Help enhance our foothills & deserts via an ExtremeTerrain grant

Sunday November 25, 2018 by Carolyn

Does your organization help to improve trails in the Southern California foothills or deserts? Does it help to clear chaparral or cleanup after fires? Does it help to restore or expand our natural parklands?

If so, it may qualify for the ExtremeTerrain Clear Trail Grant program. 

ExtremeTerrain, a company that sells Jeep parts, established the program in 2015 to demonstrate its respect for "the integrity of the landscape we live, drive and play on" and its intention to "leave the trails we enjoy better than we found them."

Operation Walk Gives Gift of Mobility to West Hollywood Nonprofit CEO

Thursday May 3, 2018 by Carolyn

Lisa Gaeta, is the founder and chief executive officer of IMPACT Personal Safety-SoCal, a nonprofit whose classes offer assertiveness and awareness skills, boundary-setting, verbal strategies, and full-force physical assailant defense to people of all ages.

But Lisa was considering early retirement from a job—really a cause—about which she is passionate--due to excruciating pain, compromised mobiliy, and the fact that she had no medical insurance to pay for the necessary surgery.

Children in Boyle Heights at risk due to lead in soil: Environmental Injustice

Monday April 30, 2018 by Carolyn

Can you imagine forbidding your children to play in their yard due to poisons in the soil that could damage their brains? Or knowing that if you do allow the kids to play outside, they would likely suffer from learning disabilities or lower IQ? Of course not.

Yet, that is the life that the residents of 7,500 properties in Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles.

An app to help manage SNAP benefits is making life easier and healthier for food stamp recipients

Thursday April 26, 2018 by Carolyn

There are apps to order a ride and food and apps to find dates and dog walkers. But what about an app to help the 42 million Americans who rely on food stamps, otherwise known as the Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) to feed their families? Calling an 800 number to check one’s balance or maintaining an ongoing tally of purchases are cumbersome and time consuming.

Brooklyn-based Propel, a social enterprise that builds first-class software products for low-income Americans, is addressing this need.


Two Los Angeles Hospitals Must Pay Millions to Meet Charity Obligations

Monday April 23, 2018 by Carolyn

Did you know that nonprofit hospitals in California are required to donate a certain amount of their profits to charity? No? We didn’t either. According to this Los Angeles Times article, “California’s attorney general can set specific charity care requirements for hospitals when a nonprofit hospital merges or is acquired by another nonprofit or for-profit hospital.” 


How You Can Save the World from Plastic Pollution

Thursday March 30, 2017 by Carolyn

Plastic poisons our food chain, defaces our environment, and compromises our health. 

The Plastic Pollution Coalition, profiled on this site under "Organizations," is committed to eradicating plastic's toxic impact on humans, animals, and the environment. 

Through education and advocacy, the Coalition seeks to raise visibility of the problem and to promote sustainable solutions that we can incorporate in our everyday lives.

A Bold New Force in Social Enterprise and Philanthropy--Thanks to Star Trek's Creator

Friday March 24, 2017 by Carolyn

How is it that I, who didn't grow up watching Star Trek, am now a fan of its creator, Gene Roddenberry?

Though he died in 1991, Gene is a new force in the Southern California social enterprise and philanthropic communities through the Roddenberry Foundation.