The Los Angeles Free Clinic Monday announced an extraordinary gift of $10 million from philanthropists Haim and Cheryl Saban. The Clinic will be renamed The Saban Free Clinic in honor of the gift, which is the largest in the Los Angeles Free Clinics 41-year history. The endowment will provide much needed discretionary funds for special projects at the Clinic.
Haim Saban, who founded Saban Entertainment and Fox Family Worldwide, is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saban Capital Group and Chairman of the Board of Univision Communications Inc. Cheryl Saban, PhD is an author and advocate for childrens health and education. The gift marks the culmination of the Sabans 16 years of support for the Clinic.
The Saban Free Clinic will continue to provide services to children and adults at four sites in Los Angeles. All medical services are provided for free, although patients are asked to donate what they can for their visits.
I have had a deep respect for The Los Angeles Free Clinic ever since, as a single mother, I turned to them for my own medical care, more than 25 years ago, said Cheryl Saban. The services I received were professional and kind. And, now that I am in the privileged position of being a philanthropist, I am also impressed with their record as a charitable money manager, with the breadth of their donor and volunteer pool, and with their longevity as a service provider.
We have always been impressed with The Los Angeles Free Clinic and the work it does for those in need, said Haim Saban. Our greatest wish for this gift is that it inspires other donors to recognize the important role of the Clinic in providing heath services to the uninsured in Los Angeles. Anyone can fall through the insurance safety net, Saban concluded.
While our name is changing, The Saban Free Clinic is, and will be, the same institution as The Los Angeles Free Clinic, offering high quality medical dental, mental health care and social services to Los Angeles uninsured residents, said Abbe Land, Co-CEO of the Clinic. The Sabans enormous generosity will give us some breathing room, especially in these insecure times, and we will continue to rely on the generosity of the entire community to fund our services, continued co-CEO Jeffrey Bujer.
The Los Angeles Free Clinic is a highly regarded health and social services organization with four clinics, 160 employees, more than 400 volunteers, and over 100,000 patient visits annually. The Los Angeles Free Clinic is a well-managed agency with 85 cents of every dollar going to direct services and has earned three consecutive 4-star evaluations from Charity Navigator a designation only 12 percent of all the non-profits they evaluate have earned.