Audrey Irmas - (Inaugural) Audrey Irmas Social Justice Impact Award

Audrey Irmas, a Los Angeles based philanthropist and prominent art collector, is the Director Emeritus of the Audrey Irmas Foundation for Social Justice and The Audrey and Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation. Along with her late husband, Sydney, Audrey has supported many organizations and causes throughout her lifetime. She has been a generous supporter of numerous Jewish causes, and a longtime donor to the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, which will soon be home to the Audrey Irmas Pavilion. A steadfast supporter of USC and the Gould School of Law for many decades, Audrey last year funded the school’s first named clinical law professorship, the Sydney M. and Audrey M. Irmas Endowed Clinical Professor. This gift expanded the USC Gould Immigration Clinic’s work and student participation in advocacy and representation of immigration clients. The Social Justice Foundation has also recently created the Audrey Irmas LGBTQ, Gender and Reproductive Justice Project at The ACLU of Southern California.

Audrey’s long-time philanthropic commitment to issues affecting Los Angeles’ women and children is well-known. In 1985, The Audrey and Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation contributed funds to help form L.A. Family Housing, which creates housing for low-income families, as well as the Sydney M. Irmas Transitional Living Center in North Hollywood. Since 2016, The Social Justice Foundation has provided college scholarships to over ninety first generation college students through Heart Of Los Angeles. In 2016, Public Counsel announced the establishment of the Audrey Irmas Project for Women and Girls’ Rights, as the result of a very generous angel gift from the Audrey Irmas Foundation for Social Justice. Audrey’s philanthropic dollars have made a huge difference in the lives of so many.