Friday, June 26, 2009

$100,000 Nonprofit Innovation Award

The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University has announced the application and upcoming deadline for the 2009 Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation. If you're a registered 501(c)3-organization, you are eligible to apply. Details are here. Submissions are due by July 1 at 3pm PDT. If you have questions about the application or award process, please contact

Friday, June 19, 2009

New Local History Blog Debuts

Highland Park Heritage Trust is joining the "Web 2.0" wave and riding it to success! They recently launched their new blog: Historic Highland Park. Already, there are historic photos, maps, and recent news from the Highland Park area and the Heritage Trust.

According to Justine Leong, the new blog will be written by members of the HPHT or any individual who has a good story to tell about historic Highland Park. She is the moderator, so the news and articles should be sent to her at

Check it out, and think about creating a blog for your organization that is separate but complimentary to your current website.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The History of Edendale

Check out the upcoming "Farmlab Public Salon" featuring Kevin Kuzma on Friday, June 26, 2009 at Noon. Free Admission.

Edendale: Where the Hollywood film industry was born

About the Salon:
This year marks the centennial of the first permanent movie studio to set up shop in Los Angeles. But that first studio and others that sprang up nearby where not located in Hollywood. They cranked out silent films several miles east in a village called Edendale, which straddled the border of what is now Echo Park and Silver Lake. The presentation will cover the founding of that first studio, Selig Polyscope, and the emergence and brief reign of Edendale as the center of the region's movie making business.

About the Salon Participant:
Angelino Heights resident Kevin Kuzma is president of the Echo Park Historical Society and the owner of Revival Arts Restoration, a preservation and restoration consulting company.

Under Spring
1745 North Spring Street, Unit 4
Los Angeles, CA 90012

For more information, visit Farmlab's website.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Free Non-Profit Bootcamp

If you're a non-profit in the 3rd Supervisorial District represented by Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky (click here for map), you are invited to attend a free Non-Profit Bootcamp on Thursday, June 27th:

Learn how to
-Raise Money
-Navigate Volunteer Management
-Strengthen Your Board
-Strengthen Your Organization
-Nonprofits delivering services in Los Angeles County Supervisiorial District 3 are invited to attend free of charge.

Space is limited, so RSVP today by visiting this page.

1-Day Grant Writing 101 Workshop

From the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Extension program:

A to Z Grant Writing 101
This course will present a simple and proven system that teaches participants how to prepare, organize and submit, not just a single, successful proposal, but an effective, ongoing campaign. Participants will learn to diversify their funding base to include government, foundation, corporate, business and individual donor funding; to implement a grantwriting campaign submitting up to a proposal each week; and to create a complete grant proposal package including budgets, need statements, measurable objectives, and evaluation plans. This course does not count toward the Certificate, but is devised to stand alone.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
10 AM - 4 PM
UHALL 1859
$110, Instructor Linda Vallejo
CRN 30835 CNTX 815.03

For more information, visit or call 310.338.2799

Bank of America Funding

The Bank of America provides support and funding for local community organizations through various philanthropy programs. Some relevant examples for Heritage Organizations in L.A. County would be...

Volunteer Grants:
Bank of America associates volunteer thousands of hours in our neighborhoods each year. In fact, more than 3,000 nonprofit organizations benefit from their associates’ dedication each year. To honor those who give their time and service to causes important to them, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations (up to $500 per person each calendar year), donated in associates’ names.

Matching Gifts
Dollar-for-dollar, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation matches up to $5,000 per person each calendar year. (There are certain guidelines that do apply.)

Local Grants
Bank of America’s local grant making activities can — and do — vary, depending on what your local community needs. Their local market presidents and their teams develop relationships with other community leaders to determine the best use of philanthropic dollars in each community. The majority of their local grant making programs has no deadline; applications are reviewed throughout the year at regularly scheduled local market leadership meetings.

Neighborhood Excellence Initiative:
Bank of America's signature philanthropic program, the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative recognizes, nurtures, and rewards community-based organizations, local heroes and student leaders working to improve their communities. They focus on areas such as: education, community development/neighborhood preservation, arts and culture, and health and human services. In order to address critical neighborhood needs, they work with local community leaders to identify economic and social priorities, and the visionaries working to sustain, strengthen and grow our communities. Together, they strive to can create healthy, vibrant neighborhoods where everyone can pursue their dreams.

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Build a relationship with your local branch and regional leadership team to cultivate a funding source. Invite them to your site and programs, and/or offer the resources you have to them and their branch and clients. Create a mutually beneficial relationship.

And, as a reference point in terms of Bank of America's funding priorities, here is a sample for Arts & Culture...

The following areas should be considered for funding under the Arts and Culture Focus Area:
- Growth and expansion plans for expanding services either geographically or with content, creating jobs, increasing outreach abilities and visitor traffic and revenue
- Arts education programs or through community partners and/or schools for people of all ages and economic means
- Access programs that make the arts more convenient or less expensive to enjoy and learn from for: the general public, school children, low- and moderate-income populations, and the elderly
- Preserving materials, records, or institutions themselves that serve the public and contribute to the character and historical foundation of a community
-Supporting access to special arts-related events that serve the public or the community generally and enhance community involvement and assimilation
- Arts and culture has a very broad meaning. Arts institutions may focus their offerings and education on the visual arts, performing arts, architecture, or literature.
- Programs and exhibitions connected to environmental initiatives

Monday, June 1, 2009

The Billboard Show: Selling the So-Cal Lifestyle of the 50s & 60s

Conference Promotes Nonprofit Effectiveness: July 15-17

From GrantStation Insider...
Conference Promotes Nonprofit Effectiveness
The Alliance for Nonprofit Management is a professional association of leaders who work directly with nonprofit organizations in areas such as strategic planning, evaluation, technology, management, executive transitions, finance, human resources, and communications. The Alliance's 2009 Conference, "Delivering Impact: Improving Nonprofit Effectiveness," will address best practices in nonprofit capacity building, governance, nonprofit leadership, and management. With more than 45 sessions and workshops, the conference is designed by and for nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, and academics. The conference will be held July 15-17, 2009, in Palm Springs, CA. Registration information and conference details are available on the Alliance's website.