Carl and Roberta Deutsch Foundation: Los Angeles Grants

OVERVIEW: The Carl and Roberta Deutsch Foundation opens up an application period each year for its Halo Award, which is designed to encourage volunteerism in the Los Angeles area. The foundation has made other grants to local nonprofits working in the fields of poverty, homelessness, and veteran support.

FUNDING AREAS: Human services, basic needs, homelessness, veterans, foster youth, arts education, workforce development, early childhood education

IP TAKE: Your best bet to get involved with the Deutsch Foundation is to inquire about the annual Halo Awards. Pretty much any issue area that you can think of would be considered for these awards as long as the program benefits Los Angeles area residents and utilizes volunteer efforts. The deadline for this award typically falls in July each year.

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 grantseekers 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. Local nonprofits working in the following fields are encouraged to apply: arts education, homelessness prevention, mental health, career and college access & retention, early childhood education, veterans, foster youth and workforce development. The counties in focus are Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura.

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 grantseekers. Financial resources identify W. E. Holder as being the Deutsch Foundation’s registered agent. Two Deutsch Foundation staff members, Roselma Samala and Jacqueline Chun, were panelists at the Asian American/Pacific Islander LA Chapter Grant fundraising workshop.

Deutsch Foundation grantmaking may not be compiled nicely on a website, but the foundation still supports plenty of causes in Southern California. 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.

To get in touch with the foundation, call 310-453-0055 or send an email to          


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