Grant Guidelines

Program Areas

The John Gogian Family Foundation supports organizations whose mission is to provide services and solutions for

  • Developmentally Disabled Adults and Children
  • Vulnerable Seniors      
  • Abused and/or Neglected Youth       

The Foundation funds organizations that provide services to abused and/or neglected youth who are living in out-of-home placement or with a pending threat of out-of-home placement.

Types of Support

The Foundation makes grants for the following:

  • General operating support for organizations
    • That have received JGFF funding a minimum of two times
    • Whose mission is aligned with the Foundation’s program areas
    • Whose activities are solely conducted within Los Angeles County
  • Programs: new, expanding, or sustaining
  • Capital expenditures: equipment, facility improvements, technology, and vehicles

Grant Range

The Foundation’s grants range from $20,000 to $35,000. Grant amounts usually match previous giving.

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.


To be considered for a grant from the John Gogian Family Foundation, organizations must:

  • Have annual revenue between $1 million and $8 million (Organizations outside these parameters will not be considered.)
  • Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, certified by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt
  • Be physically located in Los Angeles County and provide services to adults and/or children within Los Angeles County
  • Provide an independent audited financial statement if the organization’s annual income is $2 million or more. If the organization’s annual income is between $1 and $2 million, either an independent audited financial statement or an independent financial compilation is required.
  • Be non-sectarian. 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 and religious teaching.
  • Not discriminate in hiring staff or providing services on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sex, or disability

Evaluation Criteria

The Foundation uses the following criteria in making its selections for funding:

  • Programmatic Fit: Does the request fit the Foundation’s guidelines? Does the program help to further the Foundation’s mission and vision?
  • Evidence of need: The Foundation targets organizations that are financially sustainable and are well managed.
  • Ability to achieve an impact
  • Innovative and high-quality programs

Community Grants Program

The Foundation’s Community Grants Program permits the Founder and Directors to recommend modest grants for funding. Generally these grants are for activities in the communities where the Founder and Directors live and for programs in which they take an active interest or have an established connection. Applications and requests are not accepted for this program.

What We Do Not Fund

  • Annual fundraisers
  • Arts and culture
  • Care of animals
  • Fundraising events
  • Individuals
  • National organizations or their affiliates
  • Political campaigns or projects designed to influence legislation
  • Research
  • Sectarian purposes
  • Summer camps