Jerry and Terri Kohl Foundation: Los Angeles Grants

OVERVIEW:  The Jerry and Terri Kohl Foundation was established in 2007 by Jerry and Terri Kohl, founders of Brighton Collectibles, an accessories manufacturer and retailer headquartered in the Los Angeles area. The couple's philanthropy is focused on Los Angeles and its suburbs, particularly Pasadena and the Greater San Gabriel Valley. The Kohls have a strong interest in the arts. 

FUNDING AREAS: Arts & Culture, Education & Youth, Health, Human Services, Jewish Causes

IP TAKE: Annual giving has steady risen at the foundation. The couple's charity unfortunately does not accept unsolicited proposals and networking appears key here.

PROFILE: Jerry and Terri Kohl opened Brighton Collectibles in 1991. The company is headquartered in the City of Industry. The Kohls have been involved in philanthropy for a while, but used to practice what they described to the Los Angeles Times as "friends of and family philanthropy." This changed in 2007, when the Kohls launched a family foundation with $10 million.

The Kohl Family Foundation's giving has been steadily on the rise, with around $1.4 million moving out the door in the most recent fiscal year available. The Kohls are especially passionate about the arts and this is reflected in their giving through their family foundation.

A few years ago, the couple gave a $1 million challenge grant to Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Recent grantees via their foundation include American Contemporary Ballet, Hammer Museum, Colony Theatre Company in Burbank, Festival of Arts Laguna Beach, LAXART, Los Angeles Opera Company, Pasadena Music Conservatory, MOCA, and Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, which recently received a $180,000 grant.

Another important arts grantee here is MUSE/IQUE, a nonprofit "counter-conventional orchestra founded in 2011 by community leaders to create newly imagined avenues of access to classical and live music performance for everybody in our community." The couple also bankrolled a benefit concert with MUSE/IQUE which supported Union Station Homeless Services, a social services agency in San Gabriel Valley.

The Kohls strong interest in the arts is also reflected in their education philanthropy in Los Angeles. They've recently supported outfits like ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, Otis College of Art & Design in Westchester, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Pasadena City College Foundation, where a recent grant went towards the purchase of band uniforms, and Pasadena Educational Foundation, where a recent grant supported arts programs. 

The couple's health philanthropy in Los Angeles has a particular bent towards cancer organizations. Recent grantees include Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach, cancer hospital City of Hope, and Concern Foundation for Cancer Research. The Kohls have been involved in this work for a while now and Brighton Collectibles supports breast cancer research, too. The couple has also recently supported Pasadena Hospital Association, the recipient of a recent $125,000 grant from the couple via their foundation for a robotics project.

The Kohls have been a steady supporters of Jewish causes in Los Angeles, too. They've supported outfits like Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, and Jewish Vocational Service (JVS). A recent grant to JVS supported the outfit's WoMentoring program, a provider of career counseling, workshops, computer classes, and job related resources. 

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CONTACT:

The Jerry and Terri Kohl Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the couple but below is an address:

Jerry and Terri Kohl Family Foundation

501 Silverside Rd., Ste. 123

Wilmington, DE 19809