June 2014

LAnSync td img {display: block;}       June 2014 LA n Sync: Beats and Buzz

LA n Sync Pilot Year Recap

Click here to watch highlights of our pilot year briefing. LA n Sync is indebted to everyone who contributed to our first year. Without the tremendous support of the academic, civic, nonprofit, business and philanthropic sectors of Los Angeles, none of the successes we've collectively achieved would have been possible. In particular, we would like to thank those who contributed to our 2013 kick-off event. Their early (and ongoing) support of LA n Sync has been invaluable. We’d like to acknowledge: Dr. John Deasy, Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District; Christine Devine, Anchor/Reporter, KTTV and Co-Chair, The Good News Foundation; Dr. Manuel Pastor, Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity, USC; Dr. Robert Ross, President and CEO, The California Endowment; the Honorable Mark Ridley-Thomas, Supervisor, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors; the Honorable Antonio Villaraigosa, 41st Mayor, City of Los Angeles; and Dr. Ernest J. Wilson, III, Dean, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, USC. On May 9, 250 guests gathered at the California Science Center for an executive briefing on LA n Sync’s pilot year moderated by Andy Goodman, Director of the Goodman Center. In its first year, LA n Sync:

  • Scanned 45 federal agencies searching for discretionary grants that fit the LA n Sync criteria
  • Pursued 20 grants
  • Won 7 grants
  • Has 5 applications still pending
  • In total, $51.5 million in grants were secured. Additionally, by winning a Promise Zone designation for the City of Los Angeles and a Manufacturing Community designation for Southern California, the region is now in a preferential position to apply for future grants potentially worth more than a billion dollars.
At the briefing, the Honorable Eric Garcetti, Mayor of the City of Los Angeles; the Honorable Don Knabe, Chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and CSU Northridge President Dr. Dianne Harrison explained how collaboration fostered by LA n Sync was already benefitting the region. In a video, Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard (40th District) and Tony Cárdenas (29th District) jointly spoke of LA n Sync uniting Members of Congress within the LA County Delegation. Representative Cárdenas’ Chief of Staff Sam Jammal was on-hand to offer insight as to why a win in one District is a win for all. Mitch Singer of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors then summarized the results of an independent study which confirmed that LA n Sync is a unique success story. Finally, a robust Q&A session ensued. One theme united everyone who spoke: Regional collaboration helps federal, state and philanthropic decision-makers see Los Angeles as the most compelling destination for investment. In closing, Leonard J. Aube, Executive Director of the Annenberg Foundation, announced the Foundation’s commitment to stewarding LA n Sync for another year while long-term governance and other operational components are established.

Zoning In

In January, LA was one of three urban areas nationally to win a coveted Promise Zone designation. Now we can speak up as a region to best position Greater Los Angeles to win another Promise Zone designation. Through Monday, June 16, the public comment period is open for the upcoming RFP for the second round of designations from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Accordingly, please consider sending a message to PromiseZones@hud.gov requesting that a metropolitan area should be both eligible and strongly considered for a second Designation.

It's A Match

LA-based foundations have pledged $1.245 million in matching funds to help the California Community Foundation file a competitive application for a Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant. What’s at stake? Federal funding worth $3 million over three years and an overall investment in South Los Angeles of almost $9 million. The funding would support programs that help 14-18 year old black males living in South LA who are or have been under the supervision of the LA County Probation Department complete high school and secure meaningful employment. The following foundations made it happen: Annenberg Foundation, The Boone Family Foundation, California Community Foundation, The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, Goldhirsh Foundation, Leonetti/O’Connell Family Foundation, Liberty Hill Foundation, The McGrath Abrams Family Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and Weingart Foundation. We thank them for their support.