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Founded
1981
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Supporting the Centre Pompidou in Paris
The Centre Pompidou Foundation is an American-based not-for-profit dedicated to supporting the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The Foundation's mission is to acquire and encourage gifts of works of American art and design for loan or gift to the Centre Pompidou for its permanent collection. The Foundation fosters connoisseurship and a dynamic exchange of ideas through special events, exhibitions, and trips for art lovers that offer unprecedented access to artists, private collections, modern and contemporary architectural treasures, and world-class museums in the company of Centre Pompidou curators of modern and contemporary art, architecture and design.
Founded
1997
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Rape is not part of the penalty
Just Detention International (JDI) is a health and human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention. JDI is concerned about the safety and well-being of all detainees, including those held in adult prisons and jails, juvenile facilities, immigration detention centers, and police lockups, whether run by government agencies or by private corporations on behalf of the government. JDI has three core goals for its work: to hold government officials accountable for prisoner rape; to promote public attitudes that value the health and safety of all people in detention; and to ensure that survivors of this type of abuse get the help they need.
Founded
2004
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Ensuring that the next generation of Californians has the opportunity to go to college and succeed.
The Campaign for College Opportunity is focused on a single mission: to ensure that the next generation of California students has the chance to attend college and succeed in order to keep our workforce and economy strong. The Campaign's work is guided by three main priorities: to engage a broad coalition of California leaders and organizations in support of higher education access and success; to raise public awareness and share research highlighting the challenges and opportunities facing California; and to support policy solutions and reforms to our higher education system so that we can produce the one million additional college graduates our state needs.
Founded
2005
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A better Los Angeles
A Better LA, founded in 2004 by NFL coach Pete Carroll, is a nonprofit organization that supports community based solutions to restore peace, save lives, and link individuals in the inner city to resources they need in order to thrive. A Better LA works with trusted partners to bridge racial divides, create safer environments for children and families, and empower individuals to create better futures for themselves. By partnering with community-based organizations, A Better LA enables sustainable transformation to take root from within, offering people reason to hope for a better tomorrow.
Founded
2006
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Preparing every child in LA's Promise Neighborhood to be college and career-ready, healthy and successful in life.
LA's Promise's mission is to graduate every student attending an LA's Promise neighborhood school college and career ready. Through a robust school turnaround model, LA's Promise partners with a cadre of schools committed to ensuring that students growing up in poverty receive an excellent education. LA's Promise Neighborhood is an enrollment zone that includes two large South LA high schools (Manual Arts and West Adams Prep) and one middle school (John Muir) operated by LA's Promise in a first-of-its-kind performance contract with the Los Angeles Unified School District. Within this zone, LA's Promise transforms chronically failing public schools, opens new schools and remakes schools into community hubs that offer comprehensive support services for students and families. By doing this, LA's Promise will prepare every child in LA's Promise Neighborhood to be college and career-ready, healthy and successful in life.
Founded
1969
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Making Great Music Personal
The mission of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is to enrich and connect our community through intimate and transformative musical experiences which exemplify and foster artistic excellence, education and innovation. The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1968 as an artistic outlet for the recording industry's most gifted musicians. During its 44-year history, the Orchestra has made 30 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America, earning adulation from audiences and critics alike, and garnered seven ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming.
Founded
1971
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Nation's Largest Pro Bono Law Firm
Public Counsel is the nation's largest public interest law firm specializing in delivering pro bono legal services to low-income communities. Founded in 1970, Public Counsel strives to achieve three main goals:- Protecting the legal rights of disadvantaged children;- Fostering economic justice by providing individuals and institutions in underserved communities with access to quality legal representation; and- Representing immigrants who have been the victims of torture, persecution, domestic violence, trafficking, and other crimes.Through a pro bono model that leverages the talents of thousands of attorney and law student volunteers, we provide free legal assistance to low-income clients and address systemic poverty and civil rights issues through impact litigation and policy advocacy. The substantive areas in which we work are Children's Rights, Homelessness Prevention, Veterans' Rights, Consumer Rights, Community Development, and Immigrants' Rights.
Founded
1971
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Restoring clean air to California
The Coalition for Clean Air is committed to restoring clean, healthy air to all of California and strengthening the environmental movement by promoting broad-based community involvement, advocating responsible public policy and providing technical expertise. The Coalition for Clean Air was founded more than 35 years ago, at a time when clean air in California seemed almost unimaginable. From spearheading California's original Smog Check program, which reduces 100 tons of automobile pollution every day, to strongly supporting and helping pass California's landmark global warming laws, we have helped position California as a world leader in reducing air pollution.
