The Majestic Realty Foundation
As developers, Majestic Realty Co. builds business parks that serve communities across 13 states. Indeed, this perspective gives our employees unique insight into grassroots community needs. The Majestic Realty Foundation grew out of our realization that community needs were growing rapidly. We saw that great numbers of youth and families were at risk from increasing gang-related violence. We saw that homelessness and hunger impacted more families than ever; plus high school drop-out rates reach epidemic proportions. But we also saw that together, we could make a difference.
In 2002, our company’s longstanding tradition of corporate giving was formalized with the launch of the Majestic Realty Foundation – now the cornerstone of our community investment program. As builders first, we know the value of creating communities of promise, where families and businesses know that their futures are secure and bright. To this end, we have devoted time and resources to build collaborations and provide professional training to help local nonprofits increase their capacities.
Realizing the responsibilities of an industry leader, The Majestic Realty Foundation provides support to our local communities in five key investment areas:
- Violence Prevention
To create a legacy and a model for a financially and operationally sustainable foundation that leverages our capabilities to enhance the quality of life in our communities.
Grantees serve the communities where Majestic Realty Co. does business. Decisions regarding funding and volunteer support are directed by seven Area Planning Teams serving:
- Greater Los Angeles, CA
- San Gabriel Valley, CA
- Inland Empire, CA
- Atlanta, GA
- Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
- Denver/Aurora, CO
- Las Vegas, NV
- Bethlehem, PA
Majestic Realty Foundation Fast Facts
- Established in 2002 to move Majestic Realty from passive to active philanthropy
- Our flagship program, the Los Angeles Youth Leadership Council, brings together students from inner city youth centers for leadership training activities
- National organizations are funded across several geographic markets, including Ronald McDonald House, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs and local Children’s Hospitals
- The Foundation links excess inventory from Majestic Realty clients with organizations in need
- “Get on Board” campaign enables Majestic employees to serve on more than 40 charitable boards, strengthening the nonprofit sector in our communities
- Thousands of hours of volunteer service directed to worthy community-based organizations
We embrace the concept of “active philanthropy,” viewing our involvement as much more than just writing checks to grantees. Instead, we look for strategic nonprofit partners in our communities. In addition to our financial contributions, we take leadership roles in local organizations, donate countless hours and recruit the resources of our clients, vendors, brokers and others, to help meet the many needs in our communities.
Building a Brighter Future, One Student at a Time
In Southern California, the Majestic Realty Foundation’s commitment to active philanthropy is clearly demonstrated through its flagship program, the Los Angeles Youth Leadership Council (LAYLC). As a leadership and teambuilding collaborative, LAYLC brings together 80 high school student leaders from 43 separate LA schools. Each attends one of six inner-city youth centers: the Bresee Foundation, El Centro del Pueblo, Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), Para Los Niños, Salesian Boys & Girls Club and The Salvation Army Red Shield Center. Through monthly meetings and enrichment activities, the LAYLC empowers students from Los Angeles’ most challenged neighborhoods to develop and apply leadership skills through participation in an annual camp, college tours and forums with high-profile guest speakers. Additionally, students receive training in public speaking, economic literacy and civic affairs.
The Majestic Realty Foundation believes that youth centers have the power to curb youth violence, develop strong leaders and create safe communities.
Driven by a Shared Passion
As a vital part of our corporate culture, the employees of Majestic Realty Co., Majestic Management Co. and Commerce Construction Co., L.P., volunteer thousands of hours for community organizations. Whether taking part in charity walkathons, collecting shoes and sponsoring community-wide days of service, Majestic/Commerce employees have ongoing opportunities to serve those in need, and they never fail to turn out in great numbers. We realize that our team members are our greatest asset. Through the Foundation’s innovative “Get on Board” campaign, Majestic employees freely give their time and talents by serving in leadership positions on nonprofit boards. In fact, currently our employees serve on more than 46 nonprofit boards.
Targeted Nonprofit Organizations: The Majestic Realty Foundation funds well-established service providers focusing on youth, education, family, health, and violence prevention in our core geographic markets.
