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Speaking Up: Findings from 2019 Focus Groups and Interviews with Californians with Low Incomes

June 22, 2021

In 2019 CHCF commissioned NORC at the University of Chicago to embark on an extensive research project to better understand the health care needs, wants, and values of California adults (18–64) with low incomes. In April and May of 2019 NORC began by holding multiple focus groups and in-depth interviews with Californians with low incomes who represented various racial/ethnic and language groups as well as regions. All participants were screened for having at least one health care encounter in the previous six months.

We’re Not Giving Up: A Plan for Homelessness Governance in Los Angeles

May 1, 2021

The ongoing homelessness crisis in Los Angeles has elevated calls for a better governance structure to address this devastating issue. Los Angeles combines an already fragmented system of general governance with a fragmented governance approach to homelessness. Any new governance structure must be customized around these distinctly Los Angeles features.We often assume the problems in homelessness governance can be solved with more leadership, more data, restructured government institutions, more coordination, more city-county collaboration, and more money. This independent report commissioned by the Committee for Greater LA challenges these assumptions. 

2021 The SELA Agenda

April 6, 2021

The SELA Agenda is a collectively and inclusively drafted report that addresses the impact of COVID-19 in the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) region by highlighting investment opportunities in eight policy areas: education, environmental justice, economic recovery, healthcare, housing, nonprofit safety net, civic engagement and regional advocacy. The goal is to lay out a COVID-19 recovery plan that prioritizes the SELA region and ensures the region's recovery and future prosperity by bringing SELA's needs to the attention of elected officials, philanthropy, business sector, and community stakeholders. 

Misdemeanor Enforcement Trends Across Seven U.S. Jurisdictions

October 1, 2020

This paper, which is a product of DCJ's Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice ("the Research Network"), examines long-term trends in lower-level enforcement across seven U.S. jurisdictions:  Durham, NC; Los Angeles, CA; Louisville, KY;  New York City, NY; Prince George's County; MD; Seattle, WA; and St. Louis, MO. It draws both on reports that were produced through partnerships between local researchers and criminal justice agency partners as well as updated data the Research Network has published through an interactive online dashboard. The paper analyzed cross-jurisdictional trends in enforcement, including misdemeanor arrest rates broadly, by demographics (race/age/sex), and by charge.

The Ripple Effects of Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation: TRHT LA Learning Report

September 1, 2020

Our nation's democracy has long rested on the notion of opportunity, liberty, and justice for all, yet these hallmarks have been largely reserved for White people at the expense and systemic exclusion of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). Systemic racism in the United States is deeply rooted in our institutions, systems, and narratives about who belongs and who has value. The road to transformation is long and daunting but in this moment of collective trauma "there are glimmers of hope."Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation is a $24 million initiative funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support 14 multi-sector collaborations in communities across the United States. It serves as a comprehensive, national, and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism. In Los Angeles, TRHT-LA is convened by Southern California Grantmakers (SCG). To support continuous learning and document the TRHT-LA journey, SCG partnered with Engage R+D in 2017 to conduct a developmental evaluation. Using a multi-methods approach (interviews, surveys, and observations), the evaluation team focused on lifting-up promising strategies, stories, and evidence that TRHT efforts are taking root.

Black Funding Denied: Community Foundation Support for Black Communities

August 1, 2020

In light of the national uprising sparked by the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor (and building on other recent tragic movement moments going back to the 2014 murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri), NCRP is analyzing grantmaking by community foundations across the country to find out exactly how much they are – or are not – investing in Black communities.We started by looking at the latest available grantmaking data (2016-2018) of 25 community foundations (CFs) – from Los Angeles to New Orleans to New York City to St. Paul. These foundations represent a cross section of some of the country's largest community foundations as well as foundations in communities where NCRP has Black-led nonprofit allies.

