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LA's got super clean water--skip the plastic bottles!

Posted May 12, 2017 by Angie Jean-Marie

Great news! Thanks to some pretty awesome technology, LA's tap water is just as healthy as bottled or filtered water.

So, that's where you come in. We can help our local environment (and save some $$) by skipping those plastic bottled waters and opting to fill up on that good stuff flowing from straight from the tap.

Check out reusable bottle from LA brands and nonprofits to help you get more enviro-friendly!

Waterbottles

CicLAvia Water Bottle | Stay hydrated through all your activities with a 18 oz Klean Kanteen with sport cap. This water bottle is BPA-free, reusable and eco-friendly.

Swell Destination Collection: Los Angeles | Think the West Coast is the best coast? Show your pride with this LA bottle.

Sisters of Los Angeles Water Bottle | Do not get caught in traffic without one of SoLA's Freeway Water Bottles! Whether stuck on the 101, the 10, the 5 or the 405 you will stay hydrated with your 16oz stainless steel bottle around. Each Freeway is available in white or stainless.

Trust for Public Land Water Bottle | Stay hydrated on the trail with this handsome water bottle, printed with the message “Land for people."

Derby Dolls Water Bottle | The LA Derby Dolls is Los Angeles' premier all-female, banked track roller derby league.

LA Times Food Bowl Events You Don't Want to Miss!

Posted May 1, 2017 by Angie Jean-Marie

The LA Times launched their first ever food bowl--a month-long series featuring chefs and leaders in the food justice world. The series is focused on driving conversations about sustainability, food waste, and hunger. Many of our favorite organizations are hosting events, and you don't want to miss them. Check out our picks below:

Various dates | SNAP Budget Friendly Food Demonstration

Select farmers markets will host chefs throughout the month of May to demonstrate recipes from Cheap and Good: Eat Well on $4/Day, using seasonal farmers' market ingredients. The book is based on the limiting SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) budget of $4 per person per day.

May 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31, 5pm-9pm | The Immigrant Dinners

To honor the rich contribution immigrants make to the L.A. culinary scene, every Wednesday night in May, Momed presents a special menu of food from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan paired with cocktails created by bar director Robin Chopra. A portion of the proceeds will benefit immigration and refugee charities.

May 7, 12pm-4pm | Downtown Food Bike Tour presented by CicLAvia

Join CicLAvia on a food-filled bike tour of the downtown area. While traveling along previous CicLAvia routes, you'll stop at some of L.A.'s best food destinations.

May 10-12, 8am-9pm | S3 : Safe, Secure, Sustainable

This wonderful event explores, through panel discussions and innovative field trips, solutions to achieving a safe, secure and sustainable food system.

May 13, 1:30pm-3:30pm | The Intersection of Hunger and Food Waste

Conversation will feature a discussion about the state of food waste and food insecurity, as well as innovative approaches to utilize surplus food to reduce hunger, leveraging logistics, technology and other approaches.

May 21, 8am-10am & 11am-12:30pm | Harvest for the Hungry: Harvesting LA's Historic Orange Groves

L.A. has the largest population of food-insecure families in the nation. At Harvest for the Hungry, local nonprofit Food Forward invites you to take change into your own hands: pick some fruit. Join Food Forward and hundreds of volunteers to harvest the gorgeous, historic citrus groves at the San Fernando Valley's own Orcutt Ranch.

May 27, 12pm | The Ron Finley Project's Garden Taco Bar

The Ron Finley Project will open its garden gates for an exclusive one-day pop-up taco bar hosted by the “Gangsta Gardener" Ron Finley.

May 25, 6:30pm-9:30pm | The Fight for Fair Food

How food comes to us is often fraught with troubling injustices ranging from unsafe conditions for workers to unequal access to healthy foods by zip code. The Los Angeles Food Policy Council presents a panel discussion exploring how to make food fair.

#EarthMonthLA: Make a commitment to protecting LA's environment!

