Member Profiles

Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation


Cassin Educational Initiative Foundation


Incarnate Word Foundation


Specialty Family Foundation


The Thomas and Dorothy


Leavey Foundation


Timothy and Wendy Connors

Specialty Family Foundation

“As a professor of medicine at UCLA, my Dad and my Mom, a homemaker, worked hard and sacrificed to enroll their seven children in Catholic grammar schools, high schools and universities. This gave them a commitment to and understanding of the tremendous sacrifices parents in the inner city make to provide their children with these same opportunities.”
-Deb Estes, current Chair and President.

Specialty Family Foundation was established by Dr. James B. and Joan C. Peter in 2006. Their Catholic faith, passion and values combined with Dr. Peter’s driven, evidence-based, innovative approach in laboratory medicine is imbued in the Foundation’s philanthropy and work to help alleviate the conditions that lead to persistent poverty. Deeply committed to urban Catholic education in the Los Angeles area, in 2014, the Foundation served as a founding investor of the Catholic Schools Collaborative, a capacity building initiative to support collaboration and partnerships that foster and strengthen the sharing of innovative strategies and systemic change in urban Catholic schools in the Los Angeles Archdiocese. The Foundation is also a strong believer in and supporter of effective prevention and treatment of substance abuse, particularly inter-generational abuse, through programs which empower families with the education and skills to travel the recovery road and break the cycle of poverty.