Los Angeles Postsecondary Education Funders Collaborative

About the Collaborative

The Los Angeles Postsecondary Education Funders Collaborative, a network of more than a dozen national, state, and local funders, seeks to leverage the resources and knowledge of its members to create meaningful systemic change and drive equity outcomes that are beyond the capacity of any individual foundation. Members of the Collaborative recognize the central role that postsecondary education can and should play in building a more equitable and just society. As a learning and action community, the Collaborative supports the piloting, scaling, and sustaining of innovative programs and policies for the benefit of Los Angeles County students.

The Collaborative is not currently accepting proposals.

Transfer Success L.A.

While 80% of entering community college students indicate they want to earn a bachelor's degree or higher, only 30% of students successfully transfer to a four-year institution within six years and only 13% earn a bachelor’s degree within those years. Data show worse outcomes for students of color, and the COVID-19 pandemic has deepened these challenges for all students.

In 2020, a subset of the Collaborative initiated a pooled fund focused on COVID-19 recovery for postsecondary education in Los Angeles. The first joint initiative, Transfer Success L.A., seeks to improve transfer pathways between California State University campuses and community colleges in Los Angeles County.

Current pooled fund members include:

  • California Community Foundation

  • College Futures Foundation

  • ECMC Foundation

  • The Ichigo Foundation

  • The Kresge Foundation

  • Michelson 20MM Foundation

  • The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

The application period for Transfer Success L.A. has closed. Grant awards will be announced in summer 2021.