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Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

Ralph M. Parsons Foundation







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The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation funds initiatives in Los Angeles County. The foundation is interested in helping those who are low-income or otherwise unable to provide for themselves.Funding is concentrated in the following areas:Civic & CulturalGrantmaking in this area values enriching cultural experiences and active civic engagement as essential ingredients for a healthy society. The Foundation supports organizations and institutions that contribute to Los Angeles’ cultural and civic vibrancy, including performing arts organizations, museums, botanical gardens, arts education programs, and those that promote civic engagement and leadership.EducationEducation grantmaking underscores the importance of access to quality learning opportunities for all, with a special focus on underserved populations. Grantees reflect the full continuum of learning from “cradle to career,” and include organizations that support early care and education, K-12 education, charter schools, academic enrichment, college access and persistence, higher education, and vocational training.HealthThe Foundation’s work in this area is rooted in the belief that all the residents of Los Angeles County need access to essential health services that offer a greater quality of life. They invest in organizations that promote health and well-being among vulnerable populations, placing an emphasis on community clinics, mental health providers, prevention services, emergency and trauma centers, and improvements to health care facilities.Human ServicesGrantmaking in Human Services reflects the commitment to improving the lives of Los Angeles’ most vulnerable community members, including low-income children, families, foster youth, seniors, the working poor, and homeless populations. The Foundation funds a broad range of services and programs, including child welfare, youth development, supportive services, and basic needs.A Letter of Inquiry (LOI) is a required first step for organizations seeking support. The LOI should be no more than three pages, explain why funding is being requested, and provide details on organizational capacity and history. It must be accompanied by the organization’s most recent audit or financial statement. LOIs and materials should be sent by US Post Office mail to the address above. Initial review by the foundation staff is completed within six weeks. The most competitive LOIs will receive an invitation to submit a full proposal.Letters of Inquiry may be submitted at any time. 5/5

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