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The California Endowment


Last Updated: 2016-11-03

At A Glance

The California Endowment

1000 N. Alameda St.

Los Angeles, CA United States 90012-1804

Telephone: (800) 449-4149


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-03-31)

Assets: $3,668,459,217

Total giving: $182,809,047






Established in 1996 in CA; converted from Blue Cross of California - The grantmaker is a signatory to Philanthropy’s Promise, an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). By signing on, the grantmaker has committed to allocating the majority of its grantmaking dollars to marginalized communities and at least 25 percent to social justice strategies, such as advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement.

Purpose and Activities

To expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Building Healthy Communities

In each of the three program areas within Health Happens Here, the foundation is partnering with 14 geographically diverse communities across California who are forging new alliances to beat the odds locally, while the foundation engages in strategies to work toward policy and systems changes on the state and statewide levels. Ultimately, the foundation is aiming for a shift in thinking and a change in policies away from those that ignore the root causes of ill health and toward those that recognize prevention and the health of ALL Californians as essential to a stronger California.

Center for Healthy Communities

The goal of the program is to be an innovative venue for mobilizing community and civic leaders, health providers, advocates and policy makers in the search for solutions to California's critical health issues. The Center offers a variety of programs and services throughout California as well as conference centers in Los Angeles and Oakland.

Health Happens Here

The program challenges us to think about people’s health beyond the doctor’s office and beyond the good vs. bad choices made by individuals. In reality,our health depends on where we live, learn and play. Health Happens Here questions why some places lack the basic ingredients for health and what can be done about it, starting with four areas of focus: 1) Health Happens with Prevention educates key audiences about the benefits of the federal Affordable Care Act and other avenues to preventive health and community wellness. A primary goal is to connect lower-income Californians with prevention-centered health care as envisioned in the new law; 2) Health Happens in Schools spotlights the pivotal role that schools play in the physical, social and emotional health of children. By advocating for healthy food, physical activity and school discipline policies based on common-sense responsibility and respect, we support safe and healthy school environments that are necessary for academic and life achievement; and 3) Health Happens in Neighborhoods aims to change the public conversation regarding land use, food access, community safety, and economic opportunity in order to build neighborhoods with health in mind. The goal is to contribute to the rise of neighborhoods with parks, grocery stores, bike paths and more safe places to walk, run, work and play; 4) Health Happens with all our Sons and Brothers by investing $50 million to make sure that California's sons and brothers will be successful. The state's young people are increasingly of color, with record growth among Latino and Asian American young men. Yet, far too many of the state's boys and young men of color are in a state of crisis. They are dropping out of school, growing up in poverty, and falling short of their promise. The program is investing on both the state and local level, with focus on Oakland, Fresno and Los Angeles. To learn more about the program see the foundation's web site.

Matching Gifts

The foundation matches the monetary gifts of its employees to charitable organizations.

Program-Related Investment

Historically, the foundation has made PRIs in the form of loans to community and rural development and health care organizations, including to a start-up organization to provide health care to the underserved American Indian population.

Fields of Interest

  • Health
  • Preventive care
  • Public health
  • Youth development
Population Groups
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Low-income and poor people
  • People of African descent

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-03-31

Assets: $3,668,459,217 (market value)

Expenditures: $294,487,859

Total giving: $182,809,047

Qualifying distributions: $264,789,192

Giving activities include:

$182,336,918 for 1475 grants (high: $26,500,000; low: $350)

$472,129 for 105 employee matching gifts

$33,988,079 for 4 foundation-administered programs

$3,578,221 for 2 loans/program-related investments

Estimated financial data for year ending 2015-03-31:

Assets: $3,500,000

Grants: $258,200,000