2024 On The Horizon

To our friends, grantees, partners, and members of the community,

As we get ready to ring in a new year and take time to reflect on 2023, we express deep gratitude for partners like you. Together, we are all advancing important initiatives to meet the critical needs of our time, and that is paramount to the Annenberg Foundation.

We remain committed to helping build a brighter future for all people by providing the funding and the framework to address pressing challenges such as permanent supportive housing, worsening food insecurity, education, affordable health care, social justice, diversity and inclusion, animal welfare, aging and longevity, and access to the arts.

With 2024 on the horizon, may we all work together to make possible moments of peace.

For now, from the bottom of our hearts, the Annenberg Foundation wishes you and yours a restful and restorative holiday season.

Construction of the Annenberg Wildlife Crossing continues over ten lanes of the 101 freeway. Public tours of the crossing site have been a hit, and the innovative nursery being used to grow native seeds for the bridge was profiled by the LA TimesLearn more →

“We know wildlife crossings make a profound difference; they make the whole ecosystem healthy again. This is long overdue environmental rejuvenation.”
Wallis Annenberg
Chairman, President, and CEO, Annenberg Foundation

Thanks to the collaborative effort between the Annenberg Foundation, its philanthropic partners, and our impactful community based organizations, LA’s first-ever Office of Food Equity was approved by the LA Board of Supervisors. The office will use the LA County Food Equity Roundtable’s report as a roadmap to help address food insecurity in the region. Learn more →

“To have a coordination point in our region that will stay laser-focused on this will make all the difference in the world.”
Cinny Kennard
Executive Director, Annenberg Foundation

Explore took its cameras on the road, debuting the Explore Zen Den at the Aspen Ideas Festival. Attendees flocked to the pop up to unwind and watch serene views of animals all over the world, broadcast from Explore’s live cameras. Learn more 

Metabolic Studio’s innovative reuse of LA River water was profiled in the LA Times. The article highlights how Bending the River aims to encourage experimentation in city infrastructure through its historic work diverting, cleaning, and repurposing water. Learn more 

In 2017, Mira Nadon received the School of American Ballet’s inaugural GRoW @ Annenberg Fellowship, part of the academy’s diversity initiative. This year, the rising star became the New York City Ballet’s first Asian American female principal dancer. 
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This year’s winner of the Wallis Annenberg Justice for Women Journalists Award, Yalda Moaiery, attended the awards and was recognized for her work covering state protests in Iran. Moaiery was arrested and sentenced to six years in prison but remains out on bail. She visited the Annenberg Foundation offices to speak about what the award means to her. Learn more →

“The government tried to stop us, take our work permit, and nobody knew what was happening in our country. So when an organization gives us a prize or award it’s like oxygen, new blood, something that makes you start again.”
Yalda Moaiery
Wallis Annenberg Justice for Women Journalists Award Recipient

AnnenbergTech’s PledgeLA initiative is now the model for New York City’s new Venture Access Alliance, which launched this year and aims to increase access to capital for under-represented founders in New York City. PledgeLA provided support and guidance for the program and we’re thrilled to have an economic powerhouse like NYC follow our lead. Learn more 

“I want to echo thanks to the Annenberg Foundation and PledgeLA. They are sponsors of ours, and flew out here to show their support.”
Maria Torres-Springer
New York City Deputy Mayor for Housing, Economic and Workforce Development
The Annenberg Foundation prioritized health care access during the pandemic, providing support for frontline health care workers and vaccine clinics. This year, Wallis Annenberg was honored by the Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai with the humanitarian award for her work and announced a $1 million gift to the Women’s Guild Neurology Project at Cedars to help advance understanding of complex neurological disorders. Learn more →
“I've always tried to support the most innovative local institutions, the things that make L.A. the very best it can be, as well as national and global ones. Cedars is at the very top of that list.”
Wallis Annenberg
Chairman, President, and CEO, Annenberg Foundation

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