The world is brimming with innovators whose ideas can shape our region and change the world. At the Goldhirsh Foundation, we identify the brightest emerging talent and give them the tools to best support their success.
We hold ourselves to the same high standard of the talent we seek to cultivate. We are a small team, passionate about our work in social innovation. We strive to manifest that beyond our investments—by creating events and mission-driven initiatives meant to bring together thinkers and doers across a spectrum of disciplines.
The Goldhirsh Foundation has been making grants for almost a decade, but was re-launched in 2012 in Los Angeles, where the majority of our
grant-making occurs. In 2013, the Goldhirsh Foundation conducted its grantmaking via the 2013 My LA2050 Grants Challenge. After a successful grants challenge in 2013, the Goldhirsh Foundation conducted its grantmaking in 2014 via the My LA2050 Grants Challenge.
TARA ROTH is the president of the Goldhirsh Foundation. Prior to this role, Tara bridged the worlds of marketing, media, and philanthropy as the founding COO of GOOD and a social strategy advisor. Tara began her career in marketing and business development for NBCinternet and Infoseek. She has worked with organizations such as Participant Media, Fifteen Foundation, and the New Schools Venture Fund. As a senior advisor to GOOD, Tara helped launch the Pepsi Refresh Project. Tara received a bachelor’s degree at Cornell University, and has an MBA from Oxford University where she was awarded a Skoll scholarship in social entrepreneurship. Tara serves on the executive council of Innovate LA (InLA), on the board of Southern California Grantmakers, on the SoCal Regional Board of Opportunity Fund, an advisory board member of LA n Sync and 826LA, and is a Senior Fellow at USC's Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab.
MATTHEW SHARP is the Senior Policy Director of LA2050. Prior to joining the Goldhirsh Foundation team, he led the Los Angeles Office of California Food Policy Advocates. At CFPA, he spearheaded policy campaigns to improve social justice for underserved communities through making affordable, nutritious food more available. Matt serves on the boards of the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council, the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, The Tuition Magician and Hunger Action Los Angeles.
SHAUNA NEP is the Director of Community and Innovation at the Goldhirsh Foundation. A bioethicist with a passion for urban innovation, Shauna manages all of the foundation's programs and initiatives. She previously worked in food policy at the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College and as program director of the Woolly School Garden Program. A board member of LA-Más and the SoCal Regional Board of Opportunity Fund, Shauna has a master’s degree in bioethics from New York University and is a proud Angeleno.
MITCHELL COLLEY is the Social Innovation Coordinator at the Goldhirsh Foundation. Prior to his work at Goldhirsh Foundation, he served as a freelance marketing consultant, specializing in arts and culture in Los Angeles. Past projects include marketing strategy for Grand Park, marketing and outreach coordination for The Industry's Invisible Cities, and lead marketing for the L.A. Dance Project at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. A writer, he strives to make creative language a catalyst for positive social change.
CLAIRE HOFFMAN is a director of the Goldhirsh Foundation. She writes for national magazines, covering culture, celebrity, religion, business, and whatever else seems interesting. She has a master’s degree in religion from the University of Chicago, and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. Her daughters, Josie and Vivian, sit firmly at the center of her universe.
BEN GOLDHIRSH is the co-founder and CEO of GOOD, a global community of, by, and for pragmatic idealists working towards individual and collective progress. Outside of GOOD, Ben is the Chairman of The Goldhirsh Foundation, an organization built to help social innovators implement and scale solutions to critical societal challenges. A co-founder and board member of City Year Los Angeles, Goldhirsh graduated from Brown University and currently resides in Los Angeles. Follow Ben on GOOD.
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Los Angeles, the city that is synonymous with car culture, is getting a citywide advisor on autonomous vehicles, rideshares, and bicycles. The new position at Los Angeles's Department of Transportation will be a year-long fellowship made possible by a grant from the Goldhirsh Foundation.Read More
LA2050 grantees Trust for Public Land and Community Health Council's LA Open Acres are featured in this story on KPCC.Read More
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Next City profiles Shauna Nep, Director of Community and Innovation at the Goldhirsh Foundation.Read More
UCLA institute gives Los Angeles County a 'C' for its management of water supply and water quality, and researchers find that L.A. County's potable water use is still almost twice as high as average European city.Read More
“UCLA’s report card fills a gap in what we know about the county,” said Tara Roth, president of the Goldhirsh Foundation. “It gives the public and policymakers evidence of where improvement is needed, as well as a framework to talk about it. Our hope is that it leads to broader decision-making and policies to improve the county as a whole, not just one community at a time.”Read More
Tune in to learn more about UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability's Environmental Report Card for the LA region.Read More
Los Angeles County has work to do when it comes to the environment, according to a UCLA study released on Tuesday that rates the county’s environmental performance as a C+. Read the coverage on LABJ.Read More
The Goldhirsh Foundation and LA2050 were proud to partner on Los Angeles' first environmental report card is out. Listen to the interview with Mark Gold on KPCC.Read More
The ATP and Metro-sponsored event focused on safety issues, upcoming Metro projects, and ways the public can get involved to improve the transportation system in Los Angeles. Shauna Nep, director of Community & Innovation at the Goldhirsh Foundation, talked about a “culture shift” away from home- and car-ownership for millennials and how more are opting for car-free lifestyles (as well as Uber and Lyft).Read More
