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Annenberg Foundation

Los Angeles

CA

Grant Details

Mission

The Annenberg Foundation is a family foundation that provides funding and support to nonprofit organizations in the United States and globally. The Foundation and its Board of Directors are also directly involved in the community with innovative projects that further its mission to advance the public well-being through improved communication. The Foundation encourages the development of effective ways to share ideas and knowledge. The Foundation is committed to core values of responsiveness, accessibility, fairness and involvement.

The Foundation believes in funding organizations that have a deep level of community involvement, are led by effective leaders and tackle challenging and timely problems. Specific organizational attributes valued by the Foundation are: visionary leadership, impact, sustainability, innovation, organizational strength, network of partnerships plus the population being served.

We realize that social problems are growing more complex and, as a result, require new, innovative approaches through collective action by a cross-section of stakeholders, rather than isolated efforts by single organizations. As a grantmaker, the Annenberg Foundation is willing to take measured risks with a tolerance for occasional failure to seek out and fund outstanding people and organizations. We understand the value of going beyond traditional grantmaking and are open to innovative ways to leverage our grant funds.

We believe there is a direct connection between a nonprofit’s results and the strength of its leadership. This leadership includes staff as well as the board of directors. Our aim is to support the nonprofit sector’s most precious asset: its people. We take an all-encompassing look at the people, infrastructure, values, practices and policies that the staff and board embrace and promote for organizational success. We place importance on board involvement and directors’ ability to secure resources for the organization.

We give priority to nonprofit organizations serving the Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties that are well-integrated into the fabric of the communities they serve. In addition, we evaluate whether an organization has established best practices as it relates to diversity, financial sustainability, infrastructure, board governance, staff development, programs & services, collaboration and networks with peers.

The Annenberg Foundation receives considerably more requests for funding than we can support. Only those requests that effectively address our grantmaking guidelines and our Board of Directors’ priorities will be considered.

Grantmaking Approach

Eligibility

We give priority to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving the five-county region of Greater Los Angeles that are well-integrated into the fabric of the communities they serve. In addition, we evaluate whether an organization has established best practices as it relates to diversity, financial sustainability, infrastructure, board governance, staff development, programs & services, collaboration, and networks with peers.

Ineligibility

Capital campaigns / Building construction and equipment
Multi-year commitments
Grants to individuals
Grants to school districts, individual schools, charter management organizations, universities or hospitals
Grants for medical research, treatment projects, and disease-specific associations
Grants to public agencies
Grants to faith-based or religious organizations that proselytize
Grants for one-time events, conferences, festivals, concerts, workshops, or summer camps
Grants for research, film projects, media, and publications
Grants for start-ups or support for new projects in the LA region. Consideration is given to organizations or projects that have been operating for at least three (3) years
Grants that fall outside the guidelines set by the Board of Directors

Unsolicited Application

Grant Size

Priorities

Funding Uses

Grantee Service Area

Yes

$10,000 - $100,000

Arts, Culture & Humanities, Civic & Community Development, Environment, Education, Health & Human Services, Some consideration is also given to the areas of Animal Welfare and Military Veterans

Operating support, program support

Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties

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