It is a fall tradition that CSQ embraces philanthropy as its predominant theme. As part of that focus, for the past three years, we have highlighted 100 nonprofit organizations that exemplify the richness of giving and service inherent in Los Angeles and surrounding communities. These include nonprofits and charitable organizations with local headquarters as well as national philanthropies operating thriving chapters in the region. In 2014, we drew an analogy between community and the safety net above which an acrobat performs his daring feats: The effectiveness of that fabric—should the performer fall—depends on the uniform strength of each and every thread. To elaborate on that theme, every edition of CSQ celebrates those dynamic captains of industry who are soaring above the general public by virtue of their accomplishments and entrepreneurial acumen. To add context and proper balance, following are 100 organizations that provide necessary footing that allows society to realize its full potential.
20 Million Minds
PHIL Fact The cost of college has increased at four times the rate of inflation, and textbook prices have increased 812% since 1978.
A Better LA
PHIL Fact 90% of the 300,000 low-income youths living in Los Angeles’ gang “hot zones” have been victims or witnesses of felony-level violence.
A Place Called Home
PHIL Fact This organization distributed a record-breaking 10,000 toys for the holidays in 2014.
PHIL Fact Founded by Arnold Schwarzenegger, ASAS provides comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and life.
PHIL Fact The Foundation currently holds more than 140 U.S. patents and 80 foreign patents covering a wide range of technologies.
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools
PHIL Fact Alliance supporters have helped open 27 public charter schools that send 95% of their low-income students to college.
Alliance for Children’s Rights
PHIL Fact The organization has served 125,000 children since 1992, providing them with permanency through adoption and legal guardianship, access to healthcare, and an equitable education.
Alliance for the Arts
PHIL Fact Since 1981, the Alliance has created a theatre experience for more than 1 million students in Ventura County.
PHIL Fact Since the Ice Bucket Challenge social campaign started, more than $300mm in global donations has been contributed and scientists at Johns Hopkins believe a breakthrough has been made as a result.
American Red Cross of Ventura County
Leadership Jim McGee, Regional CEO
Mission The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
2013 Revenue $1.935mm
Getting Involved Loren Leidinger-Avila, Chief Development Officer; email@example.com
PHIL Fact The Foundation was founded by publisher Walter H. Annenberg in 1989 with $1.2B, a third of the assets from the sale of Triangle Publications.
PHIL Fact Ambassadors for Good include Jason Mraz and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Arts for All
PHIL Fact As of the 2014-15 school year, 59 of the County’s 81 school districts have joined the Arts for All collaboration representing close to 582,000 students.
Aviva Family and Children’s Services
Leadership Chairman Bruce D. Andelson and President & CEO Regina Bette
Mission Aviva believes every child and every family in our Los Angeles community deserves the chance for a brighter future. We provide compassionate support, therapeutic services, and guidance to at-risk children and families. For every family. For every child. We are Aviva. Lifting you up.
2013 Revenue $18.8mm
Getting Involved Regina Bette, President and CEO; firstname.lastname@example.org
PHIL FACT The Beit T’Shuvah faith-based model, founded on authenticity and wholeness, integrates spirituality, psychotherapy, Jewish teachings, the 12 Steps, and the creative arts.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County
PHIL Fact More than 100 years after its funding, Big Brothers Big Sisters operates in all 50 states as well as in 12 countries around the world.
Blind Children’s Center
PHIL Fact The Center receives no governmental funding, meaning all services are provided free of charge thanks to donors and community partners.
PHIL FACT The BHCYO began by offering 75 hours of free music instruction to children who, for the most part, had no prior music education.
Leadership Founder and Director Dr. Suzanne Gindin
Mission Based on the El Sistema tenet that music is a fundamental human right, BHCYO empowers children, their families, and the community to fight the cycle of poverty and inequity.
