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 and 2015 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 board of Southern California Grantmakers and on the regional advisory boards of Opportunity Fund, FUSE Corps, Innovate LA (InLA), LA n Sync, and 826LA. She is a Senior Fellow at USC's Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab.
STACY COHEN is the Executive Director of LA2050. Stacy previously served as the California State Director for Organizing for Action, and the California State Field Director for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. Before her transition into politics, Stacy worked for more than 20 years as a producer and film industry executive, developing and producing films at Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros. Pictures and DreamWorks. Stacy graduated from Harvard College with a degree in the History of Art and Architecture, and is a founder and board member of Harvardwood, where she spearheads the Harvardwood Helps community service initiative. Stacy loves to volunteer all over LA, organizing blood drives at Cedars-Sinai, serving on the LAFD's Community Emergency Response Team and planting trees and building trails with various environmental groups.
ANGIE JEAN-MARIE is the Social Innovation and Marketing Manager at the Goldhirsh Foundation. An East Coast native, Angie has grown passionate about Los Angeles as a test bed for urban and social innovation. Prior to her role at the Goldhirsh Foundation, Angie was a graduate student researcher for the Los Angeles Promise Zone and worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant for Rep. Donna F. Edwards where she managed a diverse domestic and social policy portfolio. She holds a master's degree in public policy from the University of Southern California and a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.
JOE KAVANAGH is the Head of Data and Analytics of LA2050. Joe previously worked as a Public Policy Special Projects Director at Airbnb and before that served as California State Data Director for both Organizing for Action and President Obama's re-election campaign. He moved to LA from Chicago after earning a bachelor's degree from Columbia College Chicago in TV Writing & Producing. Joe is excited about using data to drive long term improvement for all of Los Angeles.
MEGAN PARK is the Social Innovation and Design Coordinator at the Goldhirsh Foundation. She recently graduated with a B.A. in Design from the University of Southern California, where she engaged with entrepreneurial and design-driven communities. Previously, Megan was a 2016 KPCB Design Fellow and a USC Brittingham Social Enterprise Scholar. A native Angeleno, she is excited about how design can empower and spur civic engagement throughout her hometown.
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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Love it and/or hate it, the Triforium is finally going to live up to everything it was envisioned for—as a gathering place, as an interactive public artwork, as a blazing rainbow beacon of downtown as a place of progress and vitality. The sculpture is getting a triumphal return to the tune of $100,000, won through the LA2050 grant competition. The money will be used to replace the mostly burnt-out bulbs behind the handmade Italian glass prisms with working LEDs, update the wiring and computer system that runs the thing, and develop an app people can use to compose music for the Triforium to play.Read More
The Goldhirsh Foundation announced winners for its annual My LA2050 Grants Challenge Tuesday, a $1 million grant competition to source creative ideas about shaping the future of Los Angeles. The 12 winning organizations will receive grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 to implement projects in 2017 designed around themes that make Los Angeles the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live.Read More
12 organizations participating in crowdsourced and crowd-voted challenge selected as winners to receive grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 to better Los Angeles.Read More
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Today, the Goldhirsh Foundation announced winners for its annual My LA2050 Grants Challenge, a $1M competition to source creative ideas about shaping the future of Los Angeles. The 12 winning organizations will receive grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 to implement projects in 2017 that make Los Angeles the best place to learn, create, play, connect, and live.Read More
The Daily Bruin covers two UCLA-affiliated groups that applied for the 2016 My LA2050 Grants Challenge.Read More
LA2050's #CelebrateLA party was featured in LAist's list of their favorite events in Los Angeles the week of October 17. #CelebrateLA was the official launch for the 2016 My LA2050 Grants Challenge, held at Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles.Read More
This episode of USC Bedrosian's LA#itself podcast features a conversation with Angie Jean-Marie, Social Innovation and Marketing Manager at the Goldhirsh Foundation, and her predecessor Shauna Nep, Senior Philanthropic Advisor at Fundamental. Jean-Marie and Nep discuss the origins for the the Goldhirsh Foundation's crowdsourcing approach for philanthropy, the inherent opportunities and challenges, and how LA2050's staff makes annual micro-adjustments to capitalize on Goldhirsh’s long-term funding agenda.Read More
The City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation have released Urban Mobility in the Digital Age, a new report that provides a roadmap for the city’s transportation future. The report is the first by a city in nation to reveal how it will make shared, self-driving vehicles a key part of its public transit future. The report was the product of an LADOT fellowship funded by the Goldhirsh Foundation, and addresses the city’s plan to combine self-driving vehicles with on-demand sharing services to create a suite of smarter, more efficient transit options.Read More
