FAQ

1. What is the John Gogian Family Foundation?

The John Gogian Family Foundation is an independent private grantmaking foundation located in Torrance, California, targeting specific funding areas in Los Angeles County.

2. What is the focus of the Foundation’s Funding?

The Foundation’s grantmaking is focused in three primary program areas: vulnerable seniors, developmentally disabled, and abused and neglected youth. The Foundation distinguishes between abused or neglected youth and those that are at-risk or disadvantaged. The specific areas of funding available for abused or neglected youth programs are outlined in more detail in the Grant Guidelines section of this website.

3. How does an organization apply for a Foundation grant?

The Foundation has two grant cycles per year and utilizes a two-step application process. An organization must first fill out and mail in the Letter of Inquiry (LOI) form available on the website. Those organizations that best fit the Foundation’s grant guidelines, criteria, and funding priorities will be invited to submit a full grant application.

4. Can an organization submit a LOI online?

Due to the necessary budget information that must be included with the LOI, organizations must submit the LOI via U.S. Mail or commercial carrier. The LOI must be postmarked by the day of the deadline. Faxed, emailed, or hand-delivered copies will not be accepted.

5. What types of organizations does the Foundation fund?

The Foundation prefers to fund community-based organizations. Organizations must have annual revenue between $1,000,000 and $8,000,000 to be eligible to apply.  Organizations outside these parameters are not considered.

6. Does the Foundation fund faith-based organizations?

The Foundation funds only non-sectarian programs. A religiously affiliated group may operate a program, but participation must be open to anyone and be non-discriminatory. The service delivery must be free of worship or religious teaching.

7. Are there organizations or activities that the Foundation does not fund?

The Foundation does not fund national organizations or their affiliates, individuals, capital campaigns, care of animals, arts, culture, research, reduction of existing debt, funding of endowments, lending of funds, fundraising events, or political campaigns designated to influence legislation.

8. What types of support are available from the Foundation?

The Foundation supports the following: 1) new, expanding, or sustaining program services; 2) capital expenditures, including improvements, equipment, and vehicles; and 3) general operating support for organizations that have been funded at least twice by the Foundation in the past four years.

9. What is the average size of a grant?

The Foundation’s grants range from $5,000 to $20,000. The average grant is $20,000. Grants to new organizations are usually $15,000 for the first year.

10. Is there a limit to the number of grants an organization can receive?

An organization may apply for and receive a grant annually for up to three consecutive years and then must refrain from applying for at least one year.

11. How much money does the Foundation give away on an annual basis?

Depending on the conditions of the various capital markets in which the majority of our endowment is invested, the Foundation typically grants from $500,000 to $1,500,000 per year.