Celebrating a new era with the inauguration of our new Mayor, Karen Bass

A new era has begun in Los Angeles with yesterday’s inauguration of our new Mayor, Karen Bass. The Mayor’s Fund couldn’t be prouder to help our community celebrate this historic moment. And we’re ready to help Mayor Bass tackle the unprecedented challenges that face our city. Today, the Mayor declared a State of Emergency on homelessness as her first mayoral act. The Mayor’s Fund is built to help our City government cut red tape, and create space for innovation to drive bold action. That’s what this moment is about. We know Mayor Bass is ready to meet it, and so [...]

2023-03-15T10:16:57-07:00December 12, 2022|City Hall News, MFLA News|

Salome Agbaroji Performs Poem in Honor of Our Work During the Garcetti Administration

Our Fund commissioned LA Youth Poet Laureate Salome Agbaroji to create an original poem reflecting and celebrating the collective work of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles during the Garcetti administration. Salome Agbaroji is a fifteen-year-old Nigerian-American poet based in Los Angeles County, California. Salome was a part of the Get Lit team that won the second place title in the Brave New Voices competition, the world’s largest youth poetry competition. She has performed for the likes of Stacey Abrams, Mrs. Tina Lawson, and many more. Aside from poetry, she will be serving as the President of her class [...]

2022-12-09T12:53:39-08:00December 9, 2022|MFLA News|

LA For All Healing Circles: Open Dialogues for a Better Los Angeles

The LA Civil Rights Department and Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, a private non-profit organization, announced the launch of LA For All Healing Circles: Open Dialogues for a Better Los Angeles today in partnership with community organizations across the City of Los Angeles. The LA For All Healing Circles are open dialogues to build a better Los Angeles held virtually or in-person to foster stronger community bonds, support community-based organizations, and provide safe spaces for Angelenos to discuss the impacts of racial trauma, identity, systemic racism, and the COVID-19 pandemic. These dialogues invite the public to share their thoughts for improving our city and [...]

2022-12-07T12:48:00-08:00December 7, 2022|MFLA News, Program News|

Mayor Garcetti Kicks Off ‘Summer Night Lights’ 2022

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today kicked off Summer Night Lights (SNL), a program that keeps parks and recreation centers open late to provide young people and families with safe, fun gathering spaces during the summer months, helping to reduce crime and violence in the peak months of gang-related activity. “Every young Angeleno deserves a place in their community where they feel safe to spend quality time with their friends and loved ones,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “I am excited that this program will resume in person once again — providing our kids with activities, resources and most importantly [...]

2022-10-10T00:39:11-07:00July 13, 2022|MFLA News, Program News|

Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles Announces Summit Of The Americas Host Committee

LOS ANGELES — The Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles announced today the official Host Committee of the Summit of the Americas, which is being held in Downtown LA this week. Comprising a broad array of Los Angeles’ civic leadership, the Host Committee was organized by the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles to welcome the delegations to the Summit and to help underwrite it. The Mayor’s Fund plays a unique role in Los Angeles by connecting the public and private sectors to advance impactful initiatives. In the diplomacy space, in 2015, the Mayor’s Fund helped underwrite the US-China Climate Leaders Summit [...]

2022-10-10T00:40:04-07:00June 7, 2022|MFLA News|

Here’s How the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles Supported the City During COVID

Article posted at Inside Philanthropy by Martha Ramirez, March 14, 2022. Read the article here. It’s been more than two years since COVID-19 upended the world. In that time, we’ve seen numerous examples of people coming together to support each other, with one of the more notable trends being cross-sector collaboration. In Los Angeles, many of these public-private partnerships have been successful. As Inside Philanthropy has written before, philanthropists and private companies have come together to try to close the digital divide, establish an education recovery fund for students in the second-largest school district in the country, and support immigrants. [...]

2022-10-10T07:16:58-07:00March 16, 2022|MFLA News|

Mayor’s Fund For Los Angeles Awards Grants To 22 Business Organizations Across LA

LOS ANGELES –– The Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles today announced that its Small Chambers of Commerce Relief Fund has awarded grants of $5,000 to $10,000 to 22 of Los Angeles chambers that are helping small businesses impacted by the pandemic. During the pandemic, small chambers provided crucial one-on-one assistance, webinars, and a myriad of other resources to support businesses impacted by COVID-19. At the same time, many of these same small Chambers exhausted their resources when they saw declines in membership dues and fundraising. The way chambers are incorporated also limited their ability to participate in other relief programs. “Small businesses are key to our economic recovery. They are [...]