Older Adults Experiencing Homelessness

August 19, 2019

According to the 2018 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, there are 12,698 older adults (aged 55 and older) experiencing homelessness in the Los Angeles Continuum of Care (LAHSA, 2018). This older adult age group makes up over a quarter of the total homeless population in Los Angeles County (LAHSA, 2018). Research has found that, nationally, the share of homeless adults that are 55 and older is increasing and projected to continue growing, suggesting a "cohort effect" where homeless baby boomers are getting older and shifting the age distribution of the single adult homeless population (Culhane et al., 2018). This shift will increasingly strain homeless services and healthcare providers since older adults experiencing homelessness face a higher likelihood of adverse health outcomes than housed older adults and younger people experiencing homelessness (Culhane et al., 2018). This literature review explores research on the characteristics and unique needs of older adults experiencing homelessness and highlights potential interventions and strategies for addressing those needs, including permanent supportive housing.Click "Download" to access this resource.

Helping Los Angeles Jewish Nonprofits Thrive: Key Learnings from the Next Stage Capacity Building Pilot

June 1, 2019

Strong, well-resourced nonprofits are an indispensable part of our social fabric and play a key role in providing critical services that contribute to thriving communities. In an era of growing need and decreased availability of government dollars, nonprofits are increasingly forced to do more with less. They are also faced with limited time and resources to build their own core infrastructure and strengthen their capacity to expand services and deliver them more effectively. As the leader in charitable giving services for Jewish philanthropists in Los Angeles, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (The Foundation) seeks to magnify the impact of its donor's giving, build enduring legacies, and strengthen the Jewish and local Los Angeles community through effective grantmaking. To help achieve those goals, The Foundation launched the Next Stage Grants pilot in 2017 to help Jewish organizations and institutions in the region build their capacity and increase their effectiveness. The Foundation designed and launched the pilot with four organizations, offering funding of up to $250,000 over a two to three-year period, a semi-structured approach and space for grantees to engage with The Foundation in testing and learning. This executive summary and the full report highlight key learnings and insights from the pilot, including gains, benefits and challenges as well as considerations to guide Next Stage Grants moving forward.

Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men: Transforming the Lives of Young Black Men in South Los Angeles

April 1, 2019

This report tells the story of BLOOM, its impact, and the lessons we learned along the way. Through the initiative, Brotherhood Crusade (BHC) and Social Justice Learning Institute (SJLI) developed programs that tap into the potential of young Black males through developmental relationships with male mentors along with positive peer relationships and accountability with other young Black men. Since its launch, BLOOM has impacted the lives of nearly 800 young Black men in South L.A. Over the past six years, California Community Foundation's (CCF) commitment of $500,000 per year, totaling $3.5 million, leveraged $3.3 million from other foundations, as well as contributions from individual donors, with an additional $3.2 million pledged over the next five years.

Case Study - LA:RISE

August 16, 2018

Integrating legal services into workforce strategies for people facing barriers to employment can help ensure that jobseekers receive the legal support needed to overcome structural inequities in the legal system and achieve their employment goals. This case study discusses why and how the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE) incorporated legal services into their employment programming approach. The case study highlights keys to success and  tips for how other communities can intregrate legal services into workforce strategies.

Strengthening Policy Advocacy: A Decade of Lessons Learned from the First 5 Los Angeles Policy Advocacy Fund: 2008-20118

January 1, 2018

This report is an evaluation of First 5 LA's 10-year grantmaking investment into policy advocacy.The document provides insights gleaned from the period beginning with the first year of theCommunity Opportunity Fund (COF) (2008) through the final year of the Policy AdvocacyFund (PAF), Cycle II (2018). During this period, the COF and PAF were the primary grantmakingmechanisms through which First 5 LA impacted systems and policy change, ultimately increasingopportunities for children prenatal to age 5 and their families. This report identifies the practices,strategic shifts and overall impact of these grantmaking initiatives. We hope that the lessonslearned will inform future grantmaking decisions for First 5 LA and other grantmakers looking tocontribute to making lasting, systemic change.

Patterns of Disparity: Small Business Lending in the Chicago and Los Angeles-San Diego Regions

January 23, 2017

This report examines bank lending to businesses in the Chicago five county region and in the Los Angeles and San Diego region. The purpose is to determine the extent to which banks are meeting the credit needs of businesses throughout those two regions. The focus of the report is on the smaller value loans under $100,000 that are most likely to support smaller, local businesses that provide employment and wealth-building opportunities for local residents.