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Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Community Foundations, Economic Development, Philanthropy

Mission: Ccf has served as a public foundation for greater los angeles since 1915. Its role continues to evolve, balancing a long-term perspective with responsiveness to immediate issues in the community. It serves as a facilitator of meaningful and strategic charitable giving by individuals, families and organizations in los angeles, and a steward of their funds and foundations. It is an expert in the needs of los angeles, and an advocate for the most vulnerable members of the community. It is a provider of financial, technical and management support that builds the sustainability of nonprofit organizations whose missions align with the foundation's priority grantmaking areas. And it is a convener and collaborator with thought-leaders and decision makers around civic engagement and most pressing issues for the region.

Programs: Programs understanding the needs of nonprofits of greater los angeles has enabled ccf to attract and concentrate resources on priority areas but also respond to opportunities and challenges that arise. Arts: $1. 8 million of grants were made to build the sustainability of small to mid-size arts organizations, improve opportunities for more local residents to experience the visual, performing and media arts, and expand public and private funding of art. As part of this portfolio, $415,000 was awarded in fellowships to individual visual artists living and working in los angeles. Education: $2. 8 million of grants were made to increase school readiness through early care and education, improve teacher professional development and expand parental engagement in public education. Additionally, with major funding from the ford foundation, the los angeles extended learning time initiative supported extended learning time and supervised after-school programs that benefit students, parents and teachers in the l. A. Unified school district. Health care: $5. 3 million of grants were distributed to increase access to a regular source of preventive care and treatment services for uninsured adults and expanding coverage for all uninsured children. Housing and economic development: $2. 5 million of grants were made to nonprofit housing developers and policy and advocacy groups to increase the availability of permanent, affordable housing units in stable neighborhoods for low-income households. Additionally, ccf partnered with grameen america, local funders, and donors to launch a microlending program for women entrepreneurs in east los angeles. Finally, the smart growth and sustainable communities initiative brought together experts and advocates to create more livable, affordable communities that incorporate the smart use of public transportation in development. Youth empowerment: $3. 6 million of grants were made to transitional aged youth nonprofits in support of youth transitioning out of foster care. Bloom, a multi-year initiative with other funders and community-based organizations, made grants to improve educational and employment opportunities for black male youth who have had experiences with the l. A. County probation system. Funded by an anonymous donor, the preparing achievers for tomorrow initiative, a partnership with a network of community-based organizations to provide music, sports and recreational opportunities for 14-18 year olds in low-income south los angeles. Los angeles scholarship investment fund: $1. 2 million of grants supported programs that combine multi-year scholarships with additional support that's proven to help students graduate. Community building initiative: $1. 0 million of grants were made to ensure that children and youth in the city of el monte grow up healthier and better prepared for school, college and a career. In 2013-2014, ccf disbursed $9. 9 million in grants from the foundation's restricted funds, funds for a specific organization or educational institution by a legacy or bequest from a donor. Restricted fund grants were made in such areas as scholarships, animal welfare, disaster relief, environment, management support for nonprofits, and religious organizations, among others.

civic engagement: ccf made $2. 7 million of grants. Ccf understands that grant dollars alone are not enough to address complex regional issues. Ccf has therefore taken greater steps to form and support partnerships that motivate and empower diverse groups of local residents to participate in the civic life of their communities. Initiatives in 2013-2014 included: immigrant integration initiative: a research-based, multi-year effort guided by a countywide council of community leaders to support civic engagement, leadership development and organizational capacity building in immigrant communities of greater los angeles. Impound alert community task force (impact): a partnership of ccf with the aclu of southern california and the advancement project with funding from the james l. Knight foundation to address unfair harassment and racial profiling in automobile impoundments. Los angeles citizenship collaborative: a collaborative effort of more than 14 organizations and institutions to encourage and assist eligible legal permanent residents to become u. S. Citizens. Los angeles preschool advocacy initiative: a multi-year effort of ccf and the david and lucille packard foundation to improve access to high quality preschool education for families in historically underserved communities. One los angeles, one nation: a research-based initiative funded by ccf and the one nation foundation working with american muslim leaders and organizations to increase the engagement of their constituents in the civic life of los angeles.

donor serviced funds ccf manages more than 1,500 charitable funds entrusted to it by generations of individuals, families, organizations and companies. In 2013-2014, ccf distributed $123. 9 million in grants from donor serviced funds to nonprofit organizations in greater los angeles and elsewhere. Ccf donors also have opportunities throughout the year to align their charitable giving with grants and other disbursements of the community foundation, often through special funds. For example: pass it along fund: the community foundation and donors contributed to the pass it along fund, from which $500,000 was granted through a network of partnering nonprofits to individuals in greater los angeles facing extreme hardship and critical needs. Beneficiaries of this fund are asked to repay a one-time grant with two acts of kindness to others. Summer youth fund: $150,000 from donors and the community foundation were contributed to the summer youth fund and subsequently granted to the ymca of metropolitan la and the city of l. A. 's summer night lights, so that thousands of low-income and at-risk youth and their families could enjoy summer camp, organized sports and other recreational, fitness and educational activities.

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