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Long Beach Funders Collaborative To Make Large Grant

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Long Beach Community Foundation Establishes a Coalition of Local Philanthropists
to Benefit a Single Nonprofit

Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Community Foundation (LBCF) and nine local philanthropic partners have aligned to create the Long Beach Funders Collaborative and offer a historically large grant to a Long Beach nonprofit. This is the first time LBCF has facilitated a collaborative funding effort of this magnitude. The grant opportunity will ultimately result in one nonprofit receiving between $75,000 and $100,000 during 2017 to support a project or program around the funding priorities established by the Collaborative: Youth Empowerment;
Health, Education and Opportunity, and Community Improvement.

“The Long Beach Community Foundation is known for fostering philanthropy in many ways,” said Board Chair Gary DeLong. “This unique collaboration of local philanthropists and foundations will result in better results for our community. Together, we will make a large collective impact on Long Beach’s most pressing needs.”

“LBCF is often asked by local philanthropists if there is a better way to make a greater impact in the community and we’ve found that collaboration often helps stretch donor dollars further, whether it be amongst grant recipients or the entities funding them,” said LBCF President & CEO Marcelle Epley. “Therefore, during the spring of 2016, LBCF convened over 20 local philanthropists and private foundations to explore collaborative funding opportunities.”

After a series of exercises to determine intersecting areas of interest and impassioned discussions about what the Long Beach community would benefit from the most, the three focus areas for collaborative funding were identified.

The following partners have made a financial contribution to support the Funders Collaborative: The California Endowment, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Rudolph J. and Daphne A. Munzer Foundation, The Adams Legacy Foundation, The Johnson Family Fund, Dameron Family Foundation, Robert Brush Foundation Fund, The Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation, The Barbara Bixby Blackwell Foundation Fund, and The Long Beach Community Foundation.

To Apply:

For more information or to apply for this grant, please visit the grants page of the LBCF website at For more information about joining the Long Beach Funders Collaborative, please contact LBCF at (562) 435-9033.

About Long Beach Community Foundation:
The Long Beach Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, public organization with nearly $29 million in assets and 135 charitable funds. It was established in 1996 to make strategic grants to nonprofits, and assist individual donors with their philanthropic goals today and through planned giving. Fees charged to manage funds at the Foundation are invested directly back into the community in the form of discretionary grants. LBCF’s mission is to initiate positive change for Long Beach through charitable giving, stewardship, and strategic grantmaking with a vision of being the preeminent steward of endowments serving the needs of Long Beach in perpetuity. LBCF operations are led by President & CEO Marcelle Epley and oversight is provided by Board Chair Gary DeLong, Vice Chair Robert Stemler, and Board members Blake Christian, Michele Dobson, Bob Foster, Tony Gales, Mark Guillen, Randal Hernandez, Donita Joseph, Annette Kashiwabara, Steve Keesal, Frank Newell, Judy Ross and Judy Vander Lans.

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