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Relief from Urgent Student Hardship (RUSH) Fund Life happens, but college can’t wait.

A college diploma is one of the single most effective tools in creating opportunity and economic mobility. But rising housing prices, tuition and other costs of living are putting higher education out of reach for many low-income students and families. One unexpected expense – a medical bill, family crisis or temporary loss of housing – can end a college career, leaving students in debt and without the increased earnings that go along with a degree.

Relief from Urgent Student Hardship (RUSH) funds are modest, direct grants available to Los Angeles County students in moments of personal need. A supplement to academic scholarships, RUSH funds help students handle a sudden life challenge, so they can proceed with their college and future plans. RUSH funds are contributed by donors to and distributed via Los Angeles Scholars Investment Fund nonprofit partner organizations. These groups have substantial experience serving students in the region, providing wrap-around services to support them throughout the college journey.

Since the launch of the RUSH Fund in 2019, more than $2 million has been granted through a network of nine community-based partners.

Everyone benefits when our students can attend and succeed in college. The RUSH Fund is dedicated to ensuring that momentary hardships don’t stand in the way of our shared prosperity.

If you’re passionate about helping college students stay enrolled through life challenges, RUSH your support with this special giving opportunity.

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 Relief from Urgent Student Hardship (RUSH) Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

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

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Home L.A. Loan FundEvery night, over 66,000 Angelenos go to sleep homeless, enough to fill Dodger Stadium. The California Community Foundation (CCF) is working with partners to build 10,000 housing units over ten years for our neighbors in need.

We invite donors who are passionate about homelessness to invest in the Home L.A. Loan Fund, a one-of-a-kind, risk-free charitable investment option.

With a minimum commitment of $50,000, Home L.A. Loan Fund members become part of an innovative and effective strategy to address homelessness in Los Angeles County through supportive housing.

Here’s how it works:

  • Investments provide three or five year seed capital to organizations building permanent supportive housing units for the chronically homeless.
  • Housing providers leverage this loan capital to speed up production and build more units for those who need them.
  • At the conclusion of the loan’s term, 100% of your initial investment is returned to your fund.

More information about the Home L.A. Loan Fund and how it works is available through our fact sheet. The Home L.A. Loan Fund is open to CCF fundholders only. To open your own fund, click here.

By becoming a member of the Home L.A. Loan Fund, you are partnering with a committed group of donors who understand that every Angeleno benefits from a solution to chronic homelessness. And since all Home L.A. loans are guaranteed by CCF, you can double your impact, using your charitable dollars to fight homelessness now and directing them later to the causes your care about most.

If you’re interested in becoming a part of this unique opportunity, click the button below to contact us and begin your investment.

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Every night, nearly 66,000 Angelenos go to sleep homeless. They are families evicted due to job loss, veterans suffering from trauma, former foster youth, mothers and fathers, daughters and sons. More than 15,000 are chronically homeless, spending months and years on the streets and often suffering from mental illness and physical disabilities. The human and financial costs are tremendous, and the need for safe, affordable housing has never been greater.

IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY
Research shows that providing services without housing, or housing without services is not effective. But by combining housing with supportive services such as job training, case management and health care, we can make a real impact. This approach, known as permanent supportive housing (PSH), has been proven to be effective and can cut government costs for the chronically homeless by up to 75%.

In 2016, we partnered with a network of housing providers, lenders and foundations who committed to more than tripling the City’s production of permanent supportive housing units to 1,000 per year. This includes early funding to buy land and secure entitlements, as well as support for nonprofit housing developers and services needed to ensure recipients remain in housing.

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
The homelessness crisis facing Los Angeles County is a solvable one. By joining with donors, nonprofits, funders and public and private-sector institutions, you have the potential to make a permanent impact. If we can focus attention and resources on the root causes of homelessness, we can build a future in which everyone has the opportunity to contribute to the strength, productivity and well-being of our region.

GIVE
CCF created the Home L.A. Fund in 2015 to help address the worsening homelessness crisis in Los Angeles County. Since then, CCF has raised $2 million from individual donors, which has expanded the impact of our broader housing initiatives. Through the Home L.A. Fund, CCF will:

  • Help high capacity nonprofit organizations expand the supply of permanent and emergency housing solutions.
  • Support innovative approaches to building housing and providing services.
  • Advocate for new policies that will solve homelessness and housing insecurity once and for all.

By giving to the Home L.A. Fund, you fund grants to L.A.’s most effective affordable housing developers, ensuring more Angelenos have a home to call their own.

