San Fernando Valley Business Journal

 

CalMatters

Los Angeles—The California Community Foundation (CCF) announced the next rounds of its COVID-19 LA County Response Fund awards totaling $7,949,500. Since the start of this pandemic, CCF has awarded $11,922,500 to nonprofits across LA County bringing the total number of grants awarded to 233. 

“Community Foundations are powerful agents of hope in people’s lives especially during a crisis,” said Antonia Hernández, President and CEO of the California Community Foundation. “Our staff and community partners have the knowledge and networks to do what is required to help get funds and resources to people who need them the most.” 

During the ongoing health and economic crisis, CCF continues to work with donors, foundations, government and community partners to provide the resources possible to mitigate the spread of COVID- 19 and support families impacted by economic hardship and school closures.  

As more families face greater economic challenges during the safer at home orders, access to direct assistance for basic needs provides a safety net for many across the county.  Hardship support is needed to help families with immediate needs for utilities, gas, housing assistance, food and additional resources to support home schooling.  Extremely vulnerable workers like day laborers, street vendors, domestic workers and undocumented immigrants with limited eligibility for relief aid from public agencies, continue to suffer greatly.  

Recognizing food insecurity has increased with the current economic conditions and is projected to stay at an elevated level for the next several months, CCF is funding the expansion of food security programs by supporting area foodbanks and meal distribution centers. 

Addressing the acute needs of our homeless neighbors with our health clinics and hospitals continues to be a priority of CCF’s response efforts. Funds in this round are going to prepare for a surge in cases, street outreach and medical staff in shelters. 

CCF is committed to working with our partners and communities throughout the region to ensure our immediate response supports our most high need neighborhoods and families and that our post-COVID- 19 efforts strengthen Los Angeles by focusing on those most acutely impacted.  

CCF is especially proud to be partnering and leveraging its efforts with its donors who have collectively given over $16 million dollars out of their donor advised funds to respond to COVID-19 related needs within Los Angeles and throughout the nation and the world.  

The California Community Foundation has served as a public, charitable organization since 1915, empowering donors to pursue their own personal passions and to collaborate with us in addressing the root causes of challenges in Los Angeles County. CCF stewards $1.8 billion in assets and manages 1,700 charitable foundations, funds and legacies. For more information, please visit calfund.org. 

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Roshin Mathew at rmathew [@] calfund [.] org or (213) 452-6229

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Supports Hardship Assistance, Youth and Family Services, Healthcare Staffing, Medical Resources and Community Organizing

LOS ANGELES – Building on its first round of grants, the California Community Foundation’s (CCF) COVID-19 LA County Response Fund grants $1.8 million to 41 nonprofits to continue to address the immediate and emerging needs of our region’s most vulnerable residents—from immediate hardship relief to advocacy efforts to ensure equitable access to health and economic security for those disproportionately affected by this crisis. This fund supports community needs identified by our nonprofit partners in education, immigration, health and housing.

“The ever-changing nature of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) brings with it many challenges and unforeseen long-term effects for those living in our most vulnerable populations,” said Antonia Hernández, President and CEO of the California Community Foundation. “We are committed to working in partnership to support our community and deliver the help they need right now and the systemic change they need for long term recovery.”

Total Grants Awarded by Category:

Communities of color, low-wage workers, immigrants, incarcerated and detained populations are at disproportionate risk of being affected both by the coronavirus and the response to its spread. CCF believes everyone is only as safe as those members of the community who are most at risk. This requires working together to support marginalized communities and individuals.

Since opening the fund on March 13th, CCF has received generous commitments from CCF’s donors and board, business and philanthropic leaders and community members to support those acutely impacted by COVID-19. For more information on how to give visit: https://staging5.calfund.org/covid-19/

Media Contact

Roshin Mathew at rmathew [@] calfund [.] org or (213) 452-6229

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California Community Foundation’s First Round of 70 Grants Focuses on the Needs of Youth, Homeless, Immigrants, Uninsured and Under Insured.

LOS ANGELES – The California Community Foundation’s (CCF) COVID-19 LA County Response Fund grants $1.7 million to respond to the immediate and emerging needs of our region’s most vulnerable residents. CCF continues to monitor the developments related to the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic while gathering input from community partners on the frontlines. This information will inform our next round of grants.

Since opening the fund on March 13th, CCF has received generous commitments from CCF’s donors and board, business and philanthropic leaders and community members to support those acutely impacted by COVID-19.

“The coronavirus is an unprecedented situation which is impacting the health of all Angelenos, but it also promises to have long term unforeseen effects for those living in our most vulnerable populations,” said Antonia Hernández, president and CEO of the California Community Foundation. “We are working collectively to provide relief for those most impacted by this crisis.”

