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AnnenbergTech helps ignite the future of philanthropy among the exploding Los Angeles tech community.

Born on the premise that visionary communications can improve the public well-being, the Annenberg Foundation has partnered with L.A.’s tech leaders to explore how the intersection of technology and philanthropy can benefit our city.

AnnenbergTech is a three-pronged initiative that includes thought leadership, capacity building and pilot partnerships aimed at coordinating efforts between L.A.’s nonprofits, in need of greater technology resources, and tech titans seeking ways to engage with the city through philanthropy and civic leadership. As the Los Angeles technology community grows, AnnenbergTech and its partners will harness the city’s booming resources to positively impact diverse communities throughout the region.

  1. Thought Leadership: The AnnenbergTech Leadership Series brings together L.A. tech with thought leaders who have broken new ground at the intersection of philanthropy and industry. Click here to learn more from one of our guest speakers, Tim Smith, Director of Innovation Partnerships & Pledge 1%, The Boston Foundation.
  2. Capacity Building: Annenberg AlchemyTech is a six-month pilot program focused exclusively on technology capacity building for nonprofits in L.A. County. This program is specifically designed to give L.A. nonprofits guidance on best practices for building specific technology projects. For more information, click here.
  3. Pilot Partnerships: The Foundation has developed a series of pilot programs and partnerships for greater investment in Los Angeles through high impact, tech-focused philanthropy programs. Some examples include:
    • Partnering with the Goldhirsch Foundation’s LA2050 initiative, the Annenberg Challenge for Innovation in Technology provides additional funds and support to organizations utilizing technology to address social needs in the region. Grants have been awarded to the following organizations: mitú, Carpe LA, EveryoneOn, Children’s Action Network, and EnCorps.
    • In collaboration with Annenberg Learner, AnnenbergTech is bringing Games for Change to Los Angeles for the 2017-2018 school year, providing professional development for teachers, game-design skills for middle and high school students, and the opportunity to create games addressing social challenges in the local community. In its first year, the Los Angeles Games for Change program partners include the National Endowment for the Arts, iThrive Games, Born This Way Foundation, Unity Technologies, and Common Sense Education to focus on themes including Kindness, Wildlife Conservation and News Literacy. View the announcement about the inaugural Games for Change program in Los Angeles here. Learn more about the current Student Challenges here.

“By nearly every measure, Los Angeles’ new tech ecosystem will continue to have a profound effect on our city. The leaders of these companies today are our philanthropists of tomorrow, and we hope AnnenbergTech can serve as a hub for this next generation to convene and create new models of civic leadership that will lift up and inspire all Angelenos.”