In the past four years of researching and assembling this listing of nonprofits actively engaged in enriching society, we have learned volumes about what makes Los Angeles great while shining a light on the richness of giving and service that further strengthens the bonds of a community. While arts and culture commands a large share of foundation dollars in the entertainment capital of the world, a plethora of organizations direct their attention to education, community development, health, human services, and more. Our 2016 list features some familiar names and causes as well as a few that you may be inspired to look into to learn more. This year’s PHIL 100 features 40 organizations making their debut on our list. In addition, 16 of the 100 are featured elsewhere in the magazine. We invite you to explore, follow your inspiration, and be part of the change you wish to see in the world.
Phil Fact Enter this writing and tutoring organization through the Time Travel Mart, a storefront featuring wares from the past, present, and future and books by student authors.
A Better LA
Phil Fact Founded by Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll, A Better LA selects, trains, and funds Community Intervention Workers to prevent violence across the city.
A Place Called Home
Phil Fact More than 1,000 volunteers log in over 40,000 hours annually to enrich the lives of underserved youth.
Phil Fact More than 15 million school-age children are on their own after school and 3 to 6 pm is the peak time for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and sex.
Alliance for the Arts
Phil Fact A quarter of membership donations support Kids and the Arts, a flagship outreach program that brings children from underserved communities into the Fred Kavli Theatre to experience the arts.
Phil Fact The only full-service dementia-focused nonprofit with 35 years experience, 5 locations, and 54 staff serving both Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire.
Leadership President and CEO Susan Galeas
Mission To provide and enhance care and support for all affected; to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health; and to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research.
2015 Revenue $6.5M
Getting Involved Melissa Goldman, Director of Community Relations and Volunteers; email@example.com
American Red Cross of Central California
Phil Fact Encompassing 10 counties, this Red Cross chapter serves over 4.4 million California residents.
American Red Cross Los Angels Region
Phil Fact Comprised of five Red Cross chapters, the LA Region supports more than 88 cities.
Phil Fact Walter H. Annenberg, who found success as a broadcaster, diplomat, publisher, and philanthropist, started the Annenberg Foundation with $1.2B. Awarded 482 grants to 434 recipients totaling more than $48M since 2015.
Arts For All
Phil Fact As of 2014, The Arts for All School Arts Survey, which tracks student access to and quality of arts instruction in LA County schools, has collected data from 376 schools.
Aviva Family & Children’s Services
Phil Fact Aviva is only one of two organizations in LA County selected to provide Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Advocacy Services.
Leadership Board Chair Genevieve Haines; President and CEO Regina Bette
Mission Aviva believes every child and every family in the Los Angeles community deserves the chance for a brighter future and provides compassionate support, therapeutic services, and guidance to over 5,200 at-risk children and families annually.
2015 Revenue $18.4M
Getting Involved Melissa Tillman, VP of Development; firstname.lastname@example.org
Phil Fact In 2015, 6,592 volunteer hours resulted in 100,000 children being served and 6.7 million items being distributed.
The Bay Foundation
Phil Fact Each year, 30 billion gallons of polluted stormwater and runoff ends up in the ocean – impacting humans, marine life, and the water’s chemistry.
Blind Children’s Center
Phil Fact Founded in 1938 by Southern California Delta Gammas, the center serves approximately 100 blind or visually impaired children and 350 family members annually.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley
Phil Fact Founded in 2001 and opened in 2003, the B&G Club’s seven clubs serve over 4,000 youth throughout the Valley.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles
Phil Fact Brought to life by the groundbreaking convergence of three preexisting and one new club, forming the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles
Leadership President & CEO, Calvin L. Lyons
Mission For every child in Metropolitan LA to have an opportunity to chart a path to success by enabling all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.
2015 Revenue $1.25M
Getting Involved Zaira Valles, Executive Assistant; email@example.com
Boy Scouts of America Greater Los Angeles Area Council
Phil Fact Served 18,597 youth, leveraged the support of 10,213 adult volunteer leaders, graduated 514 Eagles, and sent over 12,000 youth to camp in 2015.
