Centinela Medical & Community Funds

When we care for our neighbors, we heal our communities.

Since 1999, the Centinela Valley Medical and Community Funds have granted over $65 million to improve the health of children and adults living in South L.A. County. Created from the proceeds of the sale of Centinela Hospital Medical Center, the funds support healthy people and healthy communities by ensuring that the local residents the hospital once served continue to have access to high-quality care and preventive services.

Grants from the Centinela Valley Medical and Community Funds help support eligible hospitals and community-based organizations in creating community engagement and improving health opportunities in the region for economically disadvantaged residents in the Centinela Valley and surrounding areas. Areas served include Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lennox, Los Angeles, El Segundo, Watts, Compton and Lawndale.

Advisory Board:

  • Yasser Aman, Dr. Ph., M.PH

    Board Chair

  • Thelma L. Eaton, D.S.W.

    Board Secretary

  • Sandra Salazar, M.D.

    Board Member

  • Clifton L. Johnson

    Board Member

  • Aurea Montes-Rodriguez

    Board Member

  • Valerie Lynne Shaw, M.P.A.

    Board Member

  • Grant Murata Sunoo, M.U.P

    Board Member

  • Andrea Williams, M.P.A.

    Board Member

The first and most important pillar of success is health.

We understand how important affordable, quality health and preventive care are to our overall quality of life here in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, 750,000 of our residents are uninsured, which means missing out on prevention and treatment for chronic problems like asthma, diabetes and mental health. And many who do have coverage have limited access to essential health services. These issues hit low-income communities hardest.

When Angelenos can get the care they need, our communities thrive and prosper. We believe that one’s health should not be determined by their zip code or place of birth, that all Angelenos should have access to quality physical and mental health care. Each year the Health area supports youth access to mental health and substance use services, outreach and enrollment in health coverage and other forms of assistance, advocacy for expanding benefits to all residents regardless of immigration status, and financial coaching for nonprofits that deliver care to people experiencing homelessness.

And through the Centinela Valley Medical and Community Funds, we grant more than $3 million annually to hospitals and other organizations providing healthcare services, outreach and education in the Centinela Valley.

But building healthier communities requires more than just access to care. CCF brings together nonprofits and institutions to address the root causes of major health issues and disparities. We also focus on engaging health leaders and community members to advocate for programs and services that benefit public health.

For more information, visit our health resource library.

To join with CCF in creating a healthier Los Angeles where all residents can live and thrive, click the button below.

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The purpose of the Foundation is to support and enhance fundraising efforts by offering matching donations for charitable events organized and sponsored by members of the JSS Tribe Peloton Community.

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 JennsMenn Foundation. Checks should be mailed to:

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

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Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the foundation’s board of directors. This charge will appear on your credit card statement as a payment to “Calif Comm Fdn – CCF”. In addition, California Community Foundation incurs a third-party administrative fee of 2.7 percent for credit card contributions. The foundation will charge the fee directly to the individual fund.

 

The Ellison Institute draws collaborators from across conventional health and wellness fields, as well as from a broad range of other disciplines such as physics, biology, math and engineering to study cancer and potential ways to prevent, detect and treat the disease. The Institute complements and integrates cancer research being conducted by faculty physicians and scientists across the world. Under the leadership of David B. Agus, MD, the Ellison Institute tackles difficult questions in healthcare and medical research to push the boundaries of medicine. We offer multifaceted programs, including a cancer clinic, cross-disciplinary research laboratories, a health policy think-tank, and community outreach and educational programs at our Institute. Our Institute is comprised of dedicated clinicians, scientists, and thought-leaders from disparate backgrounds who have joined together to make a meaningful, positive impact on the lives of patients. This one-of-a-kind institute serves as a powerful catalyst for innovation and reimagining the status quo in medical research and cancer treatments. To learn more about the Ellison Institute, please visit our website: ellison.usc.edu

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 Ellison Institute Foundation Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

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

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The Armenian Fund was set up to help various non-profits who help and serve in our communities and across the globe with causes near and dear to our hearts.

If you would like to support the Armenian communities please make a contribution to the Armenian 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 Armenian Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

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

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The Gaingels Scholarship is designed to give $5,000 block grants to LGBTQ+ students on a need basis to attend the school of their choice.

Since 2020, the program has granted more than $240,000 to 37 scholars. The Gaingels Scholars scholarship program is also tied to an optional internship program involving opportunities for students at one of our 800+ Gaingels portfolio companies in the innovation economy with broad geographic coverage.

To apply for a scholarship, please visit here, register and then search for Gaingels to find the application. 

As we continue to grow the Gaingels ecosystem and impact, we intend to dramatically expand this program, both in terms of number of students supported and in terms of the size of each grant.

