Nonprofits’ Fiduciary Responsibility

This week’s Washington Post article “Brief Thoughts on Inside the Hidden World of Thefts, Scams and Phantom Purchases at the Nation’s Nonprofits” was very discouraging. I, like many of my nonprofit organization CEO colleagues, was deeply troubled by this report. More than troubled, we wonder: how could these lapses and dishonesties occur? Nonprofit CEOs carry…

Where is the Outrage?

Another day, another headline: Fourteen-year-old student kills a beloved teacher with a box cutter. Twelve-year-old shoots a beloved teacher with his parents’ gun. Something is terribly wrong in our nation. How could a student kill a teacher in a bathroom with a box cutter, roll her out and dump her in the woods, change his…

Our Nation’s Youth Deserve Better!

Recession, sequester, shutdown, debt default on the horizon: Our nation’s youth deserve better. Some say we live in a divided nation. Yes, there are sharp differences of opinion about economics, politics, social values, and much more. But differences can be a source of strength. Take for example, the LAYC Board of Directors. There are Democrats,…

Back to School Hopes and Realities: A Message to Youth

It’s that time again: A new school year full of hope and promise. As I walk around LAYC’s many sites, I see many of you proudly displaying new shoes and new book bags. Throughout the region, renovated schools, like Cardozo in LAYC’s anchor site neighborhood, are designed to encourage you to thrive and excel in…

LAYC Staff: Competence, Caring, Commitment

I often find myself telling people that LAYC’s success is due to our staff who engage and connect youth to the services, supports, and opportunities they need. It is great to have beautiful and inviting buildings, schools and anchor sites, but the real deal is the quality of our people and their competence, caring, and…

Reflections on LAYC’s 45th Anniversary

It is hard to believe the seeds for LAYC were planted 1968. Dr. Martin Luther King had been assassinated. The streets around LAYC’s anchor site on 14th Street and Columbia Road, NW were on fire. Many of our nation’s young people were fighting in Vietnam. Sitting on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding,…