The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles and its donors awarded grants totaling more than $71 million in 2014, surpassing the $65 million in grant distributions made in 2013.
Of the total, $21.3 million, or 30 percent, was awarded in the area of human services, while $17 million, or 24 percent, supported educational organizations and causes. The remaining $32.7 million was distributed across a range of programs and initiatives in the areas of arts and culture, civic life, health, and Jewish continuity.
The foundation, the largest manager of charitable assets for Jewish donors in the greater Los Angeles area, also announced that inflows from individual donors, support organizations, endowments, and agency funds totaled some $130 million in 2014 — a 30 percent increase over the $101 million it received in 2013. In addition, a record seventy-seven new charitable funds were established at the foundation.
"The milestone of the foundation's sixtieth anniversary provided just one cause for celebration in 2014," said JCFLA president and CEO Marvin I. Schotland. "More significantly, the foundation — and the communities it supports — can commemorate a generous tradition of giving by both an existing and continuously expanding donor base, whose commitment to philanthropy does not falter. Nothing better evidences this than the record seventy-seven charitable funds established last year and the $130 million of inflows from both new and existing donors. This concern for perpetuating the precept of tikkun olam — repairing the world — enabled the foundation to distribute more than $70 million in grants last year. These grants spanned a spectrum of causes locally, nationally and in Israel — positively impacting both directly and indirectly tens of thousands, if not millions, of lives."