Funding Guidelines exclude Programs that are:
- Federated Funds or Pass-Through Organizations
- Religiously or Otherwise Exclusive
- Lobbying or Electioneering
- Grants to Non-Charities
Types of Giving – Restricted or Unrestricted Grants
- Restricted- Grants Limited to Specific Program
- Unrestricted – General Operating Funds
- Challenge Grants – Matching Fund Campaign for Specific Programs
Priority is given to grants with matching funds from strategic partnerships and solicited proposals.
The Majestic Realty Foundation does not have a specific funding schedule. Proposal submission review and selection are conducted on an on-going basis throughout the year.
To begin the grant request process, nonprofit organizations with a focus and geographic reach matching the Majestic Realty Foundation objectives should submit in writing a letter of introduction which includes the following information:
- Name and Address
- Description of Organizations/Mission Statement
- Organization’s Area of Focus – Youth, Education, Family, Health and Violence Prevention
- Federal/State Tax Exempt Status – ID Number
- Description of the Specific Project
- Targeted Accomplishments
- Timetable for Project
- Total Project Budget
If selected as a finalist for a grant, your organization may be asked to provide additional information and a site-visit will be required.
Employee Matching Funds
The Majestic Realty Foundation also has an employee match program where all employees of Majestic Realty and its related entities are eligible for matching fund contributions up to $5,000 per year for qualified contributions.
We are humbled to work with the passionate and committed leadership of our local nonprofit organizations. They are the true heroes in our communities—providing assistance, inspiration and resources. Each day they make a difference in the lives of those at-risk and in need—young people and adults. These nonprofit organizations and their staffs not only provide a safety net, but often they provide the type of support that truly changes lives. We are proud to be part of that process.
“Thank you Majestic Realty Foundation, for walking the walk, not just talking the talk.”
– Pat Harvey, KCAL-TV Anchor – Los Angeles, CA
“Thank you (to) the entire Majestic team for all that you do to help build a healthy economy and family friendly San Bernardino. As a partner in the Operation Phoenix Community Center, you are helping us focus on the restoration of peace in our historic city… Your generosity serves as a foundational pillar in our transformation of the hearts and lives of our youth, which will undoubtedly benefit the future of the city of San Bernardino.”
– The Hon. Patrick J. Morris, Mayor, City of San Bernardino and founder
Operation Phoenix Foundation – San Bernardino, CA
“Thank you…This is a very significant gift that will greatly benefit our camping program for children with chronic illnesses and major physical disabilities….I am most grateful for the support of the Majestic Realty Foundation.”
– Vance C. Gilmore, CCD, Executive Director
Camp John Marc – Dallas, TX
“Thank you for your help in assuring the success of our 2007 programs for children with cancer. Your support helped bring many memories and lasting friendships to the special group of children we serve.”
– Sally Hale, Executive Director
Camp Sunshine – Decatur, GA
“All I can say is WOW! No one can ever doubt Majestic’s commitment to this community. Thank you.”
– Jane Taylor, CEO
Pomona Valley YMCA – Pomona, CA
“These are the kind of partnerships that really make a difference for kids who live in Los Angeles’ most at-risk and underserved neighborhoods. The students and their families have truly embraced the opportunity to take part in Sound Art classes. We thank the Majestic Realty Foundation for its continued support.”
– Irene De Anda Lewis, Executive Director
The Salvation Army Red Shield Youth & Community Center – Los Angeles, CA
“Whether by volunteering their time at our events or by serving on our board of directors, Majestic Realty Foundation employees always go above-and-beyond to share their expertise with us. Their knowledge and leadership have been invaluable to the YMCA of Southern Nevada as we look to expand our programs and services for at-risk youth in our community.”
– Mike Lubbe, President and CEO
YMCA of Southern Nevada – Las Vegas, NV
Majestic Realty Foundation
13191 Crossroads Parkway North, Sixth Floor
City of Industry, CA 91746-3497