NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: MDC Holdings
JEWISH FUNDING AREAS: Education, Arts & Culture, Religious
OVERVIEW: Larry Mizel and his wife Carol support the Jewish community via several charitable vehicles. The family's philanthropy includes Denver, Oklahoma and Los Angeles. The couple helped establish the Mizel Museum, a Jewish museum in Denver. Mizel also chairs and helped found the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles.
BACKGROUND: Larry A. Mizel received a bachelor's in business administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1964, and a J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law in 1967. In 1972, Mizel founded MDC Holdings, one of the nation's top homebuilders. Larry Mizel and his wife Carol reside in Denver.
FUNDING PROFILE: Larry Mizel and his wife Carol move their philanthropy through several charitable vehicles. The Flora and Morris Mizel Foundation I and the Flora and Morris Mizel Foundation II bear the names of Mizel's parents. The smaller Mizel Global Cultural Fund also makes grants and is steered by the Mizels.
The Mizels are strong supporters of Jewish education. A grant by Mizel and his brother Steve to Heritage Academy in Tulsa renamed the school the Flo and Morris Mizel Jewish Community Day School in honor of their parents. The school is the only Jewish Day School in Oklahoma. Via their charities, the couple has also supported Yeshiva Toras Chaim in Denver, Hillel of Colorado, American Friends Of Yeshiva High School Of Kiryat Arba, and Temple Sinai Preschool, among others. The Mizels have also steadily supported American Israel Education Foundation, which "provides grants to support select educational programs including Middle East research, educational materials and conferences, and leadership programs for university students." The couple has also supported youth outfits like BBYO the "leading pluralistic teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences."
Mizel and Carol support Jewish arts and cultural institutions via their foundations as well. The Mizel Museum in Denver was founded by Rabbi Stanley Wagner and the Mizels and "aims to illuminate the multiple perspectives that make up the Jewish experience." The couple has continued to support the museum via their charities. Another important grantee in this area is the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, whose board of trustees Mizel chairs. Mizel also helped found the center. Other grantees have included Colorado Hebrew Chorale, JCC Boulder and Jewish Federation of San Diego County. The Mizels also started The Mizel Arts and Culture Center at the Jewish Community Center in Denver.
The Mizels also support religious outfits like Beth El Synagogue in Long Beach, CA, BMH-BJ Congregation in Denver, Congregation Borov, Aish Denver and Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles.
LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Mizels to continue to support the Jewish community, mainly in Denver, Los Angeles and Oklahoma.
The Mizel family's charitable vehicles do not provide a clear avenue of contact but below are addresses:
Flora and Morris Mizel Foundation I/Flora and Morris Mizel Foundation II/Mizel Cultural Fund
4350 S. Monaco St., 5th Fl.
Denver, CO 80237