2022-10-09T20:54:54-07:00September 23, 2021|MFLA News, Program News|

INSIDE PHILANTHROPY: With Garcetti Leaving, the L.A. Mayor’s Fund Closes a Chapter. What’s It Done, and What’s Next?

The subscription-only article is available here, and key excerpts are below. The fund has four principal goals that align with the mayor’s vision for the city. These are: building government efficiency by identifying innovative solutions; improving the quality of life for Angelenos; promoting the economic prosperity of the region; and community resiliency and disaster relief. Since its inception, the fund has raised money for more than 50 programs, including Summer Night Lights and HIRE LA’s Youth, and various programs focused on sustainability, veteran homelessness, and citizenship and immigration. The pandemic has showcased the benefit of public-private collaborations, which can step [...]

2022-10-09T20:54:55-07:00September 13, 2021|MFLA News|

One Year Since LA COVID Order, Mayor’s Fund Response Totals $72 Million Raised, 255,000 Served

See Infographic:  Direct Financial Assistance Vaccine Equity Meals for Isolated Seniors Shelter for Domestic Violence Survivors Amid Increase in Incidents   LOS ANGELES — It has been exactly one year since Mayor Eric Garcetti's March 15, 2020 order to stem the spread of COVID-19. Since then, thanks to more than 12,500  generous donations, the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles has raised $72 million to help 255,000 Angelenos through direct financial assistance; equitable vaccine distribution; domestic violence shelter and services; meals for isolated seniors; childcare so essential hospital employees could work their shifts; internet access for vulnerable students; and protective equipment for struggling [...]

2022-10-09T20:54:58-07:00March 29, 2021|MFLA News, Program News|

Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles’ COVID-19 Response Marks $66 Million Raised For Emergency Assistance To More Than 200,000 Angelenos

LOS ANGELES — The Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles today announced that its COVID-19 response effort had raised $66 million in 2020 to support families, workers, and individuals hardest hit by the pandemic. Drawing contributions from more than 12,000 donors across the city and region, this campaign delivered immediate aid to over 200,000 Angelenos, providing them with financial assistance; supporting domestic violence shelters and services; bringing meals to isolated seniors; funding childcare so essential hospital employees could work their shifts; extending internet access for vulnerable students; and purchasing protective equipment for struggling households. “From the start of this pandemic, the [...]

2022-10-09T20:55:15-07:00January 28, 2021|MFLA News, Program News|

Video Release: Los Angeles And Cities Around The Globe Launch International Network To Advance Gender Equity

Eds: Archived live video in English can be found here. Archived live video in Spanish can be found here.   LOS ANGELES –– Mayor Eric Garcetti today launched ‘CHANGE’, the City Hub And Network for Gender Equity, a groundbreaking international coalition of cities committed to advancing gender equity in local governments and policies. Mayor Garcetti will serve as the network’s first chair, and Los Angeles will be one of its founding members, alongside London, Barcelona, Freetown, Mexico City, and Tokyo. “This pandemic has changed how we live, learn, work, socialize, and govern, but what has not changed is our unwavering [...]

2022-10-09T20:55:17-07:00November 25, 2020|MFLA News, Program News|

Mayor’s Fund For Los Angeles’ COVID Response Raises $56 Million To Serve More Than 105,000 Angelenos

-Response Funded Newly Created Programs to Confront Unprecedented Crisis -Donations Received from more than 10,000 Generous Angelenos -Shareable Infographic: LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles' official philanthropic response to the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic raised $56 million to help more than 105,000 Angelenos with direct financial assistance, home meal delivery for seniors, childcare for hospital workers, and shelter and services for domestic violence survivors, Mayor Garcetti announced today. The Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles was established in 2014 to be an agile and trusted institution that rapidly addresses critical needs identified in partnership with the Mayor of Los Angeles. "When COVID-19 [...]

2022-10-09T20:55:18-07:00August 12, 2020|MFLA News, Program News|

L.A. Youth: “Find Your Future” With New Online Tool

Los Angeles, CA – The Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles (MFLA), an independent nonprofit organization that supports civic partnerships between the public, private and philanthropic sectors of Los Angeles, and Jobcase, a social platform for the “future of work,” today announced the launch of the Find Your Future initiative, a new collaborative effort to engage and support young job seekers by increasing access to career info and directly matching young people to local jobs. The platform can be accessed at “Find Your Future is a public-private collaboration that puts career and job information directly in the hands of young [...]

