California Community Foundation
The California Community Foundation (“CCF”) is a philanthropic organization headquartered in downtown Los Angeles. CCF is ranked among the top 100 foundations in the nation by asset size and total giving – home to more than 1,600 funds, with assets of nearly $1.7 billion.
In 2015, the California Community Foundation celebrated 100 years of service by making a pledge to help give a billion dollars to Los Angeles County nonprofits over 10 years. As of 2019, they about halfway through – having helped give over $448 million, of which about $43 million went to housing.
CCF’s Housing program combines grantmaking, lending and advocacy to support effective housing with services for our homeless neighbors and more affordable housing and better jobs for working L.A. families. Since 2000, CCF has granted almost $30 million to ensure Angelenos have safe, supportive and stable homes and the economic opportunities they need to thrive.
CCF currently offers two ways for philanthropists and organizations to either loan or donate funds to help build more permanent supportive housing in Los Angeles: donations are collected in CCF’s The Home L.A. Fund and charitable investments are made via their Home L.A. Loan Fund. Donations are welcome in any amount, while charitable investments typically start at $50,000 for 3-5 year terms – the investment is guaranteed by CCF and at the conclusion of the invested term, 100% of the investment is returned (see fact sheet). The funds are loaned to nonprofit developers to help buy land, secure entitlements, develop projects, and build internal capacity.