Los Angeles County and the philanthropic community share a common goal of improving the lives of vulnerable children and families living in this region. They each aspire to dismantle the systemic racism that has created deep inequities in the Center’s priority areas of child well-being, juvenile justice, health, and economic security.
Leaders from both sectors want bold changes that will impact children and families for generations: To reform the juvenile justice system and end the school-to-prison pipeline. To eliminate health disparities. To expand economic opportunity and build an anti-racist 21st century child well-being system that strengthens all families. In short, they want Angelenos to thrive.
These leaders also understand that eliminating the root causes of inequality will require creating solutions in partnership with each other and with the community. Each sector brings something the other needs.
The County’s funding, scope, and ability to take new solutions to scale make it a must-have partner for philanthropists who want to magnify their impact. Government also has an unparalleled view of the problems that need to be addressed, including access to vast amounts of data and staff who are intimately familiar with the daily challenges families face.
Philanthropic partners bring flexibility and speed to pilot projects, research and evaluations. Free from the pressures of direct service delivery, foundations can offer fresh ideas to illuminate long standing challenges.
The Center’s task is to bring the two sectors together, nurture their relationships, facilitate partnerships, and help them accomplish their shared goals.