Tentative dates for 2015 SEA-LA events (last Monday of the month with some exceptions)

May 26, June 22, *July 27, *October 26, December 3  *Denotes Board Meetings

"It's the best party in town on a Monday night!" - Norah Edelstein

  • Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 11:59 PM through October 01, 2015

    2015 #MakeChange Award Nomination Deadline!

    Submission Deadline Extended: October 15th, 2015 at 11:59pm (PST) 


    Register your enterprise in Los Angeles today and be included on our invitation list for the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, December 8th!  

    Categories for the nominations include the following:

    People's Choice Of The Year 

    *All nominations will automatically be entered into the People's Choice Of The Year category
    Q1: What is the People's Choice Of The Year Award?

    A1: After nominations close, the public will be given an opportunity to VOTE for their favorite nominee via a Twitter hashtag.  The voting period will run until December 8th (11:59 PM PST).  Once the Voting Period closes, no more votes will be accepted and the results will be revealed during the Awards and the nominee with the most votes will be awarded the "People's Choice Of The Year".  Tweets submitted after the Voting Period closes will not be counted.

    Q2: How do I vote for the "People's Choice Of The Year" category for the 2015 #MakeChange Awards? 

    A2: There is one (1) voting method to participate in this People's Choice Of The Year Award: Twitter account holders may participate by posting, from their Twitter account ("Twitter ID"), a Twitter message ("Tweet") with the assigned nominee hashtag corresponding to ONE of the nominees that is their favorite.  Retweets will be counted as a valid vote as long as you do not add a comment and misspellings will not be counted.  Hashtags will be promoted after nominations closes on September 30th.  

    Q3: Who can vote for the "People's Choice Of The Year" category for the 2015 #MakeChange Awards?

    A3: Voting is open to all individuals with a valid Twitter account (visit to register for an account).  For your vote to be counted, your Twitter account setting must be set to public.  

    Q4: How many times can I vote for the "People's Choice Of The Year" category for the 2015 #MakeChange Awards?

    A4: There is a limit of one (1) vote per Twitter ID.  Any Twitter message posts made after your first vote for a nominee will NOT be counted.  
  • Friday, October 16, 2015 at 06:00 PM

    SVP Fast Pitch


    Apply by:  Friday, October 16, 2015 at 6:00p

    More information and online application:


    Social Venture Partners is seeking Los Angeles’ most innovative and high-impact nonprofit organizations to participate in the 2016 Social Innovation Fast Pitch!

    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 can help them achieve their goals. 

    Leaders from 20 organizations will be selected to participate based on the degree to which their approaches to pressing issues give them a competitive advantage to significantly increase social impact.  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.

    This year, the program culminates in the Social Innovation Fast Pitch & Showcase on March 8th at the Skirball Cultural Center.  Up to 10 finalists will make three-minute pitches to a panel of judges and an audience of approximately 600 philanthropic, business, civic, and nonprofit leaders,  competing to win awards totaling over $35,000.  Following the program, the showcase reception will be your chance to meet the nonprofit participants.

    Past grant winners include Swipes for the Homeless, Wolf Connection, New Earth, Young Invincibles, Streetcraft LA, First Place for Youth, Los Angeles Diaper Drive, Gumball Foundation, Get on the Bus, BTS Communications, Food Forward, South Central Scholars Foundation, Girls & Gangs, Everyone Deserves a Roof, and others.

    Applications must be submitted via the Fast Pitch website by Friday, October 16th at 6p.


    "Thank you soooo much for all of your vision, passion and positive energy. The Fast Pitch process was amazing, challenging, supportive, educational and just plain awesome! Words cannot express how much you all helped me as a professional, as a person, and as an advocate for young people."  - Alex Atkinson, First Place for Youth, 2012 Fast Pitch Finalist

    “I am 100% certain I am raising more money with my new pitch, as well as an army of passionate volunteers.”  - Karen van de Laat, Get on the Bus, 2011 Fast Pitch Finalist

    “We have a clear ask and know how to make the case for support. This is due to the training, process, and experience of Fast Pitch.” – Hector LaFarga, Jr., Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center, 2013 Fast Pitch Finalist


  • Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 08:00 AM through October 22, 2015
    via Spreecast

    IMPACTv Conference




    Join the IMPACTv Community for two full days of collaborative learning on key issues, trends and innovation on topics dedicated to accelerate progress on gender equality with a focus on its social impacts.  

