WHO WE ARE
The SAM Initiative is a group of individuals who have pooled their financial resources and experience to fund and support programs that promote social change and benefit women, children and families in the Greater Los Angeles area. While we differ in age, professional background and stage of life, we are all committed to being more involved in our giving and raising awareness of the needs in our community. Members have been inspired to make personal donations, volunteer, and get involved in new organizations.
To inspire and serve as a catalyst to improve the lives of women, children and families in Los Angeles through expanded, engaged philanthropy.
To increase the pool of donors in Los Angeles who contribute to Sustainable and Accountable organizations, growing the Movement for social change.
To educate others about community needs and the role of philanthropy in driving lasting social change, promote participation in the process of building self-sustaining communities, and increase our giving capacity through innovative programs that engage and inspire our members.
While we differ in age, professional background and stage of life, we are all committed to the same goal of doing more than just writing a check. We joined together for the opportunity to become more involved in our giving and raise our awareness of the needs in our community. Members have been inspired to make personal donations, volunteer, and get their families involved in new organizations.
Organizations that meet our criteria can apply to The SAM Initiative for funding. Our members review grant applications and evaluate where we can have the greatest impact. The process includes organizational presentations, site visits, due diligence process and award ceremony.
The SAM Initiative (formally The LAWCOG) was founded by Mindy Freedman in 2013 who wanted to share her own experience in collaborative giving and use her years of involvement with nonprofit organizations to inspire others. The SAM Initiative was born out of the passion and dedication of like-minded individuals wanting to have a meaningful impact in the community.
Mindy Freedman, founder of The SAM Initiative, has more than two decades of experience working with nonprofit organizations. After completing her Masters in International Public Administration and Spanish, Mindy specialized in micro-lending programs in Latin America. After several years working abroad, she decided to shift her focus and continue her work as a consultant with local businesses and nonprofit organizations. Mindy's involvement with other giving circles inspired her to create The SAM Initiative so others can experience the profound impact of collaborative giving. Her goal is to serve as a catalyst to empower individuals to take pride in their giving and to have a meaningful impact in the community. She is committed to using her experience, education and skills to help individuals and non-profit organizations through social action, community service and social justice. Mindy lives in Los Angeles.