The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation was established in 2002 and focuses grantmaking almost exclusively on Los Angeles County and Israel. This foundation has been awarding between $6 million and $9 million dollars each year, and amounts range widely, from $250 to $250,000.
Here are three things to keep in mind about this funder:
College Prep and Healthcare Are on Top
Although Jewish causes in Israel take the bulk of the Gilbert Foundation’s grantmaking budget, support for Jewish programs in Los Angeles lags behind college prep and healthcare. The Gilbert Foundation is looking for college prep programs that help students from low and moderate income families in Los Angeles County earn undergraduate college degrees. This program area includes retention programs, as well as policy initiatives that reduce barriers for youth.
Most recent healthcare grantmaking has revolved around diabetes prevention and Alzheimer’s research and caregiving. The majority of this funding supports projects in Southern California, with lesser support for California statewide and Israel projects. Recent healthcare grantees include the Alzheimer’s Association’s California Council, Hathaway-Sycamores Child & Family Services, and UC Berkley Center for Weight and Health.
Art Education Must Be Cross-Cultural
Gilbert’s art education funding area is fairly broad and regularly awards grants to dance, drama, music, theater, and visual arts program. The key here is to pitch a program that boosts cross-cultural understanding through the arts. These programs need to transcend classroom interactions and demonstrate applicability to daily life in Los Angeles as well. In 2013, Gilbert awarded $595,000 in arts education grants.
Four Academic Chairs Call the Shots
As you browse the Gilbert Foundation website, you won’t find a staff listing page. Instead, you’ll find four academic chairs who are experts in their fields. Cheryl Harris (Gilbert’s Chair in civil rights and civil liberties) is a professor at the UCLA School of Law, and Barbara Leavey (Chair in interdepartmental clinical psychology) directs the UCLA Interdepartmental Clinical Pharmacology Program. Arieh Saposnik (Chair in Israel studies) directs the UCLA Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, and Eric Talley (Chair in law, business, and the economy) is a leading authority on corporate law, and law and economics at UC Berkeley.
But according to their LinkedIn pages, the Gilbert Foundation does still employ a program officer, initiative manager, and administrator.
After organizing a panel of experts about Alzheimer’s disease and publishing a related report in 2007, the Gilbert Foundation handed management of the Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's disease Caregiver Legacy Award over to Family Caregiver Alliance in San Francisco.
Unsolicited letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year for all program areas, and there are no application deadlines.