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Los Angeles Parks Foundation

10 Years and Growing

LOS ANGELES, CA   |  www.laparksfoundation.org

Mission

Parks are an essential component of what constitutes a great city. The Los Angeles Parks Foundation’s mission is to enhance, expand, preserve, and promote public recreation, parks, and open space for the diverse people of Los Angeles.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Tony Budrovich

Main address

2650 N. Commonwealth Ave.

LOS ANGELES, CA 90027 USA

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EIN

26-2358338

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

Parks and Playgrounds (N32)

Environmental Beautification (C50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Los Angeles Parks Foundation was established to serve the work of the City's Department of Recreation and Parks. Our foundation's work serves one of the oldest and most abundant city park acreage in the nation supporting communities through a vast network of 450 green spaces, playgrounds, rec and senior centers, lakes and beaches, and even historical sites. That makes the need for park equity, revitalization, and environmental stewardship great in such a largely populated city. Now more than ever, as we navigate challenges of urban density, higher poverty rates, increased homelessness, and environmental threats, the need for safer, cleaner, upgraded parks, and rich programming continues to challenge city government. Our foundation was established to engage the community and philanthropic leaders in helping to raise funds to support these efforts.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

LA Park Forests

Our Park Forest Initiative adds small “forests” to city parks throughout L.A. to offset our carbon footprint, cool surface air temperatures, and educate the public about climate change. Sponsors will have the opportunity to plant groupings of climate-appropriate trees for all Angelenos to enjoy. In partnership with Mayor Eric Garcetti, we hope to plant thousands of new trees citywide in the coming years.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth


The Adopt-A-Park program engages the community to help us enhance our city parks. Individuals, corporations, local businesses or foundations can adopt a park to meet identified needs that can immediately benefit park patrons. The adoption may include capital or program improvements and needs like court refurbishments, sport and fitness amenities, scholarships, lighting, equipment, etc.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Through the Friends of the Parks Program donors can provide much needed funding to their favorite parks.

Friends of the Parks donations support these activities and many more:
- Sports court refurbishing
- Youth athletic scholarships, equipment, and uniforms
- Holiday events and senior programming
- New additions to the park like fencing, water fountains, and walking paths

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

PlayLA is a city-wide sports program focused on gender equity children of color providing exposure to a healthy lifestyle and self-esteem. It currently serves 100,000 youth throughout Los Angeles.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of trees planted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

LA Park Forests

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

As we enter our 10-year anniversary, we remain committed to supporting the work of the City's Department of Recreation and Parks and its integral role in the delivery of social services to our communities by helping to fund their work in:

• Encouraging active healthy lives through recreational programs for all ages
• Providing respite, meal programs, cultural exchange, life skills, and shelter in crisis
• Fostering community cohesion, safe public spaces, equity, and wellness
• Serving as spaces to combat pollution, retain storm water, and protect parkland

Partnering with the city, foundation and private funders, and local community groups, the LA Parks Foundation has been successful at raising more than $20 million in support of capital projects, city-wide initiatives, programmatic support, and land protection. Some examples of these projects include:

*Ferraro Fields – Artificial turf soccer facility with 4 fields for disadvantaged youth
*PlayLA – Campaign promoting gender equity in sports for 100,000 youth in Los Angeles
*Hazard Park in East LA - $1 million re-design and upgrade including exercise zones
*Cabrillo Beach Pier Fishing Program – summer program serving kids ages 5-16
*50 Parks Initiative - New pocket parks throughout East and South LA
*Scholarships – sports equipment, supplies, and staffing for recreational activities

See above section for capabilities.

Below, please find an incomplete list of projects done within the last year.

*June 2022 - With a generation donation from the Los Angeles Clippers, we were able to resurface every basketball court in Los Angeles
*June 2022 - Worked with the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation, Recs and Parks, and Council District 13 to plant 40 olive trees
*March 2022 - With Food Forward, we were able to harvest oranges from 246 trees in Franklin Canyon Orange Grove to be distributed to the community via local agencies and food banks.
*Planted several LA Park Forests within Los Angeles City Parks

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Los Angeles Parks Foundation

Board of directors
as of 12/05/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Nickoll

David McGowan

Lunada Bay Associates, LLC

Barry A. Sanders

Latham & Watkins LLP

Denise Booth

Los Angeles Clippers

David Nickoll

Thomas Safran

Thomas Safran & Associates

Carmel Sella

Wells Fargo Bank

Candy Spelling

Debora Vrana

City National Bank

David Galaviz

University of Southern California

Mia Lehrer

Studio MLA

Thomas Miller

City National Bank (retired)

Kevin Parker

Artists First

Michael Shull

Ret. Gen. Mgr., LA Dept. of Recreation and Parks

Andrew Saul

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Joseph Halper

Ret. Gen. Mgr., LA Dept. of Recreation and Parks

Tony Budrovich

Executive Director, Los Angeles Parks Foundation

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/5/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability