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We will discontinue this blog as we phase in our new website. Many thanks to awesome volunteer Priyanka Singh for migrating and improving our website!

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Social Innovation Fast Pitch

Fast PitchNow in its tenth year, the Social Innovation Fast Pitch is a free two-month communication skills training program for nonprofits that are creating lasting social change in Greater Los Angeles. The program trains nonprofit leaders to powerfully communicate their story, and connects them with leaders in the business, philanthropic, and nonprofit communities who help them achieve their goals. Past participants have described the program as invaluable – resulting in greater confidence and effectiveness when presenting, increased exposure for their organization, important new relationships, and additional support from donors and volunteers.

Leaders from 20 organizations will be selected to participate. Each participant will be paired with two coaches who will work with them to develop and refine a three-minute pitch. At the final competition and showcase, 10 finalists will deliver their pitches to a panel of judges and an audience of approximately 600 philanthropic, business, civic, and nonprofit leaders, competing to win awards totaling over $30,000.

Past grant winners include Flintridge Center, Swipes, Wolf Connection, New Earth, Young Invincibles, First Place for Youth, Gumball Foundation, Food Forward, and others.

The 2017 Social Innovation Fast Pitch & Showcase will take place on March 22, 2017 at the Skirball Cultural Center.

Applications are now open until Monday October 17, 2016.
For more information and to apply visit

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Two PhDs for the Price of One, Part 2

CAS staffWhen Convalescent Aid Society ( asked JRP for information technology strategy help, we knew we had just the right volunteer. Moritz, who has a PhD in Physics and is a tech whiz, has volunteered with JRP with over a year; he brought his wife, Stacy, who has a PhD in computer science, to help CAS as well. So now CAS has a comprehensive list of needed technology to make their services and operations more efficient, and Moe and Stacy had a great family volunteer opportunity. Thanks to Stacy and Moe for sharing your considerable expertise!

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How Not to Be Ignorant

Do you think things are getting generally better or worse in the world? Most of us might be surprised to know how much healthier and more prosperous the world is, but in one of my favorite TED talks, Swedish physician Hans Rosling shows just how much better off we are. After watching this, you’ll quote the Beatles: I’ve got to admit it’s getting better, a little better all the time, getting so much better all the time.

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Need a New Website?

Computer VolunteerWebsite Weekend ( brings non-profits and organizations doing great work in the LA community and pair them up with teams of digital professionals. Then over the course of a weekend, these teams will collaborate and build something amazing for their organization that will help them grow their outreach and positively impact how they contribute to the community. If you are a web developer, designer or programmer who could help, or if you have a nonprofit that needs web development help, you can register on the Website Weekend website.

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New Executive Director at Leadership Pasadena

Leadership PasadenaCongrats to Cindy Bengston on her new role at Leadership Pasadena (! We know she will bring great new things to this important community program. See the whole article on LP at

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Are You an Inspired Leader?

edli2017 Wells Fargo Executive Directors Leadership Institute will begin January 12, 2017

Early Bird Deadline Friday, September 16, 2016

The Wells Fargo Executive Directors Leadership Institute (EDLI) is a complete 12-month leadership coaching program to help nonprofit Executive Directors turn their visions into reality.

EDLI is designed to help both new and experienced Executive Directors improve their leadership, strengthen their network and guide their organizations toward long-term sustainability. It is the only program designed exclusively for Executive Directors in our region.

Early Bird Deadline: Friday, September 16, 2016
General Deadline: Friday, October 7, 2016

Apply at

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