Jewish Community Foundation

Established in 1954, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles manages charitable assets of more than $1 billion (as of 12/31/15) entrusted to it by over 1,200 families and ranks among the 10 largest Los Angeles foundations. The Foundation partners with donors to shape meaningful philanthropic strategies, magnify the impact of giving, and build enduring charitable legacies. In 2015, The Foundation and its donors distributed $96 million in grants to more than a thousand nonprofit organizations with programs that span the range of philanthropic giving.  Over the past 25 years, The Foundation has distributed more than $1 billion in grants to thousands of nonprofits across a diverse spectrum.

First Place for Youth (First Place) was the recipient of a $70,000 two-year General Community Grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (The Foundation) for its Steps to Success Education and Employment Program. The initiative connects hundreds of foster youth ages 18-24 with a network of positive, caring adults who provide ongoing, intensive education and employment support services so that youth can earn their high school degree or GED, enroll in college, and build fundamental work skills. Pictured above is a First Place educator instructing on principles of personal finance.

Through The Foundation’s grant, First Place will be able to expand its Los Angeles County program by 70 percent to provide more than 200 at-risk foster youth with critical education and employment support services over the next two years. 

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