- Refurbishing a building at Vista Del Mar into a 300-seat theater which will include a rehearsal room and a special room for autistic children. The building was an old synagogue that was no longer in use and with the refurbishment, all of the stained glass will be reinstalled in the new building. Vista Del Mar is an organization that was started 108 years ago by a group of Jewish people, as the first cottage-style orphanage in Southern California. They currently house close to 50 girls who have been abused, offer adoption services, and daily assist over 250 children that struggle with mental health.
Ms. Kaufman donated proceeds of her Paris apartment to the USC Eye Clinic to perform surgeries on children from infancy to 22 years of age in order to correct the alignment of their eyes. The surgery corrects the condition called strabismus that often affects children from birth.
- Funded the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance with a transformational gift to create an endowment for the dance school to recruit world-renowned faculty and offer student scholarships for aspiring dancers. USC Kaufman is housed in the Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center.
- Ms. Kaufman provided funding for Glorya Kaufman Presents at the Los Angeles Music Center, presenting dance a wide range of dance companies, and enabling “kids at risk” from over 220 LA-area schools to see professional dance performances and rehearsals at the Music Center. The program continues to support theater-going experiences for children who may not have otherwise had the opportunity.
- Donated funds to provide dance classes at W. American Jewish University
- Provided funds to build dance studio at The Juilliard School in New York
Ms. Kaufman arranged for Dr. Dance of Santa Monica to provide dance classes for the children at Covenant House, an organization that helps homeless youth to get off the streets.
- Ms. Kaufman provided funds for the completion of the Center Building at Mar Vista Family Center, an organization that provides schooling and care for low-income children and new mothers. Ms. Kaufman provided the funds for the completion of a gym/ dance floor in the new center.
- Glorya Kaufman provided a dance teacher in perpetuity at Inner City Arts in South Central Los Angeles. The program, called Glorya Kaufman Academy of Dance, enables preschool children to take dance classes until they graduate from high school.
- Provided funds for Ailey Camps in Los Angeles, a program that brings Alvin Ailey dancers to inner-city schools to teach dance classes to children. She also provided four scholarships a year in perpetuity for The Ailey School/Fordham University BFA in Dance in addition to supporting choreographers to produce new work.
- After the devastating 94 Northridge Earthquake, Mrs. Kaufman saw on the evening news that St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica was refusing many, many patients. She sprang into action. The next day she showed up at the hospital and said, “What can I do?” They needed a working, fully equipped reception room to handle all of the patients. So Mrs. Kaufman donated funds to create a brand new, all-equipped reception room.
- Founding member of Modern Art Museum in Los Angeles
- Patron to the Los Angeles Museum of Art
- Gave the first seed money for the Women’s Abuse Center in Los Angeles