiversity conservation, as well as lifelong health and well-being. Since 2017, we also support initiatives tackling issues in society which are aligned with our main causes.

Our initiatives are designed to seed and grow evidence-based impact, incentivize solutions and recognize good deeds through prestigious awards and prizes.

They are carefully selected based on recommendations of our community of advisors, partners and grantees who represent the best organizations and exceptional individuals operating in sustainable, efficient and ethical ways. By developing mutual, thoughtful and lasting relationships, we aim to build on yesterday’s successes and together achieve more profound impact tomorrow.

We operate as a team made up of a worldwide network of volunteers, freelancers and other partners, connected by our principal. This distributed structure enables us to operate in a lean, flexible and efficient manner.

Structurally, our foundation is comprised of a group of organizations and entities, including a charitable trust in Liechtenstein, the Croeni Foundation Ltd. and a donor-advised-fund managed by the California Community Foundation.

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ABOUT JAN CROENI

Based in Singapore, the foundation’s founder and principal Jan Croeni is an active mentor, advisor and investor at various start-ups and incubators, with a special focus on cause-related ventures, social enterprises and for-impact companies.

In his early 30s, Jan co-founded and managed companies which raised USD10+ million, exited with USD50+ million, went IPO (ASX:IBY, market capitalization of USD100+ million, 12/2013), and employed 250+ staff reaching out to millions of customers in Southeast Asia, all within a period of a few years in diverse areas such as electric mobility, online shopping and food delivery.

After his success in business, he decided to dedicate his time and resources to creating a better world. He is now facing his biggest (and most interesting!) challenge yet—efficient giving back to society.

OUR IMPACT

Below are a few examples of the impact our initiatives have generated since our inception:

Conservation News

Mongabay operates a widely popular conservation news and environmental science website that focuses on issues related to forests, wildlife and oceans.

Croeni Foundation supported Mongabay with several grants aimed at raising awareness through high quality environmental news.

One of our Mongabay grants was used to develop the 2016 Almost Famous Asian Animal Series which consists of 20 published articles, to date. It introduces the readers to threatened species throughout Asia, including the Indian tropics and subtropics, the cold climes of the Himalayas and Russian steppe, China and Southeast Asia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Key Impact Data:

  • 20 articles in the series, 16 of which were funded through our grant.
  • The series was written by 15 Mongabay contributors from around the world.
  • Each piece comes at around 2,000 words and often includes amazing photography directly from the scientists’ field research, published for the first time. The total word count for all the stories tops more than 40,000 words.
  • More than 50 animal species are covered, including 26 primates, 7 birds, 2 smaller cats, 3 large mammals, 1 amphibian, 2 reptiles, a variety of threatened Asian bats and 1 fish.
  • By the end of 2016, the articles were visited more than 72,000 times, reached 700,000 people on Facebook and accumulated over 25,000 likes and shares. They were also republished in Down To Earth, the Huffington Post and Scroll, and referenced in The Guardian, Mother Nature News and Vientiane Times.

Cat Ba Langur Conservation Project 

The Cat Ba Langur Conservation Project was founded in 2000 to halt the impending extinction of the Cat Ba Langur, a critically endangered leaf eating monkey endemic to Cat Ba Island off the shore of northern Vietnam.

We supported this initiative through a 2-year grant from 2015 to 2016. The grant was used to fund ranger allowances, fuel, food and other costs associated with keeping the patrols in the field and guarding the entirety of the Cat Ba Island. It also directly funded several months of anti-poaching work which led to:

  • 7 arrests made.
  • 68 people individually educated.
  • 67 people expelled from the national park.
  • 15 boats and 11 trucks checked for illegal cargo.
  • 1 floating house checked for contraband.
  • 1 hunting camp discovered and destroyed.
  • 21 string traps, 3 cage traps, 1 steel trap, 1 deadfall type net trap (a new trap type on the island intended to catch ground dwelling birds), 1 gecko snare and 1050 meters of bird net confiscated and destroyed.
  • 1 firearm confiscated (an old .22 caliber Russian made TOZ-8 dating from the 1930s or 1940s).
  • 1 bird released.

UNFRAMED

UNFRAMED—one of Singapore’s first  social accelerators—believes in the power of individuals to address the most prevailing social challenges, selects the most committed and promising social-impact entrepreneurs, and nurtures these changemakers with the community and the support of an ecosystem of outstanding partners. By enabling remarkable entrepreneurs to realize their full potential, UNFRAMED builds great startups with clear social impact.

We have supported UNFRAMED in different ways, including grants and guidance, since before its inception in 2014. Additionally, our principal, Jan Croeni, has volunteered as a mentor and adviser at UNFRAMED since 2015.

