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News Release

Thursday, January 22, 2004

Media Relations

Task Force For Ethical Charities

Task Force For Ethical Charities
Individuals from Charities, Media and the Community Come Together
With a Goal of Providing the Public With a Better Way to Give


Tuesday, January 27, 2004
9:30 am

Parker Center – front of building
150 North Los Angeles Street
Downtown Los Angeles

President David S. Cunningham, III, Los Angeles Police Commission
Commissioner Silvia Saucedo, Los Angeles Police Commission
Chief William Bratton, Los Angeles Police Department
Task Force for Ethical Charities Candidates – list attached

Police Commission President David S. Cunningham, III, will announce his intention to recommend 14 individuals to the “Task Force for Ethical Charities.” Approval of the task force and its mission will be considered at the Police Commission meeting immediately following this press conference.

Unethical charitable solicitations are rampant in Los Angeles. While many charities operate within legal regulations, they do not operate ethically. The “Task Force for Ethical Charities,” will be asked to create a recommendation to end this problem in Los Angeles. It is estimated unethical Los Angeles charities mislead donors into giving more than one hundred million dollars every year, diverting money from the ethical charities that provide numerous goods and services for the City of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Police Commission
Task Force for Ethical Charities

Michael W. O’Donnell, Past President
Los Angeles City Social Service Commission
Cheryl A. Jantz, Officer-in-Charge
Charitable Services Section
Los Angeles Police Commission

Task Force Members:
Jeanella Blair
Executive Director
Chief Operating Officer
Magic Johnson Foundation

Nancy Brakensiek
Member, Board of Directors
American Cancer Society

Reverend Irma Elizabeth Diaz, D. D.
Upon This Rock Ministries

John R. Fishel
Jewish Federation

Joseph Haggerty
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
Suzanne Lapis
Children’s Hospital, Associates and Affiliates

Joe Lumarda
Executive Vice President External Affairs
California Community Foundation

Peter B. Manzo
Executive Director
Center for Nonprofit Management

Steven Neal
Director of Labor Community
Los Angeles County Federation of Labor

Gwenndolynne Parrish
Director of Major Gifts
American Red Cross, Los Angeles Chapter

Rafael Ramirez
Vice President of Development
Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF)

Robert L. Sills
Past President American Lung Association Los Angeles Chapter

Marlene Sokol-Foster
Chapters in Aging/
A Community Partner’s Project

Yoshiyuki Bill Watanabe
Executive Director
Little Tokyo Service Center, Inc.

David P. Ysais
Director Community Services & Editorials
KNX, CBS Radio