Don’t Miss #HalfMyDAF Matching Grants

October 9, 2021, is a special day for Donor Advised Fund holders like you. It is the last day to apply for an opportunity to give matching grants to the nonprofits you support. Join the #HalfMyDAF movement and supercharge your donations. Some LAMV-CF DAF owners have already participated, and we want to make sure...

LAMV-CF… where community comes together

As I reflect on the last 12 months, I see a year of many changes and challenges coupled with significant accomplishments and activities. No one would have imagined how the pandemic and economic recession would affect our local communities, the Foundation, or our work. I believe we matured as an engaged local funder and...

Why We Should Care About a K-Shaped Recovery

Since the pandemic began, there's been lots of speculation about how our economy - and communities - will emerge from it. Economists describe the various 'recovery curves' that have existed for some time. As we move from pandemic relief efforts to rebuilding, a new curve has entered into this economic lexicon that we should...

Why Fiscal Sponsorships Matter

When I began my relationship with LACF as a board member, I was excited by the Foundation’s willingness to support emerging nonprofits through fiscal sponsorships. Fiscal sponsorships – where a supporting organization like LACF will accept donations on behalf of a project or entity that does not qualify for tax-exemption on its own –...

Celebrating Local Giving

Over the past months of this pandemic, I’ve witnessed and participated in emerging collaborations between funders – both institutions and local families with significant means – to tackle issues such as mental health, equity, and homelessness (more on that moving forward). Sustained collaborations between organizations remain challenging, but a willingness to minimize bureaucracy and...

Working Together for Greater Local Good

So much of what philanthropy has done over the past few months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic was long overdue (also long overdue but perhaps not as clearly seen yet is the sector’s response to address inequities and structural racism – that’s a subject for a future post). In a matter of a...

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