    The Format

    • IMPACTv Live vTalks I Power-Packed Presentations

    • IMPACTv Panels: Stimulating and Provocative Panels on the IMPACTv Topics

    • IMPACTv Community: A Virtual Forum to Curate Conversations with Other Attendees

    • IMPACTv S+He Business Competitions:  A Unique Forum to support Women Owned Businesses

    • IMPACTv Networking: In-Person Networking Events 

    For more information:

    For the list of speakers:

    *Use promo code "SEA20" for a 20% discount on registration

  • Friday, October 30, 2015 at 06:00 PM
    Online application due

    Social Entrepreneurship Venture Challenge


    The Social Entrepreneurship Venture Challenge will bridge the gap between venture philanthropists seeking financial and social impact AND well-vetted social enterprises that can deliver double bottom line returns. After integrating due diligence reviews, mentoring and business plan/pitch development, the Challenge will showcase the most promising social entrepreneurs to a select audience of impact investors.  

    Traditional methods of solving chronic social issues have failed to move the needle to end poverty in America.   Leaders from all sectors are calling for new approaches, especially ventures that blend the best of what each sector offers. Social enterprises do just that- using market-driven mechanisms to address social problems ranging from environmental clean up to employing ex-offenders to bringing fresh produce to neighborhood “food deserts”.

    The SocEnt Challenge seeks to re-direct expertise and money which has historically been locked in conventional financial markets into social enterprises that build healthy communities. Last year’s pilot program drew over 60 ventures, addressing social needs in education, technology, homelessness, environment, urban revitalization, veterans’ needs, and health.  Drawing on you and other colleagues to help us spread the word, our goal is an even more diverse and vital pool this year. Examples of already-identified ventures are recycling bicycles, producing clothing for cancer survivors, serving as brokers for sustainably caught seafood and super effective STEM programming.

    Contestants may be for-profit, not-for-profit or hybrid early stage social enterprises. We are seeking ventures that have a proven concept, indicated by either having been in operation for at least three months and having begun selling their product or by having outside investors.   We seek ventures that:

    • Directly address a particular social problem
    • Influence systems, not just symptoms of the problem
    • Have a proven leadership team
    • Project significant social and financial returns
    • Prioritize social impact over financial gain for its owners

    Details are at and applications are due by October 30th.   I seek your counsel on ways to publicize it. At a minimum, I hope you will share the attached announcement with associates.  Also, please let me know about anyone that might want some kind of sponsorship role- we are seeking talent and treasure!

  • Tuesday, December 08, 2015 at 11:30 AM · 12 rsvps
    The California Endowment in Los Angeles, CA

    2015 #MakeChange Awards

    Nominations Are Now Open!


    The 2015 MakeChange Awards in Los Angeles recognizes companies and organizations creating the most impact for a better Los Angeles!

    The awards will recognize both non-profit and for-profit sectors based in Los Angeles that create the most positive impact.  The nominated enterprises will be evaluated based on the following criteria: 1) Sustainable Growth & Financial Performance, 2) Innovation & Creativity, 3) Impacts & Improvements, 4) Customer & Community Engagement, 5) Leadership Management, 6) Ethical Business Management, and 7) Workplace Well-Being. 

    Register your enterprise in Los Angeles today and be included on our invitation list for the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, December 8th!  

    Categories for the nominations include the following: 

    Registration for all nominees has been extended and will close on Thursday, October 15th (11:59 PM).  

    *This category will compile all the nominations for an online vote 

     Thanks to our partners on this event!

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    To download the Sponsorship Opportunities .pdf, click here >> 


  • Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 06:00 PM

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