Leadership Deputy Director George Villalobos
Mission The Boy Scouts of America’s mission is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
2015 Revenue $13.7M
> Sixty percent of our families live below the federal poverty line, making the impact of Scouting (120 million youth served to date over a century) especially critical
> Graduated over 500 Eagles last year, whose service projects equated to more than 105,000 hours of community service
> Realized a merger of two great councils into a single outstanding one serving the Greater LA Area and worked diligently to combine and refine the resources in our Council, transition toward financial stability, and plan strategically for our future
Notable Board Members
> Gerry T. Morton, CEO, EnergyFirst
> Steve Craig, President, Craig Welding Supply Co.
> Tim Greenleaf, Managing Director, Fairmont Capital, Inc.
Getting Involved Kelli Nakayama, Director of Strategic Initiatives; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bresee Foundation
Phil Fact In the past year, Bresee’s one-stop campus served a total of 6,318 moderate- and low-income families and youth.
California Community Foundation
Phil Fact The foundation stewards more than 1,600 funds that embody the visions and legacies of donors over the past 100 years.
The California Endowment
Phil Fact The state’s largest health foundation, California Endowment is currently investing $1B in 14 communities in California to improve community health through its 10-year Building Healthy Communities plan, launched in 2010.
California Council on Economic and Financial Education
Phil Fact The Council invests in students by training their teachers and engaging their parents to learn about making informed financial decisions and choices about their money.
Cancer Support Community Valley / Ventura/ Santa Barbara
Phil Fact In celebration of their 25th anniversary, CSC is raising $2.5M to support those in need.
Caruso Family Foundation
Phil Fact Founded in 1991 by Rick and Tina Caruso, the Caruso Family Foundation has supported more than a dozen nonprofits including Para Los Niños, Children’s Hospital, and USC.
Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families
Phil Fact The “Building New Foundations of Hope” Capital Campaign will double the number of childre Casa Pacifica can care for each year on its campus.
Leadership CEO, Steven Elson
Mission Casa Pacifica’s mission is to provide hope and help for abused, neglected, or at-risk children and their families and its vision is to lead the services sector in promoting healthy outcomes for children and in strengthening families.
2015 Revenue $30M
Getting Involved Carrie L. Hughes, Director of Development & PR; email@example.com
Catholic Charities of Los Angeles
Phil Fact Catholic Charities advocates for people facing adversity, providing help and creating hope for the needy in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties.
Leadership Executive Director Rev. Monsignor Gregory A. Cox
Mission Catholic Charities is committed to manifesting Christ’s spirit through collaboration with diverse communities by providing services to the poor and vulnerable, promoting human dignity, and advocating for social justice.
2015 Revenue $35M
> Helped almost 100,000 low-income men, women, and children achieve self-reliant futures
> Offered approximately 800,000 basic needs at Catholic Charities’ community centers
> Stabilized the lives of 1,513 homeless individuals through housing, employment, and support services at Catholic Charities’ seven homeless shelters
> Re-accredited for four years by the Council on Accreditation
> Awarded the coveted 4-Star Charity rating from Charity Navigator authenticating Catholic Charities’ fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency
Notable Board Members
> Jose Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles and Archdiocese of Los Angeles
> Paul D. Tosetti, Esq., Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
> Vincent F. Martin, Jr., Retired Business Executive
Getting Involved Alexandria Arnold, Chief Development and Communications Officer; firstname.lastname@example.org
Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacular
Phil Fact Without intervention, pre diabetes is likely to become type 2 diabetes within 10 years.
Phil Fact The Chase Foundation’s primary purpose is to provide financial support to keep Child Life and similar psycho-social programs funded at local hospitals.
Phil Fact Since 1984, Chrysalis has helped more than 55,000 people through their employment programs and services.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Phil Fact CHLA is a provider of more than $125M in community benefits annually to children and families.
Leadership President & CEO, Paul S. Viviano
Mission We create hope and build healthier futures.
2015 Revenue $1.05B
Getting Involved Senior Vice President, Chief Development and Marketing Officer, DeAnn S. Marshall, MHA; email@example.com
Children of the Night
Phil Fact Founded in 1994, Children of the Night opened its doors to parents who found their middle-school children addicted to heroin and forced to prostitute on the streets by pimps.
City of Hope
Phil Fact Provide care for around 25,000 patients at each year while touching the lives of approximately a million more people through their research.
Leadership CEO, Robert Stone
Mission City of Hope is transforming the future of health. Every day we turn science into practical benefit. We turn hope into reality.
2015 Revenue $1.6B (company); $130.4M (philanthropy)
Getting Involved Kristin Bertell; firstname.lastname@example.org
Phil Fact In one year or less, City Year creates a 57- and 46-percent reduction in the number of students off-track in English language arts and math respectively.
