Corporate Social Responsibility
DPI strives to create better communities not only through its real estate investments, but also through its commitment to supporting local and global humanitarian efforts. The company and its employees have founded, and are actively involved in, multiple philanthropic organizations locally and beyond.
School Feeding Program – Bangalore India
In 1998, Peter Doerken funded construction of a four-year high school in Bangalore, India. Partnering with local religious organizations, Mr. Doerken developed and funded a feeding program to provide one hot meal per day, 365 days per year to each child with the hopes of bolstering student attendance. With the help of companies such as Infosys and Tata Motors, the program grew exponentially and is currently feeding over 1,300,000 kids under the direction of the Akshaya Patra Foundation. To support or learn more about the program visit: www.akshayapatra.org.
West Coast Sports Associates (WSA) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to giving economically-disadvantaged children in Southern California the opportunity to participate in sports. Since 1995, the WSA has funded over $3.5 million to support youth sports programs for boys and girls in grade eight and below.
Cataract Transplant Surgery Program
In 1998, Peter Doerken funded a free eye cataract transplant surgery program for the blind in the Davanagere and Chitradurga districts of India. The program enlisted volunteer doctors and nursing school students, and currently performs between 750 and 800 operations per year. To date, over 10,000 surgeries have been performed. Patients are provided free food, accommodation, medication and eye glasses/contact lenses while in attendance.
The Acumen Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to help alleviate the problems of world poverty. The fund’s aim is to help build financially-sustainable organizations that provide affordable goods and services to those in need around the world. DPI has supported Acumen Fund efforts to increase agricultural productivity of small farms in India. DPI’s Controller, Laura Gurk, is the co-founder of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Acumen Fund.
The Harold Robinson Foundation provides underprivileged children the means, free of cost, to attend a safe, nurturing and non-competitive camp environment where they will experience nature and participate in diverse recreational programs designed to strengthen confidence and independence, build character, develop leadership skills, and build communities.
Other DPI Philanthropy Includes:
- Providing school uniforms, clothing and blankets to school children in Uganda.
- Working with the Dalai Lama and The Tibet Fund in financing, underwriting, constructing and equipping a hospital and vaccination dispensary in Darmasala, India. The hospital was built by and is administered by women with the goal of elevating women in India and the Third World.
- Developing a dollar-for-dollar matching fund program to send 5th grade students from Bassett Elementary School in Los Angeles to summer camps in Catalina and Idlewild.
- Ongoing support of:
- Pepperdine University
- The Spirituality Center at Mount St. Mary’s College
- The Maestro Foundation
- American Youth Symphony
- The Salvation Army
- Global Help International
- The Ojai Foundation
- N’Vay Shalom Congregation
- Academy for Jewish Religion
- Expo Center, Los Angeles, CA