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Cal Wellness Awards More Than $7 Million in Grants
Philanthropy News Digest, November 25, 2017

Homeboy Industries: A History Of Violence. A Hope For The Future
UCLA Blue Print Magazine, Fall 2017

Report: Marin tops state in racial inequity
Marin Independent Journal, November 20, 2017

Oaxacan immigrant rights leader Rufino Domíguez-Santos dies
Vida en el Valle, November 17, 2017

The blessings of Napa’s Atlas Peak fire
Napa Valley Register, November 9, 2017

Where Northern California fire victims can find resources — and how you can support them
The Sacramento Bee, October 29, 2017

Who’s Helping the Forgotten Victims of California’s Wildfires?
Inside Philanthropy, October 17, 2017

A Local Problem With Local Solutions: How These Funders Are Tackling Gun Violence
Inside Philanthropy, October 2, 2017

Trump Era Prompts Foundation CEOs to Get Their Bullhorns Out
Chronicle of Philanthropy, September 27, 2017

The Relationship Between Community Violence and Trauma: How Violence Affects Learning, Health, and Behavior
Philanthropy News Digest, July 30, 2017

In Malibu, doors open on a new approach to juvenile justice
Los Angeles Daily News, June 28, 2017

Gov. Brown tours polluted L.A. neighborhoods to see firsthand where progress lags
LA Times, May 23, 2017

Republican couple who lost a son want their GOP back, fewer guns, and a return of statesmanship
LA Times, May 17, 2017

Fearing Deportation, Parents Worry About Enrolling Undocumented Kids In Medi-Cal
California Healthline, May 15, 2017

The Valley Line: Silver anniversary gala for A Noise Within unfolds like a well-scripted play
LA Times, May 15, 2017

Oral Health In California
KLTV, May 11, 2017

Pasadena’s A Noise Within celebrates 25th anniversary
Pasadena Star-News, May 7, 2017

Pizarro: Luis Valdez honored at San Jose State gala
The Mercury News, May 6, 2017

5 Questions Grant Makers Should Ask About the First 100 Days of Trump Era
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, May 3, 2017

California Community Non-Profits Get $1.3 Million to Push for Juvenile Justice Policy Change
Witness LA, April 13, 2017

California Wellness Announces $6 Million to Advance, Defend Wellness
Philanthropy News Digest, April 10, 2017

A young man in Oakland has captured the wisdom of his elders on a blog and in a book
LA Times, April 9, 2017

Grant Makers Give Money Fast to Challenge Trump Policies
Chronicle of Philanthropy, February 24, 2017

People in the News
Philanthropy News Digest, January 15, 2017

Rewriting the Script for Ex-Inmates
Chronicle of Philanthropy, January 4, 2017

What Matters More to Your Health Than the Fate of ObamaCare
Sacramento Bee, October 31, 2016

When It Comes to Health, a Tale of Many Californias
New York Times, October 22, 2016

Poll: California’s Health Disparities Nation’s Worst
Inland News Today, October 21, 2016

What Does Your Neighborhood Do For You?
KCRW, October 20, 2016

We Want Much More From our Neighborhoods
Sacramento Bee, October 19, 2016

Health Isn’t Just a System, It’s a Community
Zócalo Public Square, October 19, 2016

$1.3 Million Pledged to Build Trust Among Police, Communities of Color
Philanthropy News Digest, September 20, 2016

California Farm Communities Pay Price for Decades of Fertilizer Use
Sacramento Bee, August 14, 2016

How A Former Black Panther Is Working To Stop Gang Violence In South L.A.
LAist, June 28, 2016

Supreme Court Deadlock Keeps Immigrants’ Health at Risk
Huffington Post, June 24, 2016

California to fund first public research center on gun violence in the United States
Science, June 17, 2016

The White House’s Pick-Up Artists
The New York Times, June 16, 2016

Hidden Americans
Proto, June 10, 2016

A radical approach to gun crime: paying people not to kill each other
The Guardian, June 9, 2016

