OVERVIEW: The Wertheimer Foundation primarily funds grantmaking related to health, education, youth, Jewish causes, as well as other community organizations.
IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low public profile, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities.
PROFILE: The Wertheimer Foundation was established in 1986. It was founded by Hollywood executive and producer Tom Wertheimer and family. Tom served as Executive Vice President and Chairman of the home video and television groups of MCA. He's also served as a consultant to NBC Universal Studios and works as a TV producer. The foundation lacks transparency and does not maintain a website, which makes it difficult to locate further information on its priority areas and grantmaking strategies. Tax filings suggest the Wertheimer Foundation primarily funds grantmaking related to health, education, youth, Jewish causes, as well as other community organizations.
The Wertheimers have steadily supported Princeton University, home to the Wertheimer Family Foundation Scholarship. Tom and other family members attended the school. Much of the family's other giving focuses on the Los Angeles area.
Grants range from $200 to $25,000. In a recent fiscal year, the foundation gave away around $134,000. Past grantees include Jules Stein Eye Institute - UCLA, St. John's Health Center Foundation, Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Greater LA, Jewish Federation of LA, and LA Park Conservancy.
While the foundation keeps a low profile, a recent tax return indicated that the foundation does accept applications. There is no specific form or information required. There are no submission deadlines either.
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The Wertheimer Foundation
14191 Alisal Lane
Santa Monica, CA 90402