the sam initiative
Our objective is to educate and engage donors by investing in community-based organizations that reflect our passions and address the most pressing needs in our community. As a giving circle, we pool our financial resources and expertise to drive social change and non-profit sustainability.
The SAM Initiative Serves as a catalyst to improve the lives of women, children, and families in Los Angeles through engaged philanthropy.
Founded in 2013 by social entrepreneur and philanthropist Mindy Freedman, SAM has evolved into a strong, supportive and responsive community, committed to learning and working together to make a difference. Our fundamental belief is that through collaborative giving we can do far more together than we can do alone.
As of 2019, The SAM Initiative has given over one million dollars in grants to the community, but our collective spirit and network reaches far beyond our grants. Our impact is in the new connections made, the inspired giving of time and money, and the truly immeasurable ripples we have created to strengthen our greater community.