John Gogian Family Foundation: Los Angeles Grants

OVERVIEW: This funder supports Los Angeles County nonprofits working for the developmentally disabled, elderly, and abused and neglected youth. LOI deadlines happen twice a year, and grants are between $5,000 and $20,000.

FUNDING AREAS: The developmentally disabled, the elderly, and abused or neglected youth within Los Angeles County

IP TAKE: Pitch a general operating support request for either abused youth or youth developmental disabilities. Causes for the elderly haven’t received as much support as the other interest areas, lately. 

PROFILE: The John Gogian Family Foundation is a private funder focused on Los Angeles County. It was established in 1982 by Gogian, who was a local entrepreneur and businessman. The foundation’s size doubled when he sold his business, Pacific Cold Storage, in 1994. Gogian was philanthropically interested in immigration and mental and physical disabilities because of his family’s involvement with these issues.

Today, the foundation supports organizations committed to the developmentally disabled, elderly, and abused and neglected youth in Los Angeles County. It has reported net assets of over $9 million and has distributed over $1.5 million annually in recent years.

JGFF provides core operating support for recurring grantees, as well as core programming support and capital expenditures for all grantees. Programs can be new, expanding, or sustaining, and capital support is often for improvement, equipment, and vehicles. Most JGFF grants are between $5,000 and $20,000 each, and first-time grants are often $15,000. Only organizations with annual revenues between $1 million and $8 million are considered for grants.

Across all three interest areas, organizations must be physically located in Los Angeles County and provide services to adults and/or children in Los Angeles County to get JGFF’s support. Interested parties can view a list of recent grant awards on the foundation website.

To apply for a Gogian grant, nonprofits must submit a letter of inquiry, followed by a full application if invited to apply. LOIs must be sent via U.S. Mail or commercial carrier, as no electronic submissions are accepted. There are two annual grantmaking cycles, and grantseekers can expect to receive notification of their LOI outcome within 45 days of submission. On average, the board reviews about 30 grant requests each year. LOI deadlines fall in March and September, and full application deadlines fall in January and June. A nonprofit can receive an annual grant from JGFF for up to three consecutive years before the one-year waiting period applies.

In addition to traditional grantmaking, the JGFF also has a scholarship program that typically awards $20,000, four-year scholarships to students in selected Los Angeles County schools. In a recent year, the foundation awarded three scholarships totaling $52,000.There’s also a small community grants program, in which the founder and directors can recommend modest grants for community activities where they live or for organizations with which they are affiliated.

General inquiries can be directed to the executive director, Lindsey Stammerjohn, or grants administrator, Anne-Marie Schaaf at 310-325-0954 or jgff@gogianfoundation.org.

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