The Flora L. Thornton Foundation was founded in Los Angeles in 1982 by Flora L. Thornton, following the death of her husband, Charles B. ("Tex") Thornton. Together, they were involved in local community-building and philanthropic efforts. Since its inception, the Foundation has mainly supported higher education, the arts and preventive medicine.
  • The Foundation made significant and leadership contributions to numerous local institutions including the Los Angeles Music Center; the University of Southern California and the USC Thornton School of Music; Keck School of Medicine at USC, USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Doheny Eye Institute; Pepperdine University; the California Science Center; the Library Foundation of Los Angeles; Saint John's Health Center Foundation; Full Circle Opera Program at Arts High, Los Angeles; the American Youth Symphony and KCET.
  • Significant support was given to the Santa Fe Opera and the Music Academy of the West, as well as numerous local programs in education and nutrition.
  • Through its giving, the Flora L. Thornton Foundation wishes to enhance the quality of life in our community. To that end, it cooperates with non-profit organizations which have established programs with quantifiable local impact, sound fiscal management and innovative solutions to the challenges of a rapidly-changing society.
  • The trustees have a pro-active approach to learning about "best practices" in the non-profit community and wish to further established programs that have proven effective.
  • The Foundation strives for consummate integrity and straight-forwardness in all its actions.
  • It is committed to racial, cultural, ethnic, gender and intellectual diversity in the selection of grantees.

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