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Top Nonprofit Execs Receive 6 Figure Salaries

By Carisa Carlton, Special to the Independent Many leaders of the most prestigious Laguna Beach nonprofit organizations receive six figure salaries, nearly 25% more than the city’s mean job salary. The top ranking nonprofits aggressively compete for personnel with businesses and...

Pearson Finds Her Muse at Pacific Chorale

After a year as Laguna Playhouse’s development director, Elizabeth Pearson, will step down April 30 to take the helm of the Pacific Chorale, one of the top choruses in the nation and the resident choir for the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the...

Fund Helps Instill a Giving Ethic

Laguna residents Nicole and Peter Anderson established a donor advised fund at the Laguna Beach Community Foundation and plan to use it to support environmental, social and educational causes as well as to teach their two boys  about the value and joy of charitable giving. “We...

Wish-List Fulfilled for Some Local Nonprofits

After two previous attempts failed, Liesa Schimmelpfenning triumphantly reached this week for the prize: a $4,500 check awarded by the Laguna Beach Community Foundation. The windfall will fund health and nutrition workshops next spring that now will be offered free to the public...

Foundation Adds Local Expertise

Local residents Maya Dunne and Robin Hall, veterans of working with nonprofit organizations, recently joined the Laguna Beach Community Foundation, which connects donors’ passions with nonprofit needs.   “Maya brings an important asset to our community foundation with her...

Benefactors

Weddings Bring Joy to Children   A Laguna Beach couple, Scott and Erin Ferrel, decided to donate to Make-A-Wish Foundation instead of receiving the usual wedding gifts when they tied the knot.   “There was no better way to celebrate one of the happiest days of my life...

Questionable Spending

Editor, I am glad the Independent reported on the city council decision to reimburse council members the cost of attending certain social events (“City Picks Up the Tab for Events,” Feb. 17 edition). It would have been easy to say “yes, but it’s only $450″ and...

Year’s Final Day Yields Gold for Non-Profits

While retailers and individuals by now have wrapped up the annual binge of gift selling and buying, leaders of some nonprofits are still anticipating crucial year-end gifts, many arriving in the year’s final hours, that keep their programs running. Even organizations with strong...

Finding Common Cause Within the Safety Net

By Mary Dolphin, Special to the Independent   With the advent of cold weather and changes at the Alternative Sleeping Location, the nighttime shelter for the homeless in Laguna Canyon, Jean Raun and Lee Winocur Field believe that now is a crucial time to unite social service...

Realtors Accepting Grant Applications

The Laguna Board of Realtors and Affiliates Charitable Assistance Fund will accept written grant applications for donations from its 2012 Laguna Beach fundraising events through Nov. 15. Proceeds are donated to local nonprofits and the Realtors’ general fund. Priority is given to...

Musings on the Coast

Art Outcasts Envision a New Venture  Over the years, I have been involved in many non-profits whose influence continues to reach every corner of the county, successes that often sprang from adversity. This column and others to follow will tell some of their surprising histories....
Posted On 05 Aug 2011

‘Tis the Season for Giving

Year-end is a critical fundraising time for Laguna Beach’s nonprofits and the Laguna Beach Community Foundation , encourages residents to remember local charities with an end of the year donation. “Now is an opportunity to show your commitment to our community nonprofits by...

Philanthropy Lives, But Grim Times End Good Works of Some

A look back over developments in Laguna’s nonprofit sector for 2009 proves that our community’s philanthropic activities are as vibrant as ever. The year marked new beginnings, milestones and farewells. A sour economy put a strain on personal pocket books; the state’s budget...