We are pleased to announce that the Battle Studios Community Project (BSCP) has been established in loving memory of Gregory Carlton Battle, who passed away on December 3, 2021. Gregory was an 8th degree Black Belt Master who trained under Grand Master Ki Whang Kim and became lead instructor at Kim Studios in Washington DC. Later, Gregory took his talents and Master Kim’s lessons west, and would teach Tae Kwon Do in the Venice, CA area for over 40 years.

Battle Studios began humbly with three students in a carport in Venice. However, in the tradition of legendary masters, Gregory’s philosophy—which emphasizes martial arts skills, personal development (especially dedication, discipline, and effort), and caring—transcended self-defense training. Three students in a carport became a community that spans the globe, multiple generations, and countless lives lived more fully.

Gregory’s broader mission meant that once a student started at Battle Studio, he would insist that they continue their study regardless of ability to pay. The Battle Studios Community Project is being established to continue Gregory’s mission. BSCP will provide martial arts training and life lessons to children, young adults and families who embrace Master Battle’s philosophy regardless of the ability to pay.

BSCP is currently securing its not-for-profit status. In the interim BSCP has partnered with the California Community Foundation (CCF), a 501(c)(3), to create and administer a fund on the CCF platform, advised by BSCP, that can receive tax deductible donations today.

 


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Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

The Philip M. Gonzalez Memorial Scholarship Fund honors Phil’s lifelong spirit of giving.  The fund awards an annual scholarship to support higher educational goals of graduating students from Phil’s high school alma mater (San Gabriel High School) located in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles, California.

Born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, Phil was a force to be reckoned with. His love of music at a young age led him to a career in radio where he started at the bottom and rose to voice “Raoul” on KMET radio during the 70’s and early 80’s.  He loved the movie “Almost Famous” because he felt a connection with the times and music it featured.  He regaled anyone who would listen with his countless rock star encounters and stories with musicians like Phil Collins, Tom Petty and David Lee Roth. A prolific air guitar player, Phil was so proud of his career in radio and the colleagues that became life-long friends.

In 1986, Phil transitioned from radio to TV where he held positions in marketing, promotions, public service, etc. for the next 24 years. He was truly a master of his craft, not only building a reputation for himself within the industry but most importantly, helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for events such as the Special Olympics.  His work was his life and creating promotions and events to benefit non-profits in need was what kept him alive and vibrant.

He was genuine with his advice and mentored countless “interns” as they forged their own way within the entertainment industry.  He was never short on advice or connections to help propel other’s careers forward.

Phil adored his large, supportive family and would do ANYTHING for any one of his parents, siblings, nieces, nephews and Godchildren.

Those lucky enough to call Phil a friend would be hard pressed to find a better one.  He said what he meant and he meant what he said.  He was kind and unapologetically giving.  If anyone deserves to be remembered for his giving nature, it is undoubtedly Phil.

He will be forever missed by his friends and family but his legacy of giving will live on through the Philip M. Gonzalez Memorial Scholarship Fund.

 


To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Philip M. Gonzalez Memorial Scholarship Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

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717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Gammy's House logo

Gammy's House imageGammy’s House is a philanthropic organization dedicated to educating, equipping and empowering the next generation of Black entrepreneurs. Founded in 2003 by Laura Gordon, founder and CEO of boutique business management firm Gordon & Associates, Gammy’s House is a component fund of the California Community Foundation.

Gammy’s House has invested in initiatives that foster equity in education and entrepreneurship such as building water wells in Zambia and schools in Kenya, micro-lending and scholarships in the U.S., and workshops empowering business owners in Uganda.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the “Donate Now” link below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for Gammy’s House. Checks should be mailed to:

Gammy’s House – Fund# D805
c/o California Community Foundation
717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Michelle Avan

The Michelle Avan Legacy Fund honors the indelible life and mission of Los Angeles business and community leader Michelle Avan who passed away on August 4th, 2021. She led an exemplary 25 year plus career in the financial services industry and was one of the most highly respected businesswomen across the industry. Michelle was a beacon of light who lived her life by the mantra: “To whom much is given, much is required.” She was committed to giving back to underserved communities and serving as a role model. Her passions included empowering and uplifting underrepresented women and children to fulfill their full potential. This fund supports: Families who are affected by domestic violence as well as the organizations who care for them; Educational support and resources to teach financial literacy to underrepresented youths; & Community organizations that provide school resources, meals, & shelter to women and children.

