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The Marisla Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-06-09

At A Glance

The Marisla Foundation

668 N. Coast Hwy., PMB 1400

Laguna Beach, CA United States 92651-1513


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $55,511,176

Total giving: $46,547,875






Established in 1986 in CA

Purpose and Activities

Giving primarily through two programs: an Environmental Program, and a Human Services Program.

Program Area(s)

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


This program concentrates on activities that promote the conservation of biological diversity and advance sustainable ecosystem management. Primary emphasis is on marine resources conservation with a geographic focus on the western United States, Baja California, Chile, and the Western Pacific. The Environment Program also supports the search for solutions to health threats caused by toxic chemicals.

Human Services

The objective is to assist women, primarily regarding their physical, mental and financial health. Grants are made to programs that support activities that deal with the issues of homelessness, substance abuse, domestic violence and vocational training. Geographic focus is on Los Angeles and Orange counties in California.

Program-Related Investment

The foundation has made a PRI in the form of a loan to an organization for the purpose of restoring historically significant landmarks. The foundation has made a PRI in the form of a loan to a conservation organization to conserve land for public use.

Special Interests

This category serves to provide support for compelling funding opportunities and special concerns as determined by the Board of Directors. Proposals for this category are by invitation only.

Fields of Interest

  • Environment
  • Marine science
  • Toxic substance control
  • Women's services
International Interests
  • Chile
  • Mexico
Population Groups
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Females
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $55,511,176 (market value)

Gifts received: $50,120,250

Expenditures: $47,624,791

Total giving: $46,547,875

Qualifying distributions: $47,516,117

Giving activities include:

$46,547,875 for 315 grants (high: $3,000,000; low: $1,000)