OVERVIEW: The Margo and Irwin Winkler Charitable Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of film producer Irwin Winkler and his wife Margo. The foundation's Los Angeles grantmaking focuses on medical research, the arts, and more.
FUNDING AREAS: Health, Human Services, Education & Youth, Arts & Culture, Jewish Causes, LA Community
IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low profile and does not appear to accept unsolicited proposals.
PROFILE: Producer Irwin Winkler is behind such films as Rocky, Raging Bull and Goodfellas. The Winklers established the Margo and Irwin Winkler Charitable Foundation in the late 1990s, through which they fund select organizations, many in Los Angeles. The foundation has a minimal web presence, and does not appear to accept unsolicited proposals.
In a recent tax year, the foundation gave away a little over $461,000. Many grants were $25,000 or under. The couple's Los Angeles grantmaking involves health and human services outfits like Cedar’s Sinai, Israel Levin Senior Center - Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, The Rape Foundation, and Friendly House LA, which helps women find recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
The Winklers through their foundation also support schools and youth outfits in Los Angeles. These have included Exceptional Children’s Foundation, Turning Point School, Warner Ave School, Westside Children’s School, and UCLA Foundation. One recent grant to UCLA Foundation went towards medical research.
Given the couple's long history in Hollywood, it's no surprise that the Winklers are also interested in the arts. In Los Angeles, in fact, some of the couple's largest sums of late have gone towards LACMA. Other grantees have included the Los Angeles Ballet and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
The Winklers via their foundation also earmark funds for Jewish outfits in Los Angeles, including Beth Jacobs Congregation in Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts: Beverly Hills Jewish Synagogue Temple, and Simon Wiesenthal Center. The family has provided support to Friends of Beverly Hills Library, Beverly Hills Police Officers’ Fund, and LA Times Foundation.
The Margo and Irwin Winkler Charitable Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below is an address:
Margo and Irwin Winkler Charitable Foundation
11812 San Vicente Blvd., No. 200
Los Angeles, CA 90049