2022-10-09T20:55:21-07:00June 7, 2019|MFLA News, Program News|

Jeremy Bernard Named Next President Of Mayor’s Fund For Los Angeles

Headshots available upon request Los Angeles—The Board of Directors of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles has selected Jeremy Bernard as its next President effective July 16, 2018. “The Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles exists to tear down silos and engage the right mix of resources to solve the toughest problems, and there’s no one better suited to convene and then take action than Jeremy Bernard,” said Los Angeles financial executive Marc Stern, who chairs the Board of Directors of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. “His leadership approach perfectly complements the nimble and entrepreneurial nature of the Mayor’s Fund [...]

2022-10-09T20:55:42-07:00June 20, 2018|MFLA News|

Mayor’s Fund helps make a difference in Los Angeles: Letters

Re “Rethink Garcetti’s behested payments” (Editorial, Oct. 27): Please allow me to explain how the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, like many other charities and organizations, uses funds raised through behests to make a difference in the lives of Angelenos. The Mayor’s Fund has expanded the Domestic Abuse Response Teams that work with the Los Angeles Police Department to cover all of Los Angeles. We’ve kept the lights on in 30 parks, contributing to measurably lower crime rates. We created the “Save the Drop” campaign which led to a dramatic reduction in water use during our drought. And we’ve sparked [...]

2022-10-09T20:55:45-07:00November 14, 2017|MFLA News, Publications|

‘Summer Night Lights’ Kicks Off 10th Year Of Providing Fun, Safe Spaces For Young People And Families

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today kicked off the 10th consecutive year of Summer Night Lights (SNL), a landmark program that keeps parks and recreation centers open late to provide young people and families with safe, fun gathering spaces during the summer months. Hundreds of Angelenos joined the Mayor, Councilmember Curren Price, police and fire officials, and SNL supporters for the evening celebration at Ross Snyder Recreation Center in South L.A. "Every family in Los Angeles deserves safe places to spend time together, have fun with their neighbors, find new opportunities and resources, and create strong relationships with the people [...]

2022-10-09T20:56:02-07:00July 6, 2017|MFLA News, Program News|

Mayor’s Fund For Los Angeles Wins National Award For Building Stronger Communities Through Government Partnerships

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Council on Foundations (COF) today announced that the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles was among the winners of the 2017 HUD Secretary's Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships. "We created the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles to develop innovative collaborations that help make Angelenos' lives better," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "That work, honored with this award, has made it possible for our public programs to have a broader reach with a real impact on safer, healthier neighborhoods throughout L.A." The Fund was recognized for the critical support it facilitates for Summer Night [...]

2022-10-09T20:56:03-07:00April 25, 2017|MFLA News, Program News|

TechFair LA Features More Than 250 High-Profile Tech Employers Looking to Hire Local Talent

LOS ANGELES — L.A. is home to one of the world’s fastest-growing and most dynamic tech sectors, and Mayor Eric Garcetti is hosting a job fair today to connect Angelenos with companies looking to hire in this expanding industry. More than 11,000 job-seekers registered to attend the event. TechFair LA — the largest job fair of its kind in Los Angeles history — is a partnership of Mayor Garcetti’s Office of Economic Development and the City’s Entrepreneur in Residence, Jason Nazar. More than 250 of the city’s leading tech companies are participating in the daylong event at The Reef in Downtown L.A., [...]

2022-10-09T20:56:04-07:00January 30, 2017|MFLA News, Program News|

“Drop Defenders” Challenges Angelenos To Showcase Their Water Savings

SEE THE MAYOR’S DROP DEFENDERS VIDEO: LOS ANGELES—Save The Drop and the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles announced the kickoff of “Drop Defenders”, an eight-week challenge building on the impact of the Save The Drop campaign. “Los Angeles is making every effort to Save the Drop: by changing our water-using habits in order to respond to California’s historic drought, and in turn creating a more sustainable city,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Now we want to know how you did it. If you’re a ‘Drop Defender,’ stand up and be counted.” “Save the Drop’s millions of impressions have contributed to [...]

