our impact

GRANT RECIPIENTS - 2016-2017

Bruin Shelter

Grant of $32,000. 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.

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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 youth in foster care programs 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.

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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 will immediately 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.

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Homeboy Recycling (formerly Isidore)

Grant of $13,000. 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 will immediately 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.


      

GRANT RECIPIENTS - 2015-2016

Food Forward       

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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 allows 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 will provide, the life skills, training, and mentor-ship 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.


 

grant recipients - 2014-2015

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 will be applied to purchase and install a play structure, therapeutic play items, install a bicycle track and sports court for basketball, soccer and hockey. This playground will provide 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 will have access to the new outdoor playground space.

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Grant of $20,000 will support its 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. Our grant will specifically provide an opportunity for 100 new children ranging in age from 7-17 to experience camp for the first time.
 


GRANT RECIPIENTS: 2013 - 2014

 

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CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate): For foster care youth in Los Angeles. Our grant of $30,000 will go toward the Transitional Age Youth Program (TAY)  that will be able to prevent 60 children from homelessness, incarceration, sexual trafficking, poverty and early pregnancy. Through the TAY program they will have increased access to a safe permanent home, job placement services, access to health care and education.
 

No Limits for Deaf Children: Teaching deaf kids in underserved population to succeed in school and in life. Pay it Forward: $15,000 Training 50 underserved mothers of deaf children to be advocates for their children and then to share this program with other parents will grow the impact of the program 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. Parent Handbook: $5,000 will provide 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 no where else to get this information from and no idea how to navigate the educational system or advocate for their child.