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Honoring the Legacy of Richard Atlas (1943-2020)

Monday, November 16, 2020

It is with sadness that we share with our friends and partners that Richard Atlas passed in the early hours of November 13, 2020. He leaves behind a legacy of love beyond measure, respect, hard work, devotion to those he held close, and a commitment to the very youngest in our community.
When he retired from Goldman Sachs in 1994, Rich spoke with dozens of philanthropic and nonprofit leaders to understand how he could give back to marginalized communities in Southern California. Rich was also a long-time, very dear member of the SCG community. 
Rich reached a simple, profound conclusion: by investing in infants and toddlers, he could help change the life trajectory of thousands of vulnerable children in Los Angeles County. Over the past 25 years, Richard and his wife Lezlie created a legacy of long-term, focused investment in the most at-risk infants, toddlers, parents, and public policy with the highest commitment, partnership, and due diligence. He founded the LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment and has collaborated closely with national Early Childhood leaders and community programs.

To honor Rich’s legacy, the family has established The Richard Atlas Early Childhood Fund. If you would like to donate to the fund, please make checks payable to The Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund with The Richard Atlas Early Childhood Fund in the memo and mail to:


The Richard Atlas Early Childhood Fund
c/o The Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund

2121 Avenue of the Starts, Suite 2700
Los Angeles, CA 90067


Thank you for helping to keep Rich’s beautiful and impactful vision alive to create a loving, healthy future for all families. In respecting the family's expressed wishes for privacy, please feel free to send emails to Janis Minton ([email protected]) or Parker Blackman ([email protected]), or letters directly to JMC Philanthropy office (2444 Wilshire Blvd, Suite #622, Santa Monica, CA 90403). Janis and Parker will be sure to pass along any cards or notes to the family.



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