INVEST
The Home L.A. Loan Fund is a one-of-a-kind, risk-free charitable investment option focused on fighting homelessness in Los Angeles County. The California Community Foundation is lending nearly $11 million to continue supporting the creation of 10,000 units and expanding the fund for new innovative pilots. We are looking for partners to join us and match this investment. Donor Fund holders can participate in this low-interest, three or five year Home L.A. Loan Program backed by a CCF guarantee and leverage private and public dollars to deliver social impact.

ENGAGE
Ending the homelessness crisis is a daunting challenge, and we have partnered with incredible organizations across Los Angeles County to make an impact. Below are just a few of our expert partners who can help you learn more about the crisis and how you can get involved in addressing short- and long-term solutions.

Learn how Los Angeles County reached this point and discover innovative, effective approaches that have the potential to end our homelessness crisis.


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 Home L.A. Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

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

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Los Angeles Housing Partnership Inc PhotoLos Angeles Housing Partnership, Inc. (LAHP) was established in 1989 to produce and preserve affordable housing for low-income individuals and families in Los Angeles County.

LAHP has an extensive real estate development track record that includes new construction of rental housing, substantial rehabilitation, historic preservation, mixed-use development, community facilities development, commercial/retail development and single-family residences for sale to first time homebuyers. As of November 2008, LAHP has leveraged over $48 million of public financing, $29 million of conventional permanent debt, over $55 million of investor equity and over $1.4 million in AHP and other grants to acquire and develop approximately 1,200 units of affordable rental housing, 50,000 square feet of retail/office/community space and 8 units of for-sale housing.

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 Los Angeles Housing Partnership, Inc.. Checks should be mailed to:

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

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The Jennifer Taylor Honick Foundation was established by Gigi Michaels in 2000 through The California Community Foundation (CCF), in memory of her daughter Jennifer as a continued celebration of her life and many accomplishments.

Current Project

As an advocate for the disability community, the foundation is currently serving as a fundraising, marketing & development partner for Whirlwind Wheelchair International. We are proud to be a part of an organization that focuses on producing durable, low cost wheelchairs which are distributed in over 60 countries worldwide, while contributing to sustainable local economic development. Whirlwind also makes the proper fitting of the wheelchairs a priority above all else. The RoughRider wheelchair was specifically designed to enable people with physical disabilities to navigate the rugged terrain that is often a major issue in developing countries that would otherwise make independence through mobility inaccessible. The gift of a wheelchair helps those with disabilities to develop a true sense of independence by providing them access to education, social engagement and work opportunities.

“We believe that all children, regardless of their abilities or circumstances should have an opportunity to share in educational and social experiences that enrich their hearts, minds, bodies and souls. And inclusion is one of the most important gifts we can give any child at risk.”

With your support we look forward to continuing to do just that!

THE JTH FOUNDATION is proud to have contributed to many other projects over the years that have included:

SHELTER DEVELOPMENT

  • THE RAIN SHELTER IN CAMARILLO ~ a transitional home for displaced families where two rooms have been built in memory of Jenny.

SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS

  • EVERYBODY DANCE ~ Grants for inner city dance program for at-risk youth
  • THE WESTLAKE HIGH SCHOOL DANCE TEAM ~ Scholarships for at-risk youth
  • THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED YOUTH of MARIN COUNTY ~ Scholarships for visually impaired teens
  • THE SANTA BARBARA YMCA ~ Scholarships for at-risk youth
  • LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ~ Scholarships for disadvantaged youth

PROGRAM FUNDING / SPECIFIC SUPPORT

  • CANINE COMPANIONS FOR INDEPENDENCE ~ A non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs at no charge to the recipient.
  • THE CONEJO VALLEY FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE ~ The Friendship Circle is a non-profit organization that addresses the challenges facing the families of children with special needs in a novel and innovative way.
  • THE STEPHENS HOUSE ~ A transitional programs for young adults with disabilities.
  • MENDING KIDS INTERNATIONAL ~ non-profit organization that provides surgeries to children across the world while training local medical communities to become self-sustaining.

As a donor directed fund, virtually all monies donated are designated directly to people in need. Only 1% of the total fund is used to provide for administrative purposes, which is why CCF was chosen to manage the JTH foundation. As we continue to build the endowment, we look forward to providing many more opportunities for children in need.

If you would like to make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, just click on the donation button located below and know that you will be helping to make a difference in the life of someone in need.

You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Jennifer Taylor Honick Foundation for Humanity.

