Business Wire - January 24, 2012
$5.6 Million Committed for 2012
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - The Pacific Life Foundation announced
$2.4 million in grants, ranging from $5,000 to $100,000, to
nearly 200 nonprofit agencies serving Southern California during
an early Monday evening reception. Overall, the Pacific Life
Foundation has committed to provide $5.6 million in charitable
funding throughout 2012.
A highlight of the evening was a special presentation of the
Walter B. Gerken Community Service Award, along with a $25,000
grant, to the Aquarium of the Pacific (AOP). The Foundation began
its partnership with the world-class aquarium in Long Beach
nearly a decade ago, when the Whales: Voices in the Sea exhibit
(underwritten by the Foundation) debuted at AOP and has since
expanded to five other venues nationwide. Another highly
successful collaboration with AOP was the development and
implementation of the Seafood for the Future program, which
ensures more sustainable seafood is offered in restaurants and
markets throughout Southern California.
The Pacific Life Foundation provides grants to nonprofit agencies
that engage in the areas of arts and culture; civic, community,
and environment; education; and health and human services.
Arts and Culture
Eleven nonprofit organizations from Southern California received
grants within the Arts and Culture category. The following
organizations were awarded grants of $10,000: Arts Orange County,
Laguna Playhouse, and Shakespeare by the Sea.
Civic, Community, and Environment
Sixteen organizations from Southern California received grants
within the Civic, Community, & Environment area. Those receiving
grants of $10,000 include: American Red Cross Orange County
Chapter, Bolsa Chica Conservancy, Child Care Connections, and
Oceana. Those receiving a grant in excess of $10,000 included:
GroundWork group - A $50,000 contribution towards a $150,000
pledge to support the Executive Director's position as he
promotes effective use of technology to help build the capacity
of local nonprofit organizations.
Southern California Public Radio - $15,000 in operating support
to help sustain a full-time reporting presence in Orange County.
Within the Education area, 52 Southern California nonprofit
agencies received grants. In particular, the following received
grants of $10,000: Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana, Boys & Girls
Club of Westminster, Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley,
Claremont Graduate University (Applied Women's Studies), El
Viento Foundation, Environmental Nature Center, Friendly Center,
Ocean Institute, Orange County Community Housing Corporation,
Parent Institute for Quality Education, PBS SoCal, Philharmonic
Society of Orange County, Pretend City, Project Access,
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, THINK Together, UCI SAGE Scholars
Program, and Vital Link. Agencies receiving a grant over $10,000
CSU Fullerton/Center for Insurance Studies: $30,000 for general
operating support for their Insurance/Actuary Program for
undergraduates at CSUF's College of Business and Economics.
Junior Achievement of Orange County: A $15,000 grant to help fund
their economic education programs in K-8 schools in Santa Ana.
MIND Research Institute: A $100,000 grant towards a multi-year
commitment of $500,000 to support their Orange County Math
Initiative program which elevates student math achievement in
Orange County K-8 schools that perform in the lower three deciles
of the Academic Performance Index.
South Coast Repertory: A $20,000 grant to underwrite the Theatre
for Young Audiences, a series of three stage productions designed
especially for undeserved K-12 children.
In addition, the Pacific Life Foundation announced it will
contribute a total of $381,000 in direct grants to 118 Southern
California K-12 schools where there are concentrations of
children or grandchildren of Pacific Life employees. A 3T's of
Education grant must be designated to one of the following areas:
Teacher Training, Textbooks, or Technology.
Health and Human Services
Within the Health and Human Services category, 95 Southern
California agencies received grants. Agencies who received
$10,000 grants include: AccessOC, AIDS Services Foundation Orange
County, Alzheimer's Association Orange County Chapter, American
Academy of Pediatrics - California Chapter 4, Assistance League
of Capistrano Valley, Assistance League of Santa Ana, Blind
Children's Learning Center, Boys & Girls Clubs of Anaheim, Canine
Companions for Independence - Southwest Region, Canyon Acres
Children and Family Services, Children Now, Children's Dental
Center of Greater Los Angeles, Children's Health Initiative of
Orange County, CHOC Foundation, Community Action Partnership of
Orange County, Community Connect, Court Appointed Special
Advocates of Orange County, Discovery Eye Foundation, Eli Home,
Family Assessment, Counseling & Education Services, Family
Assistance Ministries, Foothill Family Shelter, Friendly Center,
Friendship Shelter, H.O.M.E.S., Health Funders Partnership OC,
Hoag Hospital Foundation, Inland Valley Hope Partners, Irvine
Adult Day Health Services, J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center,
Mission Hospital's Camino Health Center, Mercy House Living
Centers, Oak View Renewal Partnership, Phoenix House of Orange
County, Providence Speech & Hearing Center, Riverside Area Rape
Crisis Center, Saint Anselm's Cross-Cultural Community Center,
Share Our Selves, South County Outreach, Thomas House Temporary
Shelter, UCI Foundation/Center for Diabetes Treatment and
Research, Women Helping Women, and Working Wardrobes for a New
Start. Recipients receiving larger grants included:
Fullerton Interfaith Emergency Services - A $75,000 grant to
support their $2.5 million "Second Step Transitional Housing
Expansion" capital campaign. The expansion will include eight new
apartments in Fullerton for homeless families, as well as provide
a variety of health and human services to help the families work
toward a life of independence.
Laura's House - A $75,000 grant to support their new domestic
violence shelter in South Orange County. The new facility will
increase the shelter's annual capacity by 93% allowing Laura's
House to annually serve 175 additional women and their children
who are victims of domestic violence.
The Pacific Life Foundation has pledged to contribute a total of
$560,000 towards marine mammal protection and education programs
in 2012 and it will provide approximately $300,000 in matching
funds for Pacific Life employee donations to United Ways
throughout Southern California in 2012.
The Pacific Life Foundation was established in 1984. Together
with Pacific Life, the Foundation has contributed donations
totaling over $68.3 million to thousands of nonprofits. It
expects to contribute $5.6 million in grants to nonprofits
throughout 2012. For more information about the Pacific Life
Foundation, visit its website at www.PacificLifeFoundation.com.
Offering insurance since 1868, Pacific Life provides a wide range
of life insurance products, annuities, and mutual funds, and
offers a variety of investment products and services to
individuals, businesses, and pension plans. Pacific Life counts
more than half of the 100 largest U.S. companies as its clients.
For additional company information, including current financial
strength ratings, visit Pacific Life online at
Pacific Life refers to Pacific Life Insurance Company and its
affiliates, including Pacific Life & Annuity Company. Client
count as of May 2011 is compiled by Pacific Life using the 2011
FORTUNE 500(R) list.
The Pacific Life Foundation
Tennyson Oyler, (949) 219-3248