The Foundation makes grants for both operating support and program support, but does not make multi-year commitments.  Organizations may receive funding up to four years, after which they must take a two-year hiatus.

Most of our grant making is limited to programs or organizations in Los Angeles County.

Deadlines are: January 15th for the March meeting; April 15th for the June meeting; July 15th for the September meeting; October 15th for the December meeting. All proposals must be postmarked on or before the day of the deadline. If the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the next business day.


No special application form is required. Proposals should include a brief description of the organization, its history and current programs, a statement of need, the specific amount requested, and, if applying for a particular program, a statement of the objectives for that program. In addition, all proposals should include:

  • a current annual operating budget and, if appropriate, a program budget
  • a 501(c)(3) tax determination letter or an Advance Ruling letter from the Internal Revenue Service
  • the most recent audited financial statements
  • a copy of the most recent complete Form 990 filed with the Internal Revenue Service
  • a list of the current Board of Directors
  • any other pertinent supplemental documents

Government institutions that do not have a 501(c)(3) letter are exempt from that requirement. New organizations that do not yet have audited financial statements or a Form 990 may send unaudited information.

Only one copy of each proposal is required. Please do not send videos or materials that need to be returned. There will be a delay in processing incomplete applications. Organizations submitting complete requests will be notified immediately after the Board Meeting. Organizations that are declined must wait one year before re-applying and must submit all requested materials with each application.


The Foundation does not provide funds to individuals, endowments, capital campaigns or building funds. The Foundation does not underwrite annual meetings, conferences or special events, nor does it fund religious programs or purchase tickets to fundraising events.

Although the Foundation does not currently produce an annual report, a list of sample grants is available on this website.

Proposals should be sent to:

Wendy Wachtell


Joseph Drown Foundation

1999 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 2330
Los Angeles, California 90067

If there are any questions regarding our grant application process, please call or e-mail our Program Administrator.

How to reach us:


Phone: (310) 277-4488
Fax: (310) 277-4573


Norman C. Obrow................................103



Wendy Wachtell...................................105



Ann T. Miller........................................101                           Chief Financial Officer

Alyssa Eichelberger .............................100
Program Administrator

Board of Directors

Philip S. Magaram
Elaine Mahoney
Thomas C. Marshall
Norman C. Obrow
Wendy Wachtell