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Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-05-11

At A Glance

Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation

707 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 4960

Los Angeles, CA United States 90017-9843


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Other

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $175,014,163

Total giving: $8,525,400





Additional Contact Information

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Established in 1949 in CA as a Trust; reorganized in 2006 as a non-profit corporation - Founded by the late Carrie Estelle Doheny, who served throughout her lifetime as a trustee of many civic and social welfare organizations and, in 1954, was selected by the Los Angeles Times as Los Angeles Woman of the Year. Doheny was also named a Lady of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem by Pope Pius XI and, in 1939, was elevated to the royal rank of Papal Countess by Pope Pius XII. She is the widow of oil producer Edward L. Doheny, who, with a partner, drilled the first successful well in the Los Angeles City oil field in 1892.

Purpose and Activities

The foundation was established for the advancement of education, medicine, religion, science; the improvement of the health and welfare of infants, children, adults, families, and the aged; the help and care of the sick, aged, and incapacitated; and the aid of those in need.

Fields of Interest

  • Catholicism
  • Child welfare
  • Education
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Eye diseases
  • Family services
  • Higher education
  • Homeless shelters
  • Hospital care
  • Religion
  • Secondary education
  • Senior services
  • Temporary accommodations
  • Voluntarism
  • Youth services
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Catholics
  • Christians
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students
  • Multipurpose centers

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $175,014,163 (market value)

Expenditures: $11,162,045

Total giving: $8,525,400

Qualifying distributions: $9,229,348

Giving activities include:

$8,525,400 for 316 grants (high: $300,000; low: $3,000)