The 1960s

During its early years, the Foundation provided a variety of grants, both big and small. These ranged from supporting capital projects for the Doheny Eye Institute to offering camperships for underprivileged youth in programs supported by the Foundation.

After Mrs. Doheny lost vision in one eye, she established the Estelle Doheny Eye Foundation, now known as Doheny Eye Institute, to further the conservation, improvement, and restoration of human eyesight. The Foundation has provided substantial funding to this world-class research institution to support the mission that was so important to Mrs. Doheny.

Dr. A. Ray Irvine Sr., Mrs. Doheny’s personal ophthalmologist and trusted advisor for Estelle Doheny Eye Foundation.
Front entrance to Doheny Eye Institute's new campus in Pasadena
Doheny Eye Institute’s new seven-acre campus in Pasadena will house not only its cutting-edge research facility but will also be a DEI UCLA location offering top-notch patient care.
Doheny Eye Institute is a leading institution for vision research.

Because Mrs. Doheny realized the value of fresh air and nature, she purchased land in Wrightwood, CA, for the Sisters of Social Service to establish a summer camp for children and youth. This was the beginning of the Campership Program. Today, the Foundation funds two dozen overnight and day camps for children and youth whose families are experiencing poverty. Grantees have shared transformative stories from the children, the youth, and their families on how life-changing camp has been for them.

Camp Mariastella camper writing a letter home, circa 1940.
Children sitting at Book Nook display
Camp Mariastella’s book nook, circa 1950.
Camp Mariastella’s youngest campers, circa 1980.
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