March 2015 
In This Issue
From the Desk of Paul Vandeventer
Project Spotlight
Projects in the News
Welcome Our Newest Projects
Events and Learning Opportunities
From the Field
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From the Desk of Paul Vandeventer
Illuminating the Fergusons Deep Down Inside

Of all the sorrows humanity has inherited short of murder and war, ignorant, ingrained racial hatred challenges communities and society as a whole to take stock of both our civic culture and our very essence as civil beings. Few realities reveal this sorry truth more pointedly than the sad pattern of official behavior laid out in the U.S. Department of Justice's two reports released March 4 on race, bias and policing in Ferguson, Missouri.


According to the report, if you're black and find yourself in Ferguson, you're about 30 percent more likely than anyone of a different race to be stopped by a cop, arrested, cited, or fined. There's an equally disproportionate chance you'll be charged with "crimes" that are questionable at best and, at worst, outright excuses for police to assert out-sized race-based control. Anyone who understands places like Ferguson where many people live at or near poverty levels also knows that police-citizen contact leads with unfortunate haste to violent confrontation. Just look at recently reported data about police shootings in downtown Los Angeles.  

To read the entire article, please click here

Project in the Spotlight

A Powerful Alliance for Election Reform

Voter engagement may be at an all-time low -- but not so the energy and enthusiasm among those working to bring more citizens to the polls.

Witness Future of California Elections, an unprecedented collaboration between election officials, civil rights organizations and reform advocates. With an enthusiastic new leader at the helm and some policy success under its belt, members have a strengthened commitment to forge ahead together.

"FOCE has helped to foster trust and deepen existing collaboration between groups that had not yet worked together in a coordinated and substantive way," said Vince Hall, FOCE's new project leader, who brings two decades of public policy experience to his role. "Together we can present sensible recommendations much more clearly and powerfully."

Click here to read more.

Project Leaders Honored

Yvette Chappell-Ingram, African American Board Leadership Institute President and CEO, received the Admiral Samuel L. Gravely Leadership & Service Award; Alison Hurst, Executive Director of Safe Place for Youth (SPY), was named the Westchester Rotary Club's 2014-2015 Citizen of the Year; Celeste Fremon, project leader for WitnessLA, was nominated by the City and Regional Magazine Association's national awards competition for this piece she did on Sheriff Lee Baca for LA Magazine.

Projects in the News

The Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG) usually focuses its scientific analysis of unreported violent deaths on international conflict zones like Syria or Guatemala. But with the recent Bureau of Justice report on US killings by police, project leader Patrick Ball has offered a thoughtful critique suggesting significant under-reporting. More in FiveThirtyEight and BoingBoing.

Patrisse Cullors, one of three founders of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter and project leader for Dignity & Power Now, explains on MSNBC how LGBTQ people of color are core to the movement.

African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI) in this article on board diversity.

"Let's plan for our communities, not just our commutes" says Jessica Meaney, project leader for Investing in Place, in this recent StreetsblogLA interview.

Deborah Murphy, who heads up Los Angeles Walks, was part of a recent Zocalo panel discussion exploring the future of LA's car culture.  

Kaile Shilling, executive director of the Violence Prevention Coalition of Los Angeles of Greater Los Angeles points to intervention over suppression as a contributing factor to the decline in gang violence in this HuffPost Impact article.
How will LA improve mobility in coming decades? Read up on the excellent Live Ride Share conference co-hosted by MoveLA in the Huffington Post and via Storify.

Welcome Our Newest Projects

Investing in Place

Project Leader: Jessica Meaney



Advocates for more equitable transportation investments and improved policies to support walking, biking and transit in Los Angeles County. 


The Antronette (Toni) K. Yancey and Darlene Edgley Fellowship for Health Promotion, Physical Fitness and Community Health Education 

Project Leader: Darlene Edgley


Continues the legacy of Dr. Antronette Yancey, MD, MPH who was dedicated to overcoming health disparities in underserved populations and to support the education of students of color in public health field. 

Events and Learning Opportunities

Next Generation Leaders of Color Program

Deadline: March 26

For the first time,
CompassPoint Nonprofit Services is bringing its Next Generation Leaders of Color (NGLC) program to Los Angeles. NGLC is a transformative leadership development program that builds leadership confidence, management competencies, and the ability to unleash organizational change. The program is designed specifically for leaders (defined as middle- to senior- level managers who plan on being in their organization for at least the duration of the program) of color committed to working with their community peers to drive social change.

Grant Training from A to Z

April 6-10, June 22-26, and September 21-25

The Grantsmanship Training Program is a comprehensive, hands-on workshop that covers the complete grant development process, from designing sustainable programs and researching funding sources to writing and reviewing actual grant proposals. Click
here to learn more.



Save the Date: 2015 Developing Development Program

Early Bird Deadline: April 24, 2015 

The Executive Service Corps is accepting early applications for its Developing Development Program (DDP), which is designed to help nonprofit board members and executives build their individual giving programs. This comprehensive, 14-month program includes expert one-on-one coaching, trainings, and clinics for staff and Board members. Program begins July 1, 2015.

From the Field


Infographic: Creating Not-Boring PowerPoint Presentations


Follow the 10/20/30 rule and other tips to make your PowerPoint Presentations more engaging. 

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