Founded in 1991, the Caruso Family Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children and their families throughout Southern California. The foundation supports organizations with a proven track record of providing exceptional services and programs to the communities they serve. The foundation’s primary focus is ensuring educational opportunities and quality health care for underserved youth. In addition, it also supports public safety, culture and arts, and faith-based institutions.
Funded organizations and programs include:*
- Archdiocese of Los Angeles
- Calabasas Shul
- California Medical Center, Los Angeles
- Caruso Department of Otolaryngology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC
- Catholic Education Foundation
- Chabad Jewish Community Center of Pacific Palisades
- Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
- Helping Young People Excel (HYPE)
- Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
- Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation
- Los Angeles Police Foundation
- Loyola High School
- Operation Progress, Watts
- Para Los Niños
- Pepperdine University
- South Central Scholars
- St. John’s Health Center
- St. Lawrence of Brindisi, Los Angeles
- St. Mary’s Academy, Inglewood
- St. Monica Catholic Community
- St. Paul the Apostle School, Los Angeles
- STRIVE Los Angeles
- University of Southern California
- USC Caruso Catholic Center and Our Savior Parish Church
- Verbum Dei High School, Los Angeles
Caruso provides a growing number of opportunities for our team members to participate in community efforts. Most notably, many of our employees double as mentors for students in both our Operation Progress and Caruso Scholars programs.
Caruso’s hallmark programs include Operation Progress, which takes a holistic approach to empowering underserved scholars and enriching their lives both in and out of the classroom thanks to support from LAPD mentors and local volunteers; Para Los Niños, a Skid Row-based nonprofit social services and education organization dedicated to the success of L.A.’s neediest children and families; and Caruso Scholars, a program that provides scholarships, internships and mentorships for 15 South Central scholars each year.
Additionally, our company has participated for many years in the Verbum Dei Corporate Work Study Program, investing in student workers to make college-preparatory education possible for students facing financial hardships.
Los Angeles and the surrounding area is notoriously a car culture, with insufficient walkable neighborhoods or gathering places—something humans fundamentally need and deserve. One of Caruso’s most significant contributions is in increasing the number of walkable neighborhoods, while decreasing the need for transportation and the greenhouse gas emissions that come with it.
As one of the largest privately held real estate companies in the country, Caruso has the ability to make a profound impact on the environmental footprint of our communities. Knowing this, we pledge to meet or exceed the industry’s highest standards for sustainability. Across our entire portfolio we have taken a wide range of environmentally conscious measures to exponentially increase energy efficiency and reduce waste. Additionally, for all new developments in our pipeline, we are committed to achieving LEED Gold certification by implementing cutting-edge, environmentally sound solutions that are in strict accordance with the latest California Green Building Standards Code.