Huffington Post, June 8, 2016

New report offers county-level analysis of prosecutorial direct file in California by race & geography
National Center for Youth Law, June 7, 2016

Health Conversion Foundations: How to Make Them Relevant
Nonprofit Quarterly, June 7, 2016

Economy Tied to Gun Violence in Oakland
NBC Bay Area, June 3, 2016

Trauma Recovery Center: Agency has new tool to help victims, June 1, 2016

Standing with Orlando: Philanthropy’s responses to the Pulse nightclub massacre
LGBT Funders, June 2016

Ambassadors for Health Equity
Policy Link, June 2016

The Future of Food Needs Us
Santa Barbara Foundation, June 2016

African-American Civic Engagement Project: Building Power in California’s Black Communities
California Calls

Should Your Doctor Ask If You Own Guns?
Time, May 17, 2016

Have a check-up? Why your doctor might ask you if you own a gun.
The Washington Post, May 17, 2016

CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE: One Voice Can Change the World
The White House

How Foundations Helped Us Raise the Minimum Wage in LA
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, May 2, 2016

Food, Health and Vulnerable Americans
The Commonwealth Club, Podcast

L.A. Kitchen gives its students the ingredients for a better life
Los Angeles Times, April 15, 2016

California nonprofits barred from advising on prison savings
The Sacramento Bee, April 7, 2016

People first: Changing the way we talk about those touched by the criminal justice system
Urban Institute, April 4, 2016

More than $1 Million Awarded in the San Joaquin Valley
Sierra Health Foundation, April 4, 2016

College Behind Bars, the Problem With the CalGang Database, and Traumatized Compton Kids Train Shelter Dogs
Witness LA, March 24, 2016

Kern County inmates could get a Bakersfield College degree with help from a new program, March 23, 2016

CCF, Cal Wellness, and Forum Leaders Named Among Top 25 Most Influential Philanthropy Experts
Southern California Grantmakers, March 16, 2016

Experts take aim at gun violence as public health issue
USC News, March 15, 2016

ADDRESSING THE GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC: America Has the Will; Philanthropy Can Help Show the Way
Grantmakers In Health, March 2016

Jobs to Move America, March 3, 2016

Seizing this moment for Bay Area workers
The San Francisco Foundation, February 18, 2016

Facebook Launches Site to Boost Nonprofits’ Use of Its Tools
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, February 18, 2016

Black Lives Matter Wins ‘Fast Company’ Kudos for Innovation
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, February 17, 2016

Poverty and Violence Linked to Childhood Trauma, Poor Health
California Healthline, February 17, 2016

A College Education for Prisoners
The New York Times, February 16, 2016

Pop-Up Health Clinics Fill a Void in Care
The Wall Street Journal, February 15, 2016

Los Angeles to Spend $100 Million to Combat Homelessness
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, February 10, 2016

What the Flint Crisis Reveals About Inequality in the U.S.
Time, February 9, 2016

Oakland Photographer Brittani Sensabaugh Captures Portraits of Life in America's Most Dangerous Neighborhoods
7X7, February 8, 2016

The Eisner Foundation To Honor Generations United And L.A. Kitchen As Winners Of The Eisner Prizes For Intergenerational Excellence
PRWeb, February 1, 2016

REDF Announces New Nationwide Portfolio

Obama Touts Public Health in State of the Union
American Public Health Association, January 13, 2016

UC Davis professor invests $1.3 million of own earnings into research of mass shootings, gun violence
The California Aggie, January 12, 2016

This Is What $15 an Hour Looks Like
The Nation, January 7, 2016

On the Streets: He is Getting His PhD - and is Homeless
Los Angeles Times

California Counties Adding Care for Undocumented Immigrants
California Health Report, January 4, 2016

Obamacare Penalty Landscape Changes in 2016
The San Diego Union-Tribune, LLC, January 4, 2016

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