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Immigration | December 14, 2023
The 4th Annual Los Angeles Immigration Summit (Summit) was a two-day, in-person convening that bolstered the power of L.A.’s immigrant communities. The Summit 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, that includes stakeholders from business, labor, community-based organizations, local government, funders, and other sectors.
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Uncategorized | November 15, 2023
For Apryll Nakamura, becoming a philanthropist started with one professor’s kindness. As a young engineering student in the 1970’s, Apryll had to work several jobs and watch every penny to attend UCLA’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. When one of the tools she needed for class, a plastic slide rule, broke before her first final she feared she would fail the test and flunk out of school. Instead, Professor Joseph DiStefano let her use his slide rule – and then told her to keep it.
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Uncategorized | November 15, 2023
As Planned Giving Officer, Emily Stork leads CCF’s Sartori Circle program, which recognizes and brings together donors of testamentary gifts who have decided to make a long-term impact on the lives of others through their charitable bequests. Emily works closely with donors to ensure their bequests, whether they include gifts of real estate, closely held stock or other gifts of cash or complex assets, fulfill their philanthropic visions for supporting the causes they care about. Emily also promotes CCF’s gift planning services by developing and deepening relationships with donors, advisors, and nonprofits. Emily brings over 11 years of fundraising experience, a legal background, and a love for Los Angeles County and its fascinating communities to this position.
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Uncategorized | November 6, 2023
Do you or your clients have retirement accounts and charitable intent? If they are 70 ½ or older, they can easily make a qualified charitable distribution and get a tax break. For 2023, donors can transfer up to $100,000 directly from their traditional IRA(s) to charity.
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Uncategorized | October 19, 2023
People power is one of the most effective tools low-wage workers have in the face of stagnating wages, increasing rents and a crushing cost of living in one of the most expensive cities in the country. Worker activism is not new for the City of Angels. Los Angeles has a history of major wins for disenfranchised workers, including the historic El Monte Thai Garment Slavery Case of 1995. This case was led by garment workers trafficked from Thailand like Rotchana Sussman who worked around the clock and slept in a crowded sweatshop surrounded by barbed wire and paved the path to the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA).
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Uncategorized | October 15, 2023
On my first day as President and CEO of the California Community Foundation (CCF) I reflect on the difficult times we are in as our world confronts complex and somber challenges. Indeed, we live in a time when our collective resilience and humanity are being tested.
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