Mission & History

Please be advised the Riordan Foundation is undergoing a transition and updates to our mission & values will be available as soon as possible.

Our mission is simple: to provide students, especially those in low-income communities, with access to a high-quality education that will prepare them to compete successfully in the 21st Century.

Founded in 1981, The Riordan Foundation (TRF) is the creation of former Los Angeles Mayor and California Secretary of Education, Richard J. Riordan. Originally established to support the development of early literacy skills in young children, our focus has expanded over the last 30 years to include educational technology integration initiatives and programs that nurture the next generation of leaders among young adults. Today, TRF emphasizes the need to equip schools with the resources necessary for students of all backgrounds to compete successfully in the modern workplace. We will continue to serve Los Angeles schools in low-income areas through our 501(c)(3) affiliate, Rx for Reading.