About GaingelsGaingels is the leading investment syndicate in support of and representing the LGBTQ community and allies in the venture capital space. With over $500M deployed into a portfolio of over 800+ companies, Gaingels seeks to directly and indirectly influence the venture ecosystem towards greater diversity, inclusion and equity of access. Gaingels is a founding co-signer of the Diversity Term Sheet Rider Initiative to increase access to venture funding events for non-traditional check writers, and regularly co-invests with select VC leads across a variety of stages and sectors, in company committed to building diverse and inclusive teams and embracing of LGBTQ+ leadership.

 

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Whitney Family Foundation LogoThe Whitney Family Foundation was started by film producer Steve Whitney after his successful double transplant surgery at Stanford University in October 2015. Grants from the Whitney Family Foundation will support nonprofit organizations that provide organ donor registration services and conduct medical research to advance the knowledge and application of organ transplantation procedures.

Some selected film projects Whitney has worked on are “Girl, Interrupted” which garnered Angelina Jolie the Academy Award, “Amityville Horror” with Ryan Reynolds which opened #1 at the box office, “The Hurricane” with Denzel Washington, the PBS documentary “A Wing & A Prayer” about IAI founder Al Schwimmer, and recently, executive produced with Simon Cowell, the Golden Globe nominated film “One Chance” about opera singer Paul Potts.

Steve Whitney before his 2015 surgery at Stanford hospital.
Steve Whitney before his 2015 surgery at Stanford hospital.

Whitney’s kidney and liver failure came as a surprise at the age of 44. He had been athletic all his life and lettered in football, basketball and baseball in high school, and remained active through college at Santa Clara University. In his late 30s, after running back to back L.A. Marathons, Whitney’s health and energy started a continuous decline. At a function, Whitney was so weak and ashen that family members insisted he rush to the hospital. He was immediately admitted to Stanford University under the care of Dr. Aijaz Ahmed with kidney, liver and pancreatic failure. For the next six months, Whitney was in and out of the ICU with constant dialysis. In September of 2015, with his Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) score at a fatal 53, he was given last rights and recommended for hospice care.

Steve Whitney after surgery with his son Robert.
Steve Whitney after surgery with his son Robert.

Thanks to the incredible doctors at Stanford and a miracle, Whitney was blessed with being an incredibly fortunate recipient of both a kidney and liver transplant. Whitney has dedicated himself to giving back to the organ transplant community. His focus is to help raise funds and awareness as well as share the message that not only can organ transplants save lives, but give a quality of life that can be better than it was before surgery.

In June of 2017, Whitney held a music festival on the banks of the Mississippi River to raise money and register new organ donors. He is grateful for the gift of life and enjoys the precious moments he has been blessed with, with his family and son Robert.

This fund is dedicated to, and supports the need for Organ Donor registration and medical research. Every 10 minutes, someone is added to the national transplant list. On average, 20 people die EACH DAY waiting for a transplant. The Whitney Family Foundation will use its entertainment relationships to promote grass roots outreach, and grants from the Whitney Family Foundation will support nonprofit organizations that conduct grassroots work to register new, potential organ donors. Nearly 22,000 people in California are currently waiting for an organ transplant. This fund’s goal is to register enough new donors to help eliminate the wait list. This is a tangible solution that can be attained for those in need of transplants.

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 Whitney Family Foundation. Checks should be mailed to:

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

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Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the foundation’s board of directors. This charge will appear on your credit card statement as a payment to “Calif Comm Fdn – CCF”. In addition, California Community Foundation incurs a third-party administrative fee of 2.7 percent for credit card contributions. The foundation will charge the fee directly to the individual fund.

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ABOUT CROENI FOUNDATION

Croeni Foundation was established in early 2015 by serial entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Jan Croeni, after sales and IPO of his companies.

Our vision is a truly harmonic, compassionate and livable world, in which biodiversity is appreciated and protected, and in which all humans and animals enjoy well-being and health throughout their whole lives.

Impact is the single most important factor that stands at the heart of everything we do and how we measure success of our endeavors. Instead of financial impetus, we focus on results which matter to all humans and animals: healthy, active life years filled with well-being.

We support causes which address the major challenges of this millennium: giving, environment and health, specifically advancing efficient and high impact philanthropy, environmental protection and biodiversity conservation, as well as lifelong health and well-being. Since 2017, we also support initiatives tackling issues in society which are aligned with our main causes.

Our initiatives are designed to seed and grow evidence-based impact, incentivize solutions and recognize good deeds through prestigious awards and prizes.

They are carefully selected based on recommendations of our community of advisors, partners and grantees who represent the best organizations and exceptional individuals operating in sustainable, efficient and ethical ways. By developing mutual, thoughtful and lasting relationships, we aim to build on yesterday’s successes and together achieve more profound impact tomorrow.

We operate as a team made up of a worldwide network of volunteers, freelancers and other partners, connected by our principal. This distributed structure enables us to operate in a lean, flexible and efficient manner.

