Nominations for Current SAM Cycle


Angel City Sports
Angel City Sports is leading the Paralympic Sports movement in Southern California, creating sports opportunities for anyone with a physical disability. They offer a year-round schedule of introductory adaptive sport clinics as well as the annual Angel City Games, with sport clinics and competitions including archery, swimming, wheelchair basketball and more. They are also building an inventory of adaptive sports equipment to be loaned or rented.


Saving Innocence
Saving Innocence’s vision is to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children and restore the cultural values of innocence and human worth. They rescue and restore child victims of sex trafficking through strategic partnerships with local law enforcement, social service providers, and schools, while mobilizing communities to prevent abuse and increase neighborhood safety.


The Ulmer Institute
The Ulmer Institute is a leader in addressing urban psychological trauma through a unique methodology developed in Israel. Its mission includes education, training, psychological trauma research, and providing mental health services and treatment. During Dr. Ulmer’s four decades of ministry, much of his work has focused on healing the community and bringing together diverse leaders of L.A. to address social challenges and begin to reverse traumas that afflict his community, particularly children and youth.



SAM Social Enterprise Nominees 2018

Opportunity Fund
Opportunity Fund advances the economic well-being of working people by helping them earn, save and invest in the future. As Los Angeles' (and California's) largest nonprofit microlender, Opportunity Fund offers a unique blend of microfinance products and services to help residents of underserved communities work toward economic stability. As a leader in responsible small business lending, Opportunity Fund's model balances technology, efficiency, market knowledge and impact measurement to remove barriers to credit that many of our borrowers face when declined by banks.

Two Bit Circus Foundation
Two Bit Circus Foundation (2BCF) is an educational organization designed to cultivate a new generation of inventors, inspire environmental stewardship and spur community engagement.  2BCF minimizes environmental waste and maximizes MAKER-influenced, innovative classroom education by capturing manufacturers' overruns and clean discards headed to landfills and redirecting them to teachers for hands-on learning.  

With Love Cafe
With Love Cafe seeks to empower, equip, encourage, educate and employ local residents of South LA through our grocery market, cafe and free community programs. With Love offers fresh produce and quality food/drinks, bilingual (English and Spanish) community classes (cooking, dietary, parenting, exercise, financial literacy, first-time home buyer, etc.) and an accessible, safe, beautiful space. They hope to show the community that they are valuable, worthy, and loved.