This year, the California Community Foundation kicked off our centennial by announcing an audacious goal: grant $1 billion over the next decade to nonprofits serving Los Angeles County. This represents one of the largest sustained philanthropic investments in L.A. history and reflects the strength of our commitment to social change and economic progress in the place we call home.
As a community foundation, our ability to give out funding relies on being able to attract donors who care about creating a better today and tomorrow for our county. We will achieve our pledge through the generosity of donors – whether they are individuals, families, foundations or corporations – who want to partner and join us in building Los Angeles together. At a time when a majority of Angelenos’ charitable dollars are distributed elsewhere, we intend to be a catalyst, reversing this trend by highlighting the needs and opportunities of Los Angeles and assuring that all our neighbors can thrive.
In our centennial year, we would like to acknowledge a special group – members of our Centennial Legacy Campaign – whose generosity in providing portions of their estates to create permanent funds will address the needs of Los Angeles County, now and in the future.
Legacy giving enables us to purposely invest in core issues – including education, health, affordable housing, job creation, smart growth, civic engagement, youth empowerment and the arts – that together have the greatest potential to improve lives and create a more vibrant region. It allows us to make a long-term impact by building permanent housing for the homeless and funding nonprofit organizations that help immigrants get on the road to citizenship.
We are mindful that every dollar we grant represents the dream of a donor and an investment in strengthening the communities of Los Angeles County. While the needs and the incredible potential of our county’s residents have never been greater, every day we see the impact of our donors’ generosity and investments.
So, to our Centennial Legacy Campaign members, our donors and all of our other partners in change, thank you for your generosity and commitment to building a stronger, more just and vibrant Los Angeles County.