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Unlocking human potential.

Our Goal

is to elevate the lives of those with special needs, and help them integrate with the greater community.

Our New Campus

is designed to be a safe and inspirational place where people with special needs will engage with others to develop life skills, interpersonal relations, personal interests, and training in vocations and careers.



Transform one friend at a time.

ming lives, dship The Friendship Foundation was founded 15 years ago by Rabbi Yossi Mintz and the Jewish Community Center Chabad of the South Bay with the goal of providing children with special needs the same advantages as their peers to enjoy and experience life. We developed programs that allow children with and without special needs to play, grow, develop and thrive together. The success and growing demand we’ve seen have expanded our vision to include our innovative new campus, a facility centered around turning special needs into special contributions to society.



178,511 students are enrolled in special education in Los Angeles County.


of high school graduates with disabilities don’t meet 4-year college admittance requirements.

8 IN 10 Americans with disabilities are unemployed.

The need is clear. Our inclusive campus will provide vocational training and job placement, and allow these students to transform the workforce and society.

*According to 2017-2018 CDC and EdData estimates.


OUR IMPACT What started with just eight children and 22 volunteers has grown to serve:

10 40 56 2,000+ 100,000 School Districts

School Clubs

Enrichment Programs

Students Per Year


In the Skechers Pier to Pier Friendship Walk since 2011

The children who joined us 15 years ago have become young adults and are now asking for help finding gainful employment, purpose and ways to contribute to society. That’s what our new campus is all about. 9


Designed on purpose. Every aspect of our new campus is an expression of our mission to transform lives. From concept, to design, to functionality, to sustainability, we’re creating a bright, bold and welcoming place for the community.

Campus Size:


55,000-sq-ft. footprint with over 3.25 acres of usable program space

850 Inglewood Avenue Redondo Beach, CA 90278



What’s inside matters most. A Safe Space

where people with special needs are welcomed and empowered to grow and develop both intellectually and socially.

An Education

holistically designed to prepare and train young people to follow their passions and turn them into careers that benefit everyone.

A Future

where the business world recognizes the potential of a workforce that includes those with disabilities.

Our new campus will provide an engaging and inviting environment including:

Talent & Skill Building Personal Growth & Development Programs Social & Emotional Wellness Healthy Lifestyle Habits & Physical Fitness

Job Training & Exploration Programs, Including: • • • • • • • • •

Technology Media Hospitality Retail Culinary Office Education Trades Landscaping Vocations

Self-Care Responsibility & Community Integration


Creative Center Creativity promotes career opportunities as well as life skills like problem solving, adaptability, stress reduction and confidence building. Our state-of-the-art studio will include: Digital Media:

Graphic Design Coding Animation Game Design Entertainment Design Visual Arts:

Painting Photography Sculpting Video Filmmaking Craftwork:

Weaving Woodwork Jewelry Making Music:

Audio Production Percussion & Drumming Music Mixing Songwriting & More...

Culinary Arts Center The Friendship Café and Teaching Kitchen will give our culinary students hands-on learning experiences to further their passions and help forge career paths in the hospitality and culinary industries. Culinary Basics:

Reading Recipes Conversions Baking Basics Cooking Skills Culinary Techniques Menu Design Safety and Sanitation Hospitality:

Plating Serving Hosting Services


Recreation Center Because physical fitness promotes mental fitness, our Recreation Center will provide everyone a place to participate in sports, fitness and recreational activities. The whole community can come together to train, play, socialize and get fit with our adaptive curriculum and equipment. Sports, Fitness and Mindfulness:

Basketball Volleyball Rock Climbing Badminton Pickleball Baseball Soccer Dance Yoga Meditation Martial Arts Stand Strong Social Programming & More…

Multigenerational Mentoring Connecting the ideas, perspectives and experiences of multiple generations benefits everyone involved. Creativity, problem solving, increased confidence and stress reduction are just some of the byproducts of bringing generations together. Our adult mentors will provide professional expertise and life experiences to help our students find their purpose. The seniors in our community will have a place to call their own, benefiting from all the services provided, as well as becoming contributors to our success.



Act locally Reach glob The joys of growth and self-discovery benefit us all, which is why our Friendship campus will be more than just a place for the local community. It will be a beacon for communities everywhere. The programs we’ve developed and successes we’ve had will be shared and duplicated throughout the world. We will educate, innovate and inspire students, teachers, researchers and the community so that together we can create a better place for everyone.

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Who we are. The Friendship Foundation Board is dedicated to building an integrated, accepting and unified community for our children and young adults. They bring varied skills and expertise to help the organization deliver its vision.

