The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles Monday announced$3 million in grants to 19 organizations, including Jewish campus organizations at USC, Cal State Northridge and UCLA, as part of its COVID-19 relief efforts.
The distributions are being directed to sustain local Jewish nonprofits experiencing economic hardship resulting from the pandemic, to support families via day-school tuition and camp scholarship assistance, and to address urgent needs in Israel.
“The human suffering and economic toll on our communities — which we are closely monitoring locally, nationally and in Israel — are devastating,” said Marvin I. Schotland, the foundation’s president and CEO.
“As the pandemic rages on, those with the capacity to give must continue to step up,” he said. “The foundation and our 1,300 generous donor families remain steadfast in our commitment to ensuring the viability of programs and organizations as they navigate through these difficult times, including a precipitous decline in fundraising.”
The awards are part of the previously announced COVID-19 Response Grants, an initiative under which the foundation is directing $8.3 million of 2020 institutional giving for pandemic response and relief.
The latest round of grants builds upon $2.5 million awarded earlier this year to 22 Los Angeles-area nonprofits to address vital needs, including food and housing insecurity, financial assistance and access to health care. To date, the foundation has awarded $5.5 million in grants to 41 nonprofits. The remaining dollars that are part of this second phase will be distributed in early 2021.