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November 23, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
About 12,000 people gathered in downtown Los Angeles early Saturday to participate in United Way's seventh annual HomeWalk to raise money to aid the county's increasing homeless population. For the third straight year, Lakers star Kobe Bryant served as honorary chair of the annual 5K run and walk in Exposition Park that raises money for food, housing and support services for the homeless. The Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation provides similar assistance. There is greater public awareness now that a health crisis or the loss of a job can lead to homelessness, said Christine Marge, director of Home for Good for United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
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April 17, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
John Claerhout, a former Boy Scouts of America executive known for his finesse at fundraising and his promotion of scouting programs for thousands of inner-city Los Angeles teenagers, has died in a Northridge hospital. He was 85. Claerhout underwent quadruple bypass surgery two weeks before his April 4 death from complications of pneumonia, said his son Kevyn Claerhout. Claerhout was a masterful networker who recruited a stream of local and national celebrities for gala dinners benefiting the Scouts.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1986
The Times' editorial support of United Way is appropriate (Sept. 10), "Fresh Start." I've been a supporter of United Way--and of one of its parents, the Community Chest, before it--for nearly half a century, having made my first contributions of pennies and nickels in elementary school fund-raising drives. Thirty years ago, the Community Chest helped to pay for plastic surgery at Children's Hospital on my year-old son, effectively removing any trace of the harelip with which he was born.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
About 12,000 people gathered in downtown Los Angeles early Saturday to participate in United Way's seventh annual HomeWalk to raise money to aid the county's increasing homeless population. For the third straight year, Lakers star Kobe Bryant served as honorary chair of the annual 5K run and walk in Exposition Park that raises money for food, housing and support services for the homeless. The Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation provides similar assistance. There is greater public awareness now that a health crisis or the loss of a job can lead to homelessness, said Christine Marge, director of Home for Good for United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1986
David Johnson's excellent series on United Way (profiling its operations in April and the piece on the loan scandal) points out how much charities have become like private businesses. Development, marketing, public relations, computer and administrative divisions of the larger charities now crowd out divisions involved in direct aid--this last one at the core of most donors' intentions upon deciding to give to the charity. Cadillacs, six-figure annual salaries, memberships in discriminatory private clubs, interest-free loans to favored staff, and an aloof attitude have characterized United Way here in Los Angeles for some years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The United Way of Greater Los Angeles has named billionaires Eli and Edythe Broad California Philanthropists of the Year in recognition of a $5-million contribution--the single largest gift to any United Way in the state. Officials at the United Way, the region's largest private funder of health and human service programs, hope the Broads' $5-million contribution will encourage others to donate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1999 | BONNIE HARRIS
Donations to help the victims of this week's shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., are being accepted by Orange County's United Way, officials said Friday. The Healing Fund was set up by Mile High United Way in Denver with $20,000. It will help pay for services to victims and their families, said an agency spokesman, Nathan Silverman. Every dollar received will be matched by a 50-cent contribution from a Denver-based foundation, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1995
Orange County employees have donated $875,700 to the annual United Way campaign, former Supervisor Thomas F. Riley announced last week. This was a record for county employees, and it surpassed their fund-raising goal of $850,000. During October and November, the employees participated in campaign events including silent auctions, bake sales and a festival. The county's 18,000 employees could also support the United Way through payroll deductions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1996
After four years of plummeting contributions, the United Way of Greater Los Angeles announced Tuesday that it had raised more money in its latest fund drive than it did last year. The nonprofit organization, which helps fund more than 250 health and human services providers, received $58 million during its 1995-96 drive, an increase of $1 million over last year. This year's total, however, remains well below the organization's high of $91 million in 1989-90.