 

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Michelle Avan Legacy Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Diane Shader Smith and Mark Smith are pleased to announce that Mallory’s Legacy Fund has been established in loving memory of Mallory Beatrice Smith, who passed away in November of 2017, two months after receiving a double-lung transplant.

Donations to Mallory’s Legacy Fund will be applied to support research projects and clinical trials that address antimicrobial resistance (AMR, which leads to superbugs) with a specific focus on phage therapy. Among the institutions we will fund are the Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics (IPATH) at the University of California San Diego under the direction of Dr. Steffanie Strathdee and the Center for Phage Biology and Therapy at Yale under the direction of Dr. Paul Turner, Dr. Ben Chan, and Dr. Jon Koff.

Phage therapy is used to treat antibiotic-resistant bacteria – otherwise known as Superbugs. According to the CDC, more than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur in the U.S. each year, and more than 35,000 people die as a result.

 

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Mallory’s Legacy Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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The Tongil Peace Foundation was established in 2020 by individual donors who share a vision of One Korea. They include long-time activists, grassroots organizers, scholars, and teachers. The Foundation provides financial and technical support to organizations working for the goal of peace and reunification on the Korean peninsula.

Since the armistice in 1953, which stopped but did not end the Korean War, thousands of Koreans in the U.S. have dedicated their lives to fulfilling the dream of a peaceful, reunited country. Tragically, Korea is still divided today, keeping thousands of families apart, and putting millions at risk of hostilities in a highly militarized region.

The Tongil Peace Foundation will support a new generation of organizations to realize the long-sought goals of peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula. The Foundation honors the collective work of past generations while aiming to energize new peace efforts for the future.

The Foundation welcomes contributions to support efforts for ending the Korea war, demilitarizing the peninsula, reuniting families, and realizing the dream of One Korea.

For more information about the Tongil Peace Foundation, please contact info@tongilpeace.org.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Tongil Peace Foundation. Checks should be mailed to:

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Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Justin Trabue, a graduate of Cal Poly’s Wine and Viticulture department, and Simonne Mitchelson, wine industry veteran, used their voices as Black, female leaders in wine to bring attention to the need for more diversity in the industry. Understanding this need, Jeff O’Neill of O’Neill Vintners and Distillers stepped up to create a scholarship fund through the California Community Foundation to support Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) students at Cal Poly who are pursuing a career in wine and viticulture. Since established, this fund has continued to grow thanks to support from additional wine industry leaders. We continue to encourage gifts to this scholarship program with the hope of benefitting an even greater number of students.

As the largest undergraduate wine and viticulture program in the country with 300 students, Cal Poly has a unique opportunity and responsibility to recruit a more diverse student body, leading to more diversity in the wine industry in the future. It is hoped that this scholarship fund will be a tool to attract the attention of high-achieving BIPOC students who may not be aware of the exciting career opportunities the wine industry offers.

The scholarship will be available to any Black, Indigenous, People of Color student in Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences who expresses an interest in a career in the wine industry. Students majoring in wine and viticulture will be given preference. This scholarship program will not only provide financial support to students of color but will also provide mentorship and internship opportunities to help set the student up for a successful career in the wine industry.

Applications for this scholarship will be made available in the spring. Students can contact Cal Poly Financial Aid for more  information at financialaid@calpoly.edu.

In 1996, the California Constitution set limitations on how state universities can support students based on ethnicity, race, etc. (The initiative is commonly referred to as Proposition 209.) The California Community Foundation (CCF) is not affiliated with Cal Poly, but does provide scholarships to deserving Cal Poly students as directed by donors.

Watch this video to learn more about this scholarship program.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Cal Poly Scholarship for BIPOC in Wine and Viticulture. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
717 W Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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