Past Events

04/21/2015 - 12:30pm

Tuesday, April 21, 12:30 – 2 pm

Public Affairs Building 2355

SWARTHMORE, Pa. — Robert Putnam wants a show of hands of everyone in the room with a parent who graduated from college. In a packed Swarthmore College auditorium where the students have spilled onto the floor next to their backpacks, about 200 arms rise. “Whenever I say ‘rich kids,’ think you,” Putnam says. “And me. And my offspring.”


--From “The Terrible Loneliness of Growing Up Poor in Robert Putnam’s America” by The Washington Post


Robert Putnam joins us to discuss his  new book Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, a groundbreaking examination of why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility.


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03/26/2015 (All day)

Held on March 26, 2015, this conference highlighted research on the nonprofit sector conducted at UCLA, California State University Northridge, and other Southern California academic institutions - and the practical use of that research by community organizations in the Southern California region.  The conference was co-hosted by California State University Northridge and UCLA.  The full conference program is available for free downloading as are PowerPoints from a keynote speech by Dr. Elizabeth Boris, director of the Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, and from breakout sessions about Juvenile Justice, Environmental Justice, The Nonprofit Landscape, Place-Based Initiatives, Advocacy and Nonprofits and Demographic Shifts in Southern California.

Conference Program

10/31/2014 (All day)

Professor Paul Ong, co-author of State of Donations:  Individual Charitable Giving in Los Angeles, launches The Philanthropy Initiative, a ground-breaking project that examines philanthropy among Chinese Americans and philanthropy in Greater China. The project was initiated by Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAA-J) and its partner support, the John and Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute for Business and Law at UC-Irvine. To read more about the project, please click here.




10/28/2014 (All day)

The State of Donations: Individual Charitable Giving in Los Angeles

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 8:30 am-11:30 am 

Skirball Cultural Center
Herscher Hall-Guerin Pavilion
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049 

Our latest report provides nonprofit executive directors, board members, and fund-raisers with a useful guide to what is known and what matters when it comes to individual giving and informs donors to better understand the patterns, effects, and challenges of charitable giving in Los Angeles County.

This event is at capacity.  Please check back to download a copy of our latest report.