“I’m a ’60s person,” Tom Safran explains. “That’s why I do the work I do.”
That work is as chairman of Thomas Safran & Associates, which develops and manages affordable multifamily residential housing, specializing in family and senior low-rent housing and mixed use developments. His ’60s philosophy – one in which greed isn’t good, but giving is – is also reflected in his generous support of Antioch University Los Angeles’ Colors LGBTQ Youth Counseling and Community Center, which serves the needs of Los Angeles-area lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth at no cost. Colors was developed by the LGBT-Affirmative Psychology Specialization within AULA’s Master of Arts in Psychology program.
Safran attended a reception at Colors where he learned about the vital services the center provides for free to LGBTQ youth. “I sort of decided on the spot to make my donation,” he recalls. “You have kids who are excluded or bullied, and this is a program to help them [deal] with that. I wanted to support it.” With Safran’s gift, Colors can continue and expand its programs for LGBTQ youth, which include individual, family, and group counseling, education, and outreach.
Community service is a value that Safran’s parents instilled in him, one that infuses the work he does in both his private and professional lives. “I think the world works better when we look out after each other and support each other,” Safran says. “If you have an opportunity to give back and help people, it enriches your life. I know it enriches mine.”
To learn more about making a gift to AULA’s Colors LGBTQ Youth Counseling and Community Center, or other giving opportunities, please contact Amy Smith, vice president for Institutional Advancement, at (310) 578-1080 ext. 116 or firstname.lastname@example.org