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The Lenten Season

February 14, 2018

Most of us celebrate Easter and Christmas as our favorite of the liturgical seasons. I love the Lenten preparation for Easter, and here is why. The last time Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day converged on the same day was in 1945. That was when my mother and her sister and their parents were liberated from the Los Banos Internment Camp in the Philippines. Dutch nationals, they had first entered the Santo Tomas Internment Camp in early 1942 and were transferred to Los Banos in 1944. When I was a kid, Mom would always say she was interned for 37 months, […]

Celebrating National Marriage Week

February 10, 2018

The U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops joins with the nation in declaring the week of February 7 through 14 National Marriage Week, with the highlight on Sunday, February 11, as World Marriage Day, an opportunity to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family. Catholics around the world celebrate the feast day of Saint Valentine of Rome, the patron of love, young people and happy marriage, on February 14. In our family, this day is typically filled with love, chocolate, and plush animals. This year, St. Valentine’s Day happens to […]

Santa Teresita Groundbreaking

January 24, 2018

In December, we welcomed the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles as an Agency Fund client. The Carmelite Sisters were formed in the 1920s by Mother Luisita and her resilience toward the revolution and religious persecution in Mexico. Today, the Sisters carry on Mother Luisita’s legacy through three main apostolic works: fostering a deeper spiritual life among God’s people through their retreat apostolates, being at the service of the family for life through their healthcare apostolates, and teaching with the mind and Heart of Christ through their education apostolates. Santa Teresita is a Neighborhood of Care […]

The New Tax Plan is putting Donor-Advised Funds in the Spotlight

January 12, 2018

If you are an accountant, financial adviser, or fundraiser, December probably left your head spinning. The new tax bill raised a lot of questions, many surrounding the deductibility of charitable donations and the potential impact on organizations and institutions that rely on donations. Our staff was paying particular attention to these headlines to better understand how the changes will affect both our current clients and the broader landscape of philanthropy in the United States. While the effects of the tax bill, both intended and unintended, are yet to be seen, one thing is for certain: We’ve noticed that the number […]

The Season of Giving

November 22, 2017

The time when we gather all of our family and friends is coming near as we quickly approach the New Year. It is also that time of year when we are reminded to count our blessings, to show our gratitude for all that we have been given, and, most importantly, to not forget those less fortunate. This year, my boyfriend and I wanted to give back, but we wanted to do it in a way that was more meaningful to us. To us, one of the most invaluable gifts during the holiday season is the gift of time, so we […]

The True Meaning of Philanthropy

November 3, 2017

My great grandfather recently passed away and it was devastating for my whole family. He was the pillar of the family, and everyone— I mean everyone—looked up to him. I spent the first five years of my life with him until he decided to retire in Mexico. I don’t recall that much about my great grandfather, but I do recall (or maybe because I have a lot of pictures) that every time he would visit me he would bring me flowers. Ten years ago, when I visited him in Mexico, he talked about how he was collecting signatures so that […]

Expanding Horizons With CCF-LA

September 27, 2017

A lot has been happening over at St. Pius X – St. Matthias Academy in Downey, and Catholic Community Foundation of Los Angeles is proud to be a part of these momentous occasions! CCF-LA is working with the Smet Foundation and J.F. Shea Construction to upgrade the school’s athletic fields, a big plus for the students and the local community. The Smet Foundation recently opened a Donor-Advised Fund here at CCF-LA for the sole purpose of supporting St. Pius X – St. Matthias. A DAF can be utilized in a multitude of ways for charitable giving. Such a range includes grants toward […]

A Donation No-brainer

September 12, 2017

The Catholic Community Endowment is, simply, a permanently endowed fund that will make grants to deserving entities within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in perpetuity. When our president and executive director Kathy Anderson so eloquently announced and explained the formation of this fund—the first started by this young foundation—it so inspired me when I arrived home from work that day, I wrote Kathy a brief email: “I’m in.” I have worked at CCF-LA for a little over two years, and in that time I have been privileged to work with a staff that is not only dedicated to but passionate […]

Back to School for All!

September 6, 2017

Now that we have reached the beginning of September, those who have not already started are facing the inevitable…time for back to school. This year it is not just back to school for the kids in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but I am going back to school as well. Last week I began classes at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at USC to pursue a Master in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. The program The Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management (MNLM) program at USC began in 2015, and I am part of the third cohort.  I am […]

Record-breaking Milestones Distinguish Our Foundation. But Then Again, Who’s Counting?

June 21, 2017

Over the past 24 months in operation, the foundation has granted out over $61.8 million for Catholic education, pastoral life, religious orders, and other causes deeply embedded in our Catholic faith. Already, based on assets under management, we are the second largest Catholic Community Foundation in the country. Our operations team, the board, and our various committees are all united in the efforts to make things happen; we just don’t take no for an answer. From best practices to strategic approaches, our little “think tank” team comes up with creative and innovative ideas, including balanced score carding to measure our progress […]