Thomas J. Long Foundation (Longs Drugs) to Give Away $90M to East Bay Charitable Organizations

February 6, 2014 16:08 pm · 15 comments

For over 40 years, the Walnut Creek based Thomas J. Long Foundation has been supporting local charitable organizations, which provide programs and services that benefit and inspire the people of the communities where we live, work and play.

Today, they made an announcement that could change the lives of many people in Claycord.

The following information is from the Thomas J. Long Foundation:

Through our Community Grants Program, the Foundation practices responsive grant making and awards grants to charitable organizations in the San Francisco East Bay, and in five selected fields of interest — Arts & Culture, Conservation, Education, Health, and Human Services. We are very proud of this program which has grown from four grants totaling $3,000 in the first year to 230 grants totaling more than $6 million in 2013.

And, beginning in 2014, the Foundation will be disbursing multi-year major grants to critical needs initiatives. These impact grant initiatives will be developed over the next year and will be focused in the areas of Education, Disabled Services, Senior Services, and Safety Net Services.

With this new strategy, the Foundation expects to spend-out its $90 million endowment by the year 2022.

As an organization, we are very excited about the opportunity to make an even greater impact in our community and continue the ‘tradition of caring’ that was the hallmark of Longs Drug Stores. We are proud to honor that commitment with our legacy of giving.

Thank you for visiting the Thomas J. Long Foundation.

For more information, or if you’d like to apply for a grant, please click HERE.

Mark February 6, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Very nice.

mutts February 6, 2014 at 5:02 PM

No wonder everyone misses Longs drugstore.

Walnut Creek Resident February 6, 2014 at 5:21 PM

One of the Longs was a coworker of mine at UC Berkeley. He was very nice and very intelligent. Everyone loved him, he was also disabled and had a neat van that he got himself in and out of everyday and up to the elevator at University Hall. Not many people knew who he was. It was not common knowledge. He is not there now otherwise I would not have said all of this. Miss my job and miss him. Longs was cool.

VikingPrincess February 6, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Wow…would love to learn more about their history and if they have ties to this area.

Love the idea for elderly and safety net grants. So many of these foundations are always helping others. Not unusual for education to be mentioned. So why is it still an issue in our bloody state…heaven forbid!

I miss philanthropic organizations that help others such as Oddfellows and Rebekah’s. They are out there just not as much. Well…I guess I digressed.

Great to know. I do miss Longs but they had to change their name.

Just_My_Two_Cents February 6, 2014 at 7:01 PM

How about if Longs buys out CVS. I would love it!!!!

Silva February 6, 2014 at 7:43 PM

I really miss Longs. The store at 51st & Broadway in Oakland was enormous, and had everything you could ever want for any reason whatsoever. The nursery & landscaping department was absolutely beautiful. They also employed MANY disabled workers.

Mr Charleston February 6, 2014 at 7:51 PM

The Longs were good people, and always charitable.

TFF FAN February 6, 2014 at 8:14 PM

@ Mr. Charleston – we Longs folks know what that means 🙂 Longs really gave so much to our community in so many ways….and even though CVS shut us down, Longs STILL gives to our community! I don’t see CVS sponsoring anything – LOVE LIVE LONGS DRUG STORES!! LIVE HAPPY, LIVE HEALTHY, LIVE LONGS!!!

RanchgirlCA February 7, 2014 at 5:31 AM

@VikingPrincess Longs started here in the Bay Area. The first store was on Piedmont Avenue, in Oakland. It was a very small store. That location closed and moved around the corner, years ago, before they became CVS.

Longs fan February 7, 2014 at 6:26 AM

What a classy organization. Longs was my favorite! I never shop at CVS. Ever.

WC February 7, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Great story, wish this would get more press. Instead everyone is fixated on a looser, ‘talent actor,’ drug addict that died shooting up with apartment full of dope. He really did nothing in life. The guy down the street that works his tail off to buy a 3 bedroom house for his family and donates time to his local schools/sports teams is 10 times the man that the actor that died shooting up while leaving three kids behind.

Good Store February 7, 2014 at 9:57 AM

I loved Longs Drugs in Walnut Creek especially. I wasn’t so happy though that they were such a big contributor to Planned Parenthood in Concord.
I was doing some research on line and found the CEO at Planned Parenthood in Concord makes over $250,000.00 per year!
I hope they give it out wisely, this time to organizations for children.

BringLongsBack February 7, 2014 at 11:55 AM

This is a very nice story. All companies should follow their lead.

Bring Longs Back!

Monkey February 7, 2014 at 3:22 PM

So nice when those more fortunate help out the community . It makes all of us better people!

Mr Charleston February 8, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Mr Charleston was loved by all employees. 🙂

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