In L.A. and elsewhere, the homeless service sector’s workers are often critically underpaid, and some are at risk of becoming homeless themselves. Part of the problem is funders’ focus on numbers over actual wellbeing.
The Barry and Wendy Meyer Charitable Foundation operates quietly and often flies below the radar. Here are some details to help you get to know this grantmaker and what it cares about in the region.
Over the past few years, Steve and Connie Ballmer have continued ramping up their commitments in Los Angeles. We took a deep dive into how a vast tech fortune is being put to use to scale up local economic mobility.
A $260 million gift from the Lord Foundation of California to USC seeded a billion-dollar, campus-wide effort to reshape technology research and teaching. It’s part of a unique windfall of funds that boosted four universities.
The S. Mark Taper Foundation may not be widely known in the world of philanthropy, but it is making a big difference in the lives of low-income children with disabilities, a neglected cause.
From reimbursement delays to red tape, cumbersome contracts between nonprofits and government are often a burden, a new report finds. Here’s how that impacts philanthropy — and what private funders can do to help.
The Los Angeles Visual Arts Coalition (LAVA) is allowing smaller, avant-garde arts organizations to fundraise collaboratively, making the community more resilient and offering fresh opportunities to funders.
Here’s an overview of how Heritage Group Founder and CEO Richard Merkin gives via a private family foundation that centers its giving on the Los Angeles area.
We caught up with Dr. Hanh Cao Yu to talk about how her experiences as a refugee of the war in Vietnam shaped her, what led to her career in philanthropy, her current work, and more.
Hollywood power couple J.J. Abrams and Katie McGrath pursue philanthropy through the Katie McGrath and J.J. Abrams Family Foundation. Read on to learn what this means for Southern California nonprofits.
Gary and Gail Marino created their own family foundation after being inspired by their daughter, who was born with Down syndrome. Here are a few things to know about the Marino Family Charitable Foundation’s California giving.
Dedicated California funders are helping to design the future of aging in America by boosting new ideas, nudging along state leaders, contributing to good policy, and more.
Nephrologist Dwight Makoff and his biochemist wife, Rhoda, are a pair of Southern California philanthropists who maintain a low public profile with their giving. Here are some top things to know.
Billionaire couple Melanie and Richard Lundquist are throwing their support behind the News Literacy Project to arm students and the public against mis- and disinformation.
For this year’s LA 2050 Grants Challenge, the Goldhirsh Foundation asked Angelenos to weigh in on what issues would receive funding. The resulting platform of priorities received over $2 million in support.
Tarsadia Foundation is based in Newport Beach, California, supporting health, education and opportunity. Through its unique “junior board,” the family prioritizes the involvement of many younger members.
Majestic Realty launched the Majestic Realty Foundation in 2002 to improve quality of life in communities where it maintains a business presence. Here are a few things Los Angeles grantseekers should know.
The Orange County Museum of Art raised tens of millions in high-dollar donations for its new facility, which opened with great fanfare last month. It’s the latest example of the growing power of regional arts philanthropy.
The Annenberg Foundation gave millions to develop a modern senior center that defies stereotypes about aging. As Americans get older, the team behind the project hopes it will serve as a model for future facilities.
The philanthropic arm of the Dodgers has given more than $40 million in the form of grants and programs. We spoke with its CEO about the foundation’s mission, the state of sports philanthropy, and the legacy of Jackie Robinson.
For the Eisner Foundation, funding a community-based orchestra, open to all ages, has helped build ties between the generations, enriching an L.A. neighborhood. It’s a testament to the power of intergenerational programming.
A recent survey of nonprofits in Los Angeles found that although funding has increased since 2020, racial disparities continue, even as the majority of organizations are led by people of color.
We hear from Tammy Tumbling about her unlikely journey to a leadership role in philanthropy, her efforts to empower Black people in Orange County, and her hopes for the future.
Known for producing the six-time Oscar-nominated film “Precious,” Gary Magness is also a philanthropic donor. Here are a few things to know about how his foundation gives to organizations in the Los Angeles area.
The Lundquist Family Foundation has made news with its multi-million-dollar gifts to big-name institutions in the Los Angeles area. Here are some facts about the Lundquists’ giving to keep in mind.
The billionaire shopping mall developer has embraced law-and-order messaging in his campaign to become mayor of his home city. Here are some key points to know about how this ambitious Angeleno gives his money away.
The Durfee Foundation is one of only a handful that back sabbaticals for nonprofit leaders. Seeking to support more workers, its latest program funds “the collective care and renewal” of a nonprofit’s whole team.
L.A.’s Liberty Hill Foundation set out to fund newer organizations with tiny budgets, and found many groups doing innovative power-building work. CEO Shane Murphy Goldsmith encourages other funders to take similar risks.
Through The Change Reaction, donors Greg and Jodi Perlman are channeling hundreds of grants to people with relatively small, urgent financial needs. This approach to hyper-local, vetted direct giving can be life-altering.
Best known for his sitcoms, Chuck Lorre has been emerging as a significant Los Angeles philanthropist. Here’s a look at how he gives through his family foundation and what local groups should know about seeking funding.