August news & events from Community Partners
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From Tension to Civility

Avis Ridley-Thomas admits she could raise hell with the best of the hell raisers in the fractious extended family where she grew up. She laughs now at the memory, but it’s a laugh tinged with sheer relief. “Oh, we could keep the battles going and going,” she muses. “And I was as good as anyone else at causing conflict and sowing confusion.”  READ MORE
WriteGirl recently marked its 15th year providing creative writing workshops, mentorship and college planning assistance to teen girls in Los Angeles County. Our new staffer Elisa Perez writes about their success, and her own experience as a WriteGirl mentee. READ MORE
Bruin Shelter is a student-run shelter that serves homeless college students in the area surrounding UCLA and Santa Monica. Student volunteers and community partners work together to provide residents with shelter, food, security, and a supportive environment of mutual respect.
Project Leader: Louis Tse
LA Makerspace seeks to eliminate inequality in access to  STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) learning by building the capacity of organizations already working with underserved youth to incorporate hands-on, interest-driven learning into their services via a train-the-trainer model.
Project Leader: Mya Stark

Otha Cole

Senior Program Associate

Elisa Perez

Program and Communications Assistant

College Match One of 20 Finalists for Excelencia in Education

College Match staff will travel to D.C. next month as one of 20 organizations from throughout the country being  recognized for their exemplary commitment to helping Latino students succeed. The Washington D.C.-based Excelencia in Education selected College Match from among 190 nominations from 33 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico as a finalist for its Examples of Excelencia honor. READ MORE

LA Food Policy Council

Project Leader Paula Daniels was named one of News Deeply’s “Nine Experts to Watch on California Water Policy” for her commitment to green and water initiatives. 

Libros Schmibros

Project Leader David Kipen was interviewed in the Jewish Journal to promote the Boyle Heights' lending library's 50th anniversary screening of the Gabriel García Márquez film Tiempo de Morir at the John Anson Ford Theater in Hollywood. The LA Times also spoke with Kipen. READ MORE

Days of Dialogue

KPCC profiled The Institute for Nonviolence in Los Angeles' Days of Dialogue event at Exposition Park in South LA, an effort to bring LAPD officers and community members together to discuss concerns and ways to improve police and community interactions. READ MORE

The Institute for Nonviolence in Los Angeles

Co-director Avis Ridley-Thomas was interviewed by KPCC for a follow-up piece to their coverage of the Days of Dialogue event. She was also interviewed, along with Dr. Sharoni Little of the Empowerment Congress, another Community Partners project, on UBN radio.  Paul Vandeventer also talks to Ridley-Thomas this month. READ MORE

Newly Appointed

Director of Programs Sheri Dunn Berry has been appointed to the Advisory Council for Antioch University Los Angeles' Masters in Nonprofit Management program. 

Endorsing Candidates? Nonprofits Can’t Do It

With the elections just three months away and passions running high, it’s important for our project leaders and staff – and all nonprofit leaders – to be reminded that they  are prohibited by IRS rules from publicly endorsing, or opposing, any candidate for public office while acting in the capacity of the project. This is true for all levels of office – from presidential candidate to neighborhood council member.

Nonprofits can, however, encourage voting and advocate for causes and legislation. Bolder Advocacy, a program of the Alliance for justice, is a helpful resource for navigating your organization's role in nonpartisan advocacy. They maintain up-to-date information to help guide you through the rules of advocacy as they relate to influencing legislation, ballot measures, electoral activity, executive and administrative advocacy, and litigation. To make sure you’re playing by the rules:

  • Research a nonprofit's role in advocacy before engaging in lobbying or election activity
  • Refrain from supporting or opposing candidates via your organization’s social media, email, or website
  • Don’t allow politicians to promote themselves at your events

What’s Missing? Your Fundraising Data

The secret to better campaign results, more engaged donors, and board buy-in is a thoughtful and clear fundraising plan. While we all know we need a plan, sometimes it’s not always easy to make time to create a realistic plan and in many cases, we may not have the information we need to make the right strategic decisions. If you’re like most small nonprofits, it’s likely that your plan is missing a critical element—clean, accurate fundraising data. READ MORE

25 Twitter Tips for the Modern Nonprofit

With over 316 million active monthly users, it’s no secret that Twitter is THE source for trending news all over the world. Consider these out-of-the-box tips for increasing engagement and interest in your organization. READ MORE

Community Partners offers expert guidance, essential services, and a strong dose of passion to help foster, launch and grow creative solutions to community challenges.

Catalyst Team: 
 Lauren Kay, Director of Communications  
Elisa Perez, Program and Communications Assistant
 Somer Greene, Summer Associate   
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