The Irving Moskowitz Foundation is a charitable, non-profit foundation dedicated to improving and enriching the lives of people based on the precept, 'He who has saved one life, it is as if he has saved the world.'
The Moskowitz Foundation was established in 1968 by Irving Moskowitz to help people in need regardless of race, creed, politics or religion.
One of the Foundation's principal beneficiaries is The City of Hawaiian Gardens, California where the Foundation operates a state-legislated Bingo Club. Irving Moskowitz believes that by concentrating many efforts in one small community, a significant benefit will be felt by all.
In the City of Hawaiian Gardens, proceeds from the Bingo Club benefit the residents of the city through social action organizations such as Head Start and The United Community Group, and through the Foundation's direct support of the Hawaiian Gardens Food Bank, children's athletic programs, scholarship awards, health care programs, and educational initiatives. The Bingo Club has also played a role in revitalizing the Hawaiian Gardens community.
Numerous organizations in Israel also benefit from The Moskowitz Foundation's charitable support. The loss of many of Irving Moskowitz's relatives during the Holocaust strengthened his conviction that Israel must be maintained as a safehaven for Jewish people from all over the world. In Israel, the Foundation supports a wide array of religious, educational, cultural and emergency services organizations. Its many projects range from restoring an architecturally significant synagogue to providing "dream trips" for adolescent cancer patients to funding the construction of university student housing.
The Irving Moskowitz Foundation also recognizes the need to help alleviate suffering when crises arise throughout the world. The foundation is always proud to support and contribute to many different relief efforts. The Foundation has given its support to the 1998 hurricane Mitch devastation in Central America, the Kosovo relief crisis in 1999, the devastating earthquake in Turkey in 1999, the New York State World Trace Center Relief Fund when the September 11, 2001 tragedy occurred in New York City. Large donations was made to the American Red Cross to help aid and give relief to the victims of the 2003 massive wild fires in California, as well as the Tsunami disaster that hit Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand in 2004, and most recently to the Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans and Louisiana in 2005.