The Social Change Institute works in partnership with community leaders to collectively build equitable systems. Whether we are working with experienced nonprofit leaders, newly-minted youth advocates, grassroots organizations or community residents, we build on their innate strengths to create sustainable movements.

We are certified to administer and analyze the Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT) for nonprofit organizations. We have implemented a wide-range of community-based research projects, inclusive of Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA’s), independent studies and other surveys and evaluative tools in support of policy and systems-change efforts. Our signature Capacity Building Workshops are a vehicle for our Leading for Equity curriculum, which offers content ranging from leadership development to a wide range of policy and systems-change issues.

We work to catalyze social change across sectors and within C-Suites through our Coalition on Economic Resiliency (CoER), an “action tank” of CEOs, scholars, economists and change agents. This effort, undertaken with the support of LA Care Health Plan and Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, seeks to accelerate strategies for systemic equity.

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Past and Ongoing Contracts:

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles


CHC designed and implemented a Photo Voice supplement for CHLA’s 2019 Community Heath Needs Assessment, adding a richer set of qualitative data that provided a greater understanding of barriers to health for the hospital’s constituents. The goal was to provide photographic examples with accompanying narratives of health issues in their communities, allowing for increased youth engagement in the process.

Best Start Region 2

Coalition Building
Backbone Support
Capacity Building

CHC was selected as the Backbone entity for this $5.2M project to build the capacity of organizations and residents working in 4 South LA area communities to improve outcomes for 0-5 aged children and their families through policy and systems changes. CHC is providing fiscal management; advocacy and leadership skills development; managing research and data collection, sustainability planning and resource development.

Kaiser Health Foundation – West LA

CHC worked with Kaiser staff to develop the 2020 Community Health Needs Assessment including creating strategic learning questions, a stakeholder engagement plan, data collection protocols, and needs assessment prioritization criteria. CHC conducted key informant interviews, focus groups and survey collection with local stakeholders, and a Photovoice project with transitional age youth.

Claremont-McKenna College Kravis Lab for Social Impact – Center for Nonprofit Advancement Inland Empire

Capacity Building

Center for Nonprofit Advancement Inland Empire ::: CHC performed a series of Capacity Building workshops at the Kravis Lab for Social Impact. For this contract, CHC trained 30 local Inland Empire local non-profits and community leaders on how to design and implement evaluation systems to measure the impact of their work, including how to tell stories with data.

Wallace Center

Design and deliver the E-Learning Course as part of the Non-Profit Boot Camp E- Learning Series of the Food Systems Leadership Network. Facilitation can be used for a variety of purposes, including: Analysis and action research; Structured decision making; Planning in all its forms; Problem solving; Conflict Resolution; Learning; Team development; Stakeholder engagement.

Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and Social Action Partners

Capacity Building
SCI worked in partnership with Social Action Partners and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority to provide capacity building consultative services to several homeless service agencies in South and East Los Angeles.

California Partnership for Healthcare Advocates (CPHA) Conference

Backbone Support

CHC has been a fiscal sponsor for the California Partnership Health Advocates (CPHA) conference, which provides a venue where public health insurance Certified Enrollment Counselors and Certified Application Assistors, as well as Community Health Workers, Promotoras, and other healthcare advocates can receive state-of-the art health coverage program updates, exchange best practices for outreach and enrollment, and network with their peers and policymakers.

Funding the Next Generation – Youth Fund

Backbone Support

The goal of this contract is to research public opinion, review legal options and analyze the political landscape related to components of a successful ballot initiative for 2022 related to securing a dedicated funding stream benefiting youth ages 0-24.

The California Endowment – South LA Building Healthy Communities

Backbone Support

CHC serves as the backbone and provides supports the Steering Committee infrastructure in developing and implementing a plan to promote intersectional movement building that builds power and shifts the narrative about South LA.

LA County Dept. of Health Services

Project Management
For the past 20-plus years CHC has been outreaching within South Los Angeles and surrounding communities (Compton, Inglewood, and Lennox) to provide consumer education, enrollment assistance, and healthcare advocacy. Annually the program assists over 2,000 individuals.

Best Start Region 4

Strategic Planning

Best Start is a program to build the capacity of organizations and residents working in 4 South LA area communities to improve outcomes for 0-5 aged children and their families through policy and systems changes.