Since 2012, when officials announced a plan to build 50 new, mostly small parks in some of L.A.’s most crowded neighborhoods, the city has completed 29. They are partnering with nonprofits like the L.A. Neighborhood Land Trust and the Trust for Public Land to build the parks and in some cases maintain them for several years before the city takes over.Read More
Be Passionate. Be Authentic. Stay Committed. Our own Tara Roth talked to Built in LA about the skill-sets every entrepreneur must have.Read More
A rare in-depth interview with the founder of Goldhirsh Foundation grantee Ciclavia's Aaron Paley.Read More
From a story garden in Cornwall to hexagonal towers in Los Angeles, The Guardian looks at inventive spaces designed to get children excited about books. Featuring LA2050 grantee No Right Brain Left Behind's Locke Jet Space at Locke High School.Read More
Bobby Rodriguez used to do illegal graffiti all over Southern California. With the help of Streetcraft L.A., he now gets legal work, like this mural on the Santa Monica pier.Read More
A beautiful feature of Goldhirsh Foundation grantee Ron Finley on TakePart.Read More
What would you do if someone asked you to help distribute $1 million? Read Tara's story on Page 25 of the Larchmont Chronicle.Read More
Suddenly this fall, it seemed the LA2050 Challenge was everywhere. We were sent emails and stopped on the street – vote for a project that will better life in LA. Given one vote and so many potentially great projects, it was hard to understand where this was all coming from. Who was behind LA2050?Read More
LA2050 organized an epic party celebrating the city in Grand Park. This week L.A. Letters spotlights each of these people and events to reveal the rising spirit across Los Angeles in October 2014.Read More
There was a time when cities were largely shaped by powerful planners and politicians, developers and philanthropists. Now increasingly the wisdom of the crowds is being tapped, through crowdsourcing initiatives made widely accessible through the internet.Read More
Humor can be a powerful management tool. Humor reminds us of our collective humanity and renders even the worst decision tolerable. Although humor can manifest itself in widely different ways, humor is a trait shared across all cultures, ages and genders.Read More
Today, the foundation behind LA2050—an initiative to draft a comprehensive road map for the city's future—announced the winners of this year's My LA2050 Grants Challenge, a funding competition with a difference: The public got to choose five of the 10 winners, who will share a $1 million bounty.Read More
LA2050 and The Atlantic hosted a virtual Twitter party to kickoff the conversation about discovering urban solutions to global problems taking place at this year's CityLab event.Read More
The president of Goldhirsh Foundation launched LA2050, a civic advocacy program that invests in the future of L.A.Read More
LA2050 — an initiative backed by the Goldhirsh Foundation — has opened online voting for its 2014 Grants Challenge, which will see a total of $1 million doled out and distributed evenly among 10 winning submissions.Read More
Right on the heels of Mayor Eric Garcetti's triumphant announcement of the $1-billion investment on the Los Angeles River, came concerns of longtime residents being pushed out in favor of developers looking to turn a profit on what is now prime real estate.Read More
LA2050 is an initiative to create a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles, and to drive and track progress toward that vision.Read More
The #LA2050Listens event, called Story Summit, was organized by L.A. Commons, a community program that uses art to give a voice to underrepresented areas. This particular gathering featured Aztec dancers, arts and crafts workshops and free tamales.Read More
In 2013, the Goldhirsh Foundation launched LA2050, an initiative to create a shared vision for the future of Los Angeles, and to drive and track progress toward that vision. LA2050 looked at the health of the region through eight key indicators and made informed projections about where Los Angeles would be in the year 2050 if the city continued operate and the people continued to live as they are now.Read More
Run by the Goldhirsh foundation, LA2050’s hope is to create a shared vision of L.A.’s future by fostering a collaborative climate among Angelenos.Read More
From small ideas to big, a look now at what a vision for LA's own future could look like with Tara Roth, president of the Goldhirsh Foundation.Read More
The Goldhirsh Foundation was among the first KCRW supporters to invest in the Independent Producer Project. For the past two years the Foundation has provided grant funding that allows KCRW to provide financial and production support to some of public media’s most innovative independent storytellers.Read More
Ben Goldhirsh, the founder of Good Worldwide, is putting his millions toward making L.A. a better place—and to making a buck.Read More
After more than a year-long search, the Hammer Museum has hired Connie Butler, currently the chief curator of drawings at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as its chief curator.Read More
A Los Angeles charitable group that conducted an online poll to determine which of 279 nominated nonprofit and private companies should share in a $1-million prize announced its winners Wednesday.Read More
The LA2050 project by the Goldhirsh Foundation asked organizations across the city what they would do to shape the future of Los Angeles.Read More
The votes have been counted and KPCC has the list of 10 projects that are going to make Los Angeles super awesome in 2050. Well, hopefully. The projects are all winners in the LA2050 competition and get to split $1 million in prize money--the competition fielded 270 ideas that might make LA a better place in 37 years, and pledged to give $100,000 to the top vote-getter in each of eight categories, plus two additional wildcard projects chosen by the sponsoring Goldhirsh Foundation.Read More
Along with The Goldhirsh Foundation, GOOD (whose co-founder and CEO happens to be Ben Goldhirsh), has launched the My LA2050 project, a “community-owned mechanism” designed to reimagine L.A.’s future. With the help of experts, academics, practitioners, and supporters, The Goldhirsh Foundation will fund ten Angeleno-submitted project proposals with one million in grants.Read More