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Legacy Gifts

Historical Legacy Gifts

"A Thousand Dreams" by Herb Alpert

These gifts are part of the historic legacy of the Foundation and represent a range of programs and institutions the Alperts chose to invest in as a way of celebrating the unique contributions artists and changemakers, both young and old, make to our society.

Berklee College of Music

In 2000, the Herb Alpert Visiting Professor Program was established as a permanent endowed trust to provide professorship to individuals from America and abroad that have achieved major recognition in the music industry.


Beginning in 1991, the Herb Alpert Endowment was created to provide financial assistance to deserving students who might otherwise find tuition at Crossroads prohibitive and to promote economic diversity within the student body.

Greater Good Science Center

Based at University of California, Berkeley, the Greater Good Science Center reports on groundbreaking research into the roots of compassion, happiness, and altruism. The Foundation was an early supporter of their various programs, with particular focus on the expansion of the Greater Good publication.

Herb Alpert Educational Village

The Village brings together diverse elements of the educational community—researchers, civic organizations, students, and faculty—on the campus of New Roads School to foster creative collaboration and to confront the challenges of improving student success in the Los Angeles community and beyond. New Roads School is a diverse and cohesive educational community, reflective of the kaleidoscope of cultures, ethnicities, beliefs, and orientations that make our larger Los Angeles community so vibrant.

Jerusalem Foundation/Alpert Music Center

In honor of their parents, Herb Alpert and his siblings David Alpert and Mimi Feldman funded the construction and development of a new facility to house the Jewish-Arab Youth Orchestra in Jerusalem.

Los Angeles Philharmonic

In the early 1990s, the Foundation provided a lead gift to the LA Phil to establish the Fund for Excellence in Diversity, supporting the needs of pre-professional classical musicians of diverse backgrounds by awarding scholarships to talented students. The Fund continues to support various educational initiatives within the broader programmatic priorities of the LA Phil.


MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for people in the music industry in times of need. In 2010, the Foundation provided a grant in support of their 20th Anniversary Campaign.

The Painted Turtle

The Camp seeks to reach beyond illness, to inspire children with life-threatening diseases to become their greater selves by providing year-round, life-changing environment for these children and their families. Funding from the Foundation began in 2000 with a $1 million gift.


In 1991, the Foundation provided a grant to establish the Herb Alpert/Clifford Brown Endowment, which allowed the organization to add Jazz to its annual Arts Recognition and Talent Search (ARTS). Five high school-age jazz musicians are selected each year to participate in ARTS week in Miami.