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2014 Annual Conference Short Talks


Participate in two rounds of fast-paced interactive breakouts on key aspects of resilient communities. Nonprofit and community leaders will give a brief presentation and then join a dynamic conversation with participants about how philanthropy can engage with and support these critical issues. Each short talk will be guided by an expert facilitator from the Center for Nonprofit Management, the premier resource for nonprofit organizations in the Southern California region.


Short Talks - Round 1
2:15 - 3:05 

Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline
With 70% of Californians under 25 being people of color, our future is in color. Signifi cantly more likely to receive suspensions, drop out of high school, and get funneled into the criminal justice system than their white peers, many of these young people don’t see a promising future for themselves. When one suspension alone doubles the chance of dropping out and triples their chance of getting involved in the justice system, we need to concentrate on keeping kids in school and out of the school-to-prison pipeline. Corleone Ham, a recent Wilson High School graduate, and Shayquan Baldwin, a current West Los Angeles Community College student, will share how they got the support to stay in school, focus on their communities, and see a future of possibility and success.

Building Partnerships that Break Sector Silos and Strengthen Communities
Public-private partnerships offer some of the most innovative solutions to society’s problems. But how do we break down the silos to build them? Karen Baker from California Volunteers will share success stories and tactics for building meaningful, long-term partnerships between government, corporate, nonprofi t, and philanthropic organizations that can help us tackle critical issues and strengthen our communities.

Community Connections and Sense of Place: Shaping the Future of Southern California
When times get really tough, our neighbors often provide us with the most immediate and impactful assistance. As such, fostering community identity and relationships are essential strategies in the resiliency toolkit. Dr. Lucy Jones leverages over three decades of research and application of resilience information to focus on how individuals and organizations connected to their community are able to grow and effectively manage the dynamic world around them. With examples from L.A., the U.S. and around the globe, Dr. Jones will share best practices for vulnerable communities to thrive after a natural or manmade impact and thoughts about how to strengthen those bonds in Southern California.

Student Health = Student Success: The School-Based Wellness Center Breakthrough
We’ve long known that academic performance is influenced by health and wellness. That’s why the L.A. Unified School District’s decision to break down the barriers between health and education funding is a breakthrough. We can now focus on promoting wellness and increasing student access to health and mental health services. With 12 Wellness Centers currently on LAUSD campuses, with more to open soon, and planning for Phase 2 underway, this model may soon transform both student achievement and community health. Maryjane Puffer with The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health will discuss this integrated, holistic approach to student and community health and the promise it holds for the future of our region.

The Struggle Against Poverty: A Human Rights Approach to Building Hope and Dignity with the Community
The prevalent narrative about many of our poorest communities is one of anger and despair. Many in these communities face interconnected issues related to poverty, substandard housing, lack of economic opportunity and poor health indicators. With income inequality widening, the need to address these challenges grows stronger daily. Esperanza Community Housing Corporation’s Nancy Ibrahim will share one comprehensive community development approach that interconnects programs related to health and housing rights, environmental justice, economic opportunity, and cultural/artistic expression—one that is meaningfully changing the narrative in South Los Angeles, rebuilding the community, and bringing back hope and dignity.


Short Talks - Round 2
3:20 - 4:10

Drought, Heat, and Resilience: How Smart Philanthropy Can Help Southern California Communities Survive and Thrive
Our region is facing severe drought, major wildfires and record-breaking heat waves, all of which impact our communities and our way of life. How can philanthropy engage in smart strategies and partnerships to ensure California communities continue to thrive? Climate Resolve’s Jonathan Parfrey will share examples of local projects and strategies that can help us weather today’s storms (or lack thereof) and better prepare for tomorrow.

Investing in Kids: How Philanthropy Can Help Prioritize Children’s Well-Being
Too many of our children lack the basic building blocks to ensure success—high quality early learning experiences, rigorous K-12 academics, enriching afterschool and summer programs, and access to critical health care services. Sharyn Church, the Los Angeles Director for Children Now, will share local county data from the 2014 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being to illustrate where children are doing well and how philanthropy can come together to prioritize well-being and improve outcomes for children.

Strengthening the Region’s Creative Economy
Southern California is the creative capital of the United States: the source of 726,000 jobs, $140 billion dollars in revenue, and home to more artists than anywhere in the country… but cities all over the world want to attract this sector and the ancillary benefits it provides for our children and communities. How can philanthropy join with government and other partners to strengthen our creative sector and make it more resilient in the face of increasing international competition, technology changes, and intellectual property challenges? Keith McNutt, author of the 2013 report, LA CREATES, will share his recommendations for sustaining and growing our region’s creative identity, output, and impact.

Engaging Communities and Patients as Partners to Address Depression
Although depression is the largest cause of disability in adults in the U.S., most people living in low-income, minority communities don’t have access to the kind of high quality care that is most effective. UCLA’s Dr. Bowen Chung and Felica Jones with Healthy African American Families II will discuss an approach to addressing depression in under-resourced communities of color that engages communities and patients as partners in designing services to best meet their needs. This L.A. County Health Initiative model, which is being implemented in five local communities and may soon expand to 24 others, is bringing hope and possibility to people and communities who previously struggled alone with this issue.

Causes Count: How Nonprofits Make the California Economy More Resilient
Though sometimes portrayed as too small to matter or less efficient than for-profit businesses, our nonprofit sector is teeming with exceptional human and financial capital. Nonprofits are a major contributor to our economy. The sector’s impact, however, could be considerably greater, particularly in our region. As the new Causes Count report shows, Southern California nonprofits average significantly fewer resources than those in Northern California. Jan Masaoka of The California Association of Nonprofits will provide insight into these substantial resource discrepancies and ask us to consider how philanthropy might help rebalance resources to strengthen our region’s economy and build more resilient communities.


Center for Nonprofit Management Short Talk Facilitators:

Regina Birdsell, President and Chief Executive Officer
Julie Ha Truong, Director of Education and Staff Consultant
Maura Harrington, Vice President of Consulting and Chief Operating Officer
Leslie Robin, Senior Leadership and Organizational Development Consultant
Belinda Madrid Teitel, Vice President of Education and Leadership Development
Heather Tunis, Senior Consultant