Board of Directors:

Yossi Mintz

Adam Carroll

Portia Cohen

Josef Gorowitz


Founder of New Age Electronics & Friendship Foundation Co-Founder

Attorney, Marketing Strategist

Founder and President of Prodégé

Edward Kaminsky

John Pollitt

Mike Kaplan

Chase Greenberg

Owner of Kaminsky Real Estate Group

Pollitt & Pollitt Law

Chairman of Lakeshore Learning

Brand Strategist at Skechers

Advisory Board Members: Josh Carroll AAMS, AIF

Jerry Katz

Lisa Perlot

Colyar Pridgen

Financial Planning Consultant


Parent of Special Needs Child

Financial Planning Consultant

Tom Nguyen CFP

Carolyn Robb

Alyse Zwickel

Wealth Advisor

Parent of Special Needs Child

Parent of Special Needs Child; Former Director of Development of the Friendship Foundation

Friendship Foundation Office Staff: Yossi Mintz

Nina Patel

Daniel Stump

Managing Director Executive Director Program Director

Michelle Manzano

Ashley Wright

Program Manager

Assistant Director

John Zimniski Program Manager

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Our Leadership: We thank the following members for championing our cause and for being our ambassadors and thought partners.

Michael Greenberg

Harris & Linda Toibb

President of Skechers and Co-Founder of The Friendship Foundation

Founder & CEO of Toibb Enterprises

Andy Cohen

Kurt Ritter

Co-CEO of Gensler

Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi West Coast

Ted & Claudette Schwartz Founder and Principal of Schwartz Capital Group

Our Staff: At the heart of our organization is our staff. Their dedication to our mission and vision drives them to work with compassion, foster acceptance and build a community of support for all those who walk through our doors.



Leading the way. These philanthropic investors are paving the way so that our dream can be realized. Founding Donor:

Legacy Donor:

Founders Circle:

Greenberg Family/ Skechers

Harris & Linda Toibb

Ted & Claudette Schwartz

Josef & Chana Malka Gorowitz

Founders Circle:

Visionary Donors:

Dr. Miriam & Dr. Ben Landau

Jon & Nicole Hirshberg

Mike & Rose Kaplan

Jarrod & Celi Dogan

Visionary Donors:

Paul & Georgia Solomon

Margaret Haueisen

Major Philanthropic Investors: As of April 2021

Founding Donor

Visionaries ($1,000,000+)

Innovators ($500,000+)

Greenberg Family/Skechers

Jarrod & Celi Dogan Margaret Haueisen Jon & Nicole Hirshberg Joel E. Jacob Michael & Rose Kaplan Paul & Georgia Solomon

Adam & Susan Carroll Andy & Portia Cohen The Eisner Foundation John & Abby Pollitt Dr. Barbara Schulz

Legacy Donor ($5,000,000+) Harris & Linda Toibb Founders Circle ($3,000,000+) Josef & Chana Malka Gorowitz Joseph Isaacson Dr. Miriam & Dr. Ben Landau Ted & Claudette Schwartz

& many others. Thank you for your donations.

We thank all the partners who have helped us along the way and presently. It has taken a community effort to achieve the successes we have.

Foundation Partners: • John Gogian Family

• Chris Thompson

• Manhattan Beach

• • • •

• • • •

Foundation Pacific Life Foundation Play Equity Fund LA84 Foundation Ronald Newburg Foundation L.A. Lakers Youth Foundation L.A. Dodgers Foundation The Ahmanson Foundation Clippers Foundation

• • • • • •

Wishing Well Rotary Manhattan Beach Kinecta Federal Credit Union Vistas for Children, Inc. The Audrey and Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation Eisner Foundation Windsong Trust Margaret M. Bloomfield Foundation

• • • • •

Education Foundation Redondo Beach Education Foundation Hermosa Beach Education Foundation Torrance Education Foundation Palos Verdes Education Foundation El Segundo Education Foundation LA Rams

School Partners: • • • • • •

Redondo Beach Unified School District Manhattan Beach Unified School District Hermosa Beach School District Torrance Unified School District Palos Verdes Unified School District Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District

• El Segundo Unified School District • Centinela Valley Union High School District

• • • •

Lawndale Elementary School District Chadwick High School Wiseburn School District Lennox School District

Founding Corporate Partner:

Corporate Partners:



Everyone has a place here. Find yours. We believe everyone can make a unique contribution to realizing the vision of an uplifted society, and that includes you. The Friendship Foundation is what it is today because of the involvement of the community. With your help, we can build this vision together. Major donors will received recognition on the new campus. The Friendship Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) Non-profit, Non-denominational Organization - Tax ID: 20-8575157


850 Inglewood Avenue Redondo Beach, CA CA 90278



Help us transform lives. We invite you to join us as we build an innovative campus that will change lives of individuals with disabilities, their loved ones, our volunteers and society. Our community will benefit from the services and programs offered and raise the quality of life for everyone involved.

Campaign Goal:

Recognition Levels:

$40 million

Campus Naming ....................$10,000,000 Legacy Donor .........................$5,000,000+ Founders Circle ......................$3,000,000+ Visionary .................................$1,000,000+ Innovator ...................................$500,000+ Benefactor.................................$250,000+ Champion ..................................$100,000+ Advocate .....................................$50,000+ Pacesetter ...................................$25,000+ Patron ..........................................$10,000+ Partner ...........................................$5,000+ Supporter ......................................$2,500+ Friend ............................................$1,000+

Pledges Committed:

$31 million (as of May 2021)

We accept pledges. Gifts in stocks and bonds are welcomed. Donor Recognition: Your gift will be recognized at the new campus. For major gifts, name placement will be preapproved. The Friendship Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) Nonprofit, Non-denominational Organization - Tax ID: 20-8575157

Connect with us.

