The Eisner Foundation announced today that it would award $525,000 through five grants in the second quarter of 2017. These investments reflect the Foundation’s commitment to fund transformative intergenerational programs that address inequality and injustice.
“We are pleased to see these organizations engaging older volunteers and youth to advance their missions,” said Trent Stamp, CEO of The Eisner Foundation. “We hope this encourages more nonprofits to explore how one plus one can equal three when intergenerational connections benefit all involved.”
The Friendship Foundation will receive $75,000 in program support for an intergenerational mentoring program between seniors and youth with moderate to severe physical and mental disabilities. Located in the South Bay, the Friendship Foundation offers dozens of specialized programs that serve special needs youth and their families.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association was granted $100,000 in program support for Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA). Now in its tenth year, YOLA serves three underserved areas of Los Angeles with free instruments, after-school music instruction, ensemble performance opportunities, and the opportunity to learn from professional musicians including members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
The Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles will receive $150,000 in program support for Summer Night Lights, which creates summer evening activities at community and recreation centers in areas where gang-related activity typically spikes. The program hires hundreds of youth each summer who help facilitate sport, health, nutrition, and art activities that serve residents of all ages.
Reading Partners was awarded $100,000 in program support to recruit and train senior volunteers to serve as reading partners to over 700 K-4th grade students across Los Angeles. Their efforts will include several volunteer trainings targeted at older adults.
Venice Family Clinic will receive $100,000 in program support for Scribe for Success, a new program pairing older volunteer medical providers (mostly retired physicians) with younger volunteer medical scribes to ease the transition into electronic medical records, increase volunteer retention, and serve more low-income patients.