Funding Guidelines

The Foundation reviews funding requests from 501(c)(3) public charity organizations, based in and serving Los Angeles County, that are not private foundations as defined in sections 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”).

In order to be responsive to the many needs of the Los Angeles community, the Foundation gives preference to organizations that do not submit requests on a regular or annual basis. Additionally, the Foundation prefers to consider requests that are one-time or short-term in nature.

The Foundation’s philanthropic interests are in the following four areas:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Education
  • Health and Medicine
  • Human Services

The types of capital support common to these areas include:

  • Construction and renovation projects
  • Equipment and furnishings
  • Program vehicles
  • Technology including infrastructure, hardware, and software
  • Program supplies

Requests for capital campaigns are considered after there is clear evidence that the goal of the campaign will be achieved (60 – 80% funded) and that it will be accomplished within a one-year period from the time a grant request has been submitted.

On occasion, the Foundation will consider program/operational support for those organizations that have a history of demonstrating to the Foundation established and outstanding programs.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants must be organizations that are tax-exempt under the above referenced IRC sections, in operation for a minimum of 3-5 years, and reflect established and stable leadership.

Limitations

Funding is not awarded to:

  • Individuals
  • Religious organizations for sectarian or propagation of faith purposes
  • Institutions limiting their services to persons of a single religious sect or denomination
  • Organizations propagandizing, influencing legislation and/or elections, or promoting voter registration
  • Organizations that spend a significant amount of expenses on lobbying for political candidates or campaigns, or organizations engaged in political activities or specific advocacy

Funding is generally not approved for:

  • Endowed chairs, fellowships, internships, exchanges, or individual scholarships
  • Annual campaigns or ongoing operational support
  • Production of film, video, or other media
  • Deficit financing, loans, or operational debt reduction
  • Re-granting purposes
  • Traveling exhibitions, the underwriting of performances, seminars, workshops, surveys, or general research
  • Support of regional or national charities
  • Disease specific or other types of medical research
  • Pilot projects
  • General solicitations
  • Fundraising or awards events