Past Events

03/26/2015 (All day)

Held on March 26, 2015, this conference highlighted research on the nonprofit sector conducted at UCLA, California State University Northridge, and other Southern California academic institutions - and the practical use of that research by community organizations in the Southern California region.  The conference was co-hosted by California State University Northridge and UCLA.  The full conference program is available for free downloading as are PowerPoints from a keynote speech by Dr. Elizabeth Boris, director of the Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, and from breakout sessions about Juvenile Justice, Environmental Justice, The Nonprofit Landscape, Place-Based Initiatives, Advocacy and Nonprofits and Demographic Shifts in Southern California.

Conference Program

10/31/2014 (All day)

Professor Paul Ong, co-author of State of Donations:  Individual Charitable Giving in Los Angeles, launches The Philanthropy Initiative, a ground-breaking project that examines philanthropy among Chinese Americans and philanthropy in Greater China. The project was initiated by Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAA-J) and its partner support, the John and Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute for Business and Law at UC-Irvine. To read more about the project, please click here.




10/28/2014 (All day)

The State of Donations: Individual Charitable Giving in Los Angeles

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 8:30 am-11:30 am 

Skirball Cultural Center
Herscher Hall-Guerin Pavilion
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049 

Our latest report provides nonprofit executive directors, board members, and fund-raisers with a useful guide to what is known and what matters when it comes to individual giving and informs donors to better understand the patterns, effects, and challenges of charitable giving in Los Angeles County.

This event is at capacity.  Please check back to download a copy of our latest report.


05/14/2014 - 12:00pm

Sasha Issenberg, Civil Society Fellow at UCLA Luskin and Washington correspondent for The Monocle, a magazine covering global affairs, business culture and design, will discuss his 2012 book The Victory Lab: the Secret Science of Winning Elections, which shows how political campaigns have been transformed by innovations in data, analytics, and behavioral psychology. 

While at UCLA, Mr. Issenberg is writing a book on marriage equality to be published by Crown/Random House, The Engagement: A Quarter-Century of Defending, Defining, and expanding Marriage in America that documents the political, legal, and social history of the battles over gay marriage in the United States.  In addition, Mr. Issenberg is co-teaching a Fiat Lux undergraduate course, Victory Lab, Exploring the Mechanics of Modern Campaignswith Lynn Vavreck of the Political Science Department.  

Mr. Issenberg has held editorial and reporting positions for George, Philadelphia Magazine, The Boston Globe, and Slate. He has also published articles in a wide range of major publications including the New York Times Magazine, New York, the Atlantic, and the Washington Monthly. He is also the author of The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of Modern Delicacy (Gotham/Penguin, 2007), which describes how sushi went from a street snack to a major global commodity in less than a decade. He was a Fellow of the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics in 2013. He is a 2002 graduate of Swarthmore College.