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. It has donated more than $100 million to institutions and charitable causes.
Farmers Insurance Group is an American insurer group of automobiles, homes and small businesses and also provides other insurance and financial services products. Farmers Insurance has more than 48,000 exclusive and independent agents and approximately 21,000 employees. It is a subsidiary of the Swiss company Zurich Insurance Group.
Thomas E. Leavey (1897-1980) was an American business executive, rancher, and philanthropist.
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.
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. The foundation also donated $10 million to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to build a new cathedral to replace the Cathedral of St. Vibiana.
Santa Clara University is a private Jesuit university in Santa Clara, California. It has 5,499 full-time undergraduate students and 3,130 graduate students. Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University is the oldest operating institution of higher learning in California and the west coast of the United States and has remained in its original location for 167 years. The university's campus surrounds the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asis which traces its founding to 1776. The campus mirrors the Mission's architectural style and provides a fine early example of Mission Revival Architecture. The university is classified as a "Doctoral/Professional" university by Carnegie Classification.
Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is a private Jesuit and Marymount university in Los Angeles, California. The university is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and one of five Marymount institutions of higher education.
Georgetown University is a private research university in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Founded in 1789 as Georgetown College, the university has grown to comprise nine undergraduate and graduate schools, among which are the School of Foreign Service, School of Business, Medical School, and Law School. Located on a hill above the Potomac River, the school's main campus is identifiable by its flagship Healy Hall, a National Historic Landmark. Georgetown offers degree programs in forty-eight disciplines, enrolling an average of 7,500 undergraduate and 10,000 post-graduate students from more than 130 countries.
The Leavey Foundation often keeps its donations anonymous but there are several buildings and programs that now carry the Leavey name:
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.
Northridge Hospital Medical Center is a hospital in the Northridge district of Los Angeles, California, USA. It is currently operated by Dignity Health.
The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Library is one of the two main undergraduate libraries at the University of Southern California, United States.
Rev. Robert B. Lawton, S.J., Ph.D. is an American Jesuit and the 14th President of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. He also holds tenured professorships in both the Classics and Archaeology Department and the Theological Studies Department of LMU.
Marion Newbert Jorgensen was an American civic leader in Los Angeles, California and a philanthropist.
Thomas P. O'Malley, S.J., Ph.D. was an American Jesuit and academic. O'Malley was the president of John Carroll University from 1980 until 1988 and Loyola Marymount University from 1991 until 1999. He later became a professor at Boston College after leaving Loyola Marymount in 1999.
Donald Paul Merrifield, S.J., Ph.D. was an American Jesuit who served as the 11th president of Loyola University of Los Angeles. He became the first president of Loyola Marymount University president upon Loyola University's merger with Marymount College in 1973 and remained as the school's president until 1984. Under Merrifield, Loyola Marymount went through a period of rapid expansion in which thirteen new buildings were constructed on the main campus.
Michael Eric Engh is an American Jesuit, academic and historian. He has served as the President of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California, since January 5, 2009.
Zacheus J. Maher, S.J. born in San Francisco was 17th president of Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California, United States from 1921 to 1926, after the presidency of Timothy L. Murphy and the 6th president of Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California from 1930 to 1932. After his tenure at Santa Clara and Loyola, he moved to the Vatican and became the assistant for North America to Wlodimir Ledóchowski, 26th Superior General of the Society of Jesus.
The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles (StudyLA) is a non-profit, non-partisan education and research institute at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.
Wilfred Luer Von der Ahe was a German American entrepreneur, best known as the co-founder of the Vons supermarket chain in Southern California.
Younes Nazarian is an Iranian-born American businessman, investor and philanthropist. An early investor in Qualcomm, he is the Chairman of Nazarian Enterprises. He is a major donor to charitable causes in California and Israel.
The 1988 West Coast Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was held March 5–7 at the Leavey Center at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. This was the second edition of the tournament; it included all eight teams and all seven games were held at the same site.