The Palette Fund honors the philanthropic legacy and pioneering vision of Rand Harlan Skolnick, who lost his battle to pancreatic cancer on July 4th of 2008. Dedicated to advancing social change in communities that are under-resourced and facing significant challenges, the foundation has a particular focus on strengthening the health and leadership of the LGBT community. 

Rand Harlan Skolnick & Terrence   Meck

Rand Harlan Skolnick & Terrence Meck


The foundation focuses on the LGBT Community, Next Generation Building, and Health & Wellness. Rand committed his heart and soul to his philanthropic work throughout his life, and The Palette Fund seeks to continue and grow his pioneering vision. The Palette Fund was formed by Rand Harlan Skolnick many years prior to his death but was not turned into a working foundation until 2009. The name “Palette” came from the restaurant in Los Angeles where Rand and his best friend Peter Benassi first met back in the late 1970’s. 

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Our Founder

Rand Harlan Skolnick’s passion was people. Whether it was family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances or people in need that he never met, Rand was always looking to better the lives of others. Throughout his life, Rand generously affected people’s lives with a style and grace that came effortlessly from his heart.

A fierce, loyal and generous advocate for those who needed it most, Rand dedicated his time, skills and resources to helping and building a variety of charitable organizations. He shared his wisdom, humor, humility and love wherever he went, with an unwavering passion for life and protecting human rights for all.


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