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Partnership Series: AmeriCorps VISTA

Posted by HALO Award on March 23, 2017 at 1:15 PM

The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation finds the relationship between nonprofits and volunteers inspiring. In an effort to connect our nonprofit partners with programs and opportunities that promote and support volunteerism, the Foundation partnered with the Corporation for National & Community Service to host an information session about the AmeriCorps VISTA and Senior RSVP Programs. 

Representatives from 20 Deutsch Foundation nonprofit partners, including past Halo Award winners, attended the session. Danette Martin, Program Officer at the Corporation’s California State Office, shared the history of the programs, explained the application processes, and highlighted the impact of mobilizing volunteers to support organization capacity & growth.

Attendees also heard from Eric Hubbard, Director of Development at Jovenes, Inc., who is in year 2 of a 3-year grant from the AmeriCorps VISTA program. He spoke about how support from VISTA volunteers has been instrumental in reaching organizational goals and pushing their efforts to the next level. With him was Kalsee Viano, VISTA member, who recently began her year of service at Jovenes, Inc. in the Development Department. Kalsee shared her motivation for moving from the for-profit to the nonprofit sector to work with an organization that serves at-risk communities and youth in Los Angeles. Eric and Kalsee explained how the VISTA program is mutually beneficial and transformative for both the volunteers and organizations involved.

Eric Hubbard, Jovenes, Inc. & Kalsee Viano, VISTA Member

For more information regarding the volunteer programs offered by the Corporation for National & Community Service, please visit the Resources page on the Halo Award website. From there you can access information about individual programs, application instructions and deadlines, and Danette Martin’s presentation from the session. 

2017 Halo Award Luncheon

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.

Team Rubicon

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! 

That's a Wrap!

Posted by HALO Award on February 21, 2017 at 2:25 AM

2015 Halo Awardees


The 2015 Halo Awardees, which included CARCEN, The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging, The People Concern, San Bernardino Symphony, and Valley Family Center, gathered every quarter during their Halo Award program year to engage, teach, and learn from each others’ volunteer management efforts. Each day-long session included discussions with peers on recent accomplishments and emerging challenges and workshops and activities designed to help strengthen and deepen their efforts.

On January 24, 2017, the 2015 awardees met for the last time as “Cohort 5” for their final peer convening at The California Endowment’s Center for Healthy Communities. The organizations reflected on their experiences with the Halo Award program and how their volunteer management capacity have evolved since receiving the Award. All six organizations highlighted that formalizing their volunteer program with the creation and development of a volunteer management plan was instrumental in pushing their efforts to the next level. In her reflection, Anne Viricel, Executive Director of the San Bernardino Symphony said, “When applied thoughtfully, the Halo Award not only improves a volunteer program, but an organization as a whole.”


Halo Alumni Panelists: Camrin Christensen, Brooke Lykins, and Joanne Kim

The convening also included a panel discussion represented by past Halo Awardees Brooke Lykins, former Chief Development Officer, Downtown Women’s Center; Camrin Christensen, Volunteer Recruitment & Outreach Director, CASA of Los Angeles; and Joanne Kim, Managing Attorney, Koreatown Youth & Community Center. Each alum shared their own organization’s stories, including how they are managing to sustain the efforts developed during their Halo experiences.

The day concluded with discussions for continuing and institutionalizing their volunteer capacity building post-Halo. Executive Directors joined their volunteer program staff to provide input on integrating the volunteer program into their organizations’ overall operations and missions.

The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation wish the 2015 Halo Awardees great success and look forward to staying in contact to hear of their progress!