Carl and Roberta Deutsch Foundation: Los Angeles Grants

OVERVIEW: The Carl and Roberta Deutsch Foundation is best known for its Halo Award, an annual grant program designed to strengthen volunteer efforts throughout Greater Los Angeles. The foundation has made other grants to local nonprofits working in the fields of poverty, homelessness, and veteran support.

IP TAKE: Grant seekers’ best bet to get involved with the Deutsch Foundation is to inquire about the annual Halo Awards. Most issue areas would be considered for these awards as long as the program benefits Los Angeles area residents and utilizes volunteer efforts.

PROFILE: The Carl and Roberta Deutsch Foundation is best known for its Halo Award, an annual grant program designed to strengthen volunteer efforts throughout Greater Los Angeles. But otherwise, this foundation has remained out of the spotlight and somewhat of a mystery for grant seekers in Southern California. This private, non-operating foundation was established in 1997 and is located in Santa Monica.

Now the Deutsch Foundation’s signature grant program, the Halo Award, is a $25,000 grant that includes $20,000 for a nonprofit to strengthen and sustain its volunteer efforts, and a $5,000 award to a nominated volunteer who has gone "above and beyond" in volunteerism. The foundation sees the value in boosting volunteerism to make that $25,000 go much further than those dollars ever could. It encourages local nonprofits working in the following fields to apply: arts education, homelessness prevention, mental health, career and college access & retention, early childhood education, veterans, foster youth and workforce development. It makes grants in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura counties.

In the past, the foundation gave at least $100,000 to the Ocean Park Community Center, which enlists staff and volunteers to address the effects of poverty, abuse, neglect and discrimination. In a past year, the foundation awarded a $75,000 grant to JVS Veterans First to hire a new case manager and add additional training and support services.

In the past, the foundation has stayed involved with grantees even after the check was cashed, providing technical assistance to develop volunteer management plans for the future. At the end of a recent year, the Deutsch Foundation reported over $126 million in assets and over $5 million in total giving.

Although there is a website for the Halo Award program, the Deutsch Foundation does not have a general website to serve as a guide for grant seekers. To get in touch with the foundation, call 310-453-0055 or send an email to haloaward@crdfoundation.org.          

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