Within hours of the announcement of the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' approval of a $1 billion grant to restore the Los Angeles River, another big win for Southern California!
Five members of the Do Good LA team joined the thousands who participated in yesterday's CicLAvia. What a wonderful way to see the six miles of Wilshire stretching from downtown to Fairfax!
Here are our favorite parts of the experience:
The community participation. Lots of different people from all walks of life spending a Sunday together. Rarely does that happen. -Emily-Rose
Finding our that Wilshire actually has hills, as the cyclists, skateboarders and walkers soon learned! -Rob
Two Southern California teams are among the 11 winners of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's contest to create a create a condom that men would actually use, thereby decreasing the number of sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.
Listening to the CBS Morning News this a.m., Charlie Rose provided a preview of his forthcoming 60 Minutes segment on the “Giving Pledge.” Initiated by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett, the signatories pledge that they will dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy.
Under “People” on the Do Good LA website, we have provided profiles of most of the signatories from Southern California and will soon post profiles of those remaining.
Thanks to Professor Philip Massey (UCLA Ph.D. Public Health) and Do Good LA team member, I learned about the Falling Walls Lab competition that was to take place on October 3 at UCLA. As a fan of fast pitch competitions, I knew that I was in for a treat. So, I made the trek from Pasadena to Westwood in rush hour traffic to attend.
To many people, the term "nonprofit" connotes "noble"--a frugal organization whose passionate (and often underpaid) staff are working hard to eradicate a vexing problem or provide a needed societal benefit--or a strongly-backed but well run organization marshaling relatively enormous resources at targeted challenges. This perception likely characterizes most of the nonprofits in the United States and certainly those that are profiled on this website.
Did you know that Nobel Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus--founder of the Grameen Bank, champion of providing microcredit loans to women, and pioneer in the "social business movement--has at least three ties to Southern California?