The SAM Initiative creates giving opportunities for like-minded women who want to be involved in their community. We work in partnership with the organizations we fund, delving into their needs, and evaluating how best we can help. Our members form deeper connections with each other and with the community at large.
The SAM Initiative
SAM uses traditional collaborative giving to focus on improving the lives of women, children, and families in the Greater Los Angeles area. Our members learn about and engage with the needs of the community, and take ownership of the process of through leadership and subcommittee positions. Our giving cycle, which runs from October through April, includes presentations by organizations, proposal reviews, site visits and due diligence oversight done by members, and an awards ceremony. Members are welcome to choose their own level of participation.
SAM Social Entrepreneurship (SE) is a small, focused collaborative giving model with the vision that market-driven approaches are essential to address large-scale social challenges. The SAM SE circle was launched in 2015 to invest in nonprofit organizations that use a profit-making business model for sustainability. SAM SE has evolved into a partnership with UCLA Anderson School of Business that promotes new financial and business models for social impact. SAM SE seeks to build social entrepreneurship from the ground up by sponsoring Impact Week at UCLA Anderson, and allowing the next generation of business leaders to lead the conversation about sector-agnostic social impact.