Becoming a member

The SAM Initiative offers different levels of involvement to it's members. The grants we make go to non profit organizations in the Greater Los Angeles area who have a measurable impact in our community. We are able to work in partnership with the organizations we fund, delving into their needs, and evaluating how best we can help. Membership provides knowledge, interest, support, and friendship.

Giving opportunities

The SAM Initiative

The focus of this group is to improve the lives of women, children, and families in the Greater Los Angeles area.  There are four meetings per cycle with opportunities to get more involved through leadership and subcommittee positions. The process includes presentations by organizations, proposal reviews, site visits, due diligence oversight, and an awards ceremony. Committee participation is optional and members are able to join throughout the entire giving cycle. Our giving cycle runs from October through April. To learn more about becoming a SAM member, please contact us.

SAM Social Enterprise

SAM Social Enterprise (SAM SE), The SAM Initiative, and the California Community Foundation (CCF) are working closely in partnership to create a streamlined funding opportunity that is beneficial to the participants, the organizations and the community. This group convenes in one day to discuss all pre-vetted nominations. The group is then given the opportunity for site visits, followed by a second meeting for organizational presentations, discussion and final vote.  Social enterprise is a cutting-edge trend that combines the passion of a social mission with the efficiency of a market based approach. The purpose of this type of investment is to strengthen the sustainability of nonprofit organizations and to create real societal change.  To learn more about SAM SE, please contact us

Educational Events

The SAM Initiative is partnering with others to provide access to educational events and opportunities for collaborative giving in the community. These events are open to the public and membership is not required to participate.  To learn more about our Upcoming Events please click here.