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S. Mark Taper Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-06-03

At A Glance

S. Mark Taper Foundation

Comerica Bank Bldg., 12011 San Vicente Blvd., Ste. 400

Los Angeles, CA United States 90049-4946

Telephone: (310) 476-5413


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business
  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $129,602,188

Total giving: $5,020,550






Incorporated in 1989 in CA - Founded by the late S. Mark Taper, a real estate developer and financier in Southern California. He was the founder of Biltmore Homes to develop suburban housing for returning soldiers during Southern California's postwar housing boom. He is also the namesake of the Mark Taper Forum which is a theater that is part of the Los Angeles Music Center in California

Purpose and Activities

Giving primarily to children and youth, health care, social services, employment, education, and the environment.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Child welfare
  • Crime prevention
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Environment
  • Family services
  • Health
  • Housing development
  • Housing for the homeless
  • Human services
  • Public administration
  • Reproductive rights
Population Groups
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Females
  • Homeless people
  • Incarcerated people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • People of Asian descent
  • People with disabilities
  • People with hearing impairments
  • People with HIV/AIDS
  • People with psychosocial disabilities
  • People with vision impairments
  • Seniors
  • Young adults

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $129,602,188 (market value)

Expenditures: $6,835,345

Total giving: $5,020,550

Qualifying distributions: $5,784,331