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 brother David, an excellent student and athlete, was struck by encephalitis at age 11 and suffered infection and brain damage. After surviving the illness, David spent the rest of his life struggling with mental and physical disabilities until his death at age 28. Their 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’s father 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 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.
John Gogian passed away on July 3, 2019, after celebrating his 90th birthday. He accomplished much in his life, but he was most proud of the support he could offer to assist developmentally disabled adults and children, vulnerable seniors, and vulnerable youth. He understood firsthand the difficulties faced by families with a special needs child, and he was filled with compassion to ease their struggles. He had a huge heart, and the Foundation will continue to fulfill his legacy.
Grant Summary & Annual Report for 2020
Foundation Net Assets – Estimated Fair Market Value as of December 31, 2020: $3,948,242
Total Charitable Distribution: $3,000,000
Number of Annual Grants: 37
Total Grant Distribution since 1981: $24,000,000+
Total Scholarship Distribution: $102,000
Total Amount of Scholarships Awarded since 1980: $1,857,200
Total Number of Scholarships Awarded since 1980: 221
IRS 990-PF (tax return)
The John Gogian Family Foundation’s annual IRS 990-PF tax return is posted on the Candid/GuideStar website in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.