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We Are The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

Since 1978, our grantmaking has helped Southern California’s nonprofit organizations improve the broad fabric of the entire community. This approach recognizes that museums and arts programs are as important to our collective well-being as after school services, community clinics and food banks. Accordingly, we invest in excellence in social services, health care, the arts and higher education in Los Angeles County.

We are a responsive grantmaker. We have always invited local organizations to come to us for what they need to do their best work. This includes core operating support, which is a powerful way to help nonprofits struggling to fulfill their missions in hard economic times.

It’s not that we don’t fund capital campaigns, equipment purchases, and staff positions, because we do. We simply encourage carefully considered requests for top organizational priorities.

Our website shares what we do and how we do it. Please spend some time here. We hope that the process described in these pages will help to make your work even more effective.