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LOS ANGELES, September 3, 2009 —  The Bank of America Charitable Foundation today announced it will contribute $50,000 to aid communities impacted by the Southern California wildfires. The funds will help agencies and nonprofits, such as the American Red Cross, the Los Angeles County 2-1-1 Disaster Hotline, and the LA County Firemen's Relief Association. Bank of America associates and family members are also volunteering to be trained to provide 2-1-1 emergency call support.

Los Angeles — May 7, 2009: President and CEO of Good Samaritan Hospital Andrew B. Leeka announced a benefaction of $12.1 million from the Frank R. Seaver Trust toward the construction of a state-of-the-art medical, outpatient and ambulatory surgery center.   This is the largest single contribution toward the much-needed medical facility in the burgeoning downtown area of Los Angeles, which has had a population growth of 20 percent between 2005 and 2007.  

LOS ANGELES, April 3, 2009 — "Arts in the Balance," summarizing the fifth and concluding biennial survey of public and private arts funding in Los Angeles County, was released today by Southern California Grantmakers (SCG). SCG conducted the 2007/2008 survey in partnership with the UCLA Center for Civil Society.

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation today announced its board’s approval of $875,000 in grants to organizations focused on two of the foundation’s key initiatives in Los Angeles: homelessness and foster youth.  The Weingart Center Association and United Way of Greater Los Angeles will each receive $300,000 to expand services for the homeless and those in danger of becoming homeless during the current economic crisis.  The University of Pennsylvania will receive $275,000 toward a study of the condition of young adults who have aged out of foster care in Los Angeles County.

St. Vincent Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles is the largest privately funded Meals on Wheels program in the United States, serving more than 3,000 hot meals a day to home bound seniors in Los Angeles County. In the last 20 years, SVMOW has grown its low-dollar individual-giving program dramatically, starting with just a few hundred donors to more than 50,000 people who regularly contribute to and support the organization. Over the years, SVMOW has enjoyed increased revenue from its donor base through strong renewal rates, increased frequency and upgraded gifts. However, as the program matured, the organization was faced with the same questions

You would think that after a hundred years, a nonprofit could kick back a bit and maybe even rest on its laurels. After all, it’s been there, done that — right?

Not necessarily so, says Kurt Aschermann, senior vice president and chief marketing and development officer of Atlanta-based Boys and Girls Clubs of America, which was founded in Boston in 1906.

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