The Board and I are proud to share with you a description
of the Foundation's accomplishments this year.
High on the list is our record of giving. Twenty eight
organizations received grants totaling $152,100 for doing
good work in fostering the spirit of giving in their communities.
(Please see the enclosed 2008 Grant Recipient Summary.)
We are pleased to announce that we have worked closely
with Slack, Inc. - Leo's publisher - to establish a relationship
with Quotable Cards enabling them to use several of Leo's
thoughts and phrases on their greeting cards. The first
card will be issued January 2009. The royalties associated
with this effort will inure to the benefit of Leo's Foundation.
We are also pleased to announce that the Foundation will
serve as a Sponsoring Patron – Opera to assist in
the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the founding
of the University of Southern California's Thornton School
of Music. Leo loved opera and USC. This event will be held
during Autumn 2009. We will provide information about the
event on our website (www.LeoBuscaglia.org) as 2009 unfolds.
You may wish to join us as we reach out to the community
and acquaint many with the mission of Leo's foundation.
behalf of the Board and staff, thank you for your interest
and past generosity. As you consider your charitable giving
throughout the 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.
With warm wishes,
Paul A. Gilbert
Leo Buscaglia Foundation
Institute of Scientific Studies – Santa
Ana, CA. Received $6,000 to expand the number of "bright,
economically disadvantaged students" served by their
Ballet – Anaheim, CA. Received $15,000
to support the expansion of their Community Outreach efforts.
in Education Aid Council, Inc. – Canoga
Park, CA. Received $5,000 to help support their arts
education programs in San Fernando Valley public schools.
– West Hills, CA. Received $1,000 in general operating
support for their youth community service and literacy
Youth Connection – San Francisco, CA.
Received $3,000 to help support the Los Angeles chapter
of their youth leadership program for current and former
– Westmont, NJ. Received $5,000 to recruit and
train more CASA volunteers.
Givers - Eagan, MN. Received $1,000
to purchase toys for a Birthday Bag Blitz held on Make
A Difference Day, October 25, 2008. 1,000 bags were filled
and distributed to shelters and food shelves throughout
Nature Institute – Beverly Hills, CA.
Received $5,000 to support their Volunteer Program.
at Peace – Los Angeles - Venice, CA.
Received $5,000 to support their 2008 performing arts
for teenagers programming.
Threads – Chicago, IL. Received $5,000
to help fund the expansion of their after school nutrition/cooking
program into the Los Angeles area.
Counseling Network – Los Angeles, CA.
Received $6,000 to support their Child and Youth Groups
in Commerce, Palmdale, Downtown Los Angeles, and their
Saturday Teen Groups in North Hills.
Hope – Newport Beach, CA. Received
$8,600 to decorate, furnish and stock one refurbished
four bedroom, two bath house in Anaheim.
Arts – Los Angeles, CA. Received $5,000
to support the delivery of Capoeira instruction to 214
at risk boys and girls.
Association for the Retarded – Glendale,
CA. Received $3,000 to help support their Multi-Cultural
Program for adults with developmental disabilities.
Angel Catholic School – Pacoima, CA.
Received $7,000 for tuition assistance for needy students.
Too Young For This – Brooklyn, NY.
Received $6,000 in general support for their programs
serving young adults with cancer.
'n Kinship – Apple Valley, MN. Received
$5,000 to support their volunteer mentoring program.
Korps USA – Solana Beach, CA. Received
$3,000 to fund two weeks of their summer volunteer camp.
Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
– Dublin, OH. Received $5,000 to support ten separate
educational seminars and ten parent resource libraries.
Tomorrow - Irvine, CA. Received $6000
to expand Science Docent Program in the LA Alliance for
College Ready Schools.
– Los Angeles, CA. Received $7,500 to support
their volunteer program, PATH Connections.
is Fundamental – Los Angeles, CA. Received
$7,500 to help with their expanded Motivational Reading
Enterprises – Kalamazoo, MI. Received
$2,000 to expand their arts and music programs in long
term care facilities.
California Foster Family and Adoption Agency
– Los Angeles, CA. Received $7,000 to support
their Teens in Transition program.
Center for Violence Free Relationships –
Placerville, CA. Received $7,000 to support the development
and rebuilding of their volunteer program.
Solace Tree – Reno, NV. Received $7,500
to support their Camp Solace as well as Solace Tree operating
Avenue Project – Santa Monica, CA.
Received $3,000 to support their SMART PARTNERS program.
Wardrobes – Fountain Valley, CA. Received
$5,000 to support their Women's Day of Self Esteem event.
For more information, please contact Jeff Jordan at (310)
791-3144 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org