Our COVID Response Story

In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Foundation awarded over $8 million to address the immediate and long-term needs of 54 organizations and their constituents in Los Angeles and in Israel – the largest amount ever directed by The Foundation to a single cause.

Funding sought to address emergency basic needs, including grants to provide food to hundreds of thousands of people who had just lost their jobs and were suddenly without income, to help house and protect the homeless, PPE and support for hospitals and senior centers, and direct financial aid and service to low-income families. Funds also addressed the long-term sustainability of Jewish nonprofits locally and in Israel.

In addition, in 2021 The Foundation awarded $3.7 million in Reimagine Grants to 43 local organizations, including 20 Jewish nonprofits and 23 synagogues, as they recovered from the pandemic. This represented both the largest amount and the greatest number of recipients ever awarded by The Foundation in a single grants cycle.

If you would like to learn more about these organizations, please call 323.761.8710 or email the Center for Designed Philanthropy today.

Hear Naomi Strongin, Vice President of the Center for Designed Philanthropy, talk about The Foundation's COVID-19 Response:


$8+ Million in COVID-19 Support at a Glance

Jewish Community Foundation Los Angeles covid support infographic

COVID-19 Response Grantees

30 Years After  * American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee  *  Amutat Kaima  * Appleseeds Academy  *  Atid Bamidbar  *  BINA: The Jewish Movement for Social Change  *  Bet Tzedek  * Builders of Jewish Education * Chai Lifeline  *  Chamah  *  Children’s Institute  *  Crossroads  *  Downtown Women’s Center  *  Educating for Excellence  *  Friendship Circle  *  Fuente Latina, Inc.  *  Great Public Schools NOW  *  Gvahim  *  Hillel 818  *  Hillel at UCLA  *  Hillel – The Right to Choose  *  Homeboy Industries  *  Honeymoon Israel Foundation  *  Hut Hameshulash  *  JQ International  *  JVS SoCal  *  Jaffa Institute  *  Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles   * Jewish Family Service LA  *  Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles  *  Jewish Free Loan Association  *  Jewish Graduate Student Initiative  *  Koret Israel Economic Development Funds  *  LA Family Housing  *  Latet  *  Los Angeles Jewish Home  *  Los Angeles LGBT Center  *  Los Angeles Regional Food Bank  *  Machshava Tova  *  Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Healthcare *  Moving Traditions  *  National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles  *  Olim Beyahad  *  Pico Union Project  *  Project Angel Food  *  Sharsheret  *  Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center  * Swipe Out Hunger  *  theatre dybbuk  *  The Miracle Project  *  Tomchei Shabbos (Touch of Kindness)  *  USC Hillel  *  Unistream  *  Venice Family Clinic


Jewish Community Foundation Los Angeles Elderly woman and nurse

“Thanks to The Foundation’s generous support, Jewish Family Service LA will be able to connect homebound older adults to our critical telehealth services, including case management, counseling, physical fitness classes, and social opportunities.”

– Eli Veitzer, President & CEO, Jewish Family Service of LA

Nurse and elderly woman embracing

“The Foundation's support speaks to innovation and equity; themes that are threaded in the fabric of our work. Their gift will help to address the unique telehealth needs of our patients to provide the continuum of care they deserve.”

- Dyan Sublett, President, Martin Luther King Jr. Community Health Foundation

Jewish Community Foundation Los Angeles LGBTQ+ group of people

“Thanks to the generous investment of The Foundation, JQ International can meet the needs of our most vulnerable community members and provide life-affirming support services, educational outreach and training, and connection for LGBTQ+ Jews and allies during this challenging time.”

- Asher Gellis, Executive Director, JQ International

Jewish Community Foundation Los Angeles Testimonials

“During these difficult times, at-risk youth, families, the elderly, and Holocaust survivors need our help more than ever. With the generous support of The Foundation, the Jaffa Institute will be able to meet these increased nutritional and therapeutic needs in the South Tel Aviv region.”

- David Portowicz, Founder, Jaffa Institute