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 Jennifer Taylor Honick Foundation for Humanity. Checks should be mailed to:

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

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Jamie Foxx Foundation PhotoMission

The Jamie Foxx Foundation provides for the health, education, and welfare of children throughout the world, including housing, and HIV/AIDS issues in Africa and Haiti.

Purpose

To facilitate literacy and adoption programs as well as exposure to music, comedy, and the arts for children of all ages. The Jamie Foxx Foundation is administered by the California Community Foundation.

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 Jamie Foxx Foundation. Checks should be mailed to:

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

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The HELP Fund was created in 2007 so our staff members can help each other in times of need. Since inception, we have granted tens of thousands of dollars in assistance to our staff members.

With your continued support we can truly HELP make a positive impact in the lives of our”Cheesecake Family” experiencing a housing disaster or death in the family.

Together and with the help of our partner, California Community Foundation, your donations are tax deductible and the grants to staff members are distributed pre-tax!

Imagine the good feeling YOU will have knowing that your contributions helped so many of your fellow staff members!

We could HELP even more with your support!

Please DONATE now!

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 HELP Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

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

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Ernest Lieblich Foundation PhotoErnest Lieblich was an avid supporter of children and the arts for many decades. His contributions over the years supported diverse organizations dedicated to providing children with the tools of self-expression through music and art.

Continue Ernest’s support of organizations providing much-needed services to those in need by contributing to his fund.

About Ernest Lieblich

Ernest was drawn to the arts at an early age when he would recite Shakespeare to his family at home in Germany. When he turned 16 his voice changed to a base baritone and he promptly started singing for any audience he could find.

As a young man Ernest was caught in the tumult of World War II and although he had always supposed he would have a singing career, life found a safe haven for him in Portugal with his brother and sister.

Years later Ernest emigrated to the United States, first landing in New York, and working as a busboy near the West Village. He soon got a job as a singing waiter in a Jewish resort for the summer.

Drafted into the army in the early 1940s, Ernest was trained as a combat engineer, but it was discovered he could play the organ and he was re-assigned to Los Angeles where he spent the duration of the war.

Settling in Los Angeles after the war, Ernest began a long and successful business career culminating in his establishment of Food Craft, the pioneer in coffee and refreshment service for commercial businesses in Los Angeles.

Financial success allowed Ernest to pursue his love of music and the arts by supporting organizations that valued musical education for children as a cornerstone to enriching children, families and society.

Ernest was a strong supporter of more than 50 different organizations. Here are a few:

  • Best Friends: A sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals.
  • The Colburn School of Performing Arts: A premier Los Angeles performing arts school.
  • Children of the Night: Rescuing America’s children from prostitution.
  • City Hearts: Provides free classes in performing arts, literacy and visual arts for children.
  • Covenant House: Provides shelter and other services for homeless youth.
  • Harmony Project: Provides music education for children.
  • The HeArt Project: Linking teenagers with professional artists and communities.
  • Heart Touch: Trains individuals to deliver compassionate care to homebound or hospitalized, men, women and children.
  • INCA: A Peruvian music and dance ensemble.
  • Institute for Harmonic Science: A research institute that investigates the therapeutic effects of music.
  • KCET: The public broadcasting station for Los Angeles.
  • Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center: Supporting programs for homeless kids and  youth.
  • Special Olympics: Creating a world of acceptance.
  • Teach for America: Dedicated to ending educational inequity.
  • Young Artists International: Dedicated to the continuity of the great tradition of classical music

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 Ernest Lieblich Foundation. Checks should be mailed to:

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

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The Belkin Charitable Donation Fund supports local organizations providing essential services to youth and families in greater Los Angeles. This includes organizations such as:

  • CFY LA (formerly Computers for Youth) provides low income students, their families and their schools with computers, training in using digital tools to expand learning time, and a powerful online learning platform to help close the achievement gap between the rich and poor.
  • Children’s Hospital L.A., the largest hospital devoted to treating children in Southern California, CHLA provides the finest pediatric care in the nation, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.
  • Habitat for Humanity L.A. works with donors and volunteers to offer low income families a hand up into safe, affordable housing in exchange for sweat equity.  Habitat L.A. has built or renovated over 350 homes since 1990.
  • The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is at the heart of a food distribution network that provides food to over 1000 agencies feeding the hungry and food insecure across Los Angeles County.  For every $1 donated, LARFB distributes $5 worth of food.  In other words, $1 provides a meal to a family of four

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 Belkin Charitable Donation Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

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

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