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San Pedro, CA   |
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EIN: 95-4554570


Grand Vision's mission is to inspire and engage the diverse community through culturally inclusive arts and educational experiences centered on the historic Warner Grand Theatre and the Grand Annex in downtown San Pedro.

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Executive Director

Ms. Elizabeth H Johnson

Main address

434 W 6TH St

San Pedro, CA 90731 USA

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Subject area info

Arts and culture

Performing arts


Historic preservation

Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Performing Arts (A60)

Music (A68)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Grand Vision Foundation fulfills many needs of the industrial LA Harbor area as a community arts presenter and arts education provider. Our youth outreach program, Meet the Music, addresses the need for equitable access to high-quality standards-based music education for low-income students in our local Title I elementary schools. Our small theater, the Grand Annex, addresses the needs for high-quality and diverse live music performance in our community, as well as providing a welcoming place for that community to gather. Our work as Friends of the Warner Grand Theater fills the needs of advocacy for and marketing of the theater, an important landmark and community resource in San Pedro.

Our programs

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

The Grand Annex

Our flagship performing arts program, the Grand Annex is a world music, jazz, and roots concert series presenting concerts by award winning musicians in an intimate 150- seat listening room.  The Annex is located in a converted storefront building at the center of the community's growing arts district.

Population(s) Served

Grand Vision’s Meet the Music (MTM) programs for students ensure equitable access to the arts through partnerships with local elementary schools who lack music education. Through inspirational live music concerts and sequential standards-based instruction with trained teaching artists, MTM builds the foundation and inspiration students need to make and enjoy music for the rest of their lives, while bringing teachers essential tools for integrating arts learning into the classroom.

MTM's program pipeline includes RoMP! (Roots of Music Program) for 4th grade, Recorders in Schools for 5th grade, and flexible projects that meet schools' needs like The Percussion Program and Strings in Schools. MTM serves over 3500 students annually in 20 schools throughout L.A. County.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Grand Vision Foundation promotes awareness of the Warner Grand Theatre in the greater community.  The Warner Grand is a 1,500 seat historic movie palace which, over the years, we have built into a regional draw for downtown San Pedro. We are the only entity that provides up to date calendar and general information about the theater; which we do on on behalf of the City of Los Angeles.  The City owns and operates the theater as a rental house but does not have a budget for production or marketing.
We promote the Warner Grand Theatre in three ways:
1.  We produce, print, and direct mail copies of newsletter with an enclosed Warner Grand Theatre calendar triannually to 10,000 households.
2.  We maintain an updated calendar of Warner Grand Theatre events and activities on the website.
3.  Grand Vision manages a volunteer team that staffs an information table at the Warner Grand Theatre three to five times monthly.  We reach between 1000-3500 audience members monthly to share information about the theater and upcoming events and activities.  Volunteers also serve as ushers and greeters as needed.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Bold Vision Award 2009

San Pedro Chamber of Commerce

Woman of Hope Award 2010

San Pedro Chamber of Commerce

Most Active New Member 2021

Rotary District 5280

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 free participants on field trips

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Meet the Music

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

All of our Meet the Music programs currently take place in public elementary schools, during the school day.

Average dollar price for performance tickets

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Population(s) Served


Related Program

The Grand Annex

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We adopted an online ticketing system in 2019 to increase efficiency and sales. Ticket and credit card fees resulted in increased ticket prices.

Rate of student attendance during the reporting period

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Meet the Music

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our Meet the Music programs take place in school and serve entire grade levels, so attendance is between 95-100%. In fact, attendance is better overall on days when students will attend our programs.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The mission of Grand Vision Foundation is to inspire and engage the diverse Los Angeles Harbor/South Bay community through culturally inclusive arts and educational experiences centered on the historic Warner Grand Theatre and the Grand Annex performance space in downtown San Pedro. Underlying Grand Vision's efforts is our belief that local arts have the power to bridge cultural boundaries and unite our community.

Our Services
Through the leadership of Liz Johnson, LA County Arts Commissioner and Grand Vision's Executive Director, Grand Vision Foundation has become the hub of a vibrant arts district, providing both quality programming and vital spaces to gather, while nurturing important partnerships in its community.

