Moving On: Where is CCF’s Grantmaking Headed Next?

The California Community Foundation (CCF) has been on the local grantmaking scene for just over a century, so by this point, it’s gotten pretty used to how the needs of Los Angeles County change and evolve over time. But with the most recent CCF grant cycle, it’s the end of an era for a couple big initiatives that have been a significant part of the funder’s grantmaking in recent years.

One of these initiatives coming to a close is Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow (PAT), which was a five-year project to boost academic achievement, positive decision-making, and confidence in South Los Angeles and South Bay youth through sports and music. The $12.5 million anonymous legacy gift that made PAT possible has now run out, with a last hurrah of support for 25 groups with grants totaling $1,824,000. Recent grantees in the final round of PAT grantmaking include Brotherhood Crusade, A Place Called Home, and the Los Angeles United Futbol Academy. (PAT will also have a festival for students this fall.)

The other big initiative that’s ending at CCF is the El Monte Community Building Initiative, which has been part of CCT’s grantmaking strategy for the past 10 years. This support came from a $10 million investment for health and youth in the city of El Monte. But because of CCT’s effort, local leaders were able to establish the El Monte Promise Foundation to carry on with grantmaking on their own.

So the big question now is what types of initiatives will take their place in future rounds of funding.

Well, health causes continue to be a top cause for CCT, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see growth in the funder’s health funding portfolio in the years ahead. In the recent grant cycle, CCT awarded $1,080,041 in health grants to 10 local groups, including the L.A. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center, San Fernando Community Health Center, and Venice Family Clinic. 

Health issues that CCF has been particularly interested in include the following:

  • Uninsured residents
  • Disease preventative care
  • Children’s health insurance
  • Physical and mental care access
  • Substance abuse prevention
  • Community clinics  

Another big issue for the foundation lately has been immigrant integration. Although these grants have been smaller in size than those in some other categories, CCT has been awarding a ton of them lately. These grants typically range from $50,000 to $150,000 over a two-year period. But in June, it awarded 33 immigrant integration grants totaling $915,000. Grantees included Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA, Mexican American Opportunity Foundation, and New Economics for Women.

These are some of the most prominent immigrant integration issues that CCF has funded in the past:

  • English language literacy
  • Civic leadership development
  • Policy advocacy
  • Path to citizenship and obtaining driver’s licenses

Letters of intent for both health and immigrant integration grants are reviewed year-around on an ongoing basis. The next LOI deadline for both categories for 2016 is July 26. In June 2016, CCT awarded a total of 112 grants to Los Angeles County nonprofits totaling $9,393,600. Overall, CCF manages about $1.5 billion in assets and 1,600 charitable funds focused on Los Angeles County.