Posted April 8, 2017 by


Happy Earth Month, LA!

With your help, we have developed some ambitious metrics to ensure that LA will be the healthiest place to live by the year 2050. And what better time than Earth Month to reflect on those?

And with that, we're challenging Angelenos to take an #EarthMonthLA pledge. Check out our ten resolutions and join the Earth Month pledge!

  1. #GoMetro at least once a week 🚋
  2. Heading to a destination within 1.5 miles? Walk if you're able! 🚶
  3. Test your water knowledge and take the #KnowtheFlow quiz 💦
  4. Go vegan once a week. Recipe ideas here or hit up one these LA hot spots! 🥗
  5. Start a composting hub with some neighbors ♻️
  6. Go on a toxic tour ☢️
  7. Volunteer with Food Forward and help their food recovery program 🍋
  8. Calculate your your water footprint 🚰
  9. Plant a tree 🌳
  10. Calculate your solar savings potential with Project Sunroof ☀️

Ready to do the damn thing? Share your #EarthMonthLA pledge!

Crowdsourcing: Practical Insights for Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Philanthropists

Posted March 23, 2017 by Tara Roth

CROWDSOURCING: PRACTICAL INSIGHTS FOR ENTREPRENEURS, INVESTORS, AND PHILANTHROPISTS

Crowdsourcing involves soliciting input from the public, usually on a digital platform, to address market gaps and surface promising solutions in an open, efficient way. It often has a voting component wherein the top-voted ideas win support. Crowdsourcing uses collective intelligence to help creative ideas rise to the top – while generating a real-time feedback loop and a shared sense of ownership in the project.

Crowdsourcing facilitates problem-solving and innovation across all sectors. In the private sphere, GOOD helped launch the Pepsi Refresh Challenge, a $20 million campaign that channeled Pepsi's marketing dollars to ignite citizen activism. Social impact endeavors like the Knight Foundation News Challenge and the Case Foundation's America's Giving Challenge harness broad-reaching input about information-sharing and philanthropic giving.

Even governments and the public sector are using crowdsourcing to drive economic growth or streamline interdepartmental functions: the White House's Strategy for American Innovation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, platforms like Citizinvestor, the City of Los Angeles' Innovation Fund, Santa Monica's use of CitySwipe, and Give Detroit Challenge in partnership with Crowdrise. Additionally, citizens are taking up civic challenges via self-organized crowdsourcing – as witnessed by the thousands who scoured DigitalGlobe's satellite imagery in 2014 in hopes of locating the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.

With LA2050, an initiative to create, drive, and track a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles, the Goldhirsh Foundation relies heavily on crowdsourcing. Citizen input via crowdsourcing assists us in investing a total of $1 million annually via the My LA2050 Grants Challenge to organizations (both for-profit and non-profit) with ideas that shape a better future for Los Angeles.

For four years, we have run this crowdsourced campaign to great acclaim – generating more than 1100 projects and engaging nearly 300,000 people in the voting process. Crowdsourcing encourages creative idea generation and promotion, enables us to connect the dots among ideas, supporters, and entrepreneurs, and allows us to co-create solutions for the future of Los Angeles.

Crowdsourcing benefits and concerns

Crowdsourcing is an effective tool to help realize an organization's goals, whether you are an entrepreneur seeking funding, an investor exploring a new idea, or a civic organization trying to identify a breakthrough process.

Benefits for funders:

  • Exposure to new organizations, ideas, and funding. Crowdsourcing brings funders closer to real problems and solutions. Some applicants that didn't get funding from LA2050 went on to receive more than $1 million in follow-on funding from the Annenberg Foundation and the Roy and Patricia Disney Foundation.
  • Community engagement. Crowdsourcing enabled us to engage tens of thousands of people each year, putting private dollars to public use. As a result, we now have a group of Angelenos who have opted to receive information about the organizations they supported, and who care about a better future for LA.
  • Emerging trends. By analyzing the data that emerged from the My LA2050 Grants Challenge, we identified promising trends that could create significant change – trends that we also see in the private and civic sector, like sharing economy solutions and the re-purposing of public space. By sharing this data in our reports with other funders and leaders, we identified approaches that could help other organizations progress.