2014 Revenue $15,000
- Music Video with the band White Sun
- KPCC Crawford Family Forum Event: Music and your brain—the science of change
- Local Heros: ACN features the BHCYO in a report broadcast in all SoCal McDonald’s restaurants
- News features on Telemundo, Univision, and NBC4
- Recipient of the Adopt-a-Center grant by Phillips Lerner Law Corporation
Notable Board Members
- Charles Dickerson III, Founder and Director of the Inner City Youth Orchestra Los Angeles; former City Attorney for Inglewood and President of the Board of Public Works for Los Angeles
- Patrick Blackwell, international opera singer; LA Opera, Sydney Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera
Getting Involved Dr. Suzanne Gindin, Founder and Director; email@example.com
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley
Communities of Conejo Valley and Las Virgenes
PHIL Fact Located within Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, the current six Club facilities serve more than 3,400 youth within the communities of Newbury Park, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Oak Park, Calabasas, and Hidden Hills.
The Bresee Foundation
PHIL Fact Bresee operates out of a state-of-the-art, 15,000-square-foot community center.
California Community Foundation
PHIL Fact CCF stewards more than $1.4B in total assets and manages nearly 1,600 charitable foundations, funds, and legacies.
California Science Center Foundation
PHIL FACT Projected to open in 2018, the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center will be a 188,000-square-foot addition to the California Science Center’s main building, joining the existing exhibits and programs.
California Wildlife Center
PHIL FACT The center has cared for more than 40,000 animals since it opened in 1998.
PHIL Fact Founded in 1991 by Tina and Rick J. Caruso, the Caruso Family Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children and their families throughout Southern California.
Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families
Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties
PHIL Fact Casa Pacifica’s 23-acre campus houses seven residential “units,” nine classrooms, counseling rooms, play fields, and administrative offices as well as a library building, fully equipped music room, gymnasium, swimming pool, training/conference space, and medical clinic.
Leadership Steven E. Elson, Ph.D., CEO
Mission Casa Pacifica’s mission is to provide hope and help for abused, neglected, or at-risk children and their families.
2014 Revenue $30.12mm
Getting Involved Juliana Thiessen, Development and Event Coordinator; firstname.lastname@example.org
Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacular
PHIL Fact Twenty years ago, no state had an obesity rate of over 15%. Today, there are 41 states with obesity rates of over 25%.
Cesar Millan Foundation
PHIL Fact The City of Los Angeles Department of Animal Services estimates that anywhere from 26,000 to 44,000 stray dogs roam the streets of LA.
PHIL Fact Child Life Specialists collaborate with parents and other healthcare professionals to meet the distinct needs of children in managing the effects of stress and trauma through play and exploration inside the healthcare facility.
Cheryl Saban Self-Worth Foundation for Women and Girls
PHIL Fact The Cheryl Saban Self-Worth Foundation for Women & Girls has donated more than $6mm to organizations such as Girls Who Code and the Feminist Majority Foundation.
Children of the Night
PHIL FACT Most shelters in America are supported by federal funds and limit shelter services to a young person for a mere 21 days; therefore, young people move from shelter to shelter, on and off the streets to shabby motels, abandoned buildings, truck stops, and other unstable living conditions.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
PHIL Fact CHLA is a provider of more than $125mm in community benefits annually to children and families.
Leadership President & CEO Paul S. Viviano
Mission We create hope and build healthier futures.
2014 Revenue $803mm
Getting Involved DeAnn S. Marshall, MHA Senior Vice President, Chief Development and Marketing Officer; email@example.com
PHIL Fact Since 1984, Chrysalis has helped more than 51,000 people through its employment programs and services.
City of Hope
PHIL Fact City of Hope awarded more than $72.9mm in research grants in the 2014 fiscal year.
Coalition for Engaged Education
PHIL Fact The Ann and Jerry Moss Theater, completed in February 2013, is a state-of-the-art, 344-seat professional performance space with acoustics designed by Yasuhisa Toyota, acoustician for The Music Center’s Disney Hall.
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
PHIL Fact Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1B in grants, distributing nearly $100mm in 2014.
PHIL Fact Creative Visions Productions offers promotional videos, speaker series, trailers and segments, event coverage, documentary and narrative shorts, cinematography, and video editing.