NEWS
October 21, 1993
I wish to take exception with the underlying logic of the San Gabriel Region of United Way's shifting of funding priority to community groups (Oct. 3). The United Way has traditionally raised dollars from payroll deductions of thousands of workers to fund a variety of needed social services programs. Employees who donate to United Way assume that their dollars will be distributed to effective community agencies who have demonstrated histories of providing services to problemed populations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2013 | By Gale Holland
A business group said Friday that 53,000 people, including 33,000 veterans, will join Los Angeles County's homeless ranks by 2016, the deadline the group had set to get former soldiers and chronic transients off the streets for good. The grim projection came two weeks after the release of a new count showing a significant rise since 2011 in the county's homeless population, from 50,000 to 58,000. "I took these numbers as hard as any of you," said Christine Marge of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, which is overseeing the project to end veteran and chronic homelessness in the county.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Saturday's country music all-star gathering for the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert in Norman, Okla., has aready generated at least $1 million for recovery efforts following the killer storms that swept through the region in May. The $1 million is being donated by Wal-Mart and the Walmart Foundation, which also is sponsoring the concert featuring Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood, Carrie Underwood, Sammy Hagar and others....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 | By Howard Blume
A coalition of groups, including the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, has launched an effort to put education at the center of the mayoral race and civic attention. But they aren't calling for sweeping changes in the L.A. Unified School District. Instead, they said, the goal is to stay the course behind the leadership of L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy. "We have a long way to go to in ensuring there is equity and access for all students, but there are some signs we're headed in the right direction” under Deasy's leadership, said Ryan Smith, director of education programs and policy for the United Way. Other groups in the coalition include: Alliance for a Better Community, Community Coalition, Families in Schools, InnerCity Struggle and the L.A. Urban League.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2010 | By Jason Song, Los Angeles Times
A group of business and civic leaders is urging the Los Angeles school district and teachers union to quickly develop a new evaluation system that incorporates student test score data and gives families more access to information about instructors. "This system should be transparent and the results of the teacher evaluations should be made available to parents," said a letter signed by former U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher, as well as the presidents of both the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Greater L.A., and 18 other people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2010 | By Phil Willon
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday announced a new fellowship program that would bring young business executives and workers into city government to assist with efforts to create jobs and help companies. The salaries of the six fellows chosen for the program are being paid by private sponsors, and the program is being coordinated by the United Way. Those chosen include a former Navy SEAL, who is now a UCLA business student, and a business manager at a Chatsworth film studio.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2009 | Raja Abdulrahim
Finding permanent housing for Los Angeles County's homeless rather than allowing them to continue living on the streets could save taxpayer money, according to a study released Tuesday by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. The four-year study followed four homeless people while they lived on the streets and later as they found stable housing. Researchers concluded that taxpayers could save $20,000 a year per person using public services. There were an estimated 73,000 homeless in the county last year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1989
There is change everywhere the United Way leadership looks. There is change in who needs help in Southern California and there is change in why they need it. So the region's largest private charity organization is changing, too--from the top down. To learn just how fast the region is changing and in what directions, the United Way has a new survey of its service area of Los Angeles County and parts of San Bernardino and Kern counties.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1996 | TIM MAY
The United Way wants to hear from all churches, clinics, schools, service agencies, nonprofit organizations and individuals that have ideas for improving Sun Valley, a traditionally underserved geographic area. "It's basically an open call," said Roy Mata of the United Way's North Angeles Region. Mata said United Way must spend $16,000 in uncommitted grant funds for Sun Valley by April, or the money will be lost.
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May 15, 2008 | From the Washington Post
The United Way of America, alarmed at the nation's fraying safety net, will announce today that it will direct its giving toward 10-year goals that would cut in half the high school dropout rate and the number of working families struggling financially. The nonprofit organization also wants to increase by one-third the number of youths and adults considered healthy. The announcement, scheduled for its annual conference in Baltimore, comes as the organization releases a report detailing a precipitous decline in key education, personal finance and health indicators.
OPINION
August 4, 2007 | George Nalbach, George Nalbach is the associate executive director of Santa Anita Family Service.
Dear United Way of Greater Los Angeles, I received your call regarding our divorce last week. You let us know that after 39 years, you were calling it quits on my organization, the Santa Anita Family Service; that we didn't fit your new 10-year plan. We understand it wasn't just us -- you dropped dozens of charitable organizations you formerly funded. You were kind enough to let us know that you will give us 40% of our allocation to ease the pain this year.
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