A Los Angeles charitable group that conducted an online poll to determine which of 279 nominated nonprofit and private companies should share in a $1-million prize announced its winners Wednesday.
More than 70,000 people voted in the Internet survey conducted last month by the Goldhirsh Foundation, which will award the 10 grants of $100,000 each to groups hoping to improve Los Angeles by 2050.
The submissions were grouped in eight categories: Arts, education, environment, health, housing, income, public safety and social connectedness. Two other winners were named in wild-card categories.
The winners include the Hammer Museum, which will curate an “artisanal pop-up village” in Westwood; a group called 826LA, which will seek 1,000 volunteers to help school students; L.A. Open Acres Project, which will turn underutilized lands into green space; Market Makeovers, which will increase access to healthy foods in corner groceries; TRUST South L.A., which is building a model for sustainable living and affordable housing; East Los Angeles Community Corp. and Leadership for Urban Renewal Now, which teamed up to expand employment and assist street vendors; Homeboy Industries, which will launch a program for former gang members and those recently incarcerated; and CicLAvia, which wants to stage monthly bicycling events.