Making A Difference

Making A Difference Since the Foundation’s Inception over $600,000 in Grants have been Awarded!

Since El Caballero’s founding, the core values of its membership have always been charity and philanthropy. Individual member support has always been wide ranging and over the years their donations total in the millions of dollars. In 2013, longtime member, Al Wiener, approached the board with the idea of establishing the El Caballero Foundation. The concept was enthusiastically approved, bylaws were written, IRS approval was obtained, fundraising began and the Foundation’s first grants were made shortly thereafter.

2013 – The El Caballero Foundation is formally established to help the club’s employees and their families in times of need, and to supporting community institutions.

2014 – The Foundation issued its first grants.

  • An employee who needed help with City of Hope medical expenses.
  • An employee who required assistance for funeral expenses.
  • The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission.

2015 – The Foundation awards its first of many educational scholarship grants.

2016 – The Foundation reaches a new milestone with more than 100 Sustaining Members. Sustaining Members support the Foundation with monthly donations added directly to their club bill.

2017 – The Foundation Board expands to 24 members as more club members desire to participate in furthering the Foundation’s Mission.

2018 – The Foundation and Sue Slotnick team up to create College Workshops. o College Access Partnership for assisting the employees and their families in accessing college scholarships.

2020 – The Covid-19 pandemic hits and the Foundation supported El Cab’s employees and families with many grants for medical, educational, funeral and bereavement expenses and much more. o The Foundation buys computers and laptops for children of employees in order to receive at home on-line education during a year-long lockdown. o The Foundation issues 56 grants to employees whose jobs were affected by the pandemic.

2021 – The Foundation makes employee emergency and community grants:

  • The Foundation helped 9 employees with dental & medical issues.
  • The Foundation awarded 10 educational grants.
  • The Foundation helped an employee family with a bereavement grant.
  • The Foundation awarded several community grants:
    • The Providence Tarzana Foundation to help in building the new hospital.
    • The Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission to help build the Tiny Home community.
    • The Southern California PGA Foundation to help provide scholarships for qualified and deserving students.