Benefits for entrepreneurs:

  • Earned media. Projects that compete in a crowdsourced challenge can receive exposure to new audiences via earned media. The My LA2050 Grants Challenge garnered significant radio, print, and digital media coverage about the ideas we were showcasing – both challenge winners and those that did not win.
  • Marketing inspiration. Participation in a crowdsourced challenge forces you to crystallize your idea or project, and pushes you to create videos, photos, tweets, and pithy messaging to promote your project.
  • Landscape knowledge. By showcasing a range of projects, crowdsourcing can help organizations better differentiate themselves from their competitors. Simultaneously, this fosters collaboration between organizations that have similar visions and theories of change or that work along a similar continuum.
  • Exposure to other funders, investors and partners. As mentioned, even organizations that didn't win a My LA2050 grant reported more than $1 million in follow-on funding from other sources, based directly on exposure generated through the challenge.
  • Engaged feedback. Crowdsourcing helps establish a dynamic relationship between organizations and their supporters, including immediate feedback on projects.


Crowdsourcing also raises legitimate concerns that need to be addressed:

Isn't this just a popularity contest?

The idea most likely to succeed or to have the most impact may not win if the organization behind it has a small online constituency. To address this concern in our 2014 challenge, we allowed the public vote to determine five winners, while the foundation team chose the other five winners.

Competition pits social sector groups against each other.

What crowdsourcing really does is allow groups to compete publicly and transparently. When entrepreneurs submit their proposals to an investor, the selection is made behind closed doors, by a few people. We addressed this issue by encouraging more collaboration among participants and favoring collaborations in our selection process. We also hosted networking events for entrepreneurs to meet each other and join one another's projects.

There aren't enough benefits for participants who don't win.

In our second year we spent a full month honoring and promoting the submissions – before voting even began. In this way, we were able to showcase all the great ideas that were submitted. We also actively pitch great ideas that did not win to other funders.


CROWDSOURCING RESOURCE GUIDE FOR ENTREPRENEURS AND INVESTORS

Whether you are looking for a way to expand your funding, generate awareness about innovative ideas, unleash potential within your constituent base or increase participation in your initiatives, tapping into the crowd may help. The guide below offers some resources on how to effectively crowdsource – for both entrepreneurs and investors.

Getting started


Running a crowdsourced challenge

  • FluidReview: A platform that manages crowdsourced challenges
  • OpenIDEO: A platform to co-design solutions to challenges, designed by IDEO.
  • Crowdrise: Crowdsourcing and crowdfundraising platforms.
  • Ioby: A platform to crowdsource and fund ideas right in your backyard
  • Hoodstarter: A crowdsourcing platform for open spaces that could transform communities
  • Citizinvestor: A crowdfunding and civic engagement platform for local government projects
  • Crowdfunder: Crowdfunding platform that democratizes early stage investment online
  • InnoCentive: Crowdsourcing platform for tackling large problems or encouraging innovation
  • StartSomeGood: connects social entrepreneurs with financial and intellectual capital
  • Common Pool: Crowdsourcing platform for social change projects


Launching the campaign for your crowdsourced idea

  • Thunderclap: Increase digital outreach by blasting timed messages and posts.
  • Zapier: Connect your web apps to automate tedious tasks and transfer information between apps.
  • ManageFlitter: Detailed analytics on your social media performance.


Promoting your idea

  • Hootsuite and Buffer: Social media management platform that lets you manage all your accounts on one dashboard.
  • Snip.ly: Embed messages on pages and articles that you share to drive more traffic to your project.
  • Adobe Spark: Easily create graphics, web stories, and animated videos to help promote your idea.
  • Facebook ads: Strong targeting tools to help get your idea and organization seen by a larger audience.


