The Ethel Frends Foundation is a surprisingly accessible foundation for animal-related organizations in Southern California. Here’s what local grantseekers should know before approaching this funder.
With more arts funders talking about "equitable access for all,” a gift out of Los Angeles points to a simple strategy: make museum admission free. Which philanthropists and institutions have swung behind this idea? And what’s been the impact?
The David C. Copley Foundation has undergone some significant changes in recent years and rebuilt its assets to emerge as a major player on the San Diego funding scene. Here’s what SoCal nonprofits should know about this foundation.
As the founder of DC Central Kitchen, Robert Egger was an old hand at scaling social ventures when he arrived in Los Angeles to create L.A. Kitchen, an ambitious effort to fight hunger and poverty with a proven model. Here’s how things fell apart.
Since their retirement, Ernest and Evelyn Rady’s philanthropy has been picking up, making them key donors to know in the San Diego area. Where has funding been going? And why lies ahead for the Radys’ giving?
A few years back, the Irvine Foundation reorganized itself to empower California's low-income workers. The latest part of this work aims to rev up a key engine of economic mobility, California’s community colleges, as well as the California State University system.
Students in San Diego schools are at risk of encountering or experiencing human trafficking. A new private-public collaborative seeks to help teachers and children take on this devastating issue.
The Encinitas-based Coastal Community Foundation is very involved in the local mental health and education scenes, and it awarded over $600,000 to groups last year. Here are a few things nonprofits along the Southern California coast should know about this grantmaker.
The Comura Foundation is the philanthropy of the Corliss family. This Newport Beach grantmaker flies below the radar, funding social justice, faith, and other causes. Here’s what know about its giving.
Thanks in part to donor dollars, Los Angeles, according to the New York Times, now has America’s most exciting arts scene. One overlooked driver of the city’s arts boom is alumni support for the arts at universities across the region, including Pomona College.
Los Angeles-area lawyer David Gindler and his wife Kiki Ramos Gindler have emerged as top local arts funders in recent years. They are likely to play a hands-on role in the organizations that they support.
Ronald W. Burkle is an investor and billionaire who’s also a philanthropist with a private foundation that’s more accessible to SoCal nonprofits than you might think.
The Cisneros couple won the California Mega Millions jackpot and formed a foundation in 2010. The former Frito-Lay manager and broadcast journalist have made a name for themselves in Southern California philanthropy, especially in a few niche areas.
At the age of 30, Sam Polk walked away from a highly paid trading job to enter the social change arena. With help from the Kellogg Foundation and other backers, he’s building a social enterprise that’s focused on food equity and has big ambitions.
For decades, Warren Breslow helped build a prominent real estate company in Southern California. He’s also an active philanthropist. Here’s a closer look at where Breslow support is going.
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation has one of the most well-established and accessible grantmaking programs in Major League Baseball and gives out grants three times each year. Here’s what local grantseekers need to know.
This media giant’s corporate funding arm will soon award approximately $2.5 million in 11 regions to support promising local programs addressing community challenges.
Blue Shield of California Foundation is looking to step up its game, bringing “new kinds of solutions and approaches” to complex health and equity challenges. As part of that push, it’s created a new fellowship program.
With crowdfunding campaigns bringing in more cash for a range of causes, eight California charities working on behalf of immigrants have formed a new fundraising coalition that will debut on Giving Tuesday.
The Annenberg Foundation has teamed up with city government and local venture capitalists to spearhead a new initiative to ensure diversity within LA’s growing tech scene.
As devastating wildfires have become the new normal in California, the state’s philanthropic community has stepped up in response, moving millions for relief. Who’s doing what with fires now burning at both ends of the state?
The Otis Booth Foundation doesn’t have a website and tends to fly below the radar. But it’s an important funder in Los Angeles, giving to dozens of nonprofits. Here are a few key points for local grantseekers to know.
More donors have been drawn to early education as mounting evidence shows the importance of intervening in the first five years of children’s lives. The latest convert: a deep-pocketed San Diego businessman named Guy Clum.
The San Diego Women’s Foundation announced this summer that it would be making new grant funds available for work to prevent and intervene in human trafficking situations. It’s among the handful of funders focused in this area.
The Ayrshire Foundation is currently in its 20th year of operation and gives away $1 million or more annually to diverse causes, often in the LA area. We take a look the foundation’s mission and recent grantmaking.
Although there are lots of Jewish foundations in cities across the U.S., the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles is a key one to watch because it perfectly exemplifies two emerging trends.
As the most populous state, there’s a lot at stake when it comes to getting the 2020 Census right in California. Here’s a look at a funder stepping up to make sure everyone is counted.
Hollywood producer Judd Apatow and his wife, actress Leslie Mann, have a foundation that spreads money to a range of causes. Here's what the couple is into.
Mini-grants, which are often in the range of $250 to $2,500, have an important place in institutional philanthropy, even though you don't hear much about them.
The Held family has been a major player in L.A. real estate for decades. It’s also been building a philanthropic track record. We hear about how the Held Foundation has evolved over time.