California Community Foundation Awards $5.7 Million to Strengthen Los Angeles County

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The California Community Foundation (CCF) has awarded $7,845,063 through 67 grants to Los Angeles County organizations working to address the needs of our region.

Grants this quarter reflect the foundation's diverse priority areas in the arts, education, housing and economic opportunity, nonprofit sustainability, smart growth and youth empowerment, with a majority of grants this quarter focused on health and immigrant integration. $1.8 million in grants for immigrant integration will specifically support the implementation of citizenship, DACA and the AB60/Drivers License program in Los Angeles County as part CCF's unprecedented partnership with nonprofits, media outlets, government agencies and the Juntos Podemos Foundation.

CCF supports this critical work in the community through funds entrusted to the foundation by donors throughout its 100-year history, including through the Centinela Valley Medical and Community Funds and the Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund (LASIF). Part high-performing mutual fund, part innovation incubator, LASIF is a partnership with the College Futures Foundation that is getting low-income L.A. County students to and through college. A full list of grants follows.

"We are proud to partner with thousands of donors and organizations dedicated to strengthening Los Angeles County together," said CCF President and CEO Antonia Hernández. "As we continue our 100th year of service, we are encouraged by the energy and enthusiasm for positive change in Los Angeles."

The California Community Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life for all Los Angeles County residents by addressing the root causes of the county's most urgent problems. The foundation has served as a public, charitable organization since 1915, empowering donors to pursue their own personal passions and to collaborate with us in transforming Los Angeles County. CCF stewards $1.5 billion in assets and manages nearly 1,600 charitable foundations, funds and legacies.

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December 2015

ARTS - 2 Grants - $125,000 total
Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre

EDUCATION PIPELINE - 3 Grants - $350,000 total
Educators 4 Excellence – LA
Long Beach Day Nursery
Mar Vista Family Center

HEALTH - 16 Grants - $2,938,063 total
Achievable Foundation
Herald Christian Health Center
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
Program for Torture Victims
SPIRITT Family Services
UCLA Center of Health Advancement
Children's Hospital
Orthopaedic Institute for Children
Torrance Memorial
Esperanza Community Housing Corporation
Prevention Institute
St. John's Well Child and Family Center
Social Justice Learning Institute
Southside Coalition
Watts Healthcare Corporation

HOUSING & ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY - 6 Grants - $700,000 total
Enterprise Community Partners
Grameen America
Public Counsel
USC Price School of Public Policy
Valley Economic Development Center, Inc.
Western Care on Law & Poverty

IMMIGRANT INTEGRATION - 25 Grants - $1,800,000
Asian-Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles
Azteca America
Catholic Charities Los Angeles
Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
Centro CHA
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
Community Lawyers, Inc.
Consejo de Federaciones Mexicanas en Norteamérica (COFEM)
Estrella TV/Liberman Broadcasting
Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA)
International Rescue Committee
KMEX 34 Univision TV and Univision Radio
La Opinión
LA Voice
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition
Loyola Marymount University
National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO)
National Day Labor Organizing Network
One Justice
Orange County Community Foundation
Pomona Economic Opportunity Center
Telemundo 52 Los Angeles KVEA

NONPROFIT SUSTAINABILITY - 2 Grants - $190,000 total
American Red Cross Greater Los Angeles

SMART GROWTH - 3 Grants - $250,000
Alliance for Community Transit-LA (ACT-LA)
Public Counsel
Southeast Asian Community Alliance

TRANSITION-AGED YOUTH - 2 Grants - $300,000 total
Alliance for Children's Rights
St. Anne's

Community Partners (fbo El Monte Promise Foundation)
Pacific Asian Consortium on Employment

Boys and Girls Club Los Angeles Harbor
College Match
Fulfillment Fund
One Voice
Sunburst Youth Academy

OPPORTUNITY FUND - 1 Grant - $47,000
Sunsrise Outreach

GRAND TOTAL - 67 Grants - $7,845,063

CONTACT: Taleen Ananian (213) 452-6203Source:California Community Foundation