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Pacific Life Foundation dedicates $2.4 million to local nonprofit organizations

Almost 200 organizations received grants of up to $100,000

By Elaine MurphyPublished: January 26, 2012 01:05 PM

Jim Morris (L) and Bob Haskell (R), Pacific
Life Foundation, present the Walter B.
Gerken Community Service Award to the
Aquarium of the Pacific, represented by
Jerry and Margaret Schubel
The Pacific Life Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Newport Beach insurance company Pacific Life, awarded $2.4 million in grants to almost 200 nonprofit agencies in Southern California at a reception on Jan. 24, contributing to a total of $5.6 million that the Foundation plans to give to charities in 2012. The organizations, which received between $5,000 and $100,000 from the Pacific Life Foundation, spanned a range of sectors, including education, community involvement, arts and culture, health services and environmental aid. In a special presentation, the Aquarium of the Pacific received the Walter B. Gerken Community Service Award and a $25,000 grant.

The Ocean Institute, Laguna Playhouse, Bolsa Chica Conservancy, CHOC Foundation, Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Assistance League Santa Ana are among more than 150 organizations to be awarded $10,000.

Southern California Public Radio received $15,000 to fund its operating costs, and Junior Achievement of Orange County was given the same amount toward developing economic education programs for Santa Ana children in grades K-8. A grant of $20,000 will support the South Coast Repertory’s Theatre for Young Audiences program for underserved children.

Laura’s House, an organization dedicated to combating domestic violence, and homeless transitional services provider Fullerton Interfaith Emergency Services both received $75,000 to expand their housing facilities for shelter residents. MIND Research Institute took $100,000 as part of a multi-year grant of $500,000 to further its Orange County Math Initiative program, designed to serve schools with low-performing math scores.

The Pacific Life Foundation will also donate $381,000 to 118 schools in Southern California that have high populations of Pacific Life employees’ descendants. The money will go to toward teacher training, textbooks or technology.

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