Government and philanthropy often share common goals and a capacity to enable wide-scale systems change. When they work together, they make ideal partners—philanthropy contributing nimbleness and a spirit of experimentation, while government commands the resources to sustain what works. In Los Angeles County, such collaboration was catalyzed by the murder of an 8-year-old boy in 2013. This tragic death prompted the Board of Supervisors to empanel a commission of notable child welfare experts to examine systemic failures.
Since then, an increasingly durable and agile spirit of collaboration in L.A. has fueled an ability to test new ideas, assess their effectiveness, and bring them to scale in ways that significantly impact child welfare reform. As a result of these efforts, the previously siloed and reactive child protection system is moving toward becoming a more integrated countywide child well-being system. Cultivating Hope Through Action: How Public-Private Partnerships Are Strengthening Child and Family Well-Being in L.A. County, is a report chronicling the work that drove increased collaboration and funding in L.A. County. It also addresses ways to grow similar collaborative ecosystems for child and family well-being in the future. Read the executive summary and full report below.
Piper joined the Foundation in 2014. Her previous nonprofit experience includes several years in program management at Chrysalis, helping homeless and low-income individuals to find employment, as well as at the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, working on early childhood and youth development programs. Piper has also consulted in criminal justice research for the Vera Institute of Justice and the Cambridge Police Department. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UC Berkeley, and a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Fellow with the Program in Criminal Justice Policy.