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"The Palisades Optimist Foundation is an IRS 501(c)(3) tax deductible non-profit Private Charity dedicated to “bringing out the best in kids” by granting scholarships and financial assistance to students and local community youth organizations who have succeeded in the face of economic obstacles."


The Palisades Optimist Foundation is dedicated to “bringing out the best in kids” by helping meritorious youth succeed with their higher education. Established in 1998, the Foundation grants college scholarships and financial assistance to students who have succeeded in face of major personal and financial obstacles. These students have great potential and a burning desire to succeed in college but do not have the resources needed. The Foundation contributes to students’ successes by providing limited scholarships to some students and gift certificates to others for basic necessities through its “Off to College Fund." 


The Foundation also acts as a grantmaking body based on guidelines, timelines, and a screening and evaluation procedure for awarding grants to creditable organizations.  These grants assist community organizations, schools and groups serving our youth and promoting worthwhile youth activities.


The Foundation is an approved tax deductible non-profit IRS 501(c)(3) Private Charity. 





Dan Ackerman • Larry Damm • Joan Graves • Stu Kaiser • Geo LaBrot, MD • Dr. Bob Olds
Don Scott • Bill Skinner • Rich Wilken


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