MacKenzie Scott Gifts Friends LA $2.9 Million

By Giving List Staff   |   August 29, 2022

Makes history as Friends LA’s largest gift ever from individual donor

Friends LA is thrilled to announce that it has received its largest-ever individual gift from MacKenzie Scott. This generous donation will support our important work in breaking the cycle of generational poverty for Los Angeles’ highest-risk children.

This catalytic gift will allow us to expand our reach and impact in the community and help ensure we can continue our vital work for years to come.

Friends LA’s mission is to provide long-term, salaried, professional mentors – called Friends – to the region’s most vulnerable children, from kindergarten through high school graduation. Research shows that children who participate in our program are significantly more likely to graduate from high school and lead successful lives.

Our thanks and love to MacKenzie!


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Impacting generational change by empowering youth who are facing the greatest obstacles through relationships with professional mentors — 12+ years, no matter what.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation believes every Angeleno regardless of neighborhood or zip code should have the opportunity to thrive. Our investment into Friends of the Children – Los Angeles was an investment in our vision. As a member of their village of believers, we are proud to say their innovative mentoring program addresses all four of our priority areas: education, youth development, health care, and preventing homelessness – for 12-plus years, no matter what!
Nichol Whiteman
CEO of Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation

Partnering with Families to Keep Children Safe

Friends of the Children – Los Angeles has the goal of raising $25 million by 2025. This funding will shore up their reserves and go a long way in providing a mentor to children who could benefit from one for 12-plus years, no matter what. 

“Now more than ever, Friends of the Children – Los Angeles needs to grow its village of believers,” says Thomas Lee, Friends of the Children board member. “Because right now there are over 2,500 children that could benefit from the support of a full-time, salaried, professional mentor. The funding would give us the chance to be able to operate, not from a place of lack, but from a place of innovation,” Lee says.

Key Supporters

Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Foundation
California Community Foundation
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Doheny Foundation
Earle Enterprises
EIF Foundation
Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher LLP
Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation
L.A. County Department of Mental Health
Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect
MassMutual Foundation
Panzer Family Foundation
Paul Hastings LLP
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Reissa Foundation
Rose Hills Foundation
Umpqua Bank
Weingart Foundation