Determined through consultation with on-the-ground partners in affected areas, the current grants focus on efforts by trusted community partners providing services which target:

• $225,000 – Education: access to food, childcare and academic supports

• $515,000 – Homelessness: staffing and supplies for safe places to recover or be quarantined for the unhoused

• $662,504 – Health: patient assessment, staffing and the facilitation of transfers for patients needing treatment or quarantine

• $175,000 – Immigration: support low-wage, immigrant workers by providing them with critical information and resources to help them access food, services, and other unemployment challenges

• $195,000 – Hardship Assistance: grants to nonprofit partners in CCF’s Pass It Along (PIA) Program to make aid available to help individuals and families address an immediate, emergency need

During challenging times, CCF embraces its leadership role to respond to the evolving needs of its diverse residents. Despite all the uncertainty, one thing CCF feels is hope because when CCF aligns its resources, expertise and partnerships, opportunities and solutions arise.

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MEDIA: Roshin Mathew

rmathew [@] calfund [.] org

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Los Angeles Daily News

LOS ANGELES – July 18, 2019 (AMENDED June 18, 2020)  –The public-private partnership between L.A. County Probation, Liberty Hill Foundation and the California Community Foundation has awarded $7.1 million to 49 L.A. based nonprofits providing community-based youth development services. The initiative is called Ready to Rise: Expanding Opportunities for All L.A. County Youth.

“L.A. County Probation is proud of this partnership and our financial contribution to grow programs proven to successfully prevent youth from entering the juvenile justice system, while cutting the recidivism rates of those who have,” said Chief Deputy Probation Officer Sheila Mitchell who oversees Juvenile Operations for L.A. County, which includes juvenile halls, residential treatment camps and Deputy Probation Officers. “This continues Probation’s goal to be the nation’s leader in demonstrating how a community-based model focused on prevention and treatment decreases the number of youth incarcerated and improves the likelihood of youth to earn degrees, become employed and not enter the justice system as an adult.”

This collaboration will expand opportunities and resources for programs that keep youth out of the criminal justice system and help those in the system successfully transition back into the community.

“The traditional response to youth crime has included arrest, incarceration and probation. These approaches have not acknowledged the high needs of many of our youth, “said Antonia Hernández, President and CEO of the California Community Foundation. “Young people who have already experienced the debilitating effects of poverty and prejudice need a system that works upstream to focus on their unmet needs and develop them through a positive, whole child framework.”

Ready to Rise grantees will receive funding for a variety of program activities focused on arts, wellness, educational attainment, leadership, workforce development, mentorship, youth organizing and other engagement areas. These grantees share a focus on multiple aspects of youth development – academic, identity, socio-emotional, physical health, mental wellness and others – which will be integrated into their services.

The partnership is fostering a full spectrum of services—a whole child approach—while recognizing nonprofits can also benefit from training and support that will build their own programmatic and organizational effectiveness. All grantees of this program will receive capacity building support, including coaching and cohort-based training. Additionally, the services made available via this collaboration will be provided within the youths’ own communities thus making it easier for them to access.

“This is about building the nation’s largest youth development system starting with the organizations that serve our highest need youth, and ensuring these organizations have the means to secure their own futures in the process,” said Shane Murphy Goldsmith, President and CEO of the Liberty Hill Foundation. “With this new partnership, Los Angeles County stands together with youth and their families, on their terms, so that all youth have the chance to live up to their full potential.”

Following a rigorous and inclusive review process, that included community leaders with youth development backgrounds, nonprofits were awarded 1-year grants. Awards ranged from $50,000 to $150,000.

These grants will accelerate impact in targeted communities, mobilize resources and promote what works, all with the goal of transforming educational, personal and professional outcomes for young people, as well as vastly decreasing youth interactions with the justice system. As a cohort of organizations, grant recipients will represent a growing asset-based youth developmental system that unlocks opportunity for vulnerable young adults in L.A. County.

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Ready to Rise Grantees:

First Cohort

Second & Third Cohort

Press Contacts:

For more information on Ready to Rise and Liberty Hill Foundation’s participation, please contact Courtney Kassel, Chief Communications Officer, by phone at 323-556-7230 or email at [cryptx]ckassel@libertyhill.org[/cryptx].

For more information on Ready to Rise and California Community Foundation’s participation, please contact Roshin Mathew, Director of Marketing and Communications, by phone at 213-413-4130 or by email at [cryptx]rmathew@staging5.calfund.org[/cryptx].

For more information on Ready to Rise and the Los Angeles County Probation Department’s participation, please contact Kerri Webb, Public Information Officer, by phone at 562-315-3388 or by email at [cryptx]kerri.webb@probation.lacounty.gov[/cryptx].

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Ventura County District Attorney’s Office