We support initiatives in three categories: opportunity, sustainability, and activation. Within each category, organizations deliver the following vital services:
Provide skills, programming, and support structures to improve educational and economic opportunity.
Pursue environmental health through innovation at both the cause and response sides of the issue.
Support pro-social platforms and tools for independent expression and individual mobilization.
Here’s a glimpse of some of the organizations and specific projects we support.
Fostering transformative advances in energy science and technology.
We kick-started the graduate fellowship program by delivering critically needed seed funding to support their cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research, and spurred further innovation by supporting their western regional clean-tech business plan competition.
Redefining idealism by promoting the idea that each of us can make a difference.
We lead City Year’s expansion to Los Angeles then supported their growth in L.A. We also provided seed funding for their L.A.-based education conference about how service can drive education reform.
Inspiring the future, one imagination at a time.
We underwrote a program to bring middle school students to the Griffith Observatory and provided general operational support, allowing the Observatory to continue offering the community high-quality, engaging scientific programming.
Finding, funding, and fostering creativity and entrepreneurship in youth.
Inspired by Caine’s Arcade, we provided seed funding to build an organization that would support more kids like Caine. We want to “help kids not only to learn how to build the things they imagine, but to also imagine the world they can build.”
Creating and disseminating news and cultural programming that informs, inspires, and stimulates in California.
We invested in KCRW’s Independent Producer Project to research, develop, and tell spellbinding stories—and advance public radio beyond traditional formats, bringing it into the digital age.
Teaching academic skills, fostering intellectual habits, and cultivating the character needed for students to thrive in high school, college, and life.
We provided general operating support for KIPP LA’s middle schools, ensuring that students received a well-rounded education with sufficient time dedicated to arts, enrichment, and physical education.
Combating poverty and expanding opportunity so all Americans can pursue their life goals.
A longtime funder of LIFT, we worked with them to expand their model in L.A. We provided funding for a feasibility study and, organized meetings with city officials, social service organizations, university administrators, potential board members, and funders to learn where LIFT could do the most good.
Giving teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions by training college students to teach a health curriculum in public schools that lack health education.
A longtime funder of Peer Health Exchange, we helped expand and deepen their operations in L.A., specifically within USC, UCLA, CSU Northridge, and Occidental College, training more college students to teach the curriculum to additional 9th grade students in new neighborhoods.
WHITE HOUSE FELLOWSHIP in Entrepreneurship (via the AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE)
Advancing science, serving society, and sponsoring the fellowship effort with the White House Office of Science and Technology.
We supported a fellowship designed to coordinate and launch a national agenda to achieve sustainable growth and quality jobs via entrepreneurship.
Investing in community leaders at the frontlines of change.
Bringing about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity.
Providing programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, recognize business opportunities, and plan for successful futures.
Supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills; empowering teachers; and providing tutoring, workshops, and more.
Providing victims of domestic violence with support to assist them in addressing their immediate crises and changing the patterns of their lives.
Standing with the 2.4 million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan from their first day home through the rest of their lives.
Making Southern California waters and watersheds safe, healthy, and clean.
Protecting and restoring the Santa Monica Bay, San Pedro Bay, and adjacent waters through enforcement, fieldwork, and community action.
Leading the creation of measurably effective programs to protect and restore California’s environment.
Inspiring, engaging, and supporting people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment—making it safe, healthy, fun, and sustainable.
Mobilizing farmers to create viable futures for America’s veterans by enlisting their help in building our green economy and securing a healthy food supply for all.
Persuading people around the world of the importance and urgency of adopting and implementing effective and comprehensive solutions for the climate crisis.
Supporting the creation of independent media stories with a “moral force.”
Empowering marginalized communities to use technology to fight for their human rights.
Connecting people through lending; leveraging the internet and a network of microfinance institutions to alleviate poverty around the world.
Expanding and enriching the world’s knowledge and conversation by increasing the range of voices we hear from—especially women’s voices.
Creating cultural connections by revealing the hidden treasures through docent-lead tours of vibrant local neighborhoods.
Promoting media freedom worldwide, protecting journalists and the rights of all people to have access to diverse and independent sources of information.