From April 29-May 2, Los Angeles will play host to the 2012 Council on Foundations Annual Conference . As a member of the planning task force and the foundation community of L.A., I want to extend a special invitation to community foundations to participate.
Jim Canales, president of the James Irvine Foundation , is conference chair and has appointed many philanthropic reps from L.A. and Southern California. The opportunity to converse with, learn from, and even challenge our colleagues at private and family foundations only happens once a year, and this year’s conference promises to be no exception.
L.A. being L.A., conference attendees will be able to enjoy unusual conversations on blended topics–such as celebrities  and philanthropy–and experience art, entertainment, even gaming through off-site experiences  offered for the first time this year. You may, for example, sample the Getty Foundation’s “Pacific Standard Time ,” an unprecedented collaboration between more than 60 Southern California cultural organizations, in addition to participating in workshops on smart phone photography, refining listening skills through music, and book art techniques.
In short, the conference is a must-attend for presidents and CEOs, board members, and foundation staff, including community foundations large or small, old or new, urban or rural. I invite you to come join us in the City of Angels.
John E. Kobara is the EVP and COO of California Community Foundation , a member of the Council on Foundations.