Grand Vision Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) community arts organization which was founded in 1996 to save the historic Warner Grand Theatre (WGT), a 1,500 seat art deco movie palace, and restore it to a viable standard for productions. Today, the City of L.A. owns and operates the Theatre, hosting 100+ events annually. In addition to our other activities, Grand Vision serves as the Friends' Group to the WGT, helping the City with ongoing events and promotion.

We also see our vision come to life at the Grand Annex, our 150-seat cabaret style storefront theatre, where we present professional and innovative world, Latin, jazz, and American roots music artists, spoken word events, and film screenings, providing high quality and accessible cultural experiences for the underserved San Pedro/Wilmington communities.

Grand Vision engages the next generation through Meet the Music (MTM), a comprehensive youth education program for underserved schools in the L.A. Harbor area and beyond. Founded in 2009, MTM has grown into a robust in-school education program, serving over 3,500 elementary school students annually with innovative musical skill-building and engagement curricula. Our teaching approach is informed by the latest research in child development and arts integration. MTM's primary projects are:

Roots of Music Program (RoMP), a semester long standards-based curriculum provided to all fourth graders at selected schools each year, which introduces foundational music concepts and world music traditions through three units: rhythm, pitch, and dynamics. Lessons take place both in school and at the Grand Annex. Each unit has both a cultural and a musical focus, anchored by a professional performing group. In addition to teaching the foundations of music, RoMP opens the door to new cultural literacy, as students learn about the world through the lens of music.

Recorders in Schools serves all fifth graders at selected schools each year who would otherwise lack access to instrumental music education. In partnership with classroom teachers, Grand Vision's master teaching artists lead students in 24 sequential weekly classes in recorder playing technique, reading music notation, and ensemble performance, culminating in a school recital for peers and parents.

MTM’s Special Partnerships encompass ongoing projects developed to meet music education needs of schools in the L.A. Harbor area and beyond, including Keys of Inspiration, Percussion Program, and Strings in Schools. We create new programs based on requests from principals and teachers, and implement them with a commitment to excellence in instruction and program design.

Though we take satisfaction in having prevented the physical demise of the Warner Grand, we consider our greatest innovation to be fostering an artistic revitalization through attention to a beloved theater; turning an art deco landmark into a focus for community pride, education and economic activity. We daily give life to the WGT, by undertaking modest repairs, celebrating its history, and promoting its calendar of community-based events reflecting our diverse population. GVF serves as an intermediary between the community and the municipality of Los Angeles in the operation of the WGT to insure that community interests, availability and affordability are incorporated into its daily use. Our other programs create a nexus around the theater which provides it with an artistic and educational backbone.

The Grand Annex fulfills the need for an affordable arts venue to showcase top regional and national talent. It is unique in the Harbor Area/South Bay for presenting culturally diverse genres and performances. The Annex is not a bar or restaurant, but a dedicated artistic listening room, known for musical integrity and well-curated seasons. Average attendance is 110. With a venue capacity of 150, we need more competitive marketing and updated facilities to maximize our audiences.

No other organization provides multi-year, in-school supplemental music curriculum in our area. Our Meet the Music program connects music theory, music making and world cultures. Our Roots of Music Program (RoMP) is a standards-based curriculum that weaves together music theory, live concerts and cultural diversity. We re-connect with these students in 5th grade, where they learn to read music and perform together through 24 consecutive in-school recorder lessons. This year, students' knowledge of musical notation increased to 72%, and 99% performed on the recorder in an ensemble before their peers and parents.

Grand Vision's adult engagement program, “Team Taiko" fosters adult English language learning through Japanese drum lessons and performances at the Annex. This program builds community through engaging non-traditional audiences and participants in music making and embracing new experiences.

Our work helped to initiate downtown San Pedro's designation as an Arts District in 2008 and as a California Cultural District in 2017. These designations and increased activity have also attracted several small theaters and creative businesses to the area.

The need for our presence is demonstrated by the growth in Warner Grand Theatre events (from 80 in 2005 to 150+ today) and increase in the number of performances at the Grand Annex, as well as increased audience size and sell out rates.

Meet the Music has grown exponentially over the past several years. In 2017, we achieved the goal of serving the entire fifth grade at eight partner schools with Recorders in Schools. This expansion was made possible in part by our partnership with LA Unified School District (LAUSD) and increased funding from the California Arts Council. Since 2021, with additional support from our funders and the school district, we increased the number of our partner schools from nine to twenty, and grew our capacity to serve even more in 2023-24. We continue training new teaching artists and working on strategies to fully engage our classroom teachers as program partners.

