The Herb Alpert Foundation is the Philanthropist of the Year for 2016!

For Immediate Release

Contact: Robert Schwartz




Recognizing the Largest Donation Made to a Southern California Community College


LOS ANGELES, CA, November 3, 2016- The Herb Alpert Foundation has been named the 2016 Bernard Osher Philanthropist of the Year award for its extraordinary support to Los Angeles City College (LACC). The award recognizes significant contributions to California community colleges and is selected by the Network of California Community College Foundations. Earlier this year, the Herb Albert Foundation donated $10.1 million to LACC’s Music Department – the largest gift ever to a community college in Southern California.

The Herb Alpert Foundation’s gift creates an endowment allowing music majors at LACC tuition-free attendance, private lessons and additional financial aid enabling them to succeed and enriching their community college experience. The support extends to all music majors, whether enrolled in the two-year certificate programs or in the applied music major program that prepares students to pursue a four-year degree.

The Bernard Osher Philanthropist of the Year Award is awarded by the Network of California Community College Foundations and is named after Mr. Bernard Osher for his history-making commitment to community college students in 2008. The Bernard Osher Foundation pledged an unprecedented lead gift of $25 million and committed additional match dollars which ultimately resulted in the establishment a $76 million statewide scholarship endowment. The award is presented to an individual, corporation, or nonprofit organization who demonstrates a commitment to philanthropy and serves as a role model to encourage philanthropy for California community colleges.

About the Network of California Community Colleges:

The Network of California Community College Foundations is a professional association dedicated to expanding impact of philanthropy within California Community Colleges. Through training and networking, the Network serves over 80% of advancement professionals working to advance the missions of the California Community Colleges. To learn more, please visit ncccfweb.org.

About Los Angeles City College:

Set on an attractive 49 acres, Los Angeles City College was the original location for UCLA before it moved to Westwood, CA. The college facilities include more than a dozen multistory classroom buildings including a library, computer labs, fitness centers, theatre, and TV/film studios. Through several bond awards, the college has further enhanced itself with a new and advanced technology learning facility, increased parking, and expanded athletic/fitness and child development centers. LACC’s student body is one of the most diverse in the country. Students range in age from late teens to seniors and come from every ethnic group, culture and country in the world.


Robert Schwartz

Executive Director

Los Angeles City College Foundation

(323) 953-4011




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