Lynn & Les Bider Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Lynn & Les Bider Foundation’s grantmaking funds Jewish and arts organizations, among other interests.

IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low public profile, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities.

FUNDING AREAS: Jewish Causes, Arts & Culture, Health

PROFILE:  Founded in 1996, the Lynn and Les Bider Foundation was established by music veteran executive Les Bider and his wife Lynn. The Lynn & Les Bider Foundation’s grantmaking includes support of Jewish and arts organizations. 

The Biders are active in their local Jewish committee. Lynn is a former Sylvia Weisz Women’s Campaign Chair at the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles.  She is also the past president of Stephen S. Wise Temple and has been on the board of trustees for some 20 years. Les has been involved with Jewish Federation of Los Angeles and Hebrew Union College.

In a recent tax year, grants ranged from $10,000 to $50,000 and the foundation awarded around $225,000. Past grantees have included Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Bider is a life trustee), Skirball Cultural Center, and Hide and Seek Foundation, which deals with a group of inherited metabolic disorders called lysosomal diseases.

Given the foundation's lack of transparency, it is unclear whether it accepts LOIs or unsolicited applications; however, given this lack, it likely will not.


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Lynn & Les Bider Family Foundation
23622 Calabasas Rd., Ste. 107
Calabasas, CA 91302