At the Leo Buscaglia Foundation we are proud to be carrying on the life principles of our founder by making grants to small but highly effective non-profit organizations that are fostering the spirit of giving in their communities.
It is with great pride that we share a list of the Foundation’s most recent awardees in 2014 — seventeen organizations received grants totaling $80,000! Our grants are relatively small, but each grant is meaningful to an organization working on the ground with those who are in need. Please see the enclosed 2014 Grant Recipient Summary.
Leo firmly believed in and lived by the principle of giving back. He felt his good fortune should be used to help others to improve the quality of life in their communities. Organizations with lean budgets and a core volunteer or mentoring component were of particular interest. We are proud to be associated with the organizations we helped fund in 2014.
On behalf of the board and staff, thank you for your interest and past generosity. As you consider charitable giving throughout this upcoming year, we hope that you will include the Leo Buscaglia Foundation in your plans. With your help we will continue to spread Leo’s legacy and to support the good works of organizations that are providing exceptional service to their communities.
Happy New Year,
Jennifer M. Mennell President Leo Buscaglia Foundation
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2014 Grant Recipients
24th STreet Theatre – Los Angeles, CA. Received a grant to underwrite the cost of 24-Cent theatre tickets for low-income community members. 24th STreet Theatre’s mission is to engage, educate and provoke our diverse community, our city and our world with an eclectic array of high quality artistic programming. 24th Street Theatre also received a grant from the Buscaglia foundation in February 2012.
The Art of Yoga Project – Palo Alto, CA. Received a grant for delivery of their rehabilitative Yoga and Creative Arts Curriculum to at-risk teen girls in three California county juvenile justice systems. The mission of the Art of Yoga Project is to lead teenage girls in the California juvenile justice system toward accountability to self, others and community by providing practical tools to effect behavioral change. They send specially trained yoga teachers and art educators into the system to teach a gender-responsive intervention program to promote girls’ self-awareness, self-respect and self-control.
artworxLA (formerly the HeArt Project) – Los Angeles, CA. Received a grant to help underwrite their core arts education program for over 600 high-risk L.A. teens: their 2013/14 series of multidisciplinary workshops in 25 alternative high schools in three school districts – Los Angeles Unified, Culver City Unified and the Los Angeles County Office of Education. artworxLA was founded as the HeArt Project to help fill the void in arts education among L.A. inner city youth. As its mission, artworxLA combats the epidemic high school dropout crisis with a long-term, sequential arts program offering students a pursuable life path that inspires them to stay in school, evolve as unique individuals and flourish as creative adults. The HeArt Project also received a grant from the Buscaglia Foundation in 2011.
Caterina’s Club – Anahem, CA. Received a grant to support their Feeding Kids in America programs. The mission of Caterina’s Club is ‘providing food, support and shelter to homeless motel children.’ Caterina’s Club applied for funding from the Buscaglia Foundation in February of 2013 and was asked to resubmit their proposal when they had obtained their own 501-C-3 status. This was accomplished in December 2013.
Door of Hope – Pasadena, CA. Received a grant to support their Volunteer and Intern Program including a portion of the Volunteer and Intern Coordinator’s salary. Funds will also be used to purchase Volunteer Management software. Doors of Hope is a transitional housing program that helps families with children who are homeless rebuild their lives. Doors of Hope provides short-term housing, case management, counseling, life skills workshops and programmatic support for children and other supportive services that assist families to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency and permanent housing within six to 12 months.
Happy Hats for Kids in Hospitals – Torrance, CA. Received a grant to serve 3,745 hospitalized children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses within 12 months of receipt. Happy Hats for Kids does this with gifts of Hero Happy Hats and coordinating 60-page Hero Club bi-lingual, educations, story/activity books with crayons. Since 1991 Happy Hats for Kids in Hospitals has been dedicated to uplifting the spirits and enriching the lives of children hospitalized with serious illnesses. The goal of their programs is to switch the focus of the children and their families away from their discomfort through fun, informative and interactive activities.
Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre – Los Angeles, CA. Received a grant for their Duck Truck Residency Program (DTRP). Funds will be used to support teaching artists fees, program staff salaries and the DTRP materials needed for the residency potentially including props, printed materials and audio equipment. The mission of the Heidi Duckler Dance Theater (HDDT) is building communities through the performing arts. The DTRP is one of HDDT’s outreach programs. It brings arts engagement to under served communities via a 12 session/6 week curriculum that teaches the core elements of site-specific performance, cultivating aspects of art and health into the program. HDDT applied for funding in the fall of 2013 and was asked to resubmit their proposal after the DTRP program had been in place for at least a year.
Jericho Road Pasadena – Pasadena, CA. Received a grant to be applied to general operations for JRP’s budget of $112,000. The mission of JRP is to build nonprofit capacity by matching the professional talents of highly qualified volunteers with the needs of community based nonprofit organizations to promote community development, strengthen social services and enrich the lives of volunteers. The national office of the Jericho Road Project, based in Concord, Massachusetts currently serves as JRP’s fiscal agent as they await confirmation of their independent 501(C)3 status.
Kara – Palo Alto, CA. Received a grant to help with training expenses for volunteers with their Youth & Family Program and Camp Erin grief camp. Kara provides compassionate support to people of all ages on their journey through grief so that they can move forward toward renewed hope and meaning. Their primary programs include Youth & Family and Adult Programs, Clinical Therapy Program and Community Outreach and Training & Education Programs.
Keep Youth Doing Something (KYDS) – Van Nuys, CA. Received a grant to support vital life skills training for at-risk students at the Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez Learning Center in the Boyle Heights community of Los Angeles. The mission of KYDS is to empower under served, low-income and at-risk youth to fulfill their individual potential and participate constructively in the community. KYDS also received a grant from the Buscaglia Foundation in March 2011 for their Student Stress & Anger Management Program.
The Laurel Foundation – Pasadena, CA. Received a grant to help finance their Summer, Teen and Winter Camp Laurel programs and their Mentorship program. The mission of the Laurel Foundation is to provide year round educational and support programs to children, youth and families affected by HiV/AIDS. The Laurel Foundation also a grant from the Buscaglia Foundation in October 2012.
Orchestra Santa Monica – Santa Monica, CA. Received a grant in general operating support for their Youth Orchestra Project for the 2014-2015 concert season. Orchestra Santa Monica (OSM) is dedicated to providing orchestral concerts of the highest quality, at a cost that all can afford. An important part of the OSM mission is to present music that reflects the cultural diversity of the greater Los Angeles west side music community and to attract non-traditional audiences to live symphonic performances of the highest quality.
Pacific Region Oasis – Los Angeles, CA. Received a grant to support the expansion of their Intergenerational Tutoring program. Pacific Region Oasis is an organization dedicated to promoting successful aging for adults age 50 plus. They offer educational programs in arts, humanities, social sciences and more. This creates opportunities for older adults to continue their personal growth and serve their communities. Pacific Region OASIS also received a grant from the Buscaglia foundation in 2010.
San Pedro City Ballet – San Pedro, CA. Received a grant to support their DancEd Steps Up Program. The program supplies skilled dance education and instruction to children and teens throughout the Greater Los Angeles area, particularly in low income areas. The mission of the San Pedro City Ballet is to identify, train and promote a world-class pre-professional dance company from the diverse population of the Los Angeles Harbor area. The San Pedro Ballet also provides training to schools throughout Los Angeles for arts education and after-school programs.
Southern California Counseling Center – Los Angeles, CA. Received a grant to support their Trauma Treatment Training Program. The mission of the Southern California Counseling Center (SCCC) is to change lives and strengthen communities by providing affordable mental health counseling to people in need. SCCC also received a grant from the Buscaglia foundation in February 2012.
TGA Sports Foundation – El Segundo, CA. Received a grant to provide after school golf and tennis enrichment programs to disadvantaged children in Los Angeles during the 2014-2015 academic year. TGA Sports Foundation is dedicated to providing underserved youth with the opportunity to grow through athletics, primarily tennis and golf. Their programs help children improve their quality of life through developing life skills, character, determination and focus.
Working Wardrobes for a New Start – Costa Mesa, CA. Received a grant in support of their Career Success Institute. The Institute provides a broad range of career development services to clients who are eager to enter the workforce. The mission of Working Wardrobes for a New Start is to empower men, women, veterans and young adults overcoming life’s challenges to confidently enter the workforce and achieve self-sufficiency. Working Wardrobes also received a grant from the Buscaglia Foundation in 2008.