At the heart of generosity lies a passion for progress.
Over the last century, CCF has delivered exceptional client services to thousands of donors, turning their charitable visions into meaningful change. And although we are passionate advocates for investing right here at home in Los Angeles, we are equally committed to our donors whose passions extend across the country and around the world.
In 2019-20, CCF granted:
- more than $173 million to L.A. County
- more than $115 million to the United States, outside Southern California
- more than $15 million outside of United States
We understand that every individual, family and corporate donor has unique interests, assets and circumstances, and we are dedicated to maximizing the impact of their generous gifts. That is why our services are highly tailored and flexible – from assistance identifying a cause or developing a program to researching nonprofits and making site visits. We meet you wherever you are on your philanthropic journey.
The centerpiece of our personalized services is expertise in planned giving, which helps donors ensure that their generosity continues to change lives for generations to come. Planned giving allows CCF to honor donors’ intentions as they impact ever-evolving challenges and establish a legacy that lives on in perpetuity.
Additionally, CCF’s custom fund vehicles, from scholarships to donor advised funds, allow for flexibility and a host of solutions for your giving.
give to donor funds
The California Community Foundation is home to more than 1,700 funds, each embodying a donor’s dream for a better world. In diverse areas like the arts, disaster relief, education, the environment, health, housing, veteran’s issues, and more, our donors are making a difference in L.A. and around the world. Discover how you can join with their efforts through our donor fund pages.
community foundation advantages
As a community foundation, CCF is committed to addressing the complex challenges and unleashing the extraordinary potential of Los Angeles County. We are committed to uniting the power of charitable giving and innovative strategies to improve the quality of life throughout our region.
From health and education to immigration, housing and economic development, our knowledge and expertise ensures our donors are able to maximize the impact of their giving. And our proven track record of sound investments ensures those generous gifts are able to continue creating meaningful change into the future.
Many commercial companies are certainly capable of handling the regulatory compliance and basic functionality most donor funds require. However, we believe that our “head and heart” approach, combining expertise, knowledge of the local landscape, compassion and service, fosters a true partnership that adds value and benefits donors, advisors, recipients and the larger community.
There is an inherent joy that arises from giving to others, and we strive to ensure that the process itself is also rewarding. Our approach is based on establishing a personal partnership with our donors and developing a customized giving plan that maximizes the impact of their charitable endeavors. We grow with you and your philanthropy.
We have a variety of different fund types available to help meet specific donor objectives. Our development team can provide advice, assistance and accessible materials to help advisors and their clients understand their options – from funding assets and vehicle structures to investment portfolios and grant making.
We accept a wide range of asset types, including ones that many commercial brokerage firms are unable to accommodate. Often clients may not even be aware of the options available to them. Our development team specializes in simplifying the process of converting complex assets into contributions.
open a fund
By partnering with CCF, donors join a 100-year tradition of improving lives, uplifting communities and fostering positive social change here at home and around the world. Our broad-based expertise and range of services make us an ideal partner for transforming any philanthropic dream into a reality.
compassion opens hearts, minds and hands
create a legacy
A legacy gift is a charitable vision that serves as a permanent force for good for generations to come. Members of our Sartori Circle and can rest assured that their original intent will be honored in perpetuity, keeping their name and fund protected and relevant to the issues and communities they support.
CCF offers three main avenues for legacy giving: bequests, life income gifts and retirement plan assets.
donor tools & resources
At the California Community Foundation, one of our goals is to empower you as a donor. Our Donor Relations team can provide customized research and advice that is designed to enhance your effectiveness. We also have special grantmaking tools and resources to help you evaluate nonprofit organizations and research the organizations that best fit your giving goals.
- Review an organization’s tax return (990) or financials on Guidestar. Learn valuable tips on effectively evaluating nonprofits through this article from Forbes magazine.
- Compare nonprofits or learn more about their internal workings with Charity Navigator.
- Consult the IRS for nonprofit addresses and up to date standings using the IRS Charity Database.
- Search for tax forms and other legal filings for California nonprofits through the State of California Office of the Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts.
- Give from your fund with our Grant Recommendation Form.