We look forward to speaking with you.

Call Nina or Yossi at: (310) 214-6677 to schedule a visit or appointment. Email:

Or visit us online at:

Naming Opportunities The Friendship Foundation would like to honor your generosity, and this is just one way to show our appreciation to you. Your investment is not just in a building, but also in the everlasting impact it will make in our community and on the lives of the students it will serve. Some Naming Opportunities (as of April 2021) have already been taken and are indicated below:

Naming Opportunity:



Campus Naming ������������������������������������������� $10,000,000

Greenberg Family/Skechers

Friendship Wing ����������������������������������������������$5,000,000

Harris & Linda Toibb

Academy Wing ������������������������������������������������$3,500,000

Dr. Ben & Dr. Miriam Landau

Recreation Center �������������������������������������������$3,000,000

Ted & Claudette Schwartz

Creative Studio ����������������������������������������������$3,000,000

Josef & Chana Malka Gorowitz

Innovation and Technology Center ������������������$1,000,000

Cohen Family and Carroll Family

Commercial Kitchen ����������������������������������������$1,000,000 Friendship Cafe �����������������������������������������������$1,000,000 Teaching Kitchen ���������������������������������������������$1,000,000

Margaret Haueisen

Innovation Lab ������������������������������������������������$1,000,000

Paul & Georgia Solomon

Indoor Activity Center �������������������������������������$1,000,000 Outdoor Adaptive Playground �������������������������$1,000,000 Interactive Courtyard 1 ������������������������������������$1,000,000

Jon & Nicole Hirshberg

Interactive Courtyard 2 ������������������������������������$1,000,000

Jarrod & Celi Dogan

Main Entrance �������������������������������������������������$1,000,000

Mike & Rose Kaplan

Athletic Field ���������������������������������������������������$1,000,000 Friendship Coffee Bar ����������������������������������������$500,000 Executive Office �������������������������������������������������$500,000

John & Abby Pollitt

Multi-Sensory Center �����������������������������������������$500,000 Multi-Generational Center ����������������������������������$500,000

The Stillman Family

Multi-Generational Rooftop Terrace ��������������������$500,000

The Eisner Foundation

Game Room �������������������������������������������������������$500,000

Dr. Barbara Schulz

Life Skills Center ������������������������������������������������$500,000 Visual Arts ����������������������������������������������������������$500,000 Homework Lab ���������������������������������������������������$250,000 Ceramics Lab �����������������������������������������������������$250,000 Vegetable Garden �����������������������������������������������$250,000

The Adler Family

Indoor Sensory Play Area ...................................$250,000 Maker Space �����������������������������������������������������$250,000 Welcoming Fountain ������������������������������������������$250,000 Music Recording Studio �������������������������������������$250,000

Larry Miller & Family/ Sit ‘n Sleep

List continues on back Donations can be paid in stocks and bonds. Your gift will be recognized and displayed at the new center.

Pledges can be paid in installments

Naming Opportunities The Friendship Foundation would like to honor your generosity, and this is just one way to show our appreciation to you. Your investment is not just in a building, but also in the everlasting impact it will make in our community and on the lives of the students it will serve. Some Naming Opportunities (as of April 2021) have already been taken and are indicated below:

Naming Opportunity:


Front Door Mezuzah ������������������������������������$180,000

Status: Isaac Ash

Therapy Offices (5) ������������������������������ $100,000 each Sensory Wall 1 ���������������������������������������������$100,000 Sensory Wall 2 ���������������������������������������������$100,000 Rock Climbing Wall ��������������������������������������$100,000 Reception �����������������������������������������������������$100,000 Gymnasium Seating ������������������������������������ $100,000 Theater Stage ���������������������������������������������� $100,000

Newman Family & Zwickel Family

Locker Rooms (2) ���������������������������������� $75,000 each Gift Shop �������������������������������������������������������$50,000

Dr. Barbara Schulz

Director’s Office �������������������������������������������� $50,000 Classrooms (8) ������������������������������������� $50,000 each Bench 1 ��������������������������������������������������������� $20,000

Daniel & Shauna Valenzuela

Bench 2 ���������������������������������������������������������� $5,000

Jim, Nancy & Jacob Dominguez

Benches (3-6) ����������������������������������������� $5,000 each Trees (8) ������������������������������������������������� $5,000 each Brick #1 ��������������������������������������������������� $1,000 each

Chotu and Mani Patel

Bricks on the Pathway of Inspiration ������� $1,000 each

Donations can be paid in stocks and bonds. Your gift will be recognized and displayed at the new center.

Pledges can be paid in installments

Connect with us. We look forward to speaking with you.

Call: (310) 214 -6677 to schedule a visit or appointment. Email: for more information.

Or visit us online at: