Mission Statement

The John Gogian Family Foundation is a private charitable foundation dedicated to supporting community-based organizations that enhance the quality of people’s lives in Los Angeles County.

History of the Foundation

The John Gogian Family Foundation was established on October 18, 1982, to further Mr. Gogian’s diverse philanthropic interests. His empathy for those less fortunate was shaped early through family life experiences, which provided the inspiration for the Foundation’s work. 

Mr. Gogian’s father, John, was devoted to institutions formed by Armenian Americans in Southern California that helped immigrants take advantage of opportunities in the U.S. and increase their self-sufficiency.

Mr. Gogian’s brother David, an excellent student and athlete, was struck by encephalitis at age 11 and suffered infection and brain damage. Surviving the illness, he spent the rest of his life struggling with mental and physical disabilities until his death at age 28. His mother, Rosalia, was dedicated and compassionate in her devotion to David as well as to others who faced hardship and had few resources.

Mr. Gogian became a successful entrepreneur and businessman and was active in the community. Through this service, he gained much first-hand knowledge of the crucial role of efficiently run local organizations in providing support to people in periods of need. When he sold his business, Pacific Cold Storage, in April 1994, Mr. Gogian was able to increase the size of the Foundation and its capacity to make meaningful grants.

Grant Summary & Annual Report For 2016

Foundation Net Assets – Estimated Fair Market Value: $7,188,000
Total Grant Distribution: $2,000,000
Number of Responsive Grants: 48 ($1,700,000)
Foundation Initiatives: $226,000

Total Scholarship Distribution: $74,000
Total Number of Scholarship Awards: 6
Total Amount of Scholarships Awarded since 1980: $1,338,650
Total Number of Scholarships Awarded since 1980: 203