OVERVIEW: The Ryzman Foundation is the charitable vehicle of Los Angeles area couple Avi and Betty Ryzman. The foundation prioritizes the Jewish community in Los Angeles; however, it also funds education, community, and health.
FUNDING AREAS: Jewish causes, Jewish education, religion, community, health
IP TAKE: The foundation does not maintain a public website or profile. Its grantmaking is not transparent, but tax filings suggest that it does not accept unsolicited proposals and funds the Los Angeles Jewish community. It restricts funding to the Southern California region and Israel.
PROFILE: The Ryzman Foundation was established by Avi and Betty Ryzman in Los Angeles in 1980. Avi Ryzman was educated in Israel and enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces. In the United States, he met Betty and the family moved to Los Angeles where they've lived for many years. The couple established the Ryzman Foundation, a charitable vehicle with a minimal web presence. In recent years, the foundation has given away a couple of million dollars annually. Tax filings suggest the foundation invests in Jewish causes, education, health, and the Southern California region.
The foundation prioritizes Jewish causes in Los Angeles. Jewish temples, agencies, and schools frequently receive this funder’s support. Ryzman, in addition to being involved in business, is also a rabbi, writer and teacher. His work earned him the Jerusalem Prize for Torah Literature. The Ryzmans also fund Jewish religious organizations across Los Angeles. Past grantees include Congregation Mogen David, Congregation Shaarei Torah, Congregation Kollel Yechiel Yehuda, and more. The family also supports chabads like Chabad Jewish Center of Laguna Beach in Orange County and Chabad of the Valley.
The foundation’s education grantmaking further benefits the Jewish community. Past grantees include = Yeshiva Aharon Yaakov-Ohr Eliyahu in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles,Yeshiva Elchonon Chabad, Yavneh Hebrew Academy, and other similar educational groups. Via the Ryzman Foundation, the couple also has supported City of Hope.
The Ryzman Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the couple or provide information about applying for a grant. For more information about this funder’s giving, see the Ryzman Foundation’s tax records. The foundation phone number is 323-933-9306.
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Ryzman Foundation, Inc.
5967 W. 3rd St., Ste. 102
Los Angeles, CA 90036