Steven Gordon Family Foundation: Los Angeles Grants

OVERVIEW: This funder is the philanthropic organization of businessman Steven Gordon and family. The foundation's Los Angeles grantmaking supports Jewish causes, health, and youth outfits. 

IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low-profile, with no clear guidelines for grant seekers. However, it does appear to accept unsolicited proposals.

PROFILE: The Steven Gordon Family Foundation was founded by Steven C. Gordon, chairman of Domino Realty and former economics major at UCLA. Gordon is also active in civic life, and has served on the board of such institutions as Cedars-Sinai Hospital, and the United Jewish Federation, where he was once vice chair. 

Speaking of the Jewish community, Gordon via his foundation supports the local Los Angeles Jewish community. Grantees have included Chabad of Westwood, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Jewish Education Trade School, and Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, which has received especially large grants.

Gordon's company is headquartered in Beverly Hills and his family foundation has given some of its largest grants to City of Beverly Hills Community Charitable Foundation. Gordon has also supported Beverly Hills Unified School District. 

Gordon also makes grants for health organizations in Los Angeles. An important grantee here has been Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where grants have targeted organizations like Women's Guild Lung Institute. Children's Hospital Los Angeles, and Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research, among others have also been funded. Gordon also made grants to the Department of Neurology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA to establish the Steven C. Gordon Family Chair in Parkinson’s Disease Research. The forces here are personal, as Gordon's father was afflicted with the disease.

Gordon via his foundation also supports education and youth organizations via his foundation. Apart from his alma mater UCLA, grantees include Palms Middle School, Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services, Exceptional Children's Foundation, and The Help Group, which serves "children, adolescents and young adults with special needs related to autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, abuse and emotional challenges." Several of these organizations are engaged in children's mental health.

Most foundation grants are under $50,000. Annual grantmaking recently has been around $1 million. 


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The Steven Gordon Family Foundation does not provide specific guidelines for applicants but below is contact information:

Steven Gordon Family Foundation
9990 Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Telephone: (310) 712-1700