Who We Are

About the Foundation

The Colburn Foundation was established as an independent foundation in 1999 and endowed by Richard D. Colburn, who was a businessman and philanthropist. Mr. Colburn passed away in 2004, but the foundation continues to be governed by a Board of Directors.

Our mission is to promote a healthy and vibrant classical music community, primarily in Southern California, and to make grants to artistically excellent organizations for the performance and presentation of classical music, as well as for music education and the training of musicians.

The Board

The current Colburn Foundation board of directors consists of:

Carol C. Grigor
Founder, Dunard Fund
Robert S. Attiyeh
Partner, McKinsey & Co., Inc. (ret.)
David Colburn
Manager, Bixby Bridge Capital
Richard W. Colburn
President, Henley Management Company
Gail Eichenthal
Executive Producer, Classical KUSC and KDFC
John P. Nuckols
Executive Vice President, LA Opera
Allison Sampson
Vice President & Executive Director, Emerson College Los Angeles


Layne Pinkernell  |  Controller

Layne Pinkernell brings 15 years of public accounting experience to his role as the Colburn Foundation's controller. While at PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP, he focused on large nonprofit organizations and private foundations. Areas of concentration included minimum distribution requirements, excise taxes on net investment income, self-dealing issues, and unrelated business income tax. Layne was a contributor to the Financial and Accounting Guide for Not-for-Profit Organizations, 7th Edition, Malvern J. Gross Jr. et al. He received a B.S. in accounting from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, CA.

Layne can be reached at lpinkernell@colburnfoundation.org

Felix Racelis  |  Executive Director

Felix Racelis brings a wealth of nonprofit advancement experience to his role as the Colburn Foundation's Executive Director. He most recently served as Foundation and Corporate Giving Officer for the Colburn School and prior to that assignment, worked as the Institutional Giving Manager for the award-winning Los Angeles Master Chorale, a resident company of the Los Angeles Music Center. Felix has also served in development, promotion, and production capacities for public broadcasting. He received an M.F.A. from UCLA, a B.A. in Music from San Francisco State University and a certificate in Arts Management from Golden Gate University.

Felix can be reached at fracelis@colburnfoundation.org


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Applying to the Colburn Foundation

Please note that we discourage grant seekers from submitting unsolicited requests to the Foundation. The foundation has a process through which we invite returning and a very limited number of new applications.

Prior to submission of any application, it is a requirement to email the Administrator at admin@colburnfoundation.org to determine the suitability of the intended request. This is particularly true for organizations which have not previously recieved a grant from the Colburn Foundation.

What do you fund?

We fund organizations engaged in some aspect of classical music - performance or presentation of classical music, classical music education, or training of classical musicians.

Do you fund individual artists?

No, we do not provide funding to individuals.

Do you fund all-volunteer organizations?

Yes, we fund 501(c)(3) organizations.

Do you make multi-year grants?

Historically, we have made multi-year grants. This is something that varies over time, depending on the level of our outstanding commitments.

Do you provide general operating support or project support?

We typically provide general operating support, unless a grantee is involved in areas that we do not fund, in which case we restrict our funding to the areas that we are willing to support within that organization. For educational institutions, we often provide scholarship support.

Do you support non-classical music?

No, we only support classical music.

What is the range of sizes of your grants?

The amount of each individual grant varies widely and should be discussed with the Colburn Foundation before applying.

Is your interest in classical music restricted to one or more periods?

No, we fund classical music broadly.

Is there a set funding cycle?

We consider grant applications on a rolling basis. Our board meets four times a year, and applications must be in advance of those meetings.

What is the connection between the Colburn Foundation and The Colburn School?

We are separately incorporated and separately managed, although Richard D. Colburn did endow both of the institutions. If you are looking for information on The Colburn School, please go to the school's website: www.colburnschool.edu.

The Colburn Foundation can be reached at any of the following addresses: Please note that online applications are not available at this time.


Colburn Foundation
6311 Romain Street, Suite 7138
Los Angeles, CA 90038

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