The Karl Kirchgessner Foundation ("Foundation") is a private foundation qualified under Internal Revenue Code §501(c)(3) whose purposes are exclusively charitable. The Foundation supports tax exempt institutions located primarily in the Southern California area which are actively engaged in the provision of services in the field of vision. The Foundation seeks to assist economically disadvantaged persons, especially those among the young, the elderly, and the disabled. While the Foundation supports a limited amount of eye research, its emphasis is to support activities in the area of vision care, and to help those with sight problems to be self-sufficient.
The Foundation places the highest priority on the grant proposals of nonprofits serving communities in the five-county region of Greater Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties). Agencies who serve the Greater LA region but are headquartered elsewhere may also apply for a grant. It is highly unlikely that funding will be offered to an organization, initiative or project that falls outside of this area. By restricting grantees in this manner, Foundation assets are preserved by reducing miles driven and expenses for site visits, as well as making it more feasible and cost effective for grantees to make presentations at board meetings.