The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles has awarded $3 million in grants to 19 organizations as part of the institution’s comprehensive COVID-19 relief efforts.
The grants help local Jewish nonprofit organizations support families with day-school tuition and camp scholarship assistance, and to address urgent needs in Israel. The awards are part of the COVID-19 Response Grants, a multi-stage initiative under which the foundation is directing $8.3 million of 2020 institutional giving – the largest amount earmarked by for a single issue – for pandemic response and relief. This latest round of grants follows $2.5 million awarded earlier this year to 22 Los Angeles-area nonprofits to address vital needs, including food and housing insecurity, financial assistance and access to health care. The foundation has awarded a total of $5.5 million to 41 nonprofits. Remaining funds will be distributed in early 2021.
Additionally, foundation donors have directed approximately $5.5 million in grants for pandemic response and relief from their own charitable funds. That amount, coupled with the foundation’s institutional giving, brings the total of grants committed for COVID-19 relief to nearly $14 million.
“The human suffering and economic toll on our communities – which we are closely monitoring locally, nationally and in Israel – are devastating,” Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Marvin I. Schotland said.
“As the pandemic rages on, those with the capacity to give must continue to step up. The foundation and our 1,300 generous donor families remain steadfast in our commitment to ensuring the viability of programs and organizations as they navigate through these difficult times, including a precipitous decline in fundraising.”
Established in 1954, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles manages charitable assets of more than $1.3 billion entrusted to it by over 1,300 families. For information and a list of grant recipients, visit jewishfoundationla.org.
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