Atlas Family Foundation: Grants for Early Childhood Education

OVERVIEW: The Atlas Family Foundation funds direct services, interventions, educational programs, policy and advocacy for children in Southern California.

IP TAKE: Within its focus on early childhood, the Atlas Family Foundation aims to be responsive to the needs of the communities it serves. Education programs figure prominently among its grantees. This funder does not accept unsolicited proposals.

PROFILE: Based in Los Angeles, California, the Atlas Family Foundation was established in 1985 by Richard Atlas, a former partner at Goldman Sachs, and his wife, Lezlie Atlas. The foundation invests in "community-based programs that place individuals on a trajectory to good health and success by serving the needs of young children and their families in Southern California." Funding supports direct services, interventions and educational programs for children from birth to age three, as well as policy and advocacy initiatives relating to early childhood. 

While articulating a strong focus on early child development, Atlas also aims to maintain "the fluidity necessary to respond to community needs and the current policy environment." One grant recipient, the Blind Children's Center of Los Angeles, has recently added parent mentoring and social skills workshops to its traditional early childhood education programming. Another grantee, Para Los Ninos, used funding to expand its network of social services providers and early childhood education centers that serve Los Angeles's neediest families.

The Atlas Family Foundation supports organizations operating in Southern California. Grants range in size from $5,000 to $200,000, with an average grant size of $50,000. A list of recent grantees is available at the foundation's website.

This funder does not accept unsolicited proposals. General inquiries may be emailed to


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