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Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men: Transforming the Lives of Young Black Men in South Los Angeles

April 1, 2019

This report tells the story of BLOOM, its impact, and the lessons we learned along the way. Through the initiative, Brotherhood Crusade (BHC) and Social Justice Learning Institute (SJLI) developed programs that tap into the potential of young Black males through developmental relationships with male mentors along with positive peer relationships and accountability with other young Black men. Since its launch, BLOOM has impacted the lives of nearly 800 young Black men in South L.A. Over the past six years, California Community Foundation's (CCF) commitment of $500,000 per year, totaling $3.5 million, leveraged $3.3 million from other foundations, as well as contributions from individual donors, with an additional $3.2 million pledged over the next five years.

Evaluation of the California Community Foundation's BLOOM Initiative Year Three Evaluation Report, 2014-2015

December 1, 2015

The Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men (BLOOM) Initiative was designed with the goal of redirecting Black male youth, ages 14-18-years-old involved with the Los Angeles County probation system, toward improved educational and employment opportunities and outcomes. Through strategic partnerships with three community-based organizations, the BLOOM Initiative seeks to redirect the paths of probation-involved young Black men, away from adult incarceration and towards meaningful education and employment opportunities. Utilizing a process and outcomes-focused evaluation, this report documents the successful progression of BLOOM youth participants, highlighting the development of a holistic model and best practices for serving probation-involved youth. Specifically, through two focus groups and depth interviews with 10 participants, BLOOM youth describe their experience with BLOOM partner organizations as having a deep and profound impact on their lives. The sum total of the data captures a comprehensive look of where the BLOOM program is after year three.

The Future of Philanthropy in Los Angeles: A Wealth of Opportunity

December 2, 2011

Examines economic factors shaping the projected transfer of wealth in Los Angeles County and, in turn, the future of philanthropy and the nonprofit community. Outlines how to prepare donors and nonprofits to maximize philanthropic opportunities.

Supporting Our Troops, Veterans and Their Families: Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities for Philanthropy

November 4, 2009

Reviews the highlights, impact, and lessons of the foundation's Iraq Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund grants to raise awareness of and help meet the needs of veterans and families. Makes recommendations for policy makers, grantmakers and nonprofits.

Turning Crisis Into Opportunity: How the California Community Foundation Is Helping Its Grantees and Other Nonprofits Prepare for Uncertain Economic Times

January 31, 2009

Presents survey findings on grantees' needs in the face of the economic crisis. Describes workshops on mobilizing board members, new models for partnerships and mergers, short- and long-term sustainability, and cost-effective ways to cultivate donors.