About Us

Promoting the betterment of life in Southern California

Founded in 1996, The Rose Hills Foundation is a “responsive” grantmaker that supports a broad range of non-profit organizations serving the people of Southern California in key areas of need, including education, social services, health, arts and culture, civic and community engagement, and recreation.

The Foundation’s giving not only benefits low-income and disenfranchised youth, individuals, and families, but also supports  well-regarded regional institutions that benefit all residents of Southern California and add immeasurable value to the Los Angeles region.

The Foundation’s giving in support of strong organizations is generally centered on four main themes:


Advancing educational opportunities and success for students at all levels

At-Risk Youth & Families

Supporting effective interventions and services for at-risk youth and families

Social Services

Helping meet basic needs for food, housing, health care, employment and supportive services

Arts & Culture

Supporting regional institutions and expanding access to programming

Our History 

Rose Hills Memorial Park was founded in 1914 as a small cemetery on a hillside northwest of the rapidly expanding City of Whittier. Thereafter, an expansion program was begun that was designed to increase the size of the park and enhance its beauty.

Many decades of devoted effort by the management and Directors of The Rose Hills Memorial Park transformed the small cemetery into the magnificent memorial park it is today – the largest cemetery in North America. 


The Rose Hills Foundation is a legacy of the Founders and Directors of The Rose Hills Memorial Park, with a focus to promote “the betterment of life” in the greater Los Angeles area.

Pursuant to the goals of its founders, Rose Hills is a legacy to be enjoyed by future generations, not only as a beautiful memorial park, but now as a Foundation created out of proceeds of its sale.

The Rose Hills Foundation’s Audited Financials 

2018 RHF Audited Financials

2017 RHF Tax Return Form 990