Tax day is coming: Strategies for maximizing your charitable donations

Friday April 12, 2019 by Carolyn

If you are like me, I am trying to figure out how best to support charitable causes important to me while taking advantage of the relevant tax deductions.

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act makes that difficult. The legislation nearly doubled the itemized deduction threshold for taxpayers, which means that for many, taking deductions for gifts to nonprofit organizations is no longer possible. 

Of course, administrators of nonprofits worry that the new higher thresholds for taking deductions will discourage philanthropy.

TOMS Campaign to End Gun Violence

Saturday February 23, 2019 by EmilyRose

Three months ago, my team at TOMS embarked on a journey to help reduce gun violence. We’ve committed $5 million dollars to organizations that support the communities affected by gun violence, and used our website as a tool for the public to urge their Representatives to pass universal background checks, something 90% of Americans agree on. 


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.