The issues that face Los Angeles are as diverse as the county itself. We Are Los Angeles brings together some of the region’s most innovative artists to communicate and explore the power and promise of these issues and their visions for a better L.A.

With the belief that art can move, challenge and inspire us, the California Community Foundation commissioned 30 L.A. County-based artists to create art that explores pressing issues facing our region. The We Are Los Angeles exhibit of angel sculptures will be unveiled on November 12 at a special event open to the public at Grand Park on Downtown Los Angeles, featuring music, poetry and dance, and will be on display through November 17. The sculptures are inspired by CCF’s priorities for creating impact in the areas of the arts, civic engagement, education, health, housing, immigrant integration and youth empowerment. Together they represent the collective diversity and strength of Los Angeles.

Explore We Are Los Angeles

Need is rising in Los Angeles County. Every day, more people go hungry, more families become homeless and more children lack access to high-quality, affordable education. At the time it is most needed, the charitable giving that forms the lifeblood of the overstretched organizations serving our most vulnerable neighbors is on the decline. And what gifts are made often go to organizations outside of L.A.

How can we enable and increase generosity in Los Angeles? How can we convince donors to bring their passion back home and address the needs in their own neighborhoods? This first-of-its-kind study, conducted by the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs in partnership with the California Community Foundation, outlines troubling trends facing giving in L.A., uncovers the issues that drive L.A. donors and identifies key steps that can help close the generosity gap.

View the study’s findings

Unsung Heroes of Los Angeles County

All across Los Angeles, people are working to realize the county’s limitless potential. Individual acts of kindness ripple outward, creating powerful, positive change. Their actions represent the dreams of the community and lay the foundation for a better future.

The California Community Foundation is pleased to announce Portraits of Compassion, a photographic exhibit showcasing 30 of the Unsung Heroes of Los Angeles: everyday people doing extraordinary things. Their passions are as diverse as the county they call home, and together they are transforming our region.

Through this exhibit, you will meet these incredible individuals who have done so much to improve our communities and realize the incredible potential of Los Angeles County.

Meet the Unsung Heroes

VISION POLL FOR A BETTER LOS ANGELES

The California Community Foundation, in partnership with the University of Southern California and the Los Angeles Times, conducted a poll to reveal the priorities and hopes of Los Angeles County residents for our region. The poll explores which actions residents are willing to take to help strengthen L.A., along with the key motivations and barriers to community involvement.

The findings serve as a wake-up call to those who seek to transform L.A. County. We must find common ground and define what actions we want our residents to take, do more to motivate them to get involved, demonstrate that working together can make a difference and provide them with meaningful opportunities to support our region.

View the poll results

Centennial Town Hall

Thank you to the hundreds of community leaders who joined us on October 8, 2015 as we kicked off our Centennial celebration with a Town Hall discussion. While the challenges can seem intractable, our discussions revealed that the potential for L.A. County to thrive is infinite, especially when we engage partners across sectors and cities. 

Watch a recap video of the event.

Click below to hear from a few of the community leaders in attendance. The discussion was moderated by Los Angeles Times columnist Patt Morrison:

View photos from the event.

Read media coverage.