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Motion by Supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl Creates LA County's First Philanthropic Liaison

Monday, October 12, 2015

On October 6, the LA County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a motion co-authored by Supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl to establish the first philanthropic liaison office within the County, called the Center for Strategic Public-Private Partnerships. The purpose of this new office is to develop a shared agenda for joint initiatives between the County and philanthropy by facilitating the highest level of dialogue and collaboration.

Leaders from Southern California Grantmakers, the Weingart Foundation, and The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation worked closely with Fesia Davenport, the Interim Director of the Office of Child Protection (OCP), to develop this new office.
The new Center will be co-located within the County’s Office of Child Protection and will have three staff members. It will be supported equally by both philanthropic and County funding. Already endorsing the initiative are 12 major philanthropic groups:  The Ahmanson Foundation; Annenberg Foundation; Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation/Pritzker Foster Care Initiative; Blue Shield of California Foundation; California Community Foundation; The California Endowment; David Bohnett Foundation; Hilton Foundation; The James Irvine Foundation; The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation; UniHealth Foundation; and Weingart Foundation.

“The power of public-private partnerships has been under-utilized within the County. This motion changes that unfortunate dynamic,” Supervisor Solis said. “With this new Center in place, we will be far better positioned to combine the best thinking and resources of government and philanthropy into programs that work for children. That is why this initiative is a priority for me.”
“We congratulate Supervisor Solis and the Board in taking this first major step forward to create a philanthropic liaison role in L.A. County,” said Chris Essel, President and CEO of Southern California Grantmakers. “We believe it will be a game-changer and lead to a more effective and collaborative relationship between government and philanthropy as we work together toward a better future for our children."

“This new Center is an important outgrowth of the efforts of many foundations, who came together to support the work of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection,” said Wendy Garen, President and CEO of The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. “We look forward to continuing this collaboration between the philanthropy and the County, and believe it will ultimately serve as a model for protecting our most vulnerable children.”

“Improving our child welfare system requires the kind of innovative solutions that result from cross sector collaboration,” said Fred Ali, President and CEO of the Weingart Foundation. “This is a very important example of government and philanthropy working together on behalf of our children and families. Supervisors Solis and Kuehl have shown great leadership."

This initiative implements a recommendation of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection which suggested that OCP “reach out to the philanthropic community and build strategic partnerships to help improve the child protection system.”

Read the motion by clicking here.