Southern California Education Fund (SCEF)

The Southern California Education Fund (SCEF)* is a training institute in Los Angeles County that provides leadership development and education to member congregations, schools and nonprofits of One LA -IAF.

Our mission is to prepare a powerful network of leaders in low-income communities, and their allies, to act through their institutions to address the injustices that keep families caught in the cycle of poverty.

In bringing together diverse community institutions, SCEF creates a vehicle through which low-income leaders can build strong relationships within and across communities, and develop leadership and organizing skills to act powerfully together on concrete issues for the common good.

For more information, please contact us at:

Southern California Education Fund (SCEF)
P.O. Box 39534
Los Angeles, CA 90039

*SCEF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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    Temple Emanuel hosted the conference Immigration: Moving Beyond the Partisan Divide with special participation from Rabbi Sarah Bassin, Bishop David O'Connell, Shukry Cattan of the Tiyya Foundation, and the Industrial Areas Foundation National Co-Director, Ernesto Cortes, Jr.

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    Leadership Training for the Common Good


    Thanks to a generous grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and in collaboration with the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese and local organizations One LA and ICON, the Interfaith Education Fund and Southern California Education Fund trained 103 mostly immigrant leaders in the habits and practices of leadership.

    The English and Spanish-language trainings were organized to allow participants to reflect and act on the mission of the church for the greater good of our communities. Bishop David O'Connell joined the trainees on both days of the course, inspiring many to take next steps to become leaders in their parishes.

    [Photo Credit: Rafael Paz]

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