The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

Los Angeles


Grant Details


The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation improves the well-being of the residents of Los Angeles County through responsive grantmaking in human services, civic and cultural, education, and health.

As a responsive grantmaker, we believe that nonprofits know what is best for the people and communities they serve. We invest in organizations whose work strengthens the broad fabric of our region. The majority of our grants are for general operating support, though the Foundation also provides funds for programs and capital needs. We prioritize organizations that deliver direct services.

Grantmaking Approach


The Parsons Foundation makes grants to public charities. Agencies with a “preliminary ruling” letter from the IRS are eligible.


Due to funding constraints and with rare exceptions, we are not able to fund requests for the following:

fundraising events, dinners, and mass mailings
organizations outside of Los Angeles County
direct aid to individuals, including scholarship support
conferences, seminars, and workshops
sectarian, religious, or fraternal purposes
federated fundraising appeals
support for political elections, candidates, campaigns, or legislation
for-profit organizations or businesses
animal welfare
environmental issues or causes
documentary filmmaking or television programming
scientific and/or medical research
organizations focused on specific diseases (e.g., diabetes, heart disease)
grassroots advocacy, organizing, or policy
summer camps
services for the developmentally disabled

Unsolicited Application

Grant Size


Funding Uses

Grantee Service Area


$10,000 - $500,000

Civic and cultural, education, health, human services

operating support, capital projects, and program support.

Los Angeles County

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