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Our History

In 1973, four Los Angeles area foundations came together with a common vision to build a community of grantmakers. Together, The Ahmanson Foundation, the Cummins Foundation (originally called the Cummins Engine Foundation), the Norton Simon Foundation and the Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation founded the Los Angeles Inter-Foundation Center (LAIFC). More than 40 years later, their visionary group has become today’s diverse Southern California Grantmakers (SCG), a regional association representing 300+ grantmakers of all types and reflecting the evolving character of the philanthropic sector in Southern California.

Today's SCG continues to build on our 40-year legacy of working to create a stronger and more vibrant philanthropic community. Since our inception, we have sought to build relationships between the private and public sectors, and enhance the impact of individual and collaborative projects for the public good.


View our 40-year Timeline of philanthropy in
Southern California

Created by Community Arts Resources for SCG's 2013 Annual Conference.