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Dr. Robert K. Ross, President and Chief Executive Officer of The California Endowment, and Kenneth H. Zimmerman, Director of United States programs for the Open Society Foundations, share their perspective on improving school enviroments in order to lessen the need for suspensions and expulsions... Read more
Dear Colleagues,Our new SCG Corporate Leadership Council (CLC)—spearheaded by Board member Deidre Lind and facilitated by corporate consultant Lisa Cleri Reale—held their second meeting last week. After robust discussions, we prioritized key areas of focus for corporate programming in 2014, with a... Read more
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Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) and The James Irvine Foundation launched a new initiative today designed to make the “Pay for Success” model a reality in California, with an initial $2.5 million in funding.Pay for Success is an approach to funding social services designed to improve outcomes and... Read more
The USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families is currently conducting a large-scale needs assessment of all veterans and their family members who live in Los Angeles County. This is a new initiative made possible by a major pro bono project led by Deloitte and funding... Read more
Dear Colleagues,Recently, SCG members from the Weingart Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and the California Community Foundation organized an SCG Leadership ExChange on a critical issue that confronts many of us as funders: nonprofit capacity building and the role of philanthropy in... Read more
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In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused enormous destruction across the Eastern seaboard. New York and New Jersey were the hardest hit and the area’s recovery from the devastation continues today. While this disaster generated global news coverage, it is less well known among the public,... Read more
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Dear Colleagues, I am happy to announce that SCG will continue our In Focus: Health Care Reform series in 2014. Save the date for the first session of this year, taking place on April 30th and featuring Brenda Solórzano, Chief Program Director, Blue Shield of California Foundation. Focusing on the... Read more
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The senators write, “The charitable deduction is unique. It is the only provision that encourages taxpayers to give away a portion of their income for the benefit of others. For this reason, it is not a loophole, but a lifeline for millions of Americans in need.”
Dear Colleagues,As we begin the new year, I am thrilled to introduce you to our newest team member, Dave Sheldon. As our new Director of Programs and Public Policy, Dave will lead the program team in identifying, designing, and implementing high-quality programs for SCG members. He will also work... Read more
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President Obama plans to nominate Maria Contreras-Sweet, the founder and Board Chairman of Pro­América Bank (and an SCG member), as the head of the Small Business Administration , according to a White House official. The president will announce the nomination formally at a public event in... Read more