Ronald W. Burkle Foundation

OVERVIEW: Ronald W. Burkle Foundation supports programs that “strengthen international understanding, foster worker’s rights, empower underserved communities, nurture the arts and architecture, engage children in learning and advance scientific research." 

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

FUNDING AREAS: International relations, worker's rights, at-risk communities, arts & architecture, education & youth, scientific research

PROFILE:  Founded in 1998, the Ronald W. Burkle Foundation was established by billionaire businessman Ron Burkle. Ron Burkle founded investment firm Yucaipa Companies in 1986 and is widely recognized as one of the preeminent investors in the retail, manufacturing and distribution industries. Back east, Burkle is also co-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Burkle serves co-chair of the Burkle Center for International Relations at UCLA and on such boards as AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA). The Ronald W. Burkle Foundation supports programs that “strengthen international understanding, foster worker’s rights, empower underserved communities, nurture the arts and architecture, engage children in learning and advance scientific research." The foundation prefers a broad grantmaking strategy, which supports a variety of interests. It currently invests in international relations, worker's rights, at-risk communities, arts & architecture, education & youth, scientific research.

Grants range from $5,000 to $350,000 to Friends of Pilgrim School. In a recent year, Burkle's foundation gave away around $2 million. Past grantees include the Claremont Graduate Schools, LA Philharmonic, LAANE – Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic, Los Angeles Urban League, and Dream Yard LA.

Grantseekers should begin by submitting a letter of inquiry. All letters are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

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