Here’s a glimpse of some of the organizations and specific projects we support.
We invest our capital using three approaches/strategies to create systemtic change in Los Angeles: civic capital, seed capital, and expansion capital.
For systems change to promote mobilization and disruption within existing infrastructures.
Seeding social innovation in Los Angeles.
Bringing proven solutions from other regions to Los Angeles.
WHITE HOUSE FELLOWSHIP in Entrepreneurship (via the AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE)
Advancing science, serving society, and sponsoring the fellowship effort with the White House Office of Science and Technology.
We supported a fellowship designed to coordinate and launch a national agenda to achieve sustainable growth and quality jobs via entrepreneurship.
Finding, funding, and fostering creativity and entrepreneurship in youth.
Inspired by Caine’s Arcade, we provided seed funding to build an organization that would support more kids like Caine. We want to “help kids not only to learn how to build the things they imagine, but to also imagine the world they can build.”
Redefining idealism by promoting the idea that each of us can make a difference.
We lead City Year’s expansion to Los Angeles then supported their growth in L.A. We also provided seed funding for their L.A.-based education conference about how service can drive education reform.
LA2050 CITY INNOVATION FELLOWSHIP (in the LOS ANGELES MAYOR’S OFFICE via CODE FOR AMERICA)
Improving government technology so residents can have access to better services.
We supported a fellowship designed to deploy technology to promote civic innovation and to foster the already strong tech ecosystem of Los Angeles.
Hammer Museum Arts Restore LA
The Hammer Museum at UCLA believes in the promise of art and ideas to illuminate our lives and build a more just world.
The Hammer Museum tapped into the thriving Los Angeles creative community to curate an artisanal pop-up village in Westwood and offer a long term strategy to turn the neighborhood around.
Combating poverty and expanding opportunity so all Americans can pursue their life goals.
A longtime funder of LIFT, we worked with them to expand their model in L.A. We provided funding for a feasibility study and, organized meetings with city officials, social service organizations, university administrators, potential board members, and funders to learn where LIFT could do the most good.
SOCIAL MEDIA AND BLENDED LEARNING POSITIONS (in LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT VIA THE LA FUND)
Exploring ideas that combine traditional learning methods and technology given the rapidly transforming learning environment.
We supported two positions designed to integrate technology in the Los Angeles Unified School District. We funded a Blended Learning position designed to make instructional tools come alive with technology. We also funded a Social Media position to raise awareness of the Los Angeles Unified School District and its activities in the digital sphere.
No Right Brain Left Behind's mission is to instill creativity in education. Green Dot Public Schools' mission is to help transform public education so ALL students graduate prepared for college, leadership, and life.
No Right Brain Left Behind and Green Dot Public Schools transformed a neglected library at Locke High School into the Locke Jet Space to foster students’ exploration, critical thinking, and collaborative problem solving.
Giving teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions by training college students to teach a health curriculum in public schools that lack health education.
A longtime funder of Peer Health Exchange, we helped expand and deepen their operations in L.A., specifically within USC, UCLA, CSU Northridge, and Occidental College, training more college students to teach the curriculum to additional 9th grade students in new neighborhoods.
We support initiatives in three categories: opportunity, sustainability, and activation. Within each category, organizations deliver the following vital services:
Provide skills, programming, and support structures to improve educational and economic opportunity.
Pursue environmental health through innovation at both the cause and response sides of the issue.
Support pro-social platforms and tools for independent expression and individual mobilization.
Bringing about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity.
Providing programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, recognize business opportunities, and plan for successful futures.
Supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills; empowering teachers; and providing tutoring, workshops, and more.
Providing victims of domestic violence with support to assist them in addressing their immediate crises and changing the patterns of their lives.
Making Southern California waters and watersheds safe, healthy, and clean.
Protecting and restoring the Santa Monica Bay, San Pedro Bay, and adjacent waters through enforcement, fieldwork, and community action.
Leading the creation of measurably effective programs to protect and restore California’s environment.
Inspiring, engaging, and supporting people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment—making it safe, healthy, fun, and sustainable.
Fostering transformative advances in energy science and technology.We kick-started the graduate fellowship program by delivering critically needed seed funding to support their cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research, and spurred further innovation by supporting their western regional clean-tech business plan competition.
Supporting the creation of independent media stories with a “moral force.”
Empowering marginalized communities to use technology to fight for their human rights.
Connecting people through lending; leveraging the internet and a network of microfinance institutions to alleviate poverty around the world.
Promoting media freedom worldwide, protecting journalists and the rights of all people to have access to diverse and independent sources of information.