our impact



GRANT OF $53,000

Transforming the lives of at-risk foster youth who “age out” of the system by creating their first ever homes utilizing new, donated furniture and the loving-kindness of volunteers. Our grant will help A Sense of Home purchase a truck and shelving that will their warehouse, allowing them to accept more furniture and furnish more homes.

GRANT OF $90,000

New Village Girls Academy is the only tuition-free all-girls charter school in California. They provide an empowering and highly supportive learning environment for young women in underserved communities. Funding from SAM will allow 90 girls to participate an innovative science program done in partnership with the California Science Center.

GRANT OF $30,000


Creative Matters is an ad agency and work therapy program staffed by recovering addicts who have found their passion and purpose at Beit T’Shuvah, a non-profit addiction treatment center in Los Angeles. The agency produces out-of-the-box content that makes audiences hungry for social change, while also providing the newly sober a path toward a meaningful career. With our grant, they will be able to make new hires and expand their program so more people can experience work therapy.

GRANT OF $82,000


UCLA Anderson Impact Week in partnership with The SAM Initiative is a week-long conference focusing on profit + purpose. It brings together thought leaders, founders of mission driven-businesses, students and professionals to create and instill a social impact mindset in budding young entrepreneurs. Impact Week and Impactathon build a bridge between community-based social entrepreneurs and students, and strives to be a leader in creating a new movement for social change. Read more about the grants given at Impactathon.



Saving Innocence
Grant of $70,000

Rescues and restores child victims of sex trafficking through strategic partnerships with local law enforcement, social service providers and schools. Grant will allow them to save more children and get them access to services they so desperately need.


The Ulmer Institute
Grant of $42,000

Addresses urban psychological trauma that afflicts the community of South Central Los Angeles by providing education, training, mental health services and treatment. Our funding will train 500 youth to respond to the inevitable trauma that they will experience.


Angel City Sports
Grant of $28,000

An adaptive sports program that supports children, adults, and veterans with physical disabilities. Our grant will enable them to increase the number of programming days and reach more individuals in need.

With Love Cafe
Grant of $100,000

With Love 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. 



Students for Students
Grant of $32,000

Students for Students (formerly Bruin Shelter) is the first homeless shelter in the country run by college students for their fellow students. This grant will significantly help and advance their services and the awareness of this invisible population.
2018 update (PDF)


Safe Place for Youth
Grant of $50,000

Safe Place for Youth provides a continuum of care for youth who are homeless, including street outreach, drop-in services, case management, health and wellness, and education and employment programs.   

Kids in the Spotlight
Grant of $30,000

Kids in the Spotlight trains foster youth and other underserved youth to create, write, cast and start in their own short films, providing a pathway to their healing, empowerment and potential employment.


Grameen America
Grant of $100,000

Grameen offers micro-loans to low income women who would otherwise have no access to capital. These loans empower women to build small businesses which provide them and their families self-sustainability. Our grant immediately helped to fund 67 micro-loans in amounts up to $1,500 in the first 6 months. With their 99% repayment rate, our grant will continue to fund women entrepreneurs in perpetuity.


Homeboy Recycling (formerly Isidore)
Grant of $13,000

Homeboy Recycling offers electronic recycling in a secure and profitable manner while creating employment opportunities for previously incarcerated individuals that face barriers in employment.




Food Forward       
Grant of $60,000

Food Forward's mission is to rescue fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same. Our grant will help expand Food Forward's wholesale recovery program, which rescues fresh, unsold produce from vendors and delivers it to hunger relief organizations.  Funding from the SAM Initiative allowed Food Forward to donate fresh produce to 7 large hunger relief agencies. These agencies will then distribute produce to 250 smaller direct service agencies which will help feed 1,000,000 people in need.

Downtown Women's Center (DWC)
Grant of $40,000

To provide housing and fund critical move-in expenses, such as security deposits and utilities, for 100 women including female veterans. The DWC's mission is to provide permanent supportive housing and a safe and healthy community fostering dignity, respect, and personal stability, and to advocate ending homelessness for women. 

LA Kitchen
Grant of $70,000

To support wages and fund an apprenticeship program for LA Kitchen’s Strong Food social enterprise business. This program provided the life skills, training, and mentorship to ensure employment success. By reclaiming healthy, local food that would otherwise be discarded, training men and women who are unemployed for jobs, and providing healthy meals to fellow citizens, L.A. Kitchen empowers, nourishes, and engages the community.



UCLA Early Childhood Partial Hospitalization Program (ECPHP) 
Grant of $60,000

ECPHP’s mission is to provide treatment for children ages 2-6 with cognitive, developmental and behavioral issues. The grant was applied to purchase and install a play structure, buy therapeutic play items, install a bicycle track and sports court for basketball, soccer and hockey. This playground provided a developmentally and therapeutically appropriate environment to target sensory processing and regulation. ECPHP works alongside many other UCLA programs for children and adolescents with developmental and mental health needs (e.g. ABC, PEERS, and SEEDS), all of whom were given access to the new outdoor playground space.

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Camp del Corazon
Grant of $20,000

Our grant helped support Camp del Corazon’s mission to offer families with children suffering from congenital heart disease the opportunity to participate in a full week of summer camp staffed by trained doctors, nurses and volunteers free of charge. We helped to provide an opportunity for 100 new children ranging in age from 7-17 to experience camp for the first time.



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CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)
Grant of $30,000

CASA supports foster care youth in Los Angeles. Our grant of $30,000 went towards the Transitional Age Youth Program (TAY)  that was able to help prevent 60 children from struggling with homelessness, incarceration, sexual trafficking, poverty and early pregnancy. The TAY program helped give them increased access to a safe permanent home, job placement services, health care, and education.

No Limits for Deaf Children
Grant of $20,000

No Limits teaches deaf kids in underserved populations to succeed in school and in life. We allocated $15,000 towards their Pay it Forward program, and trained 50 underserved mothers of deaf children to be advocates for their children and then to share this program with other parents. This investment grew the exponentially over the next five years. In this time a critical mass of trained advocates will be reached and educational policy changes can be made. SAM additionally provided $5,000 to help produce a parent handbook which will serve as a resource to give to the growing number of women and families (hundreds) on the waitlist so that they can reach more people. The handbook is a resource guide for families who have nowhere else to get this information and no idea how to navigate the educational system or advocate for their child.