November 24 2015

Los Angeles, Calif., (November 24, 2015) – The California Endowment, one of the nation’s largest private health care foundations, announced today it will make emergency relief grants available to several organizations helping Syrian refugees arriving in California.

“This is a moment to stand up for our values as Americans,” said Dr. Robert K. Ross, President and CEO of The California Endowment. “Inclusion and compassion are at the core of The Endowment’s mission to create healthier communities across our great state. We are committed to do our part and support Governor Brown’s decision to welcome refugees to California.”

The Endowment will make small grants available to several community-based organizations that offer support to refugees fleeing the violence in Syria. These one-time only emergency grants will be designed to increase the capacity of organizations in select communities in California where refugees will be arriving. Organizations will be identified based on the location of arriving refugees.


About The California Endowment
The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental affordable improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. Through its ‘Health Happens Here’ campaign and ten-year initiative for Building Healthy Communities, The Endowment is creating places where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. At its core, The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The California Endowment’s homepage at


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