Sharing feedback and analytics with supporters and participants

  • Storify: Create stories and timelines using posts from Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
  • Mention: Track mentions of your submission or project.

March Primary Elections: In Focus (Guide #2)

Posted March 2, 2017 by

It is such an important time to vote locally, and lucky for Angelenos, we have local elections just around the corner! On March 7th, make your mark on LA by voting in municipal elections. We've put together two LA2050 newsletters focused on the upcoming elections.

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You can help shape the future of education in Los Angeles!

The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) is governed by a popularly elected seven-member Board, whose members are elected for four-year terms.

Why is this election important?

  • The LACCD trustees help guide the district's efforts across nine campuses that educate 230,000 students.
  • The programs offered in LA's community colleges provide vocational training that create pathways to well-paying jobs, expose high school students to college-level courses, and serve as an entry point for many low-income and minority students to four-year colleges.
  • LACCD educates almost 3x as many Latino students and nearly 4x as many African-American students, compared to all of the University of California campuses combined. Eighty percent of LACCD students are from underserved populations.
  • LA's future rests on educating the next generation of workers, and the decisions and innovative solutions proposed by the board of trustees can strengthen academic and economic achievement in Los Angeles.

Read statements from candidates for Board of Trustees, Seat 2, Board of Trustees, Seat 4, Board of Trustees, Seat 6 via KPCC's Voters Edge.



This overview
by Ballotpedia helps break down some of the issues that are at stake for LAUSD, including an upcoming budget deficit of $1.46 billion, ongoing debate about school choice, charter school oversight, and protection of undocumented and DACA/DAPA students.

The great folks at LA Food Policy Council also surveyed the LAUSD school board candidates to ask questions about key policy issues related to building on or creating innovative solutions to promote Good Food for all. Check out the responses.

Why is food justice important for LAUSD?

  • LAUSD oversees a $150 million food budget
  • In 2012, the district committed to supporting local purchasing in a “good food" program that helps keep local farmers in business. Within the system, at least 50% of food served now comes from within 200 miles of Los Angeles.
  • More than 520,000 students in LAUSD qualify for free or reduced-price meals during the school year, and the nutritional value of those meals matters.



Thanks to LA County Bike Coalition for these helpful reminders to guide you through the voting process.

  1. Your employer is required by law to give you time off to vote.
  2. You can vote if your name isn't on the list using a provisional ballot.
  3. You can vote after polls close, as long as you're in line.
  4. You can change your vote if you make a mistake — just ask for a new ballot.
  5. You can take your vote-by-mail ballot to any polling location (and you can trade it for a new one if you make a mistake on it).


Find out which Council District you live in


Don't forget about your municipal elections in:

Azusa • Bell • Bellflower • Beverly Hills • Burbank (election Feb 28th) • Claremont • Compton • Covina • Cudahy • Gardena • Glendale • Glendora • Huntington Park • Inglewood • La Mirada • La Canada Flintridge • Lakewood • Los Angeles • La Verne • Manhattan Beach • Monrovia • Monterey Park • Norwalk • Palos Verdes Estates • Paramount • Pasadena • Redondo Beach • San Dimas • San Fernando • San Gabriel • Signal Hill • South Gate • Vernon • West Hollywood


For more information, click here for the full newsletter!



March Primary Election Guide #1: What You Need to Know

Posted February 28, 2017 by

It is such an important time to vote locally, and lucky for Angelenos, we have local elections just around the corner! On March 7th, make your mark on LA by voting in municipal elections. We've put together two LA2050 newsletters focused on the upcoming elections.



What's on the ballot?

