The most heard-about residents in Los Angeles, CA are usually the ones in the entertainment industry. Actors and singers are usually the ones who represent L.A. to the world. However, the L.A. residents that should also take the spotlight are the charitable ones and the causes that they support. L.A. residents donate more than $5 billion annually to charity. The causes most supported by L.A. residents vary widely, but the top cause is homelessness.
Around 254,000 men, women, and children experience homelessness in L.A. throughout the year. Kresge Foundation is a top contributor to this cause and it joins the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the Weingart Foundation, and the California Community Foundation to collaborate in fighting this issue. So far they have together given $63 million and hope to create 1,000 permanent housing units per year.
Other than homelessness one of the top foundations donating in Los Angeles is the John Stauffer Charitable Trust. This trust was established by the son of a German immigrant, John Stauffer Jr., in 1974. As a private family fund, the practices for grant giving are not openly known. The John Stauffer Charitable Trust takes an interest in education, awarding many grants to universities in California including Caltech, UC Berkley, Pepperdine, and University of the Pacific. Other than higher education, the trust also focuses on hospital care, in-patient care, and general sciences. In the past they have donated $500,000 to the Glendale Adventist Health Center.
In 1986 Ben Eisenberg, a real estate entrepreneur, allocated a lot of his funds into the Eisenberg Foundation. At his request, donations were to be mainly provided for medical research and the care of children and the elderly. Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer fulfills her late husband wishes through running the foundation and the family business. The Eisenberg Foundation donates around $2.9 million a year to charity. One of the big focuses of this foundation are Jewish causes, donating $15 million to a Jewish nursing home. Other LA Jewish philanthropists involved in charitable work include Peter Lowy at the Lowy Medical Research Institute, the Jewish Community Foundation of LA, and the Adam & Gila Milstein Foundation.
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