From 2015 to mid-2017, UNFRAMED:

  • Won financial support of USD370,000+ from prestigious project partners such as DBS Foundation, Singtel and NDC.
  • Trained 212 entrepreneurs in 45 workshops and 2 bootcamps. Assisted 73 social ventures.
  • Ran 4 accelerator programs (e.g. UNAGING, which targets aging-related challenges, Singtel Future Makers, or Enabling Change).
  • Facilitated support worth USD555,000. Hosted over 11 community events, bringing together 227 cross-sector organizations.

As of mid-2017, UNFRAMED is a pillar of Singapore’s social startup scene and a go-to accelerator which continuously grooms entrepreneurs for greater impact.

Looking towards the future, by mid-2019 UNFRAMED plans to scale their impact to 1,000 trained social entrepreneurs, 200 assisted social ventures, 100 workshops, 14 bootcamps, 4 accelerators, and USD1.85 million in facilitated support.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Croeni Foundation. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Each year since 2020, the Los Angeles Immigration Summit has convened hundreds of leaders from across the public, private, and philanthropic sectors to advance an immigrant inclusive policy agenda for Los Angeles.

The Summit includes stakeholders from business, labor, community-based organizations, local government, funders, and other sectors. It’s built on the collaborative effort between the California Community Foundation, the USC Equity Research Institute, the Council on Immigrant Inclusion, and the Immigrants Are LA coalition.

Learn more about The 4th Annual Los Angeles Immigration Summit, which took place on June 27-30, 2023.

California Youth ConnectionCalifornia Youth Connection (CYC) builds foster youth’s leadership and advocacy skills to improve California’s foster care system by promoting opportunities for foster youth to speak with policymakers and engaging youth in policy development. As the the only organization in California to engage foster youth in the policy-making process, CYC is now a national model.

Every year CYC serves more than 500 foster youth members, ages 14-24, through 30 chapters throughout the state. CYC members reflect the diversity of the state’s 72,557 foster youth, the majority of whom are of color and 100% of whom are low-income.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the California Youth Connection. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
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Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Jason Mraz Foundation LogoThe Jason Mraz Foundation helps sustain organizations aligned with Jason’s pillars of service:

HUMAN EQUALITY 

Free The Slaves: Liberating slaves around the world, helping them rebuild their lives, and researching real world solutions to eradicate slavery forever.

True Colors Fund: Seeks to inspire and engage everyone, particularly the straight community, to become active participants in the advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality.

ARTS AND EDUCATION

VH1 Save The Music Foundation: Developing long-term, sustainable instrumental music programs that provide children access to music, regardless of financial situation.

School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC): Inspiring young people to reach their full potential through quality training in the performing arts.

Free the Children: Helping driven and passionate youth at home engage in social issues contributing to the developing world.

ENVIRONMENT PRESERVATION

Surfrider: Dedicated to protecting our world’s oceans, waves, and beaches.

NRDC: The Natural Resources Defense Council’s purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

RECOVERY & ASSISTANCE

Life Rolls On: Dedicated to improving the quality of life of young people affected by spinal cord injury and utilizing action sports as a platform to inspire infinite possibilities despite paralysis.

MusiCares®: Providing a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need.

 

Stay connected to Jason:

Official Site – www.jasonmraz.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com/jasonmraz

Twitter – www.twitter.com/jason_mraz

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Jason Mraz Foundation. Checks should be mailed to:

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Dr Barbara Sugland Foundation PhotoThe Dr. Barbara Sugland Foundation (DRBSF) reflects a collective vision for ensuring a better life for young people and women, especially those who are most marginalized. The foundation supports innovative solutions that connect young people, address their families, their communities, youth service organizations, and disparities in women’s health care. The foundation looks forward to the partnerships that develop and the many lessons we will learn along the way.

Sincere about collaboration, DRBSF is willing to take risks and is serious about promoting change!

WHO WE ARE

DRBSF is a national philanthropic network of diverse individuals dedicated to ensuring the health and wellbeing of all young people and women; especially those of color. Our goal is to provide assistance to youth service professionals, educators, policymakers and other youth advocates in communities across the country through:

  • Coordinated Efforts to “bridge the gap” between the Science of Research and the Application of Effective Practice
  • Youth Leadership and Mentorship
  • Training/Outreach
  • Coordinated Efforts with Strategic Partners to Influence Policy and Effective Practice

DRBSF will support activities that build youth-service organizations and community-based programs that support all young people and women from marginalized and underserved communities.

DRBSF will prioritize the needs of young people and women most affected by the social and economic inequities, injustices and other obstacles that challenge the quality of their everyday life.

For more information visit our website.

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COFEM Community Fund PhotoCOFEM (Consejo de Federaciones Mexicanas en Norteamérica) was established in 2005 to give hometown associations a unified voice to improve educational, health, social, and political conditions for Latino immigrants in their local communities and communities of origin. COFEM’s organizational priorities are aimed at addressing some of the underlining issues faced by the membership and immigrant community through programmatic and public policy efforts.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for COFEM. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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