Paul's Message

February 19, 2019

Have you ever been clacking away at your computer, putting together an appeal for grant funds to a foundation, when you’re hit by a flash of insight: what if the foundation was writing to you,

January 25, 2019

Something in the switch from December into January, with its earliest inklings of eventual spring, can ignite a powerful urge to create change in a certain kind of person. Over the years,

December 18, 2018

As teenagers growing up in Los Angeles County’s northern reach of the Antelope Valley, my older brother, Jim, and I kludged together scrap two-by-four boards and a few rolls of six-ply heavy

November 14, 2018

I like to believe I was of some help to my mother, 91 years old and worn down by age, as she left this world October 2. I worked nowhere near as hard, of course, as she did to bring me into it.

October 26, 2018

A lot of companies doing business out there insist on promoting their brands with a lot of blather about giving back to communities, preserving the environment, or acting humanely toward their

September 18, 2018

A few days ago, I read yet another in what seems a persistent churn of messages characterizing nonprofits as enslaved to operating in a state of continual scarcity and deficiency. I wonder when I

August 23, 2018

I never played organized sports when I was young, just the usual pick-up games of baseball on our street and kick-the-can with other neighborhood kids. We generally had a shared understanding of

July 17, 2018

I’ve been on an involuntary break from my duties at Community Partners for the last several weeks. Another driver ran a stop sign at high speed on May 30, totaling my car and breaking three bones

May 23, 2018

Khoa Le tucks with gusto into a steaming bowl of soup. Now 88, recently out of a too-long stay in the hospital, Khoa’s appetite is as strong as his mind is sharp. We’re seated with Khoa’s

April 19, 2018

When was the last time you left a panel discussion – that most ubiquitous of nonprofit and civic sector experiences – feeling like, yes, that was really worth my time? My guess is that it’s

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