OVERVIEW: Ben B. and Joyce E. Eisenberg Foundation supports Jewish organizations in Los Angeles, but also beyond. The foundation also gives grants in Los Angeles to education, health (with a cancer focus), human services (with a focus on the elderly), and the arts.
FUNDING AREAS: Jewish Causes, Education & Youth, Health, Human Services, Arts & Culture
IP TAKE: The foundation does not have much of a web presence, and does not accept unsolicited proposals. Networking is key for getting on the radar of this funder.
PROFILE: Early in 1986, the late real estate entrepreneur Ben Eisenberg transferred all his properties, to the Ben and Joyce Eisenberg Foundation, a charitable trust with the provision that all profits be donated to several pre-selected charities, primarily in the fields of medical research and the care of children and the elderly. When Ben passed away from cancer, Joyce Eisenberg became the president of the foundation.
Through the years, a large component of the Joyce E. Eisenberg Foundation's grantmaking has focused on Los Angeles. This is a foundation that flies well under the radar, with a minimal web presence, and no clear avenues of contact. In a recent year, the foundation gave away around $2.9 million.
The Eisenberg Foundation is a strong funder of Jewish causes in Los Angeles, and also in Israel. L.A. grantees include Anti Defamation League, Builders of Jewish Education, Sinai Temple, Valley Beth Shalom, and SoCal Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. The foundation also makes grants in human services, and has been a significant bankroller of Jewish nursing homes for the elderly. In a past year, Joyce gave a $15 million gift to Los Angeles Jewish Home. Other grantees include Aviva Family & Children's Services, and L.A. Food Bank.
The foundation also earmarks sums for education and youth in Los Angeles. Grantees include American Jewish University, Hebrew Union College, Shalhevet School, USC, and UCLA. In the arts, the foundation supports Geffen Playhouse and Music Center-LA County (which contains Disney Concert Hall), among others. The family have also been important patrons of The New Mart in downtown Los Angeles, an historic building.
The foundation's health grantmaking has a strongly personal element. Cancer, unsurprisingly, is a key focus. Grantees include American Cancer Society, American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science (where Joyce has endowed a cancer chair), Cedars Sinai Heart Institute, and Cedars Sinai Medical Center. St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica is home to the Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer Breast Cancer Center, as well.
- Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer, President and Director
- Richard A. Bender, Secretary, Treasurer
The Ben B. and Joyce E. Eisenberg Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch but below is an address: