Connecting Generations for Good

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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Grant Spotlight: Partners for Children

October 13, 2016

Tucked into the St. John’s Well Child and Family Center in South Los Angeles is a small office doing a big job. The newly-renamed Partners for Children South L.A. (formerly the South Los Angeles Child Welfare Initiative, or SLACWI) serves a unique purpose in the web of social service agencies working in the area, helping …

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Grant Spotlight: L.A. Kitchen

October 5, 2016

L.A. Kitchen’s large facility just outside of Downtown L.A. trains a hundred culinary students each year, but they’re not your typical students. Former inmates work alongside former foster youth in this unique intergenerational program aimed at providing them with employment opportunities in the foodservice industry. 1,500 foster youth age out of the system each year, …

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Grant Spotlight:’s Generation to Generation

September 30, 2016

It’s a common storyline—the older generation doesn’t understand the world of the younger generation, and the younger generation sees their elders as out-of-touch. But our partner is working toward changing intergenerational attitudes and the larger narrative of warring generations. With their new initiative Generation to Generation, they plan to activate a million people over …

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A day of remembrance and opportunity

September 11, 2016

September 11 marks the anniversary of one of the most traumatic events our nation has faced in generations. This year, it also happens to coincide with National Grandparents Day, which has been celebrated every Sunday after Labor Day since 1978. The overlap of these two days invites us to consider how different our perspectives can …

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