President’s Welcome 2016
President’s Letter – September, 2016
September is the month we, the Directors and Staff, meet together for our Annual Meeting. This particular meeting is special because we look at our Gifting and our response to Mrs. Doheny’s wishes for the Foundation. Carrie Estelle Doheny was a remarkable woman who lived her Catholic Faith and its call to serve others. In 1958, she left the Foundation $30,000,000 to support projects that empower and assist the poor and underserved. This amount has grown to $165 million and has given more than $200 million in grants. This past year we were able to give $8.2 million to 280+ agencies. Nina Shepherd and our wonderful team received and reviewed proposals from more than 500 applicants. These requests continue to point out the needs in our community. The most difficult part for us is not being able to do more.
As Board members, we are reminded to keep the focus and heart of Mrs. Doheny in our final evaluations. On-site visits with our staff help to better appreciate and understand those we serve. It is special for us to see the academic progress at our inner city Parochial Schools, advancements in Research at the Doheny Eye Institute and the ministries of Fr. Greg Boyle’s Homeboy Industries and Home Girl Café where former gang members and inmates prepare to restart their lives. Our visits bring us to places like Downtown Women’s Center, St. Francis Center and Good Shepherd Shelter, which provides services for mothers and families, many who were on our streets. Food Banks, Prison Ministries, Summer Camps, Meals on Wheels and their many volunteers are other ways we are able to help bring people and services together.
On our website, we have included a short biography about Mrs. Doheny and also have listed many of the charities we serve. I hope this is helpful for you to better understand what our outreach is about and to be challenged to consider ways to personally be involved. There are many opportunities for each of us to make a difference.
Robert A. Smith, III