Officials elected this year will be serving a 5 1/2 year term. In 2015, in order to help increase participation in local elections, LA voters passed a charter amendment to place city elections on the same calendar as the statewide gubernatorial elections. Elections will move from odd-numbered to even-numbered years. The next gubernatorial election is in 2022, meaning the next elected officials will serve an extended term.



Participation in local elections is dismal. Let's fix that! In the last mayoral primary election, just one in five or 20.8%, of eligible Angeleno voters participated in the last primary election in the City of Los Angeles.



The median age of voters in Los Angeles is 59. And voters 55 and older make up 31% of the state's adult population but constitute 47% of likely voters. We need more voices across the age spectrum to determine the future of Los Angeles. That's why we love whatUnited Way's LA Youth Vote campaign is doing!




The Mayor of Los Angeles, three seats on the LAUSD School Board, three seats on the Los Angeles City Community Colleges Board of Trustees, and eight City Council seats, including the seat for District 7 in the Valley which is hotly contested (20 candidates are running for the position). The City Attorney and Controller are also on the ballot, though running uncontested. The measures on the ballot vary depending on where you live. Across L.A. County there are 13 local measures and one county measure.

There may be other municipal elections happening if you live outside of the City of Los Angeles. Check out the list of municipal candidates, municipal measures, and your sample ballot based on your address.

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Don't forget to check your polling place. It may be different from where you voted in November!


Los Angeles County Measure H: a quarter-cent sales tax increase to provide services for the homeless, including mental health, health care, job training, and other supportive services. This measure is a companion to Measure HHH which will build 10,000 units of permanent supportive housing and provide several million dollars for affordable housing. Measure H is part of the county's broader plan to reduce homelessness in Los Angeles. This measure needs 2/3 of votes cast to pass.


Los Angeles City Measure S: a measure, also known as the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative, that would place a two-year moratorium on new projects seeking General Plan amendments or zone or height-district changes that would result in more intense land use, an increase in density or height, or a loss of zoned open space, agricultural or industrial areas. The measure includes an exception for affordable housing projects, among other provisions. Measure S competes with Measure JJJ which was approved by voters in November. This measure needs the majority of votes cast to pass.


Los Angeles City Measure M: a measure that is intended to provide a process for the regulation, taxation, and enforcement of the marijuana legalization law, or Prop 64, that was passed by California voters in November. This measure–which competes with Measure N–would provide the City Council to amend and adopt regulations related to marijuana after a public hearing and comment process. This measure needs the majority of votes cast to pass.


Los Angeles City Measure N: a measure that would establish City permitting program for the regulation, taxation, and enforcement of the marijuana legalization law, or Prop 64. This measure–which competes with Measure M–has been abandoned by the backers of the proposition, though it was too late to remove it from the ballot. You still have the option to vote against it. This measure needs the majority of votes cast to pass.


Los Angeles City Measure P: a measure that would amend the charter to increase maximum term for franchises, concessions, permits, licenses and leases that may be entered into by the Harbor Department from the current maximum of 50 years to a new maximum of 66 years, to be consistent with recent changes to state law. This measure needs the majority of votes cast to pass.



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Craving more information?

We also found the KPCC Human Voter Guide and Voters Edge to be super helpful. Also check out VoteLAUSD.com, a community oriented forum specifically geared toward issues for LAUSD! We'll be back with more in-depth information about the measures and candidates in our next newsletter!

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Mark your calendar!

The Congressional District 34 Special Primary Election is on April 4, 2017.
"Not sure if this is your district? Confirm here.

Any race where no candidate earns a majority (50 percent plus one) of the primary votes cast will advance to a General Election on May 16, 2017.


For more information, click here for the full newsletter!

More great ideas from My LA2050!

Posted February 4, 2017 by


⚡️💡 Great ideas from Angelenos you should know about ⚡️💡

Every year, we get hundreds of great ideas through the My LA2050 Grants Challenge, but we can only select a limited number to receive grants. Still, we want you to learn about and feel inspired by even more creative projects from your fellow Angelenos.

