A Letter from Sheri & Les

In 2001, we established the Foundation in order to change people’s lives in meaningful and lasting ways. We knew we wanted the Foundation to follow a model of active philanthropy, one where we could contribute not only financial resources, but also our time, energy, and intellect. We also understood that this model of philanthropy would allow us to form close partnerships with organizations from each of our four focus areas: CareerWork$, Social Impact Theatre, Supportive Care, and Public Education.

The Foundation has experienced significant change since its inception, but what hasn’t changed is our engagement in its day-to-day operations, and our reliance on community partners to connect us with the constituencies we strive to impact. Because of this, we’ve been fortunate to see first-hand how our initiatives transform individuals and organizations: from the patients and caregivers who find holistic support at City of Hope’s Biller Family Resource Center, to the CareerWork$ graduate who moves her family from homelessness to self-sufficiency, from under-resourced schools struggling to help at-risk students meet educational benchmarks, to theatres that present socially-relevant productions that wrestle with the critical issues of contemporary society.

Our grantees’ stories remind us each day why we’re committed to creating solutions that are scalable and exportable to communities beyond our own. They drive us forward, challenging us to invest in bold ideas that inspire collective action in order to achieve powerful results.