Grand Vision Foundation will continue to restore and promote the Warner Grand Theatre, through our "Love for the Lobby" campaign, dedicated to restoring the art deco designs in the ceiling of the theatre's lobby, and ongoing advocacy efforts focused on the upcoming City-led structural renovation of the Theatre. We also seek to grow our Grand Annex programming, undertaking a physical expansion to accommodate our growing audience, and sustain our growing Meet the Music programming, now serving over 3,500 students annually.

During the COVID-19 shutdown in 2020-21, Grand Vision Foundation was able to successfully transition Meet the Music, Team Taiko and the Grand Annex concert series to virtual programming. We navigated the pandemic, and reopened to a combination of in-person and hybrid programming in the fall of 2021. In 2022-23, we are back to producing our full slate of live concert and educational programs, helping our audiences and students regain and reclaim their community and creativity.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 16.66 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 9.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 9% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of GRAND VISION FOUNDATION’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $56,210 $41,490 -$87,457 $63,434 $373,232
As % of expenses 8.5% 6.9% -13.2% 9.4% 40.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $29,145 $9,671 -$118,596 $44,250 $349,161
As % of expenses 4.3% 1.5% -17.1% 6.4% 36.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $713,939 $642,887 $572,353 $735,249 $1,312,845
Total revenue, % change over prior year 24.6% -10.0% -11.0% 28.5% 78.6%
Program services revenue 21.0% 22.5% 26.1% 7.2% 11.1%
Membership dues 2.7% 2.5% 3.7% 2.0% 1.4%
Investment income 0.4% 1.2% 0.7% 0.3% 0.3%
Government grants 17.8% 26.9% 34.4% 51.3% 64.6%
All other grants and contributions 55.1% 43.1% 33.5% 39.8% 20.7%
Other revenue 3.0% 3.8% 1.6% -0.7% 1.9%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $657,729 $602,186 $660,500 $671,873 $933,010
Total expenses, % change over prior year 21.7% -8.4% 9.7% 1.7% 38.9%
Personnel 52.0% 60.8% 60.0% 61.2% 57.9%
Professional fees 17.4% 15.0% 13.5% 8.7% 3.6%
Occupancy 6.1% 3.6% 5.4% 5.5% 0.7%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 24.4% 20.6% 21.1% 24.6% 37.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $684,794 $634,005 $691,639 $691,057 $957,081
One month of savings $54,811 $50,182 $55,042 $55,989 $77,751
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $30,384 $0 $0 $36,842 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $769,989 $684,187 $746,681 $783,888 $1,034,832

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 8.6 9.1 8.9 8.9 9.2
Months of cash and investments 8.6 9.8 9.5 9.5 10.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 8.5 9.6 6.8 7.2 9.8
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $470,561 $458,912 $491,225 $500,866 $712,524
Investments $0 $31,483 $33,010 $33,681 $70,491
Receivables $5,939 $6,059 $0 $0 $58,415
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $234,964 $257,329 $277,174 $314,016 $324,916
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 54.2% 61.8% 68.6% 66.7% 71.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 3.1% 3.3% 25.2% 22.2% 10.5%
Unrestricted net assets $571,271 $580,942 $462,346 $506,596 $855,757
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $571,271 $580,942 $462,346 $506,596 $855,757

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Ms. Elizabeth H Johnson

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 05/10/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Scott Donnelly

PDM Accountancy

Term: 2020 - 2024

Alan Johnson

Jerico Development

Jasna Penich

Malaga Bank

Fred Allen

Fred Allen & Associates

Dan Hom

Bravo School of Music

Aaron Aalcides

Alpha Real Estate Group

Scott Donnelly


Jeff Volrath

U.S. Bank

Robert Farrell

L.A. City Councilman (retired)

Ray Kato

Retired Aerospace Finance Executive

Lucrecia Jacobson


George Harris

Harris Realty

Noramae R. Munster

Co-Founder, Grand Vision Founda on

Rebecca Liu Morales

M Strategic Communica ons

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/9/2023

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/02/2020

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.