The Winnick Family Foundation was founded by Karen and Gary Winnick in 1983.
The Foundation focuses giving in the program areas of education, literacy, health care, art, culture, animal welfare and the needs of the worldwide Jewish community.
The Foundation encourages project-specific programs but also selectively supports capital campaigns and unrestricted gifts to grantee organizations. There is a preference for projects in Los Angeles and New York – or those having an international component. The Winnick Family Foundation does not publish an annual report or grant list.
Foundation major naming grants include:
• Winnick Family Clinical Research Institute at Cedars Sinai Hospital
• Winnick House and Arnold S. Winnick Student Center at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University.
• Winnick International Conference Center of the Simon Wiesenthal Center / Jerusalem.
• Winnick Children’s Zoo in Los Angeles
• Winnick Faculty Scholar at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University
• Winnick Hall at the Skirball Cultural Center
• Arnold & Blanche Winnick Popular Library and Karen Winnick Children’s Gallery at the Los Angeles Central Library
• Winnick Hillel House at Syracuse University
• Winnick Board Room at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City
• Winnick Winners Mentoring Program for the Los Angeles Unified School District
Gary and Karen Winnick and the Foundation have endowed university and high school literacy and scholarship programs at
Brown University, at Mrs. Winnick’s alma mater Syracuse University, and at Mr. Winnick’s alma mater Long Island University.
They have also funded the transformation of the on-campus Post mansion administrative center – renamed Winnick House –
as well as the main cafeteria which is now named in honor of Mr. Winnick’s late father.
In California, the Foundation has supported educational programs at the California Science Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, KOREH L.A., the Los Angeles Zoo, L.A.’s Best Afterschool Program, the Wonder of Reading, the Fulfillment Fund and Noah’s Ark at the Skirball Center.
Among the many other Foundation grantees are the Special Olympics, The Center for Jewish History, Children’s Scholarship Fund, Partnership for Better Schools, Teach for America, The Gettysburg Foundation, The Los Angeles Police Foundation, Shoah Foundation, and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University.
The Foundation also supports selected charities operating outside the United States, including the International Medical Corps, Flora and Fauna, the Israel Museum, the Israel Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Zoo, Hillel International, and the Bloomfield
Science Museum at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.