Winnick Family Foundation Sponsoring Fauna & Flora International Biodiversity Teams

November 4, 2010

The Foundation is proud to support a Charity Navigator 4-star organization that protects endangered wildlife in Asia, Africa and other remote areas

Los Angeles, CA, November 3, 2010- The Winnick Family Foundation announced today that it is sponsoring project teams of Fauna & Flora International, one of the world’s most active nongovernmental organizations dedicated to saving species and ecosystems from extinction.

Said Katie Frohardt, Fauna & Flora’s Executive Director: “Our most urgent projects have benefited immensely from the generous support of the Winnick Family Foundation. These Flagship Priority Projects support critical field work around the world that will have the most important and immediate impact. This frontline work, which both conserves biodiversity and contributes to human development, is supported by over two dozen foundations, including the Winnick Family Foundation, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, John D. and Katherine T. MacArthur Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and Newman’s Own Foundation.”

Gary Winnick, Chairman and CEO of Pacific Capital Group, stated: “My family and I are pleased to support Fauna & Flora International. Katie Frohardt and her team are on the frontlines of endangered wildlife – from Asian elephants in Cambodia, gorillas across Africa, tigers in Sumatra, to a new project protecting endangered species in remote areas of the Caucasus and Kazakhstan. The organization has earned Charity Navigator 4-star ranking which is the gold standard for measuring sound financial stewardship and programmatic excellence.”

About the Winnick Family Foundation

The Winnick Family 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 for those having an international component.

Foundation 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 at 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
  • Winnick Fellows at UCLA School of Medicine
  • Winnick Gallery at Yeshiva University Museum, Center for Jewish History

Karen and Gary 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 Gary Winnick’s alma mater, Long Island University.

They have also funded the transformation of the on-campus C.W. 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 National Parks Foundation, Best Friends Animal Society, The Los Angeles Police Foundation, Shoah Foundation, and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University.

The Foundation also supports charities operating outside the United States, including the International Medical Corps, Flora and Fauna, World Wildlife Fund, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Israel Museum, the Israel Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Zoo, Heifer International and the Bloomfield Science Museum at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. For more information on the Foundation and its work, visit on the Web.


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