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Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass Headlines
Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable Noted Community Philanthropist Award Presentation
By: The Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable

LOS ANGELES - Aug. 28, 2020 - PRLog -- Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass will headline the presentation ceremony of the Noted Community Philanthropist Award to Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson. The award will be presented the first week of September and will be Facebook Livestreamed

Hutchinson was chosen for the award by the Justice for Marc Fitzsimmons Committee. According to Committee President Donna Dymally, "Hutchinson has worked tirelessly and effectively to build self-reliance and self-sustainability through its donor program of cash grants and awards to dozens of community grassroots organizations and individuals over the years. We are proud to honor him and the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable for their vital community assistance work."

"We are deeply honored and incredibly humbled to receive the Noted Philanthropist Award," says Hutchinson, "We will continue to do any and everything we can as an organization to fulfill our mission which is to provide crucial support and assistance to the needy especially in these critical times."

The Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable has given more than 200 cash grants and awards to organizations and individuals since it launched its donor program in 2015. On September 1, 2020, the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable awarded ten cash grants to the St. John the Baptist Social Services Organization in Baldwin Park, California. The organizations provide social services assistance to low income families. The grants were awarded to 10 families to assist in payment of their utility bills and other necessities.

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The Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable is a ten year old 501 C3 public charity and education organization. In June, 2011 we launched our Impact Micro Award Program. Since our launch in June we have awarded 14 Impact Micro Awards to community organizations that fulfill our mission of working to build self-reliance and self-sustainability in underserved communities in the areas of violence prevention, at risk youth training, leadership mentoring and tutoring, financial education, health and nutrition awareness, arts, cultural and media training, college financial support, and civic engagement.

The micro awards are not charity awards but awards designed to aid the organizations and individuals to build community sustainability with money for basic necessities such as printing, phone, staff and volunteer expenses, and travel funds. These groups rely on individual donations and have limited or no access to foundation or corporate grants or funding. We aim to fill this vital funding niche.

Our goal for the remainder of 2011 is to make 25 to 30 more awards and to increase the dollar amount of each award. We are asking for your support to help us achieve our goal.

 Impact Micro Award Partner $100 to $1,000

 Impact Micro Award Bronze Partner $1,000 to $5,000

 Impact Micro Award Silver Partner $5,000 to $10,000

 Impact Micro Award Gold Partner $10,000 Plus

We firmly believe in strict financial accountability and transparency. Our executive officers receive no salaries or administrative expenses. This is to insure that nearly every dollar that we receive that is tax deductible goes directly to aid organizations and individuals that are diligently working for sustainability in underserved communities. We have received financial commitments from Wells Fargo Foundation, Operation Hope, and the Weingart Foundation. The awardees, their organization accomplishments are posted on our Website: losangelesurbanpolicyroundtable.blogspot.com
I thank you for your kind consideration to our funding request.


Earl Ofari Hutchinson
President Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable

Impact Micro Awards Make a Difference

Community based organizations need appropriately-sized, targeted amounts of money. They need grants that build confidence and fund core needs but that don’t overwhelm their capacities—or worse, corrupt their agendas.
Impact Micro Awards which are a few hundred dollars can have a big impact. When strategically awarded at the right time to the right organization, a small grant can be exactly what community organizations need to grow in reach and make a difference.
Because our aim is to make a number of seed awards each year, we are able to spread our resources out. We are able to support hundreds of new solutions for building community sustainability, each one appropriate to the context and culture of the community or neighborhood.
While tangible success stories illustrate the potency of Micro Awards, it’s the unseen outcomes that best tell the story. The most rewarding is how a seed award can boost individual and neighborhood pride.
It’s the kind of thing that makes a huge difference in the destiny of a neighborhood. People want to be seen and heard and recognized. And they want to contribute in meaningful ways.

Impact Micro Awards allow us to:
• Make grants quickly, with minimal bureaucracy
• Provide funding that is nonrestrictive—that promotes creativity and freedom of action
• Grant amounts large enough to take action, but small enough that they do not overwhelm the groups or create undue burdens for financial management
• Fund a multiplicity of solutions to build sustainable communities in dozens of different places

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