Since 1996, The Rose Hills Foundation has supported high-impact nonprofits committed to serving the people of Los Angeles County.
We are committed to trust-based philanthropy that begins with learning more about prospective grantees on a deeper level and building relationships based on transparency, dialogue, and mutual accountability.
We focus on four interconnected areas that together help address the most pressing challenges facing our region today.
Since its inception, The Rose Hills Foundation has granted more than $495 Million to nonprofit organizations.
The Foundation’s giving is constantly evolving to meet the current needs of the people we serve.
Rose Hills Memorial Park is founded as a small cemetery on a hillside northwest of the rapidly expanding City of Whittier.
Rose Hills launches an expansion program over two decades, transforming the small 18-acre cemetery into the magnificent memorial park it is today – the largest cemetery in North America.
The Rose Hills Foundation is founded with proceeds from the sale of The Rose Hills Memorial Park. The Foundation is a legacy of the Founders and Directors of the memorial park, maintaining a focus to promote “the betterment of life” in Southern California. The Foundation focuses giving on the San Gabriel Valley and East L.A., providing multi-year grants for general operations, programs, and capital projects.
The Rose Hills Foundation launches its Science and Engineering Initiative (SEI) funding scholarships and fellowships for high-achieving students with financial need from Southern California and providing innovative seed grants to promising junior faculty to launch their research. To date, grants for the Initiative have totaled $85 million and leveraged millions of dollars in additional funds.
The Rose Hills Foundation’s giving reaches $100 million, 50% of the Foundation’s initial endowment, after just a decade of giving.
The Rose Hills Foundation’s Independent and Parochial High School Scholarship Initiative commences, supporting expendable scholarships for low-income, high academic merit students at 18 schools in L.A. County. Since inception, the initiative has committed $15,455,000.00 in scholarship funding to more than 750 students.
Due to additional capacity and success, the Foundation expands its giving to organizations throughout the majority of L.A. County.
The Rose Hills Foundation increases its efforts in supporting organizations primarily benefitting vulnerable individuals and families in L.A. County; specifically direct, on-the-ground programs/services such as healthcare, food, logistics, and related human/social services. The Foundation approves 377 grants in the COVID-19 pandemic’s first year totaling $24,449,587.00.
Following the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Rose Hills Foundation Board of Directors agrees to expand its geographic zone of focus once more, now including organizations which primarily serve Antelope Valley and Long Beach. The Foundation begins considering these applicants on January 1, 2022.
The Rose Hills Foundation’s giving accumulates to almost half a billion dollars, demonstrating the continued growth of the endowment to $550 million from an original endowment of $216 million.