Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation

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The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation is a charitable foundation in Los Angeles, California.



The foundation was established by Farmers Insurance Group co-founder Thomas E. Leavey and his wife Dorothy E. Risley Leavey in 1952. [1] [2] It has donated more than $100 million to institutions and charitable causes. [1]

Farmers Insurance Group company

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Dorothy E. Risley Leavey (1897–1998) was an American philanthropist from Beverly Hills, California.

It is chaired by Kathleen McCarthy Kostlan, the daughter of Dorothy and Thomas E. Leavey. [3]


Some of the recipients of the foundations gifts are: Santa Clara University, Loyola Marymount University, Georgetown University, the University of Southern California, St. John's Health Center, California Hospital Medical Center, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, the United Negro College Fund, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Music Center. [1] The foundation also donated $10 million to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to build a new cathedral to replace the Cathedral of St. Vibiana. [1]

Santa Clara University private non-profit Jesuit university located in Santa Clara, California

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Loyola Marymount University Jesuit university in Los Angeles

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Georgetown University private university in Washington, D.C., United States

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The Leavey Foundation often keeps its donations anonymous but there are several buildings and programs that now carry the Leavey name:

Leavey Center

Leavey Center, also known as the Leavey Activities Center or occasionally by its old nickname the Toso Pavilion, is Santa Clara University's indoor basketball arena in Santa Clara, California. It is home to the Santa Clara University Broncos Division I Basketball and Volleyball Teams. It has hosted the West Coast Conference men's basketball tournament ten times.

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