Jerry and Terri Kohl founded Brighton Collectibles, which launched in 1991 with a single collection of belts. Since, the company has evolved into an extensive women's accessories line with over 180 Brighton Collectible stores. The company is headquartered in the City of Industry in the Los Angeles area.
It's unclear how much the Kohls are worth but in 2007,the Los Angeles Times described the family's business as worth some $300 million. 2007 was an important year for the Kohls, philanthropically-speaking. Initially, the couple's giving was mostly "friends and family philanthropy," as Kohl put it. This changed in 2007, when the Kohls launched a family foundation with $10 million. These days, the Jerry and Terri Kohl Foundation moves around $1.4 million out of the door, with a steady increase annually. Unfortunately the foundation flies well under the radar and does not accept unsolicited proposals.
The couple's philanthropy through their foundation is laser-focused on the Los Angeles area. This includes Los Angeles proper, as well as Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley, and other areas. Kohl has a passion for music and this interest is reflected well in the couple's giving.
A few years ago, the couple gave a $1 million challenge grant to Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Recent grantees via their foundation, meanwhile, include American Contemporary Ballet, Hammer Museum, Colony Theatre Company in Burbank, Festival of Arts Laguna Beach, LAXART, Los Angeles Opera Company, Pasadena Music Conservatory, MOCA, and Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, which recently received a $180,000 grant.
Another important arts grantee here is MUSE/IQUE, a nonprofit "counter-conventional orchestra founded in 2011 by community leaders to create newly imagined avenues of access to classical and live music performance for everybody in our community." The couple also bankrolled a benefit concert with MUSE/IQUE which supported Union Station Homeless Services, a social services agency in San Gabriel Valley.
The Kohls strong interest in the arts is also reflected in their education philanthropy in Los Angeles. They've recently supported outfits like ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, Otis College of Art & Design in Westchester, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Pasadena City College Foundation, where a recent grant went towards the purchase of band uniforms, and Pasadena Educational Foundation, where a recent grant supported arts programs.
Apart from the arts, another important interest area for this couple in L.A. is health. The Kohls are strongly focused on cancer research and Brighton Collectibles has supported breast cancer research for a while. Recent Kohl foundation grantees include Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach, City of Hope, and Concern Foundation for Cancer Research.
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