Structurally, our foundation is comprised of a group of organizations and entities, including a charitable trust in Liechtenstein, the Croeni Foundation Ltd. and a donor-advised-fund managed by the California Community Foundation.

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ABOUT JAN CROENI

Based in Singapore, the foundation’s founder and principal Jan Croeni is an active mentor, advisor and investor at various start-ups and incubators, with a special focus on cause-related ventures, social enterprises and for-impact companies.

In his early 30s, Jan co-founded and managed companies which raised USD10+ million, exited with USD50+ million, went IPO (ASX:IBY, market capitalization of USD100+ million, 12/2013), and employed 250+ staff reaching out to millions of customers in Southeast Asia, all within a period of a few years in diverse areas such as electric mobility, online shopping and food delivery.

After his success in business, he decided to dedicate his time and resources to creating a better world. He is now facing his biggest (and most interesting!) challenge yet—efficient giving back to society.

OUR IMPACT

Below are a few examples of the impact our initiatives have generated since our inception:

Conservation News

Mongabay operates a widely popular conservation news and environmental science website that focuses on issues related to forests, wildlife and oceans.

Croeni Foundation supported Mongabay with several grants aimed at raising awareness through high quality environmental news.

One of our Mongabay grants was used to develop the 2016 Almost Famous Asian Animal Series which consists of 20 published articles, to date. It introduces the readers to threatened species throughout Asia, including the Indian tropics and subtropics, the cold climes of the Himalayas and Russian steppe, China and Southeast Asia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Key Impact Data:

  • 20 articles in the series, 16 of which were funded through our grant.
  • The series was written by 15 Mongabay contributors from around the world.
  • Each piece comes at around 2,000 words and often includes amazing photography directly from the scientists’ field research, published for the first time. The total word count for all the stories tops more than 40,000 words.
  • More than 50 animal species are covered, including 26 primates, 7 birds, 2 smaller cats, 3 large mammals, 1 amphibian, 2 reptiles, a variety of threatened Asian bats and 1 fish.
  • By the end of 2016, the articles were visited more than 72,000 times, reached 700,000 people on Facebook and accumulated over 25,000 likes and shares. They were also republished in Down To Earth, the Huffington Post and Scroll, and referenced in The Guardian, Mother Nature News and Vientiane Times.

Cat Ba Langur Conservation Project 

The Cat Ba Langur Conservation Project was founded in 2000 to halt the impending extinction of the Cat Ba Langur, a critically endangered leaf eating monkey endemic to Cat Ba Island off the shore of northern Vietnam.

We supported this initiative through a 2-year grant from 2015 to 2016. The grant was used to fund ranger allowances, fuel, food and other costs associated with keeping the patrols in the field and guarding the entirety of the Cat Ba Island. It also directly funded several months of anti-poaching work which led to:

  • 7 arrests made.
  • 68 people individually educated.
  • 67 people expelled from the national park.
  • 15 boats and 11 trucks checked for illegal cargo.
  • 1 floating house checked for contraband.
  • 1 hunting camp discovered and destroyed.
  • 21 string traps, 3 cage traps, 1 steel trap, 1 deadfall type net trap (a new trap type on the island intended to catch ground dwelling birds), 1 gecko snare and 1050 meters of bird net confiscated and destroyed.
  • 1 firearm confiscated (an old .22 caliber Russian made TOZ-8 dating from the 1930s or 1940s).
  • 1 bird released.

UNFRAMED

UNFRAMED—one of Singapore’s first  social accelerators—believes in the power of individuals to address the most prevailing social challenges, selects the most committed and promising social-impact entrepreneurs, and nurtures these changemakers with the community and the support of an ecosystem of outstanding partners. By enabling remarkable entrepreneurs to realize their full potential, UNFRAMED builds great startups with clear social impact.

We have supported UNFRAMED in different ways, including grants and guidance, since before its inception in 2014. Additionally, our principal, Jan Croeni, has volunteered as a mentor and adviser at UNFRAMED since 2015.

From 2015 to mid-2017, UNFRAMED:

  • Won financial support of USD370,000+ from prestigious project partners such as DBS Foundation, Singtel and NDC.
  • Trained 212 entrepreneurs in 45 workshops and 2 bootcamps. Assisted 73 social ventures.
  • Ran 4 accelerator programs (e.g. UNAGING, which targets aging-related challenges, Singtel Future Makers, or Enabling Change).
  • Facilitated support worth USD555,000. Hosted over 11 community events, bringing together 227 cross-sector organizations.

As of mid-2017, UNFRAMED is a pillar of Singapore’s social startup scene and a go-to accelerator which continuously grooms entrepreneurs for greater impact.

Looking towards the future, by mid-2019 UNFRAMED plans to scale their impact to 1,000 trained social entrepreneurs, 200 assisted social ventures, 100 workshops, 14 bootcamps, 4 accelerators, and USD1.85 million in facilitated support.

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 Croeni Foundation. Checks should be mailed to:

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