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Los Angeles Conservancy

Los Angeles, CA   |  www.laconservancy.org

Mission

The Los Angeles Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization that works through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve, and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County.

Ruling year info

1978

President and CEO

Ms. Linda Dishman

Main address

523 W 6th St, Ste 826

Los Angeles, CA 90014 USA

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EIN

95-3273046

NTEE code info

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Los Angeles has seen significant changes in recent years. Many of those changes have been positive, but some of those changes threaten to reshape the city without consideration for Los Angeles County’s historic architectural and cultural resources. Needless demolitions, neglect, and thoughtless rezoning all threaten the cherished places that make Los Angeles a unique and beautiful city to live in.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Walking Tour Program

Founded in 1980, the Los Angeles Conservancy’s Walking Tour Program explores the history and heart of Los Angeles through interpretation of the city’s unique architectural resources. Eight regularly scheduled walking tours, led by skilled volunteer docents, are offered throughout the year. Guests experience the spontaneity of Los Angeles on every tour, as no two are ever alike. Docents add their own flare and emphasis to the tours, making each experience distinct. The program serves approximately 10,000 people annually.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Last Remaining Seats presents classic films in historic theatres. The series began in 1987 as a way to draw attention to Los Angeles’ historic theatres. The film series has now become a summer tradition, drawing thousands of people from the region, the nation, and outside the U.S. The program serves approximately 10,000 people annually.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Every year, the Conservancy offers special tours that take a deep dive into specific neighborhoods, looking at the community, and the neighborhood's culture, history and architecture.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Led by trained docents, these interactive, engaging walking tours for students support California’s Common Core State Standards in History and Social Studies—as well as highlight important lessons about the preservation of historic sites. The program serves approximately 1,100 students annually.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Adventures in Architecture workshops introduce students to historic and culturally significant sites in their neighborhood. During the course of this 6-week program, run twice a year, Conservancy staff and volunteers lead students on guided explorations of their city. Activities range widely yet mostly relate to community history, architecture, and preservation of sites.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Los Angeles Conservancy seeks to work through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County. We raise awareness for historic places, prevent their needless demolition, and empower people to save the places they love. One of our primary aims is to work with our community partners to manage changes to Los Angeles’ built environment by championing the revitalization of historic buildings for adaptive reuse.

The L.A. Conservancy has a vision of Los Angeles as a place that values our past and considers it an essential part of our present and future.

The Los Angeles Conservancy has a variety of education, advocacy, and communications initiatives that further the organization’s mission to recognize, preserve and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County.

The Education department offers programs that highlight the architecture and communities that have shaped the history of Los Angeles for Angelenos and tourists alike. The Advocacy department works with stakeholders in the development, planning, and preservation communities to manage changes to Los Angeles’ built environment, often directly nominating historic buildings in Los Angeles County as Historic Cultural Monuments. The communications department manages a robust website and outreach program that keeps Angelenos informed about issues related to preservation.

The Conservancy is staffed by 17 full time employees and hundreds of skilled volunteers. With a budget of just under $3 million, the Conservancy’s primary objective is to ensure that preservation is an important part of public policy, urban planning, and public consciousness in Los Angeles. The Conservancy’s reach is considerable, with nearly 6,000 member households and 743,000 annual web visits.

Over our 41 year history, the Conservancy has successfully advocated for the preservation of buildings that make Los Angeles unique, including the Cathedral of St. Vibiana, the Century Plaza Hotel, and the former May Company Building, which is slated to become the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures this year, among many others.

In addition, since 2017, the Conservancy has also successfully prioritized growing our Youth Education programming. These services empower our youngest community members by giving them the skills and knowledge they need to succeed as growing stakeholders in their changing communities. Moving forward, the Los Angeles Conservancy is committed to continue growing these programs and bringing history, architecture, and a passion for preservation to young people.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Los Angeles Conservancy

Board of directors
as of 06/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mike Deasy

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Term: 2020 - 2022

Eric Needleman

The Spirited Group LLC

Mike Deasy

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Joy Forbes

NBCUniversal

David Cocke

Structural Focus

Jared Franz

Capital Group

Luis Hoyos

Cal Poly Pomona College of Environmental Design

Roella Hsieh Louie

Diane Keaton

Galina Krivitsky

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Kevin Lane

Jingbo Lou

J Lou Architects

Steven McCall

Raymond Rindone

City National Bank

Michiko Shepherd

Warner Bros.

Jaime Garcia

Morley Builders

Jenji Kohan

Karen Liljegren

Omgivning

Kelly Sutherlin McLeod

Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture

Tracer Mercer

C. Tyler Ohanian

Buchalter

Diallo Riddle

Diane Robertson

CBS Studios Law Department

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/6/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/06/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.