The Henry T. Nicholas, III Foundation
|Founder||Henry T. Nicholas, III|
|Type||Non-operating private foundation
(IRS exemption status): 501(c)(3)
|Focus||Education, Youth Sports, Technology, Science, Medical Research, Victim’s Rights and National Defense|
|Key people||Henry T. Nicholas, III, Founder|
|Formerly called||Henry T. & Stacey Nicholas Foundation
The Henry T. Nicholas, III Foundation is the private foundation of Henry Nicholas, a philanthropist, victims' rights advocate, and co-founder and former co-chairman, president, and CEO of Broadcom Corporation.
In 2003, the Foundation was known as the Henry T. and Stacey Nicholas Foundation. It current name was adopted after their separation in 2006. The Foundation was established with the goal of improving communities and individual lives through investment in education, youth sports, technology, medical research, victims' rights and national defense.
Education The Henry T. Nicholas, III Foundation focuses on helping students attain a college education and using technologies to improve the quality of education. The Foundation has donated to a variety of educational endeavors. the Oakland Military Institute,
- The Foundation funded the construction of the Nicholas Academic Centers I and II, an after-school tutoring and mentoring program for disadvantaged at-risk, but high-potential, high school students in the Santa Ana Unified School District. The first NAC opened in January 2008 in downtown Santa Ana, and was based on a successful after-school tutoring program run by retired Orange County Superior Court Judge Jack Mandel from 1990 to 2002. The second NAC opened on the Valley High School campus in January 2009. In the fall of 2009, 24 members of the first graduating class of the NACs earned more than $500,000 in scholarships and grants to highly ranked universities. In 2010, 66 graduating seniors were accepted to college, with 36 of them planning to attend four-year institutions, including Georgetown, Smith, Haverford, Berkeley, and UCLA.
- The Foundation has been a supporter of St. Margaret's Episcopal School, helping to fund the Tartan Scholars program, which provides full-tuition, four-year scholarships to high-achieving, low-income minority students to attend the highly acclaimed high school.
- The Foundation has been a donor to the University of California, Irvine, at which Nicholas is a former Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Nicholas is an ambassador of the UCI Foundation and also supports the UCI Center for Pervasive Communications and Computing.
The Foundation focuses on giving individuals the tools they need to be self-sufficient and become entrepreneurs in their own right. The foundation has supported entrepreneurial projects such as Chefs Center of California, a small-business incubator in Pasadena, California, that enables culinary entrepreneurs to start and accelerate the successful growth of their enterprises. It was established by the Episcopal Housing Alliance and Economic Development, which are part of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, and the Foundation, with an investment of $1,350,000, is the Center's primary financial supporter. The Center, which opened in May 2009, provides professional commercial kitchen space at an average rate of $20/hour and based on a sliding scale according to financial need. The incubator is home to more than 30 entrepreneurs and has launched numerous successful restaurants, catering operations and specialty food companies.
The Foundation also supports Mama’s Hot Tamales café, an apprentice-operated business and job-training restaurant that is affiliated with Chefs Center and teaches restricted-income residents how to begin a career path in the culinary world.
Habitat for Humanity of Orange County and National Defense
The Foundation has been a supporter of Habitat for Humanity of Orange County. The Foundation donated to Habitat’s Homes for Heroes, a 27-home neighborhood in San Juan Capistrano to benefit disabled veterans and surviving families of veterans who gave their lives in service. The Foundation has donated to several organizations supporting the men and women of the armed forces and their families, including the Wounded Warrior Project, the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, National Military Family Association, Freedom Alliance and Snowball Express.
In 1983, while he was in graduate school, Nicholas' sister Marsy was brutally murdered. Since then, he has been a leading advocate for the rights of surviving victims in the California criminal justice system.
In 2008, Nicholas sponsored and led the effort to pass Marsy's Law (California Proposition 9), the California constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2008, which is the nation's most comprehensive victims' bill of rights. He is also the founder of Marsy's Law for All an organization dedicated to implementing victims’ rights nationwide.
The Foundation has donated to Crime Survivors, Inc, the Crime Victims United Charitable Foundation, Parents of Murdered Children, Justice for Murdered Children, and many more victims' rights groups.