How FOWLA Works

FOWLA is governed by an all-volunteer board.  FOWLA investments generate returns which are provided, no strings attached, to the recipient facilities.  FOWLA also accepts contributions.

All like facilities receive the same level of funding.  The facilities were selected as they provided services to the HOAs who participated during the creation of FOWLA.  Existing facilities cannot be removed from the recipient list and new facilities cannot be added. (Except when a contributor directs new funds for another facility or project.)

The FOWLA board does not exercise any control over facility funds except to make sure that the funds are not directed to individuals, that expenditures are approved by the person-in-charge at the facility and that funds are used to benefit the recipient facility.  The person-in-charge is as follows:

  • Schools: Principal
  • Parks: Park Director
  • Libraries: Librarian in charge
  • Police: West LAPD Captain
  • Fire Stations: Designated Captain or Firefighter in charge of House Dues

Funds from the primary FOWLA community benefit fund are allocated per the following percentages:

Facility Percent Est 2017 Contribution
West Los Angeles Police Department 11.00% $30,800
Los Angeles Fire Station 92 2.50% $7,000
Los Angeles Fire Station 37 2.50% $7,000
Los Angeles Fire Station 43 2.50% $7,000
Los Angeles Fire Station 59 2.50% $7,000
Westwood Charter Elementary School 12.30% $34,440
Overland Elementary School 12.30% $34,440
Fairburn Elementary School 12.30% $34,440
Castle Heights Elementary School 12.30% $34,440
Westwood Recreation Center 7.30% $20,440
Palms Recreation Center 7.30% $20,440
Cheviot Hills Park 7.30% $20,440
Palms – Rancho Park Branch Library 4.00% $11,200
Westwood Branch Library 4.00% $11,200
Emerson Charter Middle School   $50,000
Palms Middle School   $50,000

In the case of donor-directed contributions, the FOWLA Board will make sure the contributor’s wishes as to the use of their contribution are honored. Funds from the Middle School Fund are allocated 50% to Palms Middle School and 50% to Emerson Middle School.  The Middle School Fund will provide $50,000 of funding per school per year for five years.