In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we are redirecting our grantmaking funds to address current needs and long-term challenges in the community. Read about phase one of our COVID-19 Response Grants to 22 nonprofits in Los Angeles.  

During these challenging times, The Foundation will continue to provide ongoing giving opportunities and advice on our website on how to support our most vulnerable neighbors as this situation evolves. Our Center for Designed Philanthropy team is also available to provide targeted funding opportunities in particular areas of interest (e.g. food banks, aging, social services). Please contact Lori Klein by email for an individualized consultation. 

Advice

  • Now is a critical time to use your funds to support our community when it is needed most.
     
  • Consider supporting local nonprofits and community safety nets, particularly food banks, meals on wheels, senior centers and other social service nonprofits which are seeing an increase in demand for service while at the same time facing a potential decrease in fundraising.
     
  • Support your nonprofits. Solicit feedback from the nonprofits that you currently support and consider maintaining or increasing support in this time of need. Many nonprofits have had to cancel or reschedule their fundraisers, face challenges in fundraising with the impact on the economy, and need to support their employees.
     
  • Hospitals, clinics and healthcare workers are on the frontlines of testing and treating coronavirus and many are facing similar needs from a lack of personal protective equipment, transitioning regular care to telehealth, and supporting staff. Help your local hospital or clinic by donating personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, ordering meals for staff, supporting childcare for staff or donating to help them set up telehealth online systems to free up beds for coronavirus screenings and treatment.

Financial Assistance & Emergency Needs

Jewish Federation of Greater of Los Angeles

Its Max Factor Family Foundation Financial Assistance Network Program supports vulnerable Jewish individuals, families, and older adults in crisis. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services Online: Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and include additional information: Max Factor Family Foundation Financial Assistance Network Program.

United Way Pandemic Relief Fund

It supports individuals experiencing homelessness and low income wage workers including medical care and disease preventions. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services Online: United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

Children's Hospital Los Angeles Emergency Response Fund

It supports Children’s Hospital’s (CHLA’s) coronavirus screening and testing, technology to provide telehealth, childcare for its health workers impacted by school closures,  and meals for clinical team members working long hours in the Pathology Lab. CHLA is also accepting in-kind donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitizers and wipes. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services Online: Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

 

Sustaining Jewish Life

Jewish Free Loan Association

The Jewish Free Loan Association (JFLA) provides interest-free emergency loans to individuals, families, nonprofits and small businesses impacted by the coronavirus crisis. Through its Jewish Nonprofit Agency Support, Jewish Summer Camp, Jewish Education, and Jewish Life Cycle Loans, JFLA has been a key partner in supporting Jewish life in Los Angeles. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services Online: Jewish Free Loan Association.

Upstart Jewish Innovator Payroll Relief Fund

UpStart partners with 100+ of the Jewish community’s leaders who develop innovative Jewish programs and organizations geared to individuals seeking alternatives to more traditional Jewish offerings. Upstart launched the Jewish Innovator Payroll Relief Fund to protect the employment and health care coverage of Jewish social entrepreneurs and their organizations and provide training and technical support, so that they can not only survive the days ahead, but thrive in the future. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services Online: Upstart.

 

Food Security in Los Angeles

Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles

It is a multi-service agency that provides social services to the community, especially to those who are poor and disadvantaged. Jewish Family Service (JFS) SOVA Community Food & Resource Program is now providing prepackaged bags of food to help minimize the risk to both clients and volunteers. The JFS senior nutrition program is now providing all food via delivery. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services Online: Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles.

Karsh Center at Wilshire Boulevard Temple

Its Food and Nutrition Security Program travels to affordable housing complexes in Koreatown, provides on-site food distribution of nutritionally balanced groceries once per week, and sandwiches on Sundays at The People Concern. Since the coronavirus outbreak, Karsh has also been providing hygiene kits, diapers, and toilet paper to people in need. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services Online: Karsh Center at Wilshire Boulevard Temple.

Touch of Kindness (Tomchei Shabbos)

It aims to alleviate challenges facing observant families in Los Angeles by providing financial counseling, access to basic needs such as clothing and diapers, and a food bank. Its Passover Food Distribution program provides hundreds of local families with Kosher for Passover food for their Seders. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services Online: Touch of Kindness.

Food Forward

It collects fresh fruit and vegetables that would normally go to waste from backyard fruit trees, public orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market and donates the produce to social service agencies in Southern California, including Beit T'Shuvah, Downtown Women's Center, and LA Family Housing. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services Online: Food Forward.

 

Emergency Needs in Israel

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)

JDC is the leading global Jewish humanitarian organization. In response to coronavirus, it is providing wide-reaching rapid responses in Israel with a focus on helping people with disabilities; providing essential care services for quarantined and homebound elderly; and providing employment assistance. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services Online: American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

Israel Association of Community Centers (IACC)

The IACC is a network of over 1,000 community centers around Israel. It is currently maintaining a multi-lingual call center and hotline, staffed by 20,000 volunteers, which connects Israelis in crisis to available resources, such as home health aides, food supplies, and medicine delivery. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services Online: American Friends of the Association for Advancing Community Centers in Israel  

Leket Israel

It supports Israelis experiencing food insecurity, particularly the elderly and vulnerable. During Passover, Leket provides over 34 million pounds of fresh produce to the country’s most needy. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services Online: American Friends of Leket Israel.

OGEN

OGEN is Israel's free loan association. It is currently supplying interest-free loans to those affected by coronavirus and its economic repercussions, including small businesses in distress; families facing immediate, unanticipated costs; and non-profit organizations. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services Online: American Friends of Ogen.

United Hatzalah

United Hatzalah is a free emergency medical services organization, which provides immediate medical intervention between the onset of an emergency and the arrival of traditional ambulance assistance. It seeks funding to provide Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to its volunteers who are assisting those with coronavirus symptoms. Visit their website for more information. Donate via Donor Services Online: Friends of United Hatzalah Inc.