The Goldhirsh Foundation's website was named one of the 100 best non-profit website designs of 2016.Read More
Through a #PartyatthePolls LA2050 Grant, the United Way dispersed $500 to schools for activities to encourage high school students to register and vote. The activities varied at each school and included rallies, DJs, cookies, posters and raspados. About 2,040 LA Unified students registered to vote at 28 schools, according to data from the United Way. About 60 percent of those students were eligible to vote in Tuesday’s primary; some were not yet 18 years old but could pre-register.Read More
The city-wide LA2050 initiative is hosting the final events of their #PartyAtThePolls community project to encourage voter engagement in LA County, particularly among immigrant and first-time voters, with free daytime and evening events downtown.Read More
The Annenberg Foundation and Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation's involvement in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge is big news, not just because of the additional funding but also because more Southern California funders are being drawn to a more democratic form of philanthropy.Read More
Goldhirsh Foundation president, Tara Roth, is featured in article listing leaders from LA's tech and startup community.Read More
Goldhirsh Foundation grantee, People for Parks, was selected by the Funders Network to receive a $75,000 matching grant which leverages the award received via the My LA2050 Grants Challenge to support their community school parks project.Read More
Tara Roth, President of the Goldhirsh Foundation, and Lee Davis, Co-Director, Center for Social Design, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), join 84 thought-leaders who contributed to Designmatters at ArtCenter's newest publication, LEAP Dialogues, a first of its kind book that explores the new career pathways in social innovation for designers.Read More
Goldhirsh Foundation chairman, Ben Goldhirsh is recognized by Liberty Hill and presented the Upton Sinclair Award, an award for those who, like the muckraking journalist Sinclair, combine their talents and beliefs to advance social justice.Read More
Roy and Patricia Disney, Annenberg, and Goldhirsh family foundations collaborate to invest more than $1.6 million to support social sector innovation in Los Angeles, and pilot program to prepare next generation philanthropistsRead More
The role of community feedback in cultivating a more sustainable future.Read More
KCET's Adriana Widdoes writes about the winners of the 2015 My LA2050 Grants Challenge and the LA2050 initiative's broader efforts to renew civic engagement in Los Angeles.Read More
Get Downtown, a Downtown Los Angeles cultural and arts guide, congratulates all of the 2015 My LA2050 winners, particularly praising the Los Angeles Review of Books. With the LA2050 grant, LARB will be profiling one Los Angeles artist or writer every day for one year.Read More
Winning programs have industry ties to such names as Mark Gordon, Norman Lear and actress Amy Smart.Read More
LA2050 welcomes Angelenos to vote in the My LA2050 Grants Challenge and help organizations win $100,000 to shape the future of Los Angeles.Read More
Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the appointment of Ashley Z. Hand as the transportation technology strategist fellow at the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT). The fellowship is funded through a grant from the Goldhirsh Foundation.Read More
Goldhirsh and its LA2050 initiative featured among top philanthropic thinkers in Los Angeles that inspire with creativity and impact.Read More
Goldhirsh Foundation and LA2050 listed among resources to help support entrepreneurship in Silicon Beach and throughout Los Angeles.Read More
Today, LA2050 released its latest findings in LA2050: Vision for a Successful Los Angeles. This report is the second in a series of publications that comprehensively measure the quality of life in Los Angeles County. LA2050, an initiative of the Goldhirsh Foundation, drives and tracks progress toward building a better future for the Los Angeles region.Read More
Route 50's Neil Ungerleider checked in with Goldhirsh Foundation's President, Tara Roth, to discuss the foundation's investment in the City of Los Angeles' Department of Transportation Technology Advisor.Read More
Forward-thinking cities are building event-friendly amenities into outdoor space at public venues.Read More
Check out a full video of Vator Splash LA 2014: "Technology and the LA Culture," with panelists: Nate Redmond of Rustic Canyon; Rob Kornegay of Wilson Sonsini; Peter Marx of City of LA; Ashish Soni of USC Viterbi School of Engeineering, Viterbi Startup Garage & VSi2; Eva Ho of Susa Ventures; and Tara Roth of Goldhirsh Foundation, LA2050; with moderator Kevin Winston, Founder of Digital LA.Read More
Representatives from the city Department of Recreation and Parks, the Pershing Square Park Advisory Board and the Goldhirsh Foundation’s LA2050 Campaign joined LA City Councilman Jose Huizar to commemorate the groundbreaking of two new children’s playgrounds.Read More
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
#TwitterDrive makes a stop at LA2050 grantee Incubator School in LA, a school dedicated to fostering tomorrow's entrepreneurs.Read More
USC's Los Angeles Community Impact hosted its Spring Showcase, the culmination of the organization’s semester-long consulting projects on Wednesday. Shauna Nep, director of community and innovation at the Goldhirsh Foundation, discussed what Goldhirsh Foundation calls the five points along the “circuitous path of innovation”: necessity, hustle, storytelling, unusual suspects and the reflective incubation period.Read More
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
Built in LA, Los Angeles' hub for tech news and startup jobs, featured the 2016 My LA2050 Grants Challenge in its Tech Roundup.Read More