|Posted by HALO Award on February 20, 2020 at 8:35 PM|
Last week The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation celebrated the 2019 HALO Award winners, who were awarded last fall by a Selection Committee made up of local nonprofit and foundation leaders. The six organizations, including Community Coalition, Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, My Friend’s Place, POPS the Club, St. Joseph Center, and Stepping Forward LA, gathered at the iconic Marion Davies Guest House in Santa Monica to celebrate and kick-off their HALO Award year and to recognize their inspiring volunteer nominees.
2019 Volunteer Awardees
2019 Selection Committee
From left: Kristina Deutsch, Trustee, The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation; Jennifer Vanore, President & Chief Operating Officer, UniHealth Foundation; Irene Quevedo, Executive Director, Operation Jump Start; Chris Ko, Managing Director of Homeless & Strategic Initiatives, United Way of Greater LA; Keren Taylor, Executive Director, WriteGirl; Diana Pinto, Executive Director, South Central LAMP; Mark Supper, President & CEO, Youth Emerging Stronger
We were honored to be joined by John Kobara, Social Entrepreneur & Chief Operating Officer at the California Community Foundation, who presented this year’s keynote address. John has dedicated his life, both personally and professionally, to helping others build a more joyful, equitable, just, and compassionate world. He beautifully reminded us that volunteers deepen the impact and effectiveness of the organizations who are serving the most vulnerable populations in our communities.
After the Luncheon, we wasted no time jumping into the HALO Award year with a short program Orientation. Irene Quevedo, Executive Director of Operation Jump Start and member of Cohort 8, and Keren Taylor, Executive Director of WriteGirl and member of Cohort 7, returned to the HALO Award family to share their own capacity building experiences with the new Cohort 9. It’s the Foundation’s hope that in addition to the capacity building work and grant dollars, the HALO Award program will facilitate a network of peer support that continues after the designated program year. Since 2011, over 50 organizations have been impacted by the HALO Award; we are grateful to the program alumni who volunteer their time to share their successes, challenges, and lessons learned during and post-HALO!
Interested in following Cohort 9’s capacity building journey and learning more about the HALO Award program?
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|Posted by HALO Award on February 21, 2019 at 4:50 PM|
On Valentine’s Day, The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation celebrated the 2018 HALO Award winners with a luncheon at the beautiful Marion Davies Guest House in Santa Monica. It was a perfect day to honor the love, dedication and hearts of the volunteer awardees, while also welcoming 7 new organizations to the HALO Award family including: A Place Called Home, EnCorps, Inc., Food on Foot, Learning Rights Law Center, Los Angeles United Methodist Urban Foundation, Operation Jump Start and People Organized For Westside Renewal.
The Foundation was honored to have Nike Irvin as the event’s keynote speaker. Nike is a 22-year veteran of nonprofit leadership who served as Vice President of Programs at the California Community Foundation and President of The Riordan Foundation and currently sits in the several nonprofit boards, including Southern California Grantmakers. Joined by her mother, Nike lifted volunteerism by sharing her personal journey of service, filled with anecdotes about love, commitment to family and community, and finding purpose.
Keynote Speaker: Nike Irvin, Founder of ZWN, Inc.
Other Luncheon guests included the 2018 Selection Committee, Mayor Garcetti’s Office of Volunteer Engagement, the Blue Garnet capacity building team, and HALO Award alumni, Gabe Middleton and Carmen McDonald, who later served on an alumni panel during the afternoon Orientation for the new cohort.
From left: Patrick Conyers, Executive Director of Pasadena Education Foundation & 2017 HALO Award Winner; Gabe Middleton, CEO of human-I-T & 2016 HALO Award Winner; Chris Henrikson, Board Member of Street Poets; Kara Soldati, President & CEO of United Friends of the Children; Carrie Harlow, Program Officer at The Ahmanson Foundation; Kristina Deutsch, Trustee at The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation
Not pictured: Dorothy Fleischer, Program Director at the W.M. Keck Foundation
Orientation Alumni Panel
From left: Gabe Middleton, CEO of human-I-T & 2016 HALO Award Winner; Carmen McDonald, Director of Legal Services at Los Angeles Center for Law & Justice & 2017 HALO Award Winner
Despite the heavy rains outside, warmth and love permeated the room for what is always a favorite day of the year for the Foundation. We can’t wait to get started with Cohort 8!
|Posted by HALO Award on February 27, 2018 at 5:30 PM|
On Thursday, February 15, 2018, The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation honored the 2017 HALO Award winners at the historic Marion Davies Beach House in Santa Monica. It was a warm, sunny day full of joyful celebration to recognize some of the most inspiring volunteer “angels” in our community.
Of the 60 total applications received, a Selection Committee, comprised of local nonprofit and foundation leaders, selected six Los Angeles-based nonprofit organizations to be the recipients of a $25,000 grant - $20,000 for the nonprofit to strengthen its volunteer program and $5,000 to a nominated volunteer to honor his or her outstanding service to the organization.
