Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation

OVERVIEW: This Major League Baseball team funder supports underserved youth in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Interests are education, literacy, sports, recreation, and health.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, literacy, sports, recreation, health

IP TAKE: Compared to most sports team funders, this one has a very well-established set of guidelines and takes the guesswork out of applying for a grant. Pitch an idea about literacy or ways to keep kids active.

PROFILE: The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) is the grantmaking arm of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team in Southern California. Like many professional sports team funders, this one is dedicated to local youth in the region. Much of the support strives to engage kids in sports, help kids stay active, and to boost school success. LADF was previously known as the Dodgers Dream Foundation and was established by the O’Malley family in 1995. The foundation redefined its role in 2013 and has primarily focused on underserved youth since then.

LADF has a small grants program that supports local groups with grants three times per year. The grantmaking categories are education and literacy, sports and recreation, and health and wellness. Lately, the funder has prioritized literacy but also has given a lot to middle school in-school and after-school programs. Sports programs supported by LADF are those that provide active lifestyles and safe places to play. LADF gives health grants to groups that provide direct services to students.

To apply for a grant, email your grant application to info@dodgersfoundation.org with your organization’s name in the subject line. The annual application deadlines are February 1, March 1, and August 1, and those grants are paid out in May, August, and November. The Greater Los Angeles Area is a strong priority for this funder, so only nonprofits within Los Angeles County should apply. Grant application guidelines are provided on the funder’s website, and groups are typically only considered for grants once per year.

Grantees include Dodger Dreamfields, which builds and refurbishes baseball fields in the area, Summer Night Lights, Vision to Learn, and City Year. It has also supported a college access program in Boyle Heights and participated in career accelerator panel discussions. Some LADF funds are available for supporting fundraisers or special events.

The foundation’s grant funds are raised through retail sales, silent auctions, raffles, and other fundraising events. These include galas, running races, and summer camps. Foundation financial data can be viewed here.

There are seven staff members at LADF, including Executive Director Nichol Whiteman and Chaitali Gala Mehta, who is the director of grants and strategic partnerships. David Brennan Sr. is the director of programs and fundraising.

To keep up with the LADF's work and interests, follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and subscribe to their e-newsletter. The phone number is 323-224-1412 and the address is 1000 Vin Scully Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90012.


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