How to Secure a Gogian Grant for Youth and the Elderly

The John Gogian Family Foundation is modest funder with a very specific and local focus within Los Angeles County. In recent years, annual foundation grantmaking has topped $1.5 million.

Related: Read IP’s Profile of the Gogian Family Foundation’s Los Angeles Giving

Here are some tips on how to secure a Gogian grant for the county’s youth and elderly populations.

Help Abused and Neglected Youth

In 2014, the most grants went to organizations that serve abused and neglected youth. Most of these grants have recently been awarded for general operating support to nonprofits in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Pasadena, Hollywood, Compton, and other cities.

Past grantees include the following:

  • Journey House, Pasadena – General operating support
  • Kidsave, Culver City – Los Angeles Weekend Miracles program
  • Los Angeles Youth Network, Hollywood – General operating support
  • My Friend’s Place, Hollywood – General operating support and transportation

Help the Developmentally Disabled

The next most supported interest area at JGFF in 2014 was for organizations that serve the developmentally disabled. The founder’s brother was affected by encephalitis at the age of 11 and suffered with physical and mental disabilities until his death at age 28.

This funder supports organizations that provide services to youth living in or at risk of an out-of-home placement, as well as organizations that provide mentoring and academic tutoring. But keep in mind that this funder does not support research costs, individuals, or summer camps.

These are some of the recent grantees in this category:

  • Parents’ Place, West Covina – General operating support
  • Pediatric Therapy Network, Torrance – General operating support
  • Ride to Fly, Rancho Palos Verdes – General operating support
  • Switzer Learning Center, Torrance – Autism spectrum program

Help the Elderly

JGFF only recently began awarding grants to causes to support the elderly, and this category typically sees fewer grants than the others. The focus here is on the region’s most vulnerable seniors in hospice, mobility programs, nursing technology, and adult day care.

Past 2014 grants for the elderly include:

  • Marycrest Manor, Culver City – Nursing Technology Initiative and commercial dishwasher
  • OPICA, West Los Angeles – Senior adult day program
  • Providence TrinityCare Hospice Foundation, Torrance – Torrance hospice program

Operate in and Serve Los Angeles County

Organizations that operate in and serve communities outside of the county are practically never considered for grants, so don’t waste your time if you’re not local. JGFF supports new, expanding, or sustaining program services; capital expenditures, including improvements, equipment, and vehicles; and general operating support for organizations that have been funded at least twice by the foundation in the past four years.

Be Worth $1 million to $8 million

To be eligible for a grant, your organization must have an annual revenue between $1 million and $8 million; simple as that. If your revenue falls between $1 million and $2 million, you can provide an independent financial compilation as an alternative to an independent audited financial statement.  

First time grantees can expect to receive $15,000, while repeat grantees typically receive anywhere between $5,000 and $20,000. Letters of inquiry must be mailed, not emailed, to the foundation by March and September deadlines.

General inquiries can be directed to the office staff at 310-325-0954 or via email at jgff@gogianfoundation.org