From left: John Maceri, The People Concern; Kristina Deutsch, The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation; Nancy Stiles, Lake Avenue Community Foundation; Liza Bray, Partners for Children South LA; Simon Lopez; Goodwill Industries of Southern California
Not pictured: Angel Roberson Daniels, The Angell Foundation; Jeff Kim, California Wellness Foundation
The 2017 awardees, which include Elizabeth House, Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), Los Angeles Center for Law & Justice, Pasadena Educational Foundation, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, and WriteGirl were officially announced last November, but came together for the first time at the Luncheon to celebrate and publicly recognize their nominated volunteers.
Each year, the Foundation invites an influential individual or organization to speak to the value of service in the nonprofit sector. This year, guests were gifted with an inspiring, heartfelt message from Fred Ali, President & CEO of the Weingart Foundation which works to advance fairness, inclusion, and opportunity for all Southern Californians, especially those communities hit hardest by persistent poverty. Fred shared why service & volunteerism have been and continue to be important parts of his journey in philanthropy.
Keynote Speaker: Fred Ali, President & CEO of the Weingart Foundation
Immediately following the Luncheon, organizations wasted no time kicking-off their year of capacity building support, the third piece of the HALO Award, by convening for a program orientation. At the orientation, the newest awardees had the opportunity to learn from and be encouraged by two past HALO awardees: Anne Viricel, Executive Director, San Bernardino Symphony (2015 winner) and Nancy Stiles, Executive Director, Lake Avenue Community Foundation (2016 winner). Over the next year, the six organizations will receive support in the form of peer networking sessions and one-on-one coachings led by the Foundation and Blue Garnet, a strategy and management firm for social change organizations, to strengthen organizational capacity around volunteerism.
The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation looks forward to working with another group of amazing organizations!
Deborah Enterante, Nancy Norris, and Kate Rhymer (Volunteer Awardee), Elizabeth House
Keren Taylor & Clare Sera (Volunteer Awardee), WriteGirl
Alex Nataren & Lilia Aguilar (Volunteer Awardee), Heart of Los Angeles
Russell Faucett & Cindy Walkenbach (Volunteer Awardee), Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Jacqueline Chun, The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation & Annabelle Rosborough, Southern California Grantmakers
|Posted by HALO Award on February 22, 2017 at 2:50 PM|
2016 Volunteer Awardees
On Thursday, February 9, 2017, The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation honored the 2016 Halo Awardees at an annual Luncheon at the historic Marion Davies Beach House in Santa Monica. Despite uncharacteristically cold and cloudy Southern California weather, it was a day full of joyful celebration, recognizing some of the most inspiring volunteer “angels” in our community. The 2017 Halo Award Luncheon was an exciting celebration of individuals and organizations who go above and beyond to serve their community.
Of the 113 total applications received, a Selection Committee, comprised of local nonprofit and foundation leaders, selected six Los Angeles-based nonprofit organizations to be the recipients of a $25,000 grant - $20,000 for the nonprofit to strengthen its volunteer program and $5,000 to a nominated volunteer to honor his or her outstanding service to the organization.
Lake Avenue Community Foundation
The 2016 awardees, which include Centinela Youth Services, Foothill Unity Center, human-I-T, Lake Avenue Community Foundation, Public Counsel, and Strength United, were officially announced last November, but came together for the first time at the Luncheon to celebrate and publicly recognize their nominated volunteers. Collectively, these volunteers have volunteered over 27,000 hours of service between 2002 and 2016.
This year, guests and awardees were gifted with an inspiring message honoring volunteerism from Team Rubicon, a nonprofit organization that utilizes the skills of military veterans to deploy disaster response teams. Jake Wood, Co-Founder and CEO, Michael Davidson, Training Cadre & Programs Associate, Todd DeVoe, Volunteer Leader, and Rick Lambert, Volunteer Leader shared their personal journeys of navigating life after years of military service and how they have found a new sense of community, purpose, and identity through volunteering with Team Rubicon. Since the organization's founding in 2011, Team Rubicon has responded to over 100 disasters and grown from eight to 35,000 volunteer members.
Kathleen Buczko, formerly with Good Shepherd Shelter, 2014 Halo Awardee (left)
Kait Peters, The People Concern, 2015 Halo Awardee (right)
Immediately following the Luncheon, organizations wasted no time kicking-off their year of capacity building support, the third piece of the Halo Award, and convened for a program orientation. At the orientation, the newest awardees had the opportunity to learn from and be encouraged by a panel of past Halo awardees, Kathleen Buczko and Kait Peters. Over the next year, the six organizations will receive support in the form of peer networking sessions and one-on-one coaching led by the Foundation and Blue Garnet, a strategy and management firm for social change organizations, to assist in developing a volunteer management plan to enhance organizational capacity around volunteerism.
The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation looks forward to an amazing 6th year of the Halo Award!