Shout out to the following organizations for being some of our favorite ideas outside of the ones funded through the grants challenge. Check out our blog post for more details on each of these projects!


LEARN

Promesa Boyle Heights will launch a unique peer mentorship program that bridges middle school, high school, and college students by providing at-risk and high-performing students

Coalition for Responsible Community Development's CURE violence prevention effort expands and promotes alternative sentencing for low-income youth aged 18-25 as a violence prevention and learning strategy.

Parents Education League will create a series of accessible “Public Service Mini-Courses on Early Childhood Education" to educate families on the importance of early childhood education and the criteria to find fitting early childhood environments.

Garage Board Shop's SK8 4 Education after school program motivates at-risk youth by combining skateboarding with education.

BUILD inspires students from under-resourced communities to graduate from high school, develop critical life skills, and achieve post-secondary success through the highly engaging experience of launching their very own businesses.

CREATE

Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network will provide three 12-week cycles of multi-disciplinary arts in youth detention camps/halls and Juvenile Day Reporting Centers across LA County, in order to build youth resiliency, foster wellness and support career pathways to creative economies after release.

Jobs to Move America plans to launch an electric bus campaign for a more equitable transition to zero emission bus fleets, while stimulating the creation of manufacturing jobs.

mitu's Accelerate LA discovers aspiring Latino digital filmmakers, connects them to community organizations and partners, and trains them to create digital content for the Latino millennial audience.

Los Angeles LISC seeks to empower four culturally diverse neighborhoods to negotiate the change process and develop a robust approach for leveraging culture as a tool for promoting sustainable neighborhood identities and economic development.

Impact Hub Los Angeles is using virtual reality to change public perception and help create law enforcement that is reflective of the community it protects.

Think Tank Productions will connect arts event producers with city agents and craft an online system connecting owners of vacant/uninhabited buildings to artists that can create vibrant events in underutilized spaces and neighborhoods.

Concerned Capital + Crowdfund Better will identify 10 "at-risk for relocation" manufacturing companies and re-tool them with digital communications, enterprise crowdfunding and/or management capacity.

The Billboard Creative will mount an art exhibition on billboards featuring works from emerging Los Angeles artists.

EMX Los Angeles provides opportunities for students to learn to be future DJs and electronic music production.


PLAY

Community Corporation of Santa Monica brings the Boys and Girls Club youth-development activities directly to kids in their home communities.

Perceptoscope will deploy augmented reality pedestal viewers at strategic locations around the city taking into account the context, communities and histories of the spaces in which they're dropped.

Clockshop create programs and events that bring Angelenos to experience “the Bowtie," a plot of post-industrial land on the LA River.

USC Annenberg Innovation Lab's CARPE LA is a mobile experience designed to get teams of kids and adults outside to play a story-driven, location-based game in parks throughout LA.


CONNECT

ARGO Labs builds, operates and maintains pioneering data infrastructure to transform how basic public services like street quality, water reliability, and education volunteering are delivered.

Bicycle Culture Institute wants to build an app that connects people on bikes to better understand their city streets and infrastructure.

Open Ballot LA is building a new data platform that will work to transition LA's elected office data into a streamlined and open platform, creating a new database that allow users to see all available elected offices, filing windows, salaries, requirements, and competitors.

Get Lit–Words Unite fuses classic and spoken word poetry to increase teen literacy and cultivate enthusiastic learners emboldened to inspire social consciousness in diverse communities.


LIVE

LA Compost is working to create a local solution to food waste through composting hubs in Los Angeles.

Podshare will build a pilot co-living pod program for transitional housing for Homeless Youth in Hollywood.

Planned Parenthood SGV aims to be the first health centers in northeast LA and the San Gabriel Valley to offer sliding-scale PrEP.

LA Food Policy Council will catalyze, coordinate and connect over 300 local organizations and hundreds more stakeholders to create a NEW Good Food For All Agenda – a visionary policy platform for health and resiliency in our local food system.

