The Goldhirsh Foundation is committed to supporting social innovation in Los Angeles. Below find a number of resources around social innovation, impact investing, and fundraising.

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Amplifying opportunities for social innovation

LA New Play Project"Producers in Los Angeles County with an annual operating budget of no more than $2 million are eligible to apply in collaboration with a playwright on behalf of an unproduced play. Playwright/production awards of up to $40,000 are available in two parts: a $20,000 award to playwrights for new, unproduced plays, and a follow-up award to producers of up to $20,000 for the play’s premiere production.” June 1, 2022
The Durfee Foundation“The Springboard Fund supports Los Angeles community leaders launching efforts that enhance their communities, The Fund offers two-year grants of up to $70,000, typically $35,000 each year. To apply organizations must: be located in and serve LA County with a social benefit mission, apply an incentive strategy to a community issue, dynamic and effective leadership that comes from the community it serves, engage stakeholders, have an annual eligibility of $250,000 or less, and be in operation for less than five years.”June 1, 2022
City of Long Beach Recovery Act “The Nonprofit Relief Program is made possible by the Long Beach Recovery Act to help nonprofits that have experienced hardship due to COVID-19 to stabilize and recover. The Nonprofit Relief Grant will provide direct financial relief to Long Beach nonprofits. Applying Long Beach non profits must be currently open and active, have less than 200 employees, and earn no more than $2 million in annual revenue. Grants range from $5,000, $10,000, $15,000, and up to $25,000. Funding levels will be determined by gross revenue.” June 15, 2022
California Arts Council“The Artists in Schools (AIS) program supports projects that integrate community arts partners into culturally and linguistically responsive, sequential, standards-based arts learning for students in preschool through Grade 12. For organizations with total operating revenue above $250,000, the sum of requests for CAC grants during the same year of funding cannot exceed 50% of the total operating revenue from the most recently completed fiscal year. Applicant organizations can request up to $60,000 for the two-year grant period.”June 16, 2022
The Durfee Foundation “The Staton Fellowship provides up to six fellows with $100,000 each over a two-year period. The goal of the fellowship is to enable fellow to expand knowledge, hone professional skills, form strategic alliances, and advance their work to the next level. Individual candidates for this program should: be an outstanding thought leader (at least 7 years in the non profit sector and government, artist, thought leader, social entrepreneur), present two year proposal, devote a minimum of three months over the two year fellowship to the project, need financial assistance, and participate in three overnight retreats and quarterly day-long meeting over the two year period.”July 7, 2022
LA Young Creatives Fund"We established the LA Young Creatives Fund to offer financial support to members of the creative economy whose work has been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. LA County residents who work in creative fields may be eligible to receive a $500 grant to help cover any pressing financial needs."Rolling
Tory Burch in Partnership with Upworthy: Empowered Women"Tell us about a woman, anywhere in the world, who is embracing her ambition and making a change. We choose one amazing woman a month - and she receives $5,000 to give to a non-profit of her choice through the Tory Burch Foundation."Rolling - Selected Monthly
USC Marshall Greif Incubator"Each year, we work with founders on everything from feasibility and product development, to customer acquisition, testing business models, gaining distribution, team development, investment preparation, and raising funding. We provide additional support in the form of legal assistance, potential financial grants, and access to mentors."Rolling
USC Marshall Venture Fund"The Fund’s mission is to bridge the funding gap for early-stage and amplify the impact for later-stage USC-related companies; train students to evaluate, make, and manage venture investments; and engage alumni, advisors, experts, and other stakeholders in helping build the entrepreneurial ecosystem at USC and in Southern California."Rolling
Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation"DRK supports outsized impact through entrepreneurs and enterprises that meaningfully address a pressing societal problem affecting people’s lives by providing them with 3 years of unrestricted capital (totaling $300,000) and provide rigorous on-going support by joining their board of directors for the 3 years and partnering with the leader to help them to build capacity in their organization and scale their impact"Rolling
RSF Social Finance"RSF provides funding to social enterprises that are working to create long-term social and ecological benefit and their broad areas of expertise are food & agriculture, education & the arts, and climate & environment"Rolling
Oakland Black Business Fund"The OBBF platform includes a $10M relief fund focused on helping Oakland businesses impacted by COVID-19 and a $1B investment fund to support Black entrepreneurs across the country. This is the only Blackled fund providing business grants and larger investments that address the historical lack of access to capital and control of real estate."Rolling
Wells Fargo"Wells Fargo is donating $175 million to help address public health needs, small business, housing, and financial stability for the most vulnerable populations. They focus their philanthropy on three key areas: housing affordability, financial health, and small business growth."Rolling
Amgen Foundation"The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance excellence in science education to inspire the next generation of innovators, and invest in strengthening communities where Amgen staff members live and work. The Foundation awards grants to local, regional, and international nonprofit organizations that are replicable, scalable and designed to have a lasting and meaningful effect in our communities."Rolling
Annenberg Foundation Grants"The Annenberg Foundation gives priority to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving the five-county region of Greater Los Angeles that are well-integrated into the fabric of the communities they serve. Grants are for one year and range from $10,000 to a maximum of $100,000."Rolling
Ford Fund Grants"Ford Motor Company Fund supports initiatives and nonprofit organizations in three areas: education, community life and driving safely."Rolling
Global Innovation Fund"The Global Innovation Fund is a non-profit innovation fund that invests in the development, rigorous testing, and scaling of innovations targeted at improving the lives of the world's poorest people."Rolling
The Nathan Cummings Foundation Grant"The Nathan Cummings Foundation is a multigenerational family foundation, rooted in the Jewish tradition of social justice. It awards grants to support movements, organizations and individuals pursuing justice for people and the planet."Rolling

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