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Date:2/3/2009

United Way of Greater Los Angeles Hosts Second Annual Corporate Philanthropy Summit

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- United Way of Greater Los Angeles today hosts its Second Annual Corporate Philanthropy Summit, an event designed to motivate and inspire corporate and business leaders to work with the public and nonprofit sectors to reduce poverty in Los Angeles County. Keynoting the luncheon will be Henry Cisneros, executive chairman of CityView and former United States Secretary of Housing & Urban Development. The keynote will be followed by a panel discussion with business and community leaders, canvassing the ways executives can increase their productivity and overall business success while giving back to their community. In addition to looking at how the current economic conditions are impacting poverty, the panel will address how businesses can succeed through philanthropic efforts focused on improving healthcare, affordable housing, and an educated workforce. The event also includes an awards presentation recognizing those companies whose partnership with United Way exemplifies the spirit of corporate philanthropy helping communities thrive.

"Poverty affects everyone, from business owners to employees, and we owe it to those less fortunate to provide the support they need," said Henry Cisneros, executive chairman, CityView and former US Secretary of Housing & Urban Development. "Los Angeles businesses need to answer this call, not only as funders but as active strategic partners to help change the conditions facing those less fortunate in Los Angeles. In these tough economic conditions, businesses need to be creative in their employee giving and volunteer programs and tap into the strength of local non-profits and organizations to help individuals and strengthen entire communities."

After the keynote by Henry Cisneros, the panel discussion will take a closer look at the critical iss
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