OVERVIEW: The Weisman Family Foundation nearly exclusively funds grantmaking related to Jewish causes, largely in the Greater Los Angeles area.
IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low public profile, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities.
PROFILE: The Weisman Family Foundation was established in 2003. It is steered by real estate investor Lyle Weisman and his son Aaron, who is also a real estate investor. The elder Weisman manages the Weisman Group, a real estate investment firm based in Sherman Oaks, California. Aaron worked at Weisman Group and went on to found Gomel Capital Partners. He also works for Bellaire Partners, a real estate private equity firm. 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 Weisman Family Foundation nearly exclusively funds grantmaking related to Jewish causes, largely in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Grants range from $18 to $50,000. In a recent fiscal year, the foundation gave away a little over $550,000. Past grantees include Yeshiva Ketana Los Angeles, an elementary school; Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad, the largest yeshiva college on the West Coast of the United States; Chabad of the Valley; Jewish Federation of Ventura; and Chabad Russian Synagogue.
The Weisman Family Foundation keeps a low profile and does not accept unsolicited proposals.
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The Weisman Family Foundation
14001 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423