The seeds we plant become the forests we treasure.
Over more than 100 years, we have been fortunate to partner with donors, nonprofits, funders, policymakers and others to take on major challenges, realize potential and improve the quality of life in Los Angeles and beyond. Driven by community voices and using diverse approaches like grantmaking, research, advocacy and coalition-building. Each of these case studies demonstrates how we worked to create lasting, positive change for the people we serve.
el monte community building initiative
The 10-year, multimillion dollar initiative, El Monte Community Building Initiative helped a community come together to create a lasting investment in the health and academic promise of their children.
Launched in partnership with CCF, Grameen America’s Los Angeles program has invested more than $4 million to help more than 4,000 women-owned businesses with loan capital, training and support. In turn, this new generation of female entrepreneurs has been empowered to build businesses, create jobs and support their families while upholding an astounding 99 percent repayment rate.
Grameen America understands that success for low-income women often rests on a small amount of capital. Launched in partnership with CCF, Grameen America’s Los Angeles program has provided nearly 10,000 L.A. women entrepreneurs with loan capital, training and support, investing nearly $50 million in Angeleno businesses. In turn, this new generation of female entrepreneurs has been empowered to build businesses, create jobs and support their families while upholding an astounding 99 percent repayment rate.
iraq afghanistan deployment impact fund
Created by an anonymous donor, The Iraq Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund granted more than $243 million to 53 nonprofits to meet the needs of men, women and families affected by deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan.
preparing achievers for tomorrow
Over the course of five years, the love and passion of a single anonymous donor transformed the lives and futures of tens of thousands of youth and strengthened South L.A. communities for generations to come through Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow.
Everyone benefits when our young men can succeed. But young men of color, particularly young African American men, are disproportionately affected by our justice system. Disrupted education leads to diminished earning power, and our community misses out on the potential of a generation of entrepreneurs, doctors and community leaders. Launched in 2012, BLOOM (Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men) helped nearly 800 young Black men in South Los Angeles onto positive paths through mentorship, character development, academic assistance and specially tailored programs designed to help participants succeed in school, the workforce and life.