17 Aug Today is National Nonprofit Day
By CoCo’s Communications Team
Today is National Nonprofit Day which acknowledges the ongoing efforts and vital role that local and national nonprofit organizations play in addressing social, environmental, and humanitarian issues. Driven by a mission to positively serve the greater good, nonprofits often focus on healthcare, education, poverty alleviation, environmental conservation, and social justice. By identifying unmet needs, nonprofits provide essential services and support to vulnerable and marginalized populations.
Community Coalition (CoCo) was founded over three decades ago, just two years before the LA Uprising. From the onset of our first campaign to address the over-concentration of liquor stores in South LA–which residents identified as a significant source of crime and other social problems–CoCo has developed members leaders who continuously work to reduce crime, poverty, and substance abuse through resident organizing, direct advocacy, policy change and community support services in South Central.
Community Coalition is unique, largely because South Los Angeles is at the heart of our mission. As an organization, we prioritize cultivating youth and adult leaders to build safer neighborhoods, quality schools, and a robust social safety net. Through public campaigns and community engagement, CoCo works towards policy changes that promote equality, justice, sustainability, and permanence in our community that has suffered from historic neglect. We need your support to help fund our efforts to transform South Los Angeles.
In 2022, after two long years of being unable to hold our gala event in person due to COVID-19, we hosted our annual fundraising event, The People Power Progress Awards at The Ebell of Los Angeles. The event gathered over 500 in person guests to celebrate and honor “The People’s Heroes” with our Charlotta Bass and Bert Corona Awards. Named after distinguished individuals committed to social change in South Los Angeles, CoCo recognized two incredible vanguards of change whose work has moved the needle to create access to opportunities and resources in post-pandemic world: April Verrett, who was a co-leader of Community Coalition’s Make LA Whole campaign and Dr. Barbara Ferrer, who shepherded Los Angeles through the pandemic with compassion and wisdom.
This year, the People Power Progress Awards will also be an in-person event at the historic Vibiana in Downtown Los Angeles. Please mark your calendars and purchase your sponsorships and tickets here. Contributing to this fundraising effort will go a long way in building the next generation of justice organizers and leaders while also helping us win important campaigns for economic, social, and justice reform. You can also donate here.
Together, we can make a difference in the lives of South LA youth and residents.