Community Partners



Los Angeles, CA

Tax ID:


Tax-Exempt Status:


Budget (2020):

Revenue: $70,461,827
Expenses: $67,529,950
Assets: $46,134,339



President and CEO (2023):

Alicia Lara

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Community Partners is a grantmaking organization and incubator committed to left-of-center political causes. It contributes funds to independent organizations but also acts as the fiscal sponsor to groups, providing them with operations and strategies.


Community Partners welcomes organization leaders or activists looking to start new left-of-center advocacy groups to register as fiscally sponsored projects. It provides legal help, finance and administrative services, and advising, for groups that meet its criteria, such as “potential for real impact” as well as proof that the solicitor can deliver on its proposed services. It does not permit housing groups, for-profit ventures, organizations involved in routine litigations, nor administer medicine to receive sponsorship. 1

After getting approved for fiscal sponsorship, Community Partners charges 9 percent on all funds raised from grants, donations, services, or other means, and 15 percent on government grants. 2


In 2021, Community Partners raised $87,387,507 and spent $81,230,566. It ended the year with $48,730,127 in net assets. 3

In 2021, its grant recipients included left-of-center New Venture Fund, Alliance for Southern California, United Ways of California, InnerCity Struggle, League of Women Voters of California Education Fund, Black Women for Wellness, California Black Women’s Health Project, the Trust for Public Land, IssueVoter, Freedom Education Project Puget Sound, Tides Advocacy, Dignity and Power Now, Hands for Hope, Los Angeles LGBT Center, and Nonprofit Finance Fund. 4


As of 2023, Alicia Lara was the president and CEO of Community Partners. Lara previously worked as the senior vice president of impact at United Way Worldwide, a left-of-center pro-welfare nonprofit organization. She also spent eight years working at the California Endowment, a left-leaning health-focused grantmaking foundation organization founded in 1996. Lara began her career as an activist for “women of color,” working as director for the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, working with minority groups on projects relating to health care, “cultural competency,” and language and accessibility. She sits on the boards of Ms. Foundation for Women, Funders Together to End Homelessness, and CADRE in Los Angeles. 5

As of 2023, Helen Kim was the chair of the board. Kim is a partner in the Los Angeles office of K&L Gates LLP, representing companies in commercial litigation as a member of its Securities and Transactions Litigation Group. She was previously chair of the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, chair of the LACBA/WLALA Joint Task Force on the Retention and Promotion of Women in the Profession, the president of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, and the president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. 6


  1. “How to Apply.” Community Partners. Accessed March 19, 2023.
  2. “FAQs.” Community Partners. Accessed March 19, 2023.
  3. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Community Partners. 2021. Part I, lines 12, 18, 22.
  4. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Community Partners. 2021. Schedule I, Part I – Grants and Other Assistance.
  5. “Our Staff.” Community Partners. Accessed March 19, 2023.
  6. [1] “Our Board.” Community Partners. Accessed March 20, 2023.
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: June - May
  • Tax Exemption Received: April 1, 1995

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2020 Jun Form 990 $70,461,827 $67,529,950 $46,134,339 $5,020,102 N $65,343,542 $4,540,639 $512,839 $712,750 PDF
    2019 Jun Form 990 $56,027,747 $55,013,686 $42,732,360 $4,411,979 N $52,402,102 $3,114,319 $419,006 $952,377 PDF
    2018 Jun Form 990 $47,722,802 $48,301,078 $40,932,655 $3,636,194 Y $44,520,201 $2,959,013 $374,213 $963,424 PDF
    2017 Jun Form 990 $41,270,731 $36,016,536 $41,177,555 $3,366,648 N $38,285,416 $2,683,750 $316,782 $1,057,304 PDF
    2016 Jun Form 990 $41,770,649 $30,167,378 $35,071,177 $2,456,263 N $39,430,724 $2,304,644 $174,167 $1,022,148 PDF
    2015 Jun Form 990 $30,520,963 $28,951,952 $23,373,893 $2,380,445 N $28,035,248 $2,371,944 $232,670 $857,225 PDF
    2014 Jun Form 990 $24,014,085 $26,847,095 $21,357,173 $1,853,329 N $21,927,270 $2,017,878 $157,589 $947,276 PDF
    2012 Jun Form 990 $21,094,624 $17,066,793 $18,975,522 $1,290,823 N $19,457,569 $1,531,235 $105,782 $721,252 PDF

    Additional Filings (PDFs)

    Community Partners

    1000 North Alameda Street Suite 240
    Los Angeles, CA 90012