Our Impact

The Rose Hills Foundation has granted over $400 million in support of charitable organizations benefiting Southern California

Since 1996, The Rose Hills Foundation has granted over $456 million in support of charitable organizations benefiting Southern California, exceeding our original endowment of $216 million. We look forward to continuing to support outstanding charitable organizations based in and serving the people of Los Angeles County.

Each year, we provide grants to diverse organizations. Highlights of some of the Foundation’s recent responsive grantmaking and  initiatives, and the important work supported, are shared below.


COVID-19 Response in 2020

In 2020, the Foundation approved 155 grants for COVID-19 response and related general operating expenses to 142 non-profit grantees, totaling over $7.3 million.


  • Application and review process remained open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Advanced previously scheduled payments for 61 grantees to March 31, 2020, totaling over $5.6 million
  • Provided nearly $1 million in emergency grants in March 2020 to “cornerstone” grantees working in priority issue areas of food insecurity, healthcare, logistics, and homelessness
  • Awarded grant funding in May, July, October, and December 2020 to support the immediate and ongoing needs of L.A. County non-profit organizations working primarily in direct social services, health, and education
  • Waived reporting requirements for the vast majority of grantees
  • Approved a year-end Food Distribution Initiative for 25 organizations, totaling $1,350,000
  • Resumed most of pre-pandemic grantmaking priorities, supporting arts education and other organizations working to support K-12 students in distance learning as well as bridging the digital divide

The Foundation supported St. John’s Well Child and Family Clinic and a coalition of health centers and other organizations providing COVID-19 vaccinations to underserved communities.

The Foundation has supported Sowing Seeds for Life, a food pantry based in Pomona, which facilitated emergency food distribution services in East L.A. County to over 200,000 individuals in 2020.

Science and Engineering Initiative

The Foundation funds scholarships and fellowships for high-achieving students with financial need from Southern California, as well as grants to promising young faculty members. A select group of colleges and universities in California have our support for graduate student fellowships, undergraduate student scholarships and summer research stipends. In addition, the Foundation’s Innovator Seed Grant program supports talented junior faculty with early funding for cutting-edge research, which faculty have leveraged into many millions of dollars in external funding for continued research.
Science and Engineering Initiative