Initiatives

Here’s a glimpse of some of the organizations and specific projects we support.

We invest our capital using three approaches to create systemic change in Los Angeles: civic capital, seed capital, and expansion capital.

CIVIC CAPITAL

Promoting mobilization and disruption within existing infrastructures.

SEED CAPITAL

Seeding social innovation in Los Angeles.

EXPANSION CAPITAL

Bringing proven solutions from other regions to Los Angeles.

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.

The Imagination Foundation

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.”

City Year

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.

LA2050 CITY INNOVATION FELLOWSHIP (in the LOS ANGELES MAYOR’S OFFICE via CODE FOR AMERICA)

Improving government technology so residents can have access to better services.

We supported a fellowship designed to deploy technology to promote civic innovation and to foster the already strong tech ecosystem of Los Angeles.

Hammer Museum Arts Restore LA

The Hammer Museum at UCLA believes in the promise of art and ideas to illuminate our lives and build a more just world.

The Hammer Museum tapped into the thriving Los Angeles creative community to curate an artisanal pop-up village in Westwood and offer a long term strategy to turn the neighborhood around.

LIFT

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.

LAUSD SOCIAL MEDIA AND BLENDED LEARNING POSITIONS (VIA THE LA FUND)

Exploring ideas that combine traditional learning methods and technology given the rapidly transforming learning environment.

We supported two positions designed to integrate technology in the Los Angeles Unified School District. We funded a Blended Learning position designed to make instructional tools come alive with technology. We also funded a Social Media position to raise awareness of the Los Angeles Unified School District and its activities in the digital sphere.

Locke Jet Space

No Right Brain Left Behind's mission is to instill creativity in education. Green Dot Public Schools' mission is to help transform public education so all students graduate prepared for college, leadership, and life.

No Right Brain Left Behind and Green Dot Public Schools transformed a neglected library at Locke High School into the Locke Jet Space to foster students’ exploration, critical thinking, and collaborative problem solving.

PEER HEALTH EXCHANGE

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.

Los Angeles Mayor’s Fund

Leveraging the power of institutions and experts from across the city.

The LA Mayor's Fund creates partnerships that will transform Los Angeles, making it a world leader in economic prosperity, efficiency, sustainability, and quality of life for all of its residents.

Ron Finley Project

Ron envisions a world where gardening is gangsta.

We provided seed funding for Ron Finley's HQ, an urban garden in South Central LA that will serve as an example of a well-balanced, fruit-and-veggie oasis.

Mission Asset Fund

Creating a fair financial marketplace for hardworking families.

We worked with Mission Asset Fund to bring Lending Circles for Citizenship and the Security Deposit Loan Program for the first time to Southern California.

Heal the Bay in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The Compton Creek Trash Capture Project

Heal the Bay in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed a project to build trash capture devices in the concrete portion of Compton Creek, the last major tributary that feeds into the Los Angeles River.


We support initiatives in three categories: opportunity, sustainability, and activation. Within each category, organizations deliver the following vital services:

OPPORTUNITY

Provide skills, programming, and support structures to improve educational and economic opportunity.

SUSTAINABILITY

Pursue environmental health through innovation at both the cause and response sides of the issue.

ACTIVATION

Support pro-social platforms and tools for independent expression and individual mobilization.

X PRIZE

Bringing about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity.

NFTE LA (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship)

Providing programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, recognize business opportunities, and plan for successful futures.

826LA

Supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills; empowering teachers; and providing tutoring, workshops, and more.

Educators 4 Excellence

A teacher-led organization working to ensure that the voices of classroom teachers are included in the creation of policies that shape our classrooms and careers.

Homeboy Industries

Providing hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women, allowing them to redirect their lives.

Caltech Resnick Institute

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.

Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation

Transforming the LA River to improve people’s lives by carrying out sustainable land use projects, advocacy for river friendly policy, and programs for community benefit.

T.R.U.S.T. South LA

Working to create affordable homes for local families, with a plan to make better use of the 3000 acres of underutilized land in South LA.

Public Matters

Greening food deserts through Market Makeovers since 2007 – one corner store at a time.

PROPUBLICA

Supporting the creation of independent media stories with a “moral force.”

KIVA

Connecting people through lending; leveraging the internet and a network of microfinance institutions to alleviate poverty around the world.

COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS

Promoting media freedom worldwide, protecting journalists and the rights of all people to have access to diverse and independent sources of information.

LA Open Acres

A tool created by CHC, C-Lab, and 596 Acres for neighborhoods to transform vacant spaces into healthy places.

CICLAVIA

Catalyzing vibrant public spaces, active transportation and good health through car-free street events in Los Angeles.