Founded
1973
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Supporting the Music Center of Los Angeles County
The Music Center Foundation's mission is to provide endowment support through asset management and planned giving fundraising for the Music Center of Los Angeles County, its programmatic and educational activities and its affiliated performing arts companies: Los Angeles Philharmonic, Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles Opera Company, and Los Angeles Master Chorale. The Music Center opened in 1964 and is the home of the 3,197-seat Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the 740-seat Mark Taper Forum and the Ahmanson Theatre, which offers flexible seating for 1,600 to 2,100. In 2003, the Music Center added the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, which seats 2,265 and is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Founded
1973
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The house of justice
Bet Tzedek, The House of Justice, provides free legal assistance to thousands of people who would otherwise be denied access to the legal system underpinning our democracy. Founded in 1974 by a few individuals seeking to act upon a central tenet of Jewish law and tradition "Tzedek, tzedek, tirdof -- Justice, justice you shall pursue," Bet Tzedek provides free legal assistance to over 20,000 individuals each year, regardless of their racial religious or ethnic background.
Founded
1979
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Homelessness ends here.
The mission of Downtown Women's Center (DWC) 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. DWC's overarching goal is to end the cycle of homelessness for women in Los Angeles. Founded in 1978 and located in Skid Row, DWC is committed to providing critical services in the most high-need area. We implement all activities through four streams of programming- Day Center, Housing and Supportive Services, Health and Wellness, and Job Readiness and Supportive Employment. Our innovative, holistic, and individualized approach to ending homelessness for women addresses all dimensions of participants' needs. In 2016 we will provide 100,000 meals, 6,000 case management sessions, on-site and community-based housing to over 257 women, and an array of job readiness, and health services to over 3,000 chronically homeless and extremely low-income women.
Founded
2003
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Empowering parents and educators to unleash a new era of innovation within public education
Founded in 2003, the vision of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) is to empower parents and educators to unleash a new era of innovation within public education so that highly autonomous and accountable schools of choice provide quality learning opportunities for all California students. The Mission of CCSA is to enable their members to increase the number of students attending quality charter schools in California as quickly as possible by securing policy wins supportive of charter schools and providing the supports necessary to open and expand quality charter schools.
Founded
1980
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Promoting the full participation of Latinos in the American political process
The NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected Appointed Officials) Educational Fund facilitates the full participation of Latinos in the American political process, from citizenship to public service. A nonpartisan organization first established in 1981, we carry out our mission through programs that integrate Latinos fully into American political society, provide professional development opportunities and technical assistance to the nation's more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials, and monitor and conduct advocacy on issues important to the Latino community and our political participation.
Founded
2000
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Building a State of Equality
Equality California Institute educates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and the public at large about issues impacting the LGBT community and our allies. Established in 2000, EQCAI organizes and empowers individuals, communities and allied groups to work proactively for fairness, equality and justice. EQCAI coordinates The Breakthrough Conversation, a public education project involving 16 local, state and national LGBT-advocacy groups, designed to identify psychological and emotional triggers around LGBT people and kids among Californians conflicted about LGBT issues and harness the power of personal conversations to overcome these persistent barriers to full acceptance of and equality for LGBT people. In addition, EQCAI sponsors the California Transgender Leadership Summit, Queer Youth Advocacy Day and has partnered with Mental Health America of Northern California to coordinate the Reducing Disparities Project, a government-funded effort that researches and reports on disparities in health care between LGBTQ people and the general public.
Founded
1967
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Advancing Latino civil rights since 1968
Founded in 1968, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) is the nation's leading nonprofit Latino legal organization. Often described as the law firm of the Latino community, MALDEF promotes equality and justice through litigation, advocacy, public policy, and community education in the areas of employment, immigrants' rights, voting rights, education, and language rights. MALDEF strives to implement programs that are structured to bring Latinos into the mainstream of American political and socio-economic life; providing better educational opportunities; encouraging participation in all aspects of society; and offering a positive vision for the future. Unique to MALDEF is an approach that combines advocacy, educational outreach, and litigation strategies to achieve socio-economic change.
