A Look At CCF's Recent Grants—And What This Funder Is Thinking About

The California Community Foundation is one of the biggest funders of nonprofits in Los Angeles, as you probably already know. And like many community foundations, CCF's ongoing priority areas are pretty broad: arts, civic engagement, education, health, housing and economic development, immigrant integration, nonprofit sustainability, and transition-aged youth.

At the same time, though, the foundation also funds different initiatives that often cut across issue areasand offer a window into this funder's efforts to be nimble and responsive to pressing community needs. 

Below are the CCF initiatives that received grants in the most recent cycle, which included 94 grants totaling $8,897,722.

  • Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men – grants to improve educational and career opportunities for black male youth
  • El Monte Community Building – grants to help children in El Monte grow up healthier and better prepared for college and a career
  • Los Angeles Preschool Advocacy Initiative – grants to improve access to early childhood education in underserved communities
  • Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund – grants and scholarships to prepare low-income students for college
  • One Los Angeles, One Nation – grants to improve the perception and inclusion of the American Muslim community
  • Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow – South Los Angeles grants to get low-income youth involved in music and sports

CCF has over $1.48 billion in assets today, and manages about 1,600 charitable funds. As a community foundation, all CCF grantees serve low-income or underserved communities in Los Angeles County. And the foundation grants about 10 to 20 percent of its assets each year.

To top it all off, core operating support is a huge part of CCF’s grantmaking strategy. This involves two-year, unrestricted operating grants, which are renewable two times, for a total of six potential years of operating support.

To learn more about this locally focused funder, check out our profile, California Community Foundation: Los Angeles Grants, CCF competitive grants by priority areas, and other CCF funding opportunities