Melanie Lundquist is a leading philanthropist in Southern California, having pledged more than $200M alongside her husband Richard over the last several years to support various education, cultural, and health care initiatives throughout the region. In 2016 "Los Angeles Magazine’s" annual Give Los Angeles edition recognized her with a feature story entitled “The Visionary,” highlighting her innovative approach to “make the most of philanthropic dollars.” In March 2017, Melanie was honored at the City of Angels Gala with the 2017 City of Angels Award in recognition of her “extraordinary” leadership and philanthropic efforts in support of K-12 public education in Los Angeles.
Perhaps most notable among her philanthropic endeavors has been her generous and passionate support of K-12 public education. Her and husband Richard co-founded the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, an independent non-profit organization, creating a sustainable transformation model across 18 high need traditional public (non charter) LAUSD schools. The Lundquists endowed a $50M gift to the Partnership, the largest ever made to Los Angeles public schools by a private individual. They also have made $100 million in gifts to Torrance Memorial Medical Center.