PHIL Fact The Foundation has awarded more than $85mm in grants to more than 900 organizations.
Downtown Women’s Center
PHIL Fact During 2014, the DWC offered 670 workshops to make 10,110 handMADE products.
Dr. Susan Love’s Research Foundation
PHIL Fact The Foundation’s army of women committed to fighting breast cancer has more than 378,000 members.
PHIL Fact Since its inception 14 years ago, more than 2,000 kids have ridden horses and had their dreams come true with the support of Dusty’s Riders.
El Nido Family Centers
PHIL Fact These centers empower families in low-income communities to break the cycles of poverty, child abuse, violence, and academic failure through educational, youth development, and therapeutic services.
Entertainment Industry Foundation
PHIL FACT Created in 1942 by Samuel Goldwyn with friends Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, and the Warner brothers, this Foundation harnesses the collective power of the entertainment industry to raise funds and awareness for community health, educational, and social issues.
PHIL Fact The Everychild Foundation was founded in November 1999 by Jacqueline J. Caster as a result of her longstanding commitment to activities alleviating the suffering and expanding the prospects of children.
Foster Care Counts
PHIL Fact 3,200 foster youth “age out” every year in Los Angeles.
PHIL Fact Nationally, while only 10.9% of low-income, first-generation students who enroll in four-year colleges graduate within six years, 60% of Fulfillment Fund scholars do.
PHIL Fact The Giving Back Fund team advises and empowers philanthropists to achieve their charitable dreams through strategic grant-making, partnerships, and custom-designed programs.
PHIL Fact Global Green USA has influenced more than $20B worth of building construction by encouraging the integration of green building and sustainability practices.
PHIL Fact Since January 2009, more than 130,000 students have participated in GRAMMY Museum education programs.
Grossman Burn Foundation
PHIL Fact The Senior Burn Prevention Education Program, available in English or Spanish, takes about 45 minutes and each participant receives reading material and prevention items to use at home.
Heal the Bay
PHIL Fact Heal the Bay has empowered more than 100,000 volunteers to improve their environment and communities.
PHIL Fact Homeboy is the largest and most successful gang rehabilitation, reentry, and social enterprise organization in the world with more than 10,000 former members.
Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission
San Fernando Valley
PHIL Fact During the 2015 Thanksgiving season, Hope of the Valley expects to feed more than 23,000 hungry men, women, and children.
Leadership President & CEO Ken Craft
Mission We provide Hope, Hot Meals, Housing, Healing and Health Care to the Homeless, Hungry and Hurting in the greater San Fernando Valley Area.
2014 Revenue $3.5mm
Getting Involved Ken Craft, President & CEO; firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope’s Haven Children’s Charity
PHIL Fact Hope’s Haven has made it a long-term goal to provide an iPad for every pediatric bed in Ventura County so children can stay connected with their loved ones, stay current on school work, and fill their time by listening to music and watching movies as they receive care.
PHIL Fact The Huntington’s school programs serve an average of approximately 12,000 students and 750 teachers each year.
PHIL Fact The #CatalyzeCourage Summit 2016 will be held in General Assembly, San Francisco on March 12, 2016.
PHIL Fact Inner-City Arts provides professional arts instruction in a studio environment to nearly 6,000 underserved youth each year.
International Medical Corps
PHIL Fact Since 1984, International Medical Corps has helped tens of millions of people in more than 70 countries, delivering emergency relief and training valued at $2B.
JDRF Los Angeles
PHIL Fact JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
PHIL Fact The Jewish Federation supports and sustains the community, and ensures a strong Jewish future in Los Angeles, Israel, and around the world.
Joni and Friends
PHIL Fact Joni and Friends was established in 1979 by Joni Eareckson Tada, who at 17 was injured in a diving accident, leaving her a quadriplegic.
LA Family Housing Corporation
PHIL Fact In total the LAFH Corporation owns and operates 22 properties, including three shelters and 19 permanent affordable apartment buildings.
LA LGBT Center
PHIL Fact The LA LGBT Center is the world’s largest organization dedicated to serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and has been working to build the health, advocate for the rights, and enrich the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people since 1969.
LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program
PHIL Fact LA’s BEST 2015 Family Dinner raised $670,000, benefiting more than 25,000 children.
PHIL Fact To date, more than 1,100 youth sports organizations throughout Southern California have benefited from LA84’s endowment.
PHIL Fact LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection that includes more than 120,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present, encompassing the geographic world and nearly the entire history of art.
PHIL Fact Housing the chronically homeless is more cost-effective than leaving them in a desperate cycle of emergency-room visits and jail stints.
Library Foundation of Los Angeles
PHIL Fact The LFLA was established in 1992 after several arson fires in 1986 nearly destroyed the Central Library and now works closely with all 73 LA Public Library locations.
PHIL Fact About 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
Los Angeles Drama Club
PHIL Fact The Los Angeles Drama Club stages five to six full productions of Shakespeare plays each year with a troupe of actors as young as 4 years old.
March of Dimes
Phil FACT Every year in the United States, nearly 450,000 babies are born prematurely, more than 43,000 of them in California.
Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer
PHIL Fact The Michael Hoefflin Foundation was formed in 1995 by his family and friends to honor his memory and aid in the fight against pediatric cancer.
Phil FACT The Music Center complex, designed by architect Welton Becket, was dedicated September 27, 1964, and opened December 6, 1964, as a public/private not-for-profit partnership with the County of Los Angeles.
Leadership President & CEO Rachel S. Moore
Mission A leader at the cultural heart of Los Angeles County, The Music Center brings to life one of the world’s premier arts destinations by creating opportunities for arts participation, enabling compelling programming, and providing first-class facilities and services.
2013 Revenue $61.1mm
Getting Involved Cheryl Brown, Assistant VP of Advancement; email@example.com
My Friend’s Place
PHIL Fact In 2014 My Friend’s Place served 1,418 homeless young people, more than one third of LA’s homeless youth population.
PHIL Fact The museum houses over 35 million specimens, dating back 4.5 billion years.
Leadership President and Director Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga
Mission The mission of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is to inspire wonder, discovery and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds.
2014 Revenue $44mm
2015 Highlights After a decade-long transformation, NHM has become an indoor-outdoor destination and a new model for a 21st century natural history museum. Building on grand dioramas, gems and minerals, and the iconic 1913 rotunda architecture, the recent exhibits Age of Mammals, the Dinosaur Hall, and Becoming Los Angeles tell stories of the planet in new ways—encouraging discovery, wonder, and a visitor’s responsibility. But NHM investigates more than the past. With the Nature Gardens and Nature Lab, and an innovative citizen science program, the museum also explores the urban wildlife around us today—a new frontier of science, and an innovative way to engage Los Angeles and the world.
New Board Members
- Sarah Meeker Jensen, President, Jensen Partners
- Paul Haaga, Jr., Chairman, Board of Trustees, Retired Chairman of the Board, Capital Research and Management Company
- Stanley Gold, President, Shamrock Capital Advisors
- Joan A. Payden, President & CEO, Payden & Rygel
Getting Involved Danielle Lacharite Brown, VP, Annual Giving; firstname.lastname@example.org
New West Symphony
PHIL Fact The New West Symphony presents six Masterpiece Series concerts annually.
Leadership Executive Director Natalia Staneva
Mission The New West Symphony inspires passion for music through live performances that attract, engage, educate, and enrich our diverse audiences.
2013 Revenue $2.4mm
Getting Involved Kiren Bansal, Community Engagement & Development Director; email@example.com
PHIL Fact Founded in 1996, Operation Hope has educated more than 200,000 youths and 40,000 adults in its pursuit of spreading financial dignity.
PHIL Fact Co-founded by actress Julie Andrews, Operation USA has provided disaster relief and development aid to 100 countries in its 36 years.
Our House Grief Support Center
PHIL Fact More than 190 trained volunteers lead grief support groups throughout Los Angeles County.
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
PHIL Fact In 2013-2014, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network awarded $5mm in research grants.