2022-10-09T20:56:06-07:00September 20, 2016|MFLA News, Program News|

L.A. Puts Higher Education Within Reach For All Students

LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti and a host of local and national partners today launched the L.A. College Promise, making Los Angeles the largest city in America to guarantee high school graduates in the class of 2017 at least one tuition-free year of higher education. The announcement was made on the campus of Los Angeles City College, where Mayor Garcetti was joined Dr. Jill Biden, the Second Lady of the United States; Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom; LACCD Board of Trustees President Scott Svonkin; LAUSD Board President Steve Zimmer; LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez; and LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King. LAUSD students who began [...]

2022-10-09T20:56:07-07:00September 14, 2016|MFLA News, Program News|

“Summer Night Lights” Kicks Off 9th Year Of Providing Fun, Safe Spaces For Young People And Families

LOS ANGELES—Summer Night Lights (SNL), a signature Mayor’s Office initiative that keeps dozens of parks open late with special activities for young people and families, kicked off today.   Mayor Eric Garcetti officially launched SNL 2016 with a visit to the Highland Park Recreation Center, where he was joined by special guest U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, as well as LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas, members of the SNL Youth Squad, program donors, and hundreds of residents from the surrounding community.   SNL, which is run by the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development (GRYD), [...]

2022-10-09T20:56:07-07:00July 1, 2016|MFLA News, Program News|

Leonard Hill Gift to Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles Will Provide New Sixth Street Bridge with Arts Plaza and Programming

A major philanthropic gift on the part of developer Leonard Hill to the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles will fund the design, construction and programming of an arts plaza beneath the new Sixth Street Bridge, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today. The $1.9 million gift will ensure the realization of the recreational and community-building components included in the city's vision for the new Sixth Street Bridge. The proposed Leonard Hill Arts Plaza, pending City Council approval, will sit underneath the bridge between Santa Fe Avenue and the Los Angeles River. The gift includes funding for the design and construction of a [...]

2022-10-09T20:56:24-07:00January 27, 2016|MFLA News, Program News|

Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles Launch #HomesForHeroes Campaign

LOS ANGELES – The Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles with Mayor Eric Garcettiand United Way's Home for Good, announced today the #HomesForHeroes campaign, an effort to raise funds to cover the move-in costs of 500 homeless veterans in the City by the end of 2015. "Our veterans have sacrificed it all to keep our home protected and safe. Now it is our turn to do what we can to ensure they have what they need to stay in a home of their own," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "The #HomesForHeroes campaign allows us to target a very specific area of need, [...]

2022-10-09T20:56:25-07:00November 11, 2015|MFLA News, Program News|

Los Angeles to Host First U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit

Los Angeles -- Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that U.S. and Chinese subnational leaders will be making new climate commitments and agreements at the U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit, which will be held in Los Angeles September 15-16, 2015. The Summit is the first official convening of U.S. and Chinese subnational leaders on climate change under the Climate Change Working Group. It represents a key opportunity to galvanize climate action before December’s United Nations climate conference in Paris. "Cities are the primary source of all greenhouse gas emissions and are on the frontlines of battling the extreme weather caused by climate change," [...]

2022-10-09T20:56:28-07:00September 4, 2015|MFLA News, Program News|

Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles Urges Angelenos to ‘Save The Drop’ on Earth Day

LOS ANGELES – With Earth Day 2015 coinciding with California's historic drought, the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles today urges Angelenos to "Save the Drop" by finding ways to conserve water and lower their water bills at (in Spanish at "Combating this drought requires the city to put the right conservation tools in place, and then we need to connect as many Angelenos as possible with those tools. That's what the 'Save the Drop' campaign is about, and the role played by the Mayor's Fund's is critical to its ability to succeed," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “The Mayor’s Fund [...]

2022-10-09T20:56:43-07:00April 22, 2015|MFLA News, Program News|

Mayor’s Fund For Los Angeles Launches, Fosters Public-Private Partnerships to Create Transformative Change in the City

LOS ANGELES – Mayor Eric Garcetti will today announce the launch of the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles, a non-profit organization focused on creating partnerships between the City and the private, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors aimed at tackling some of L.A.'s most pressing problems through both new and ongoing innovative programs. Mayor Garcetti will make the announcement during an event at Glassell Park Recreation Center in Northeast Los Angeles marking the start of the City's Summer Night Lights initiative, which serves thousands of youth by keeping public parks open with staff and activities during summer nights, when school is out [...]

2022-10-09T20:56:44-07:00June 25, 2014|MFLA News|
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