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The Ryan Koeppel Foundation

Ryan overlooking Tel Aviv, March 2020

Celebrating and Honoring the Life of Ryan Koeppel

The Ryan Koeppel Foundation is being founded by Carin, Jeff, Sam & Sydney Koeppel in memory of our son and brother. Ryan was tragically killed at age 16 in a car accident on August 6, 2020 by a reckless driver as he was leaving the driving range following a night of hitting golf balls with his friends.

Ryan was an incredible young man, filled with so much joy and promise. He was a high achieving student at Heschel and then deToledo High School, played sports including baseball and flag football, enjoyed and excelled at film editing, volunteered his time for charities including Save a Child's Heart and The Harold Robinson Foundation, and was a camp counselor. He had so many friends and peers that admired him. He had the most infectious smile and laugh. He had the best sense of humor. He made everyone he met feel important and special. He always included people and made sure feelings weren't hurt. Ryan embodied the best of all of us.

Ryan was an amazing son, twin brother to Sydney, younger brother to Sam, admired cousin to 3 young boys, a grandson, a nephew, and a loyal friend. He loved his family and brought so much joy to everyone.

Everyone knew Ryan for his glasses. He wore glasses from the age of 4, and was most recognized for his sports goggles, which he gave up in 8th grade. Our goal with the Ryan Koeppel Foundation is to provide underserved communities with glasses. In fact, we want to partner with the company who makes sports goggles to provide the goggles and eye exam to children that play contact sports and cannot afford them.

In addition to the focus on eyes, Ryan loved volunteering for Save A Child's Heart, and we will be finding ways to partner with this amazing organization to support them.

Our daughter, Sydney, started a club at deToledo HS called “See The Joy” to develop programs to benefit the foundation. It is our hope to expand the club to other high schools in the Los Angeles community and beyond.

The Ryan Koeppel Foundation will honor Ryan’s memory and honor the joy he brought to life.

Contribute Today

Your tax-deductible donation to The Foundation will be credited to the The Ryan Koeppel Foundation to support 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations recommended by Carin, Jeff, Sam and Sydney Koeppel.

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The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles ("Foundation") is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to The Foundation are tax-deductible. The Foundation's tax identification number is 95-6111928.

Family and friends ("Advisers") created this charitable Donor Advised Fund ("Fund") at The Foundation in honor or in memory of a loved one(s). Fund Advisers and their families may not personally benefit, nor direct specific individuals to benefit, from the Fund. Advisers may recommend grants from the Fund to 501(c)3 nonprofits, Jewish or otherwise, locally, nationally and in Israel. The Foundation legally controls the Fund and vets all grantees. View or download information about Donor Advised Funds.

Tax receipts for online donations are available immediately via email and download. Credit card donations incur a convenience fee of 3%, although the entire credit card donation amount is tax-deductible. For example, for a $100 credit card donation, $97 will go to the Fund, $3 will pay our processing vendor and $100 will be listed as a tax-deductible donation on your tax receipt. If you prefer to donate via check or donate securities or other assets, view Giving.

Established in 1954, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles manages charitable assets of more than $1 billion entrusted to it by over 1,300 families. The Foundation partners with its donors to shape meaningful philanthropic strategies, magnify the impact of giving and build enduring charitable legacies. Over the past 15 years, The Foundation has distributed over $1 billion in grants to thousands of nonprofits across a diverse spectrum.

Visit us at www.jewishfoundationla.org. Contact us at development@jewishfoundationla.org or (323) 761-8704.