Global Green USA will work with local communities to develop a model for Resilience Hubs in neighborhoods throughout the County, in the face of natural disasters and extreme weather.

Community Health Councils' Safe Spaces for Healthy Places will motivate residents to get involved with the Community Plan (CP) process through Neighborhood Councils (NC) in South LA.

LA2050 Holiday Gift Guide

Posted December 18, 2016 by Megan Park
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LA is home to an incredible array of craftmakers, artisans, small businesses, and social enterprises. It's easy to shop for the holidays in a city with a bustling creative economy, and we've tried to make it even easier! Check out our LA2050 Holiday Gift Guide, where you can find gifts that give back and do good.

  1. Piece by Piece mosaic cup, crafted by residents of Skid Row and South L.A.
  2. Further candles, recycling purified grease collected from LA restaurants.
  3. Raven+Lily candles, crafted by women transitioning out of homelessness.
  4. Lost Angels Merch Tee, supporting My LA2050 grantee, Lost Angels Children's Project.
  5. Know Your City Tee, supporting LURN (Leadership for Urban Renewal Network).
  6. Time Travel Tours Posters, proceeds benefit 826LA's free writing programs.
  7. An EveryTable meal, supporting a new model to provide affordable healthy meals in South LA and DTLA.
  8. Povertees, apparel made by individuals transitioning out of homelessness.
  9. LARB Quarterly Journal, available with LA Review of Books membership and at retailers including Skylight Books, Chevalier's Books, and Amazon.com.
  10. WCCW Tote, supporting Women's Center for Creative Work.
  11. Homeboy Love Gift Package, filled with Homegirl Cafe and Homeboy Bakery goods.
  12. DWC Gift Sets, crafted by the women of the Downtown Women's Center.
  13. Pulp Pantry Holiday Gift Box, sustainable snacks from Pulp Pantry.

Goldhirsh Foundation gives $1M in grants via My LA2050 Grants Challenge

Posted December 7, 2016 by Angie Jean-Marie


Today, the Goldhirsh Foundation announced winners for its annual My LA2050 Grants Challenge, a $1M competition to source creative ideas about shaping the future of Los Angeles. The 12 winning organizations will receive grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 to implement projects in 2017 that make Los Angeles the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live.

The projects were crowdsourced in an online grants challenge that invited organizations in Los Angeles to submit proposals that would shape a brighter future for Angelenos. The winning projects build on local conversations about social impact, and address topics including sustainability and clean energy, skills-based learning and vocational training, representation in the media, and inclusive entrepreneurship as tools for social mobility.

“We are energized by the diversity of proposals selected for grants this year," said Goldhirsh Foundation president, Tara Roth. “From San Pedro to Lancaster, these organizations are authentic to the communities they serve. They tap into the collective consciousness of Angelenos to solve local challenges in a way that is impactful and creative."

In addition to crowdsourcing solutions for Los Angeles, the grants challenge engaged the public by allowing Angelenos to vote on their favorites of the ideas submitted. This year, as in years past, tens of thousands of Angelenos voted.

The Goldhirsh Foundation is also working with other funders to support more organizations that participated in the grants challenge. The Annenberg Foundation announced in September that it will offer up to $250,000 in grants for projects related to technology and communications to improve the lives of Angelenos.

The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation (RPDFF) and CAA Foundation also announced today that they will join the philanthropic collaboration. RPDFF plans to grant an additional $500,000 to support 10 projects at $50,000 that focus on collaboration in their proposals. The CAA Foundation will use the grants challenge to help inform its philanthropic efforts in public education throughout 2017.

The Goldhirsh Foundation's 12 winning proposals for the My LA2050 Grants Challenge are:

AltaSea ($100,000)

AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles will leverage its STEM network to provide middle school students with ocean-based learning including: lessons on sustainable methods for aquaculture, an introduction to the local ocean ecosystem, technology-enabled ocean exploration, and blue technologies.

