Connecting Generations for Good

Grant Spotlight: LACMA’s NexGen

March 16, 2017

  At museums across the country, youth engagement programs are vital to developing museum-going habits that make today’s children tomorrow’s patrons. But few institutions have taken youth engagement as far as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Their NexGen program provides a free museum membership to anyone under 18, and allows an accompanying …

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Grant Spotlight: 826LA

February 15, 2017

On busy Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista, a quirky storefront boasts robot milk and dinosaur eggs. Step inside and you’ll find witty t-shirts, an emergency mummy kit, and even a theremin. But enter through a small doorway toward the back, and you’ll discover a warmly lit room full of books, long tables, and schoolchildren with …

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Grant Spotlight: Alliance for Children’s Rights

January 10, 2017

Since 1992, the Alliance for Children’s Rights has provided free legal services and advocacy to ensure children have a safe, stable home and access to healthcare and education. While their efforts have helped thousands of children over the last 25 years, there are always more challenges to face. One recent emphasis has been on grandparents …

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Grant Spotlight: School on Wheels

January 10, 2017

In Los Angeles County alone, there are more than 60,000 children with insecure housing. One in 45 students attending an L.A. Unified school is homeless. These staggering numbers have serious long-term implications. Children with unstable housing often are suffering from the trauma of losing a home and changing schools often, sometimes resulting in behavioral problems …

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Grant Spotlight: MEND

January 4, 2017

For many San Fernando Valley residents in need, accessing services for food, clothing, and medical care involves multiple trips to several different facilities, a stack of paperwork, and the challenge of finding childcare. At MEND, things are different. MEND, or Meet Each Need with Dignity, hosts a range of services: a health, dental, and vision …

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Volunteer Day at L.A. Kitchen

December 1, 2016

On Tuesday, November 29, The Eisner Foundation team  sponsored an afternoon of service at  The L.A. Kitchen  with our  Southern California Grantmakers  colleagues. By prepping and packaging food alongside L.A. Kitchen staff and students, we helped create meals for those in need in Los Angeles. L.A. Kitchen is one of two recipients of the 2015  …

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Grant Spotlight: Youth Orchestra Los Angeles

November 9, 2016

Each week at three sites around Los Angeles, almost 800 students gather to play music. They’re all part of Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), an initiative of the Los Angeles Philharmonic that’s been providing underserved youth with a robust music education program for a decade. “YOLA is as much a social program as it is …

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Grant Spotlight: Southeast Asian Community Alliance

November 2, 2016

Chinatown and Lincoln Heights are two of Los Angeles’ oldest and most diverse neighborhoods. Roughly half of the residents are foreign-born, and roughly half lack a high school diploma. A third live in poverty. And as these areas gentrify, long-time residents are at risk of losing their homes. Because these are heavily limited English proficient …

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Grant Spotlight: USC’s Kinder2College

October 28, 2016

Literacy underscores success in all aspects of life—and for those who can’t read at grade level, it can severely impact their chances of high school graduation. In fact, students who don’t read proficiently by 3rd grade are four times more likely to drop out of school. For those without proficiency by the end of 4th grade, two-thirds …

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Grant Spotlight: the Los Angeles LGBT Center

October 20, 2016

For almost 50 years, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has been a resource to the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, providing services to and advocating for a diverse and growing group. Now, they’re growing too. In 2019, they’ll open their newest campus in Hollywood—and The Eisner Foundation is proud to support their unique …

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