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Promises are for Keeping

The Biddy Mason Charitable Foundation

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Mission Statement

The Biddy Mason Charitable Foundation provides quality services and support to current and former foster youth through innovative programs and collaborative initiatives with community partners

"An open hand is a blessed for it gives in abundance, even as it receives.” 

Biddy Mason

The Biddy Mason Charitable Foundation is named for Bridgett “Biddy” Mason the organizer of First AME Church of Los Angeles.  A former slave, Biddy Mason was able to secure her freedom when she petitioned a Los Angeles Court in 1856.

She became a legendary figure in the early Los Angeles community not only for her astute business acumen, but for her philanthropy.  She founded a school and orphanage and her home on North Spring Street was a refuge for many destitute settlers.   She cared for the sick and became a mentor for many in the early Los Angeles Community.

As a slave she had learned the skill of healing with herbal remedies and midwifery.  These skills proved to be very valuable when she began her life as a free woman.  She began her new life earning $2.50 per week as a nurse.  Saving carefully, she was one of the first African American women to own land in Los Angeles. As  businesswoman, she amassed a relatively large fortune, which she shared generously with charities. When she died in 1891 her estate was valued at $300,000.  Today her estate would be valued at approximately $6 million.

Tax Information

The Biddy Mason Charitable Foundation is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Contact Us

If you have a question about our organization, please feel free to contact us!

Phone: (323) 697-5378

Address: 2270 S. Harvard Blvd,
Los Angeles, California 90018
United States

PO Box 41711
Los Angeles, California 90041
United States

Business Hours

By appointment only