Majestic Realty Foundation: Grants for Los Angeles

OVERVIEW: Majestic Reality Foundation supports the communities in which Majestic Realty does business, and prioritizes youth development, education, health, violence prevention, and support of families.

IP TAKE: This funder makes grants to eight geographic areas, including Los Angeles. Amounts are mostly modest, but there are opportunities to be had across all grantmaking areas.

PROFILE: Founded in 2002, the Majestic Realty Foundation is the philanthropic branch of Majestic Realty, a real estate development firm that specializes in building business parks “that serve communities.” By extension, the firm built a foundation to further “enhance the quality of life” in those communities, with the recognition that “needs were growing rapidly,” by focusing on five “key investment areas”: Youth, Education, Family, Health and Violence Prevention.

Partner these five giving areas with the foundation's seven-word “Guiding Principles”—Vision, Leadership, Passion, Commitment, Caring, Creativity and Collaboration—and it is possible to get a clear sense of how this funder frames its support, and therefore how grant seekers should frame their program.

The caveat is that grantees must operate in one of Majestic Realty Foundation's eight geographic areas. The good news for LA-area grant seekers is that Majestic operates not only throughout the Los Angeles area, but also throughout two other large Los Angeles-adjacent swaths: the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire.

Additionally, the Majestic Realty Foundation funds general operating costs as well as program support. It also seeks to leverage other matching funds grants grantees may have received.

The primary downside is that grants are very modest. The Majestic Realty Foundation is unlikely to be a nonprofit’s major benefactor, but for those building a portfolio of modest investors, there is opportunity here.

Past Los Angeles, San Gabriel, and Inland Empire grantees include: $10,000 to Goodwill Southern California (Los Angeles, CA); $7,500 to Olive Crest (Santa Ana, CA); $5,000 to the Westside Family YMCA (Los Angeles, CA); $5,000 to City of Hope (Duarte, CA); $2,500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA); $2,500 to New Horizons Caregivers Group (Hacienda Heights, CA); $1,500 to Kids Rock Free (Corona, CA); $1,250 to KIPP LA Schools (Los Angeles, CA).

The Majestic Realty Foundation has an open LOI, inviting submissions year-round.

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