Five Acres Receives Impressive Grant from The Ahmanson Foundation

 Five Acres Receives Impressive Grant from The Ahmanson Foundation

Grant award is in support of vital facility renovations


(Tuesday June 23, 2015, ALTADENA, CA) – Five Acres announces today it has been awarded a generous grant from The Ahmanson Foundation in support of renovations planned for 2015-2016, including flooring repairs and refinishing, carpeting and exterior and interior repainting of the Robert Ketch Administration Building.


These restorations are part of a phased series of critical improvements that Five Acres is undertaking to ensure the agency’s historic Altadena campus remains safe, functional, and in good condition for years to come.

 “Founded in 1888 and after outgrowing our original location, Five Acres Altadena residential campus and administrative headquarters was opened in 1926. Designed by famed architect Myron Hunt, the facility was built specifically for the care of children. As we near our 90th anniversary of this campus, we offer our heartfelt gratitude to the Ahmanson Foundation for their continued support and tremendous encouragement towards the facility renovations and to the children who will benefit from their investment both now and in the future.”  – Jennifer Berger, Chief Advancement Officer


The Ahmanson Foundation, incorporated in 1952, is a private foundation with initial funding from financier Howard F. Ahmanson and his wife, Dorothy Grannis Ahmanson.


The Ahmanson Foundation has been generous towards Five Acres’ buildings and programs since 1981. The Foundation has provided eight significant grants to Five Acres as well as a few smaller, foundation board member designated gifts. The last grant was made in 2010, toward the addition of a tenth grade class at the Five Acres Therapeutic (non-public) School.


Five Acres trusts the great generosity of many individuals, corporations and foundations to build and sustain its vital programming for vulnerable children and their families.  The Ahmanson Foundation gift underscores the importance of maintaining services for years to come, which help children and their families attain safety, well-being and permanency.


About Five Acres:


Five Acres is a child and family services agency strengthening families and preventing child abuse through treatment and education in community based and residential programs. Established as an orphanage in 1888, today Five Acres offers an array of services including foster care and adoption, supporting nearly 8,400 children and family members in five counties.


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