Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder supports youth development, health and medicine, education, the arts, the environment in Los Angeles County.

IP TAKE: This funder has very broad interests but sticks with Los Angeles County for most of its funding. However, the rest of Southern California should get to know this funder better as well.

PROFILE: The Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation was incorporated in 1978 and makes grants in Los Angeles Country. It seeks to “promote research, education, social justice, and the arts and to improve the human condition.” This is a private, independent funder established by Albert Borchard, a Los Angeles trucking, warehouse, and real estate businessman, and his wife, Elaine. The couple, who were big supporters of Southern California universities, died in an automobile accident in 1983. During their lifetimes, they were also supporters of local causes for the arts, social justice, and to improve the human condition.

The Borchard Foundation has five priority areas and also award grants to the educational and research programs in its two centers. Grantmaking prioritizes youth development, health and medicine, education, the arts, the environment. Borchard youth development grants support organizations that serve people under the age of 21, especially mentoring programs, after-school programs for at-risk kids, and programs that serve disabled and underserved youth. Health and medicine grants support groups that provide comprehensive healthcare services, and education grants support K-12, undergraduate and graduate programs. Arts grants support music, art, creative writing, and dance programs, and environment grants fund both awareness and improvement activities.

The foundation pursues a sixth area of interest, alleviation of poverty, through long-term partnerships with several existing organizations. No additional grant applications are being accepted for this topic.

The foundation also created an International Education Center in 1987 and a Law and Aging Center in 1998. The education center was designed to create a bridge between the U.S. and France to further cultural, academic, and public affairs. The Center on Law and Aging aims to improve the quality of life for elderly people with socioeconomic barriers. These two centers have their own websites and application process.

The application process begins with an online letter of inquiry, which is due February 1 or August 1. The staff reviews these letters and then invites nonprofits to submit online grant proposals to be due April 1 and October 1.

Direct general questions to the foundation at 818-565-1020 or via email at The foundation has officers and directors, but no other listed staff members.


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