LA2050

My LA2050 Report

As part of the LA2050 initiative, the Goldhirsh Foundation launched the My LA2050 Grants Challenge for organizations to apply for $1,000,000 total in ten $100,000 awards.

During the My LA2050 Grants Challenge, 279 organizations submitted proposals that demonstrated passion and imagination to build a future where all Angelenos flourish.

This report highlights trends, promising ideas, and surprises from the proposals. Submissions targeted the eight indicators for human development featured in the LA2050 Report. More than 70,000 people voted on submissions, and ten winners split $1,000,000 in funding evenly. This report identifies ten themes that emerged across indicators and details trends within each indicator.

Dreaming to Improve the Future of Los Angeles

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU CROWDSOURCE $1M FOR SOCIAL CHANGE IN LA?
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We asked the community to dream up the most innovative, imaginative ideas on how to improve the future of Los Angeles. Here is what we learned:

Submissions at a Glance

The My LA2050 Grants Challenge proposals received 279 submissions from nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Collaboration was a key component of many applications, with 16 percent coming from multi-stakeholder applicants. Interestingly, 18 percent of applicants were social enterprises, offering innovative business models blending revenue generation with solutions to address the needs of our region. This indicates a trend toward the blurring of lines between nonprofit and for-profit entities, with increasing consideration of social enterprise as a route to solve social problems.

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Glance Report Page

Stage of Innovation

Change comes in stages. For the purpose of this analysis, we categorized proposals based on their stage of project development. First, one understands the problem (discovery/need research), then an idea is developed and tested (pilot). If successful, the idea is expanded (expand existing program). My LA2050 Grants Challenge submissions represented various stages of innovation.

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Innovation Report Page

Geographic Targets

All submissions presented ideas and projects that benefit Los Angeles. The majority (58 percent) narrowly targeted specific neighborhoods or locations (e.g.: Boyle Heights, Pacoima, Central City Value High School). 42 percent of submission were citywide or countywide projects. The legend below reveals the leading geographic areas targeted by raw number of submissions.  

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Needs Identified

All submissions required more than just funding needs. Opportunities beyond financial capital to support these projects included:

69 PERCENT — NEED VOLUNTEERS/STAFF TO ASSIST WITH PROGRAMMING
66 PERCENT — NEED COMMUNITY OUTREACH TO INCREASE AWARENESS/ENGAGEMENT
46 PERCENT — NEED EDUCATION/TRAINING FOR CONSTITUENTS
41 PERCENT — NEED ASSISTANCE WITH ORGANIZATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE (E.G.: PHYSICAL SPACE, VEHICLES)
24 PERCENT — NEED TECHNICAL INFRASTRUCTURE (E.G.: COMPUTERS)
23 PERCENT — NEED NETWORK/RELATIONSHIP SUPPORT (E.G.: CONNECTIONS, RESOURCES)

Why This Matters

This report presents a snapshot of trends and patterns that emerged in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge. These submissions envision promising, dynamic ways to strengthen relationships between and among Angelenos as they imagine new opportunities to interact with our region. We hope that the themes identified will inform further support and activities to improve the region, and serve as a resource for funders and social innovators as we work together to build LA’s future.

What is Next with LA2050?
Moving forward, our role is to continue as a catalyst, collaborator, and communicator to drive and track progress for Los Angeles. The indicators indentified in the LA2050 Report serve as a dashboard — a reference by which th check in on the health of the region. In addition to grantmaking, research, and reporting, LA2050 will continue to curate and host events, activations, and digital meetups — all of which work to elicit and implement Angelenos’ visions to improve the region.

LA2050 Goals
We believe that in order to track and drive progress, Angelenos must be united by a shared vision of success for the region. We have developed a series of draft goals for LA in the year 2050 – drawn from citizen visions, our LA2050 report, and input from advisors and partners. The finalized goals will help influence LA2050’s activities in 2014 and beyond.

#LA2050Listens is a series of events led by local organizations to solicit feedback on the draft LA2050 goals from a broad and representative group of Angelenos. Learn more here.

Stay Involved
We believe in the power of Angelenos to shape the future of our region. Join the conversation and contribute by attending one of our online or offline events, signing up for our newsletter, or using #LA2050 on twitter, facebook, or instagram. You can also email us at connect@la2050.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

Publications

  • LA2050 Report

    Who we are. How we live. Where we are going.

  • Unleashing the Potential of Los Angeles

    The My LA2050 Grants Challenge Report "Unleashing the Potential of Los Angeles" presents a snapshot of trends which emerged from the 2013 My LA2050 Grants Challenge submissions.

  • Key Findings

    What happens when you crowdsource $1M for social change in Los Angeles?

  • #LA2050Listens Report

    #LA2050Listens was a series of events led by local organizations to solicit feedback on the draft LA2050 goals from a broad group of Angelenos.