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LADF's grants exceeded $1.5M in 2017

Donations went to 66 nonprofit organizations helping community
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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation granted donations of more than $1.5 million to 66 local nonprofit organizations in 2017, impacting one million underserved youth, the club announced on Tuesday.

The Foundation supports organizations that are based on education and literacy, health and wellness or sports and recreation.

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation granted donations of more than $1.5 million to 66 local nonprofit organizations in 2017, impacting one million underserved youth, the club announced on Tuesday.

The Foundation supports organizations that are based on education and literacy, health and wellness or sports and recreation.

"Since 1995, LADF has contributed $21 million to local communities, including $13 million in grants," said Nichol Whiteman, executive director of the Foundation. "We are so grateful to our donors and fans who support us by purchasing a 50/50 raffle ticket, bidding on silent auction items, sponsoring events and providing general donations. Together we are impacting organizations that produce incredible results on fields, in classrooms and at community centers throughout Los Angeles."

The breakdown in funding: 45 percent to education and literacy; 29 percent to health and wellness; 26 percent to sports and recreation, which included $170,000 in support of Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI).

The Foundation also granted $160,000 to The Jackie Robinson Foundation to support 11 students with four-year scholarships, mentorship and leadership development, and $25,000 to California State University, Northridge to provide scholarships in honor of Roy Campanella within the Physical Therapy doctoral program.

LADF will continue its grantmaking program in 2018, with deadlines on Feb. 1, May 1 and Aug. 1.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

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