December 2012  
In This Issue
From the Desk of Paul Vandeventer
Important Announcements
In Case You Missed It
Welcome Our Newest Staff
Welcome Our Newest Projects
Projects in the News
Grant and Resource Opportunities
From the Field

Quick Links

Email Community Partners

Visit Community Partners' Website

Follow us on Twitter
Catalyst Team

Ravi Shah
Program Associate

Lauren Kay
Communications Manager
From the Desk of Paul Vandeventer
Guests take a moment to pay tribute to the evening's honorees.

Caring Community, One Individual at a Time

Caring community.

Two simple words. Quite a lofty ambition.

And yet, as I stood surrounded on the evening of December 11 by a diverse group of friends and colleagues at Community Partners' annual holiday gathering, the intentional shared striving for this goal could not have been more palpable.
To read the entire article, please click here.  

Important Announcements 

Annual Audit Report Now Available
Community Partners is proud of its responsible and thorough stewardship of resources, one of the hallmarks of services we provide to our sponsored projects and grantmaker partners.

Each year we are pleased to report a clean bill of financial health and this year is no exception. The independent accounting firm Singer Lewak completed our audit in October, and the full results are available online at along with our Form 990.

Briefly, revenue increased to $21 million in fiscal year 2012. Of that amount, 84 percent went directly to programming, with the remaining spent on management and fundraising expenses - a strong reflection of the focus we and our projects place on community impact.


Connect With Us... 

Community Partners is now on Twitter! Follow us @CommunityPrtnrs and subscribe to our CP Projects list to keep up with all that is new and exciting on the social innovation front. It's a 

great way for projects to connect as well.

In Case You Missed It 

Guests contributed thoughts about the future of the region at our recent holiday gathering.



What are the forces - political, economic, or cultural - that will shape the future of Southern California?


This is the question posed to guests who attended our recent annual holiday gathering, an event that also marked Community Partners' 20th year. But rather than an occasion to look back, we decided it was the perfect opportunity to look ahead, toward our next 20 years.


So let us know what you think lies ahead for the region. What will impact your work as civic leaders and social entrepreneurs? You can tweet us at @CommunityPrtnrs using #Next20. Or shoot us an email. We'll share some of the results after the first of the year. And your thoughts will help inform our planning efforts in 2013.

Welcome Our Newest Staff 

John Gonzalez
Accounting Manager
We are pleased to introduce John Gonzalez, our new accounting manager.  As an experienced CPA, John supports the organization's accounting department, including managing accounts payable, working with projects on budget and cash flow analysis, and tackling other finance-related projects. Prior to joining Community Partners, John was the director of internal audit for Habitat for Humanity International in Atlanta, and previously the controller at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. John attended the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston and received a degree in accounting. John also holds a B.A. in social Work with a concentration in administration and economics. 

Welcome Our Newest Projects

The Dinner Party 

Project Leader: Carla Fernandez

Transforms grief from a victimizing experience to one of empowerment, personal development, and

creative exploration.

Healthy Child, Healthy World 


Ignites the movement that empowers parents to protect children from harmful chemicals.  

Projects in the News 

Social Justice Learning Institute's community gardens program on NBC4...LA Times blogs that LA Food Policy Council's Good Food Purchasing Pledge is adopted by LAUSD...Mother Jones magazine provides a visual run-down of stats from a new study on gender equality in the media by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media...LA Commons' 2nd annual Found LA Festival of Neighborhoods was featured on KPCC 

Grant Opportunity


Council Training for Social Service and Justice Organizations

Deadline: February 15, 2013

Grant Details 


The Ojai Foundation is offering selected social service and justice organizations training and coaching in the practice of Council -- a method of listening and speaking from the heart. An introductory workshop will be held at The California Endowment on January 14. Contact Jared Seid at for more information. 

From the Field

Stand-Out Year-End Appeals and Five Bad Habits to Kick  

It's not too late to raise support for 2013 and strengthen relationships. Forty percent of online donations are made in December, with 40-60% of those gifts made in the last two days of the month.  Make sure your appeals stand out from others and avoid common mistakes.



Thank You Letters

Thank you letters matter -- they can inspire donors to give again. The most effective thank you letters are personal and thoughtfulWhat does RootDown LA, a project of Community Partners, do to thank donors? Find out here. Want to use video? Click here for tips and here for examples.  



LinkedIn for Nonprofits 

LinkedIn recently launched Board Member Connect, a program that helps nonprofit leaders easily identify connections to potential board members. Through the LinkedIn Board Member Connect program, you'll receive free access to a Talent Finder account ($1,000 value).


You'll also be able to join LinkedIn's Board Member Connect group, a forum to see how others are using Talent Finder to search for prospective board members, what worked best, and what to avoid.    


Learn how to get the most out of Board Member Connect by visiting the following Beth Kanter blog posts:

About Community Partners

Community Partners works with social entrepreneurs, grantmakers and civic leaders to imagine possibilities, design solutions and see them through to results. Our work includes fiscal sponsorship, grantmaker partnerships, thought leadership and knowledge sharing.

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Los Angeles, CA 90012                                       Fax 213.808.1009