Coupla Guys and Gals Give Back
Phil Fact Not aligning with any specific cause, need, or organization, C3GB’s platform is designed to organize, curate, and design volunteer events across diverse interests and needs.
David Bohnett Foundation
Phil Fact David Bohnett and the David Bohnett Foundation have granted over $100M to more than 950 organizations.
Downtown Women’s Center
Phil Fact Of the women housed at the Downtown Women’s Center, 98% stay housed for good.
Phil Fact Broadcasting from Los Angeles since 1999 (and now in Germany, Japan, and Spain), dublab is dedicated to the growth of music, arts, and culture.
The E.J. Jackson Foundation
Phil Fact More than 12,000 full turkey dinners will be given out at E.J. Jackson’s 33rd Annual Turkey Grocery Dinner Giveaway.
Phil Fact With a goal of funding one nonprofit’s project each year, the Foundation is made up of 200 women, each committing at least $5,000 to grant funding.
Phil Fact Food Forward is about to recover their 25 millionth pound of otherwise wasted produce, all of which has been donated 100% free of charge.
Foster Care Counts
Phil Fact Foster Care Counts has donated more than 1,400 laptops to college-bound foster youth since 2013.
Friends of the Los Angeles River
Phil Fact From standing up for inclusive restoration plans to building public awareness through education and outreach, FoLAR is leading the charge to create a swimmable, fishable, boatable, bikeable LA River.
Gary Sinise Foundation
Phil Fact In 2016 alone, the foundation will provide 51 specially adapted smart homes to military veterans who have returned home from service.
The Getty Foundation
Phil Fact The Foundation has awarded more than 7,000 grants totaling more than $388M since 1984.
Giving Back Fund
Phil Fact Helping successful individuals and corporations fulfill their philanthropic desires since 1997.
Global Green USA
Phil Fact Global Green just finished celebrating the arrival of the Santa Monica Expo Line extension and Bike-to-Work month with Breeze Bike Share presented by Hulu.
Phil Fact Relaunched in Los Angels in 2012, supporting innovation and social entrepreneurship via the LA2050 Campaign.
Goodwill Southern California
Phil Fact Goodwill Southern California utilizes the proceeds from our retail stores and donation centers to Transform Lives Through The Power of Work.
Leadership President and CEO Patrick McClenahan
Mission To serve individuals with disabilities and vocational disadvantages, as well as businesses, by providing education, training, work experience, and job placement services.
2015 Revenue $202M (national)
Getting Involved Marla Eby, Director of Marketing & Community Relations; email@example.com
Grammy ® Museum
Downtown Los Angeles
Phil Fact The museum hosts fundraising events which support music education initiatives and provide free music education to underserved students.
Heal the Bay
Phil Fact On September 17, 2016, the environmental nonprofit buried replica sea stars painted gold in at least five mystery locations of 50 from Malibu to San Pedro, where thousands of volunteers picked up trash for the 32nd Coastal Cleanup Day — part of a global effort declared the world’s biggest 24-hour volunteer event.
Phil Fact In 2015, Yale sophomore Henry Elkus started Helena, a global organization of influencers, half under 25 years old, and each from a different field. Members include Deepak Chopra, Beth Comstock, Jarl Mohn, and Chloe Grace Moretz.
Downtown Los Angeles
Phil Fact Each year, more than 10,000 former gang members from LA come through Homeboy Industries’ doors in an effort to make a positive change.
Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission
Phil Fact Offers those in need free shower services 5 days a week and hot meals 7 days a week.
Phil Fact Works with Ventura County hospitals to provide financial and emotional support for families during treatment.
The Huntington Library
Phil Fact The Huntington was founded in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington, a businessman whose empire included railroad companies, utilities, and real estate holdings in Southern California.
Phil Fact Every Imagine LA family maintains housing, eliminating the cycle of repeat homelessness.
Downtown Los Angeles
Phil Fact Inner-City Arts has served over 200,000 students and 10,000 teachers in the Los Angeles area.
Institute of Art and Olfaction
Phil Fact Housed in Chinatown, the institute was founded by CSQ NextGen 10 honoree Saskia Wilson-Brown and is devoted to access, education, and experimentation with scent.
Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles
Phil Fact Previously the Santa Monica Museum of Art, ICALA is reopening in 2017 in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles
Phil Fact The federation assesses and addresses the most pressing challenges and greatest opportunities to support and sustain Jewish community today.
Joni and Friends
Phil Fact Approximately 1 billion people globally live in poverty and with physical disabilities.
Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation
Phil Fact The JCCF today spends 90% of donations directly on cancer research and cancer-related programs, with the remaining 10% going toward administrative and fundraising expenses.
Phil Fact Founded in 1985, LA84 has invested millions in the communities that supported the 1984 Olympic Games, reaching more than 3 million youth from Santa Barbara to San Diego County.
Downtown Los Angeles
Phil Fact Serves over 25,000 kids at 193 elementary school sites in Los Angeles neighborhoods most vulnerable to gangs, drugs, crime, and at schools with the lowest student test scores.
LA Family Housing Corporation
Phil Fact LAFH focuses on providing area to low-income and very low-income families, most of whom earn below 30% of Los Angeles’ area median income ($64,833).
LA LGBT Center
Phil Fact The center’s nearly 600 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world.
Library Foundation of Los Angeles
Phil Fact The Library Foundation of Los Angeles provides critical support to the Los Angeles Public Library resulting in free programs and resources.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Phil Fact LACO, proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane since 1997.
Los Angeles Conservancy
Phil Fact The Los Angeles Conservancy works through education and advocacy to recognize, preserve, and revitalize the historic architectural and cultural resources of Los Angeles County.
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
Phil Fact For every dollar donated, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is able to provide four nutritious meals. The Los Angeles Rams partner with the Food Bank to host the Taste of NFL on Oct. 5 at the Universal Studios Globe Theatre.
The Michelson 20MM Foundation
Phil Fact Recently released “The Inatingible Advantage,” a free online textbook and course designed to give the world a working knowledge of patents, trademarks, and copyrights.
Leadership President Phil Kim; Director of Strategic Initiatives Mayra Lombera
Mission The Michelson 20MM Foundation supports and invests in leading edge entrepreneurs, technologies, models, and initiatives with the potential to improve postsecondary access, affordability, and efficacy.
2015 Revenue N/A
The Michelson Runway Accelerator made its first five program-related investments in its inaugural cohort for higher education and workforce development companies. The Michelson Runway program, operating out of the Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, marks the launch of the foundation’s social impact practice, to provide capital to sustainable, scalable for-profit startups
Notable Board Member
Dr. Gary K. Michelson, Founder
Getting Involved Phil Kim, President; firstname.lastname@example.org
Phil Fact The Mission was founded in 1914 by Tom Liddecoat, “Father of the Poor,” who opened the mission as a refuge for the men of Skid Row. The Mission serves nearly a million meals every year to the needy.
Phil Fact Since 2003, the foundation has empowered more than 5 million men and women to join the global men’s health movement, raising over $710M and funding 1,000 breakthrough men’s health programs in 21 countries.
The Music Center
Phil Fact Founded in 1964, the Music Center attracts more than 1 million visitors annually
Leadership President & CEO, Rachel S. Moore
Mission To create, advance, support, preserve and present the highest quality srtisitc and community engagements through performances, festivals, lifelong learning, exhibitions, convenings and events, as well as to transform places into destinations.
2015 Revenue $61.1M
Getting Involved Senior VP of Advancement, Valentine Gelman; email@example.com
Music For Relief
Phil Fact Founded by the band Linkin Park in 2005, Music for Relief has raised over $7M for survivors of disasters across the world.
My Friend’s Place
Phil Fact Their professionally staffed drop-in Resource Center serves more than 1,400 homeless youth ages 12 to 25 and their children each year.
New West Symphony
Phil Fact The New West Symphony presents six Masterpiece Series concerts annually, impacting 17,000 students.
Leadership Executive Director, Natalia Staneva; Chairman of the Board, Paul Finkel
Mission The New West Symphony inspires passion for symphonic music through live performances and education initatives that engage and enrich our diverse communities.
2015 Revenue $2.1M
Getting Involved Director of Business operations & Development, Kiren Bansal;
Phil Fact Co-founded by Julie Andrews in 1979, Operation USA shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize as part of the International Campaign Against Landmines.
Phil Fact Only 8% of low-income children graduate from college.
Phil Fact Founded in 1996, Project ECHO’s business academy now involves more than 500 students from diverse academic and socio-economic backgrounds.
