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Los Angeles, U.S.A. – California Community Foundation (CCF) has announced $5,135,500 in new grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Los Angeles County, bringing the total amount of philanthropic support provided to local nonprofits in the last year alone by L.A.’s foundation to more than $16.4 million.
“Thanks to the generosity of donors past and present, CCF continues to make grants at a relatively high and consistent level,” said CCF President and CEO, Antonia Hernandez. “We strongly encourage more foundations, corporations and households to invest in the Los Angeles of today and tomorrow with us by helping stabilize and sustain community-based organizations.”
The grants announced are being made from discretionary charitable funds established by past donors and subsequently entrusted to and invested by CCF. The foundation distributes a percentage of these discretionary dollars three times a year to qualified nonprofit organizations through grants in the arts, education, health care, housing and neighborhoods, human development, and civic engagement. Grants are generally two-year awards based on proposals and utilizing criteria that include, but are not limited to demonstrated impact of programs and services, experienced and effective leadership and management, committed and engaged board, strong financial position, and alignment with the strategies of the community foundation.
In addition to grants, CCF offers technical and management support to nonprofits, convenes nonprofit leaders on issues of importance, has a loan program for qualified nonprofits, and engages in advocacy work with nonprofits primarily focused on the needs of the most vulnerable members of the Los Angeles community.
The 38 new grants are being distributed to organizations throughout the county, many providing services in multiple geographic areas, including four in the Antelope Valley, six in the San Fernando Valley, seven in the San Gabriel Valley, 11 in Metro Los Angeles, eight in West Los Angeles, 20 in South Los Angeles, 12 in East Los Angeles, 14 in the South Bay/Los Angeles Harbor Area, and six to nonprofits serving more than one area of the county.
More than half of the total grant dollars are from the Centinela Valley Medical and Community Funds, established at CCF with funds from the sale in 1996 of the Centinela Hospital Medical Center that served Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale and surrounding communities.
“As a public charitable organization for nearly 100 years, our roots are deep, reach is wide and commitment is long-term,” continued Hernandez. “CCF is an expert in the needs and nonprofits of Los Angeles County, and therefore a unique and public resource for charitable giving.”
California Community Foundation (CCF) is a public, charitable organization serving Los Angeles County in multiple capacities since 1915. It encourages philanthropy by individuals, families, companies and organizations, and serves as a steward of their charitable funds and legacies. It makes grants to and collaborates with nonprofits to address needs in their communities, with emphasis on the most vulnerable individuals and families. It convenes and engages with private, public and nonprofits sector partners in community problem solving and advocacy work. For more information, visit www.calfund.org or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/calfund.