Cultivating Donors in Challenging Times: A Conversation with Leaders in the Field

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011      2:00 – 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Asian Pacific American Legal Center – Community Room (1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017)

Parking is available for $6 in Good Samaritan Hospital parking structure off Lucas between Wilshire Blvd. & 6th Street (not validated).


As API nonprofits work to sustain themselves in a depressed economy, many are looking to start or strengthen individual giving programs. But when does it make sense for organizations to pursue individual donors, and what are useful strategies for organizations that may lack significant fundraising capacity, have specific cultural giving dynamics, or work on issues that can be controversial within their own communities?

Join AAPIP Los Angeles for a conversation with key leaders in the field, who will share practical examples, honest advice, and best practices.


Panel discussion with featured speakers:


Kafi Blumenfeld, Liberty Hill Foundation

John Kobara, California Community Foundation

Stewart Kwoh, Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Gayle Yamada, Little Tokyo Service Center


followed by a Wine Reception (4:00 pm) with delicious appetizers generously donated by Pho Show restaurant



Please RSVP by Sept. 23.

Contact: Vy Nguyen,


More about our panelists:

Kafi D. Blumenfield is the President and CEO of Liberty Hill Foundation, one of the nation’s most admired social change foundations. Since joining Liberty Hill in 2004, Ms. Blumenfield has overseen several critical aspects of the Foundation’s work in Los Angeles including the launch of the Wally Marks Leadership Institute for Change, initiatives to increase donor diversity in social justice philanthropy including Change L.A., which is building millennial-generation giving; and a strategic refocusing of Liberty Hill’s nearly $5 million annual grant investments. Ms. Blumenfield is also a board member of the Southern California Grantmakers, an advisory board member of Mayor Antonio Villariagosa’s Office of Strategic Partnerships and the Draper Center for Community Partnerships at Pomona College, and a member of the selection committee for the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards.


John E. Kobara is a respected figure nationally in the philanthropic and nonprofit communities. As chief operating officer of the California Community Foundation, he is responsible for all of the development, marketing, administrative, grantmaking, civic engagement and donor relations functions of the foundation. For 35 years, John has been leading and managing innovative nonprofit organizations, companies and technology startups, and actively involved in advancing social justice by increasing access to educational opportunities in Los Angeles. From 2003-2008, he was on the CCF board of directors while serving as head of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. In 2007, John received the City of Angels Award for his service on behalf of children and families.


Stewart Kwoh is the founding President and Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California (APALC), which is a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice.  Under his leadership, APALC has become a key advocate for poor and limited English proficient APAs in Southern California, as well as in California and the United States. Stewart also co-authored Searching for the Uncommon Common Ground:  New Dimensions on Race in America (2002), which was completely revised and updated last year and released as, Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America’s Future (2010).  He released his second book in June 2009 about Asian American civil rights heroes entitled Untold Civil Rights Stories: Asian Americans Speak Out for Justice.

Gayle Yamada currently serves as Development Director at the Little Tokyo Service Center, one of Los Angeles’ cornerstone community organizations. Gayle has worked in various non-profit organizations over 20 years. First being exposed to development at Special Service for Groups, she went on to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center/Research & Education Institute to experience working with clients as well focusing on grant work.  After 7 years, she then focused exclusively on development work. She has worked as the Major Gifts/Special Events Specialist at the American Red Cross, Orange County Chapter, Director of Development at the American Cancer Society, Orange County division, and Director of Development at the Mariposa Women’s Center.

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