Prostate Cancer Foundation
Phil Fact Founded by Michael Milken in 1993, the foundation has raised more than $575M to fund more than 2,000 projects at more than 200 institutes to date.
San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission
Phil Fact Helped over 150 homeless children and their parents transition into stable housing last year.
Phil Fact Aiming to end commercial sexual exploitation, Saving Innocence partners with CSQ NextGen10 honoree Caitlin Crosby’s The Giving Keys.
Self Help Graphics & Art
Phil Fact Incorporated in 1973, SHG&A is the leading nonprofit visual arts center serving the predominantly Latino community of Los Angeles.
Phil Fact Their Meals On Wheels program delivers freshly prepared, nutritionally-balanced hot lunches and light evening meals to homebound seniors, 365 days a year.
PHIL Fact In 2013, Shane’s Inspiration became a proud member of the Clinton Global Initiative, with a Commitment to Action that will help build their playgrounds on five continents by 2018.
Phil Fact More than 5,000 Spark students, or 92%, have graduated or are on track to graduate on time, compared to an average of 68% in districts Spark serves.
Students Run LA
Phil Fact In 2015-2016 alone, SRLA participants covered a total of 1,920,000 miles.
Swipe Out Hunger
Phil Fact The White House called this organization a “Champion of Change” for their innovative program allowing college students nationwide to donate unused meal points, providing 1.2 million meals.
Phil Fact T4T takes manufacturers’ clean waste to teachers and students for project-based learning opportunities resulting in environmental stewardship, critical, and creative problem-solving.
Phil Fact Team Rubicon currently maintains a roster of 35,000+ volunteers able to deploy throughout the United States in as little as 24 hours.
Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural
Phil Fact Celebrating 15 years of community transformation through ancestral knowledge, the arts, literary and creative engagement in 2016.
Phil Fact TrueSpark uses the power of a constantly changing and evolving film catalog to reach youth.
Union Rescue Mission
Downtown Los Angeles
Phil Fact URM is celebrating 125 years of continuous service to people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles
Leadership CEO Reverend Andy Bales
Mission We embrace people with the compassion of Christ.
2015 Revenue $22.2M
Getting Involved Andy bales, CEO; firstname.lastname@example.org
United Friends of the Children
Phil Fact Founded in 1979 by Nancy Daly to adress the unmet needs of LA County’s foster youth, UFC today serves more than 1,400 youth annually
Leadership President and CEO, Kara Allen Soldati
Mission United Friends of the Children empowers current and former foster youth on their journey to self-sufficiency through service-enriched education and housing programs, advocacy, and consistent relationships with a community of people who care.
2015 Revenue $6.1M (FY)
Getting Involved Charissa Gonzales; email@example.com
Valley Cultural Center
Phil Fact Starting in 1975, concerts are still presented free of charge and enjoyed by more 140,000 valley residents each year.
Variety the Children’s Charity of Southern California
Phil Fact In honor of its 75th Anniversary in 2016, Variety’s MOBILITY program is awarding 75 adaptive bikes to 75 children with disabilities.
Wallis Annenberg center for the Performing Arts
Phil Fact Their School Partners Program serves nearly 10,000 students each year through performances and corresponding workshops for teachers.
Leadership Artistic Director Paul Crewes; Managing Director Rachel Fine
Mission To be a vital cultural hub that uses unique arts events and education programming to entertain, enlighten, and inspire children and adults in our community and across the nation.
2015 Revenue $3.5M (‘15-’16 season)
Getting Involved Joel Hile, Director of Marketing and Communications; firstname.lastname@example.org
Waves for Water
Phil Fact Waves for Water has installed water filtration systems (150,000+ filters), wells, and rainwater harvesting systems in 27 countries, providing aid to more than 7 million people.
Phil Fact Founded in 2001 by actress and breast cancer survivor Wendie Jo Sperber, weSPARK is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients, their families, and friends.
Greater Los Angeles Area
Phil Fact Offers fully customized expanded learning programs for students all infused with S.T.E.M. content.
Leadership CEO Chris Johnson and Board of Directors President Luis A. Garcia
Mission To guide young people as they explore pathways to purposeful lives.
2015 Revenue $10.5M
Getting Involved Chris A. Johnson, CEO; email@example.com
Zimmer Children’s Museum
Phil Fact The Zimmer is the only museum in Los Angeles dedicated specifically to children (ages 0-8) and their families.