Connecting Generations for Good

Grant Spotlight: Friendship Foundation

August 29, 2017

At a senior apartment complex in Redondo Beach, the multipurpose room fills with cheers as a resident wins a board game. But his table isn’t just filled with fellow residents—local youth with special needs are playing and cheering alongside them. The Friendship Foundation provides programs for children, teens and young adults with developmental disabilities in …

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Keewaydin and Songadeewin 2017

August 23, 2017

This summer’s cohort of campers has just returned from Keewaydin and Songadeewin in Vermont! For over a decade, The Eisner Foundation has sent a group of Orange County youth to these camps, continuing an Eisner family tradition (read more here). In July, as foundation staff shepherded a dozen children through multiple airports and long car …

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Strengthening families… at Disneyland!

August 17, 2017

Last Saturday, The Eisner Foundation collaborated with the GOOD+ Foundation and Project Fatherhood  at The Children’s Institute, Inc.  to send 30 dads and their children to Disneyland. These organizations work with non-custodial fathers to encourage them to be more involved in their children’s lives—a program that helps children perform better in school and motivates the …

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Grant Spotlight: CASA of Los Angeles

June 28, 2017

There are more than 20,000 children in the foster care system in Los Angeles County—38% of the state’s total. Only about half will graduate high school, and only 3% will graduate college. Half will end up homeless or incarcerated. There are many factors that contribute to these bleak statistics, and the overstretched foster care system …

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Grant Spotlight: Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center

June 5, 2017

On North Fair Oaks in Pasadena, a LEED-certified, light-filled center bustles with young children and their parents. This is Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center, which provides early childhood education and parent services to low-income families in an area of Pasadena that runs counter to the city’s wealthy reputation—here, 22% of families with children under 5 …

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Grant Spotlight: P.S. ARTS

May 24, 2017

Arts programs at public schools are often noted for cutbacks rather than impact. But P.S. ARTS is helping to strengthen the presence of the arts in schools. Founded in 1991, P.S. ARTS works to supplement arts education in California public schools. Today, the organization provides yearlong visual arts, music, theater and dance instruction to nearly …

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Grant Spotlight: LACMA’s NexGen

March 16, 2017

  At museums across the country, youth engagement programs are vital to developing museum-going habits that make today’s children tomorrow’s patrons. But few institutions have taken youth engagement as far as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Their NexGen program provides a free museum membership to anyone under 18, and allows an accompanying …

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Grant Spotlight: 826LA

February 15, 2017

On busy Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista, a quirky storefront boasts robot milk and dinosaur eggs. Step inside and you’ll find witty t-shirts, an emergency mummy kit, and even a theremin. But enter through a small doorway toward the back, and you’ll discover a warmly lit room full of books, long tables, and schoolchildren with …

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Grant Spotlight: Alliance for Children’s Rights

January 10, 2017

Since 1992, the Alliance for Children’s Rights has provided free legal services and advocacy to ensure children have a safe, stable home and access to healthcare and education. While their efforts have helped thousands of children over the last 25 years, there are always more challenges to face. One recent emphasis has been on grandparents …

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Grant Spotlight: School on Wheels

January 10, 2017

In Los Angeles County alone, there are more than 60,000 children with insecure housing. One in 45 students attending an L.A. Unified school is homeless. These staggering numbers have serious long-term implications. Children with unstable housing often are suffering from the trauma of losing a home and changing schools often, sometimes resulting in behavioral problems …

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