Para Los Niños
PHIL Fact 95% of students in Para Los Ninos’ Family Literacy Intervention Program improved one or more reading levels this past year.
Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
PHIL Fact Planned Parenthood has 20 centers throughout Los Angeles, the newest of which recently opened in West Hollywood.
PHIL Fact Project Echo seeks to engage teens who are not innately college bound and expand their academic and career options through an activity-based program in business and entrepreneurship as well as a business plan competition.
Leadership Executive Director Diane Quast
Mission To engage teens that are innately not college bound and expand their academic and career options through an activity based program in business, entrepreneurship and a business plan competition.
2014 Revenue $195,000
Getting Involved Diane Quast, Executive Director; firstname.lastname@example.org
Prostate Cancer Foundation
PHIL Fact Nearly 96% of the money the PCF raised in 2014 went to research programs.
Saban Free Clinic
PHIL Fact The Saban Free Clinic provides dental care, health care, mental health, and social services to more than 20,000 patients.
PHIL Fact Safe Passage compassionately transforms the lives of abused women and their children by providing hope, opportunity, pride, and empowerment to become self-sufficient.
PHIL Fact Over the last 30 years, the SAG Foundation has given $17mm in financial assistance and scholarships and offered more than 5,000 free educational programs to SAG-AFTRA members.
San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission
PHIL Fact More than 60% of the guests in this Northridge shelter are under the age of 12.
School on Wheels
PHIL Fact In 2014, 92% of donations went directly to programs.
PHIL Fact Senior Concerns is dedicated to providing programs and services for seniors and family caregivers who support and improve their quality of life.
PHIL Fact Shane’s Inspiration has directly served more than 35,000 children in more than 150 schools.
Sharefest Community Development
PHIL Fact Sharefest aims to inspire hope and empower youth to reach their fullest potential through youth mentorship and educational programs.
PHIL Fact 92% of Spark students have graduated or are on track to graduate from high school, compared to 70% of their peers.
Stray Cat Alliance
PHIL Fact The Stray Cat Alliance holds weekly adoptions on Sundays in Los Angeles and fosters more than 400 cats and kittens throughout Los Angeles County.
Students Run LA
PHIL Fact In June 2015, 99% of the 740 seniors who completed the ASICS LA Marathon with SRLA graduated from high school, and 95% of them planned to go to college.
Union Station Homeless Services
PHIL Fact Union Station Homeless Services helps men, women, and children rebuild their lives and end homelessness.
United Friends of the Children
PHIL Fact United Friends of the Children serves the largest concentration of foster youth in the U.S., with the goal that the foster youth in their education and housing programs not only survive, but thrive.
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
PHIL Fact The United Way of Greater Los Angeles traces its history to the region’s first charity, the Hebrew Benevolent Society, founded in 1854.
Valley Cultural Center
PHIL Fact VCC spends more than $100,000 producing their free July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, which is attended by more than 60,000 people.
Women Helping Youth
PHIL Fact Since being founded in 2006, co-founders Jill Weintraub, Moira Tenzer, and Debbie Schermer have awarded grants to nearly 50 regional organizations.
Greater Los Angeles area
PHIL Fact In the last year, more than 14,000 young people (ages 6-18) benefited from NVISION After-School Programs.
Leadership CEO Chris Johnson
Mission Guiding young people as they explore pathways to purposeful lives.
2014 Revenue $10.26mm
2015 Highlights Since 1922, Woodcraft Rangers has been one of Los Angeles’ most pioneering and successful providers of expanded learning. We work with at-risk students at more than 65 public elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the greater Los Angeles region. More than 1.1 million youths, and their families, have received support since its inception.
New Board Members
- Nilik Minassian, Information Technology, Walt Disney Company
- Ellen Chiang, Assistant Vice President, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
- Wayne Mack, Field Deputy, LA County District Attorney
- Gabriela Tovar, Grants and Program Manager, LA84 Foundation
- Jonathan Sweet, Vice President, Womack Wealth Management
Getting Involved Chris A. Johnson, CEO; email@example.com