Lost Angels Children's Project ($25,000)

Based in Lancaster, the Lost Angels Children's Project will provide 50 at-risk, disadvantaged, and foster youth with hands-on vocational training in classic car restoration via a safe educational afterschool program.

Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media ($25,000)

The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media is a research-based organization working with the entertainment industry to improve gender balance in media to empower women and girls. The Institute will provide scholarships and mentorship opportunities for 50 girls aged 13-18 to participate in their See Jane Salon Series.

California Institute of Technology ($100,000)

Via its Cleantech 2 Edtech program, Caltech will explore promising clean energy and water technologies, work with LAUSD and LADWP to pilot them, and offer complementary education and internship opportunities for high school students in cleantech.

Opportunity Fund ($100,000)

Opportunity Fund will provide access to capital to 240 underserved LA small business owners in collaboration with 10+ community organizations helping to create self-sufficiency & jobs. Through this new program, Opportunity Fund will create a network of quality lending partners that will expand the organization's reach, improve the entrepreneurship ecosystem, and capture data about local entrepreneurship.

Triforium Project ($100,000)

The Triforium is a 70s-era, six-story sculpture and public art project in Downtown Los Angeles that has never been able to achieve the ambitious vision of its artist. The Triforium Project, in partnership with 5 Every Day, Tom Explores Los Angeles, Downtown Art Walk, and Art Share LA, aims to realize the artist's vision by retrofitting the Triforium, replacing its incandescent bulbs with LEDs, and install an updated computer system designed to invite musical interaction.

Surf Bus Foundation ($100,000)

Surf Bus partners with LA City Department of Recreation and Parks to connect LA's low-income, at-risk youth with the ocean and provides transportation, bathing suits, wetsuits, surf boards, boogie boards, food, and ocean safety education.

Big Citizen HUB ($100,000)

Over the course of 22 weekends, Big Citizen HUB will build a pipeline of social changemakers by bringing together 236 diverse young people, ages 11-26, from across Los Angeles for leadership development and community service.

Tierra del Sol Foundation ($50,000)

Tierra del Sol Foundation will connect 500 adults who have developmental disabilities to volunteer opportunities at 120 nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles.

Friends of the Family ($100,000)

The Man2Man Project will connect multiple generations of men and boys for the dual purpose of helping young dads to become great fathers and preventing at-risk boys from becoming fathers too soon.

Sierra Club Foundation ($100,000)

Sierra Club will develop a campaign to help Los Angeles equitably transition towards 100 percent clean energy. The campaign seeks to engage residents and stakeholders about LA's clean energy future, track and evaluate the city's mechanisms for spurring clean energy solutions, educate the public, and use social media to engage in a dialogue.

Covenant House California ($100,000)

In partnership with a revered barber in Long Beach, Covenant House will open the Precise Barber College to train traditional students and homeless youth. The social enterprise will help students become certified barbers, learn about entrepreneurship, and give back to their community via a street outreach team that offers free haircuts to homeless youth.

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2016 My LA2050 Grants Challenge Top Voted Submissions

Posted November 18, 2016 by Megan Park

Congratulations to the organizations whose submissions earned the most votes in the 2016 My LA2050 Grants Challenge! We are thrilled to announce the Top 10 in each of the five goal categories: learn, create, play, connect and live.

One winner will be chosen from among the Top 10 in each category. Additional winners will be chosen irrespective of public voting until $1M has been granted. We are extremely excited to have the Annenberg Foundation as a funding partner, providing up to $250,000 in additional grants for tech and communications solutions.

Here's to you LA! Thank you for inspiring us with so many innovative ideas for making LA the best place to learn, create, play, connect and live.

The 2016 My LA2050 Grants Challenge winners will be announced on December 6, so stay tuned!

LA is the best place to LEARN

LA is the best place to CREATE

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