Founded
1946
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Providing life saving support for Children in Southern California
Formed in 1941, Variety the Children's Charity of Southern California is dedicated to providing lifesaving support for disabled, abused, physically-challenged and underprivileged children. Variety is made up of men and women primarily in the entertainment industry who raise the much-needed funds to help children in the Southern California community. The money raised in our community stays in our community, and our primary goal is to provide support wherever the need is greatest. In our 75 years of existence, we have raised more than $63 million to help thousands of children. Variety prides itself on being able to modify its agenda in order to meet new trends and evolving conditions; addressing each case in a timely, impartial manner.
Founded
1963
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Empowering visually impaired people to live fulfilling lives
Founded in 1919, Braille Institute is committed to eliminating barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss. Programs include a nationally recognized library serving blind and disabled individuals, a publishing house, child development services, youth programs, low vision rehabilitation services, adult education programs and an ongoing effort to promote Braille literacy throughout the United States. All programs and services are provided free of charge.
Founded
1935
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Transforming lives through the power of work
Founded in 1916, Goodwill Southern California (GSC) serves persons with disabilities or other vocational disadvantages, and local businesses seeking qualified employees, by providing education, skills training, work experience and job placement services. More than 107,000 people and businesses benefit from GSC's education, job training and placement programs annually. GSC cares for the Earth, too, by recycling more than 57 million pounds of textiles, household goods, paper, and electronics each year. GSC operates 69 retail stores, 44 attended donation centers, three campuses, four WorkSource Center, and 23 job service sites in the counties of Los Angeles (north of Rosecrans Avenue), Riverside and San Bernardino.
Founded
1973
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The leading diagnostic and education center for young children with hearing loss
John Tracy Clinic was founded in 1943 by Louise and Spencer Tracy, whose son, John, was born deaf. Our mission is to provide parent-centered services to young children with hearing loss locally and globally. JTC is the world's largest private provider of services to newborns and young children with-or at risk for-hearing loss. JTC is the only institution in Southern California to provide audiological, developmental and educational services for children with hearing loss from birth through age 5 and their parents. JTC also offers services to parents in all 50 states and more than 60 countries through distance education. JTC provides exclusively spoken-language programs so that hearing-impaired children become prepared for mainstream classrooms. JTC offers an accredited master's and credential program to help meet the national demand for auditory/oral teachers of the deaf. JTC serves 25,000 families per year.
Founded
1988
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We build strong kids, strong families, strong communities
Founded in 1882, the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles puts Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We are dedicated to the objective of bringing people together in purposeful association to accomplish important personal and social goals. The 26 Los Angeles YMCAs and 3 camps bring together people of every age, race, and faith in programs that teach character, promote healthy living, support the pursuit of positive life skills and encourage the acceptance of responsibility. Through a lifetime of progressive YMCA membership experiences, members gain the desire and ability to contribute to a thriving, larger community. Being involved, as part of a community, not merely as the participant in an activity, is itself an essential ingredient in living a healthy life.
Founded
1959
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A family-centered agency serving children with visual impairments
The Blind Children's Center's mission is to foster the development and education of children - birth through 2nd grade - who are visually impaired in an inclusive, family-focused setting. The Center was founded in 1938 by Southern California Delta Gammas. Each year the Center serves approximately 100 children who are blind or visually impaired and provides an array of support services for more than 350 family members. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive program of specialized education and training which will optimize our students' development and opportunities to lead a meaningful and productive life. We are committed to a family-focused approach where parents, siblings, grandparents, and caregivers are included in the educational process every step of the way. In keeping with best practices, our programs are fully inclusive with sighted children integrated in each class, providing unique opportunities for social interaction and acquisition of critical skills.
Founded
1935
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A family of Services. A family that serves.
Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles is an extended family of compassionate social services that enriches the community and improves the lives of countless men, women and children of all religions, ethnicities and ages. For over 160 years, JFS has counseled families, fed the hungry, sheltered the homeless and protected the vulnerable. As Los Angeles' oldest and most dynamic charitable organization, JFS is a trusted source of care and support, meeting the diverse and changing needs of a diverse and changing city. JFS serves more than 100,000 people every year.
Founded
1934
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The Midnight Mission offers a way to self-sufficiency for men, women and children that are experiencing homelessness
Established in 1914, The Midnight Mission (TMM) is one of the oldest continuously operating human services organizations in the Los Angeles region. TMM offers a way to become self-sufficient to men, women and children who have lost everything. Our emergency services, 12-Step recovery program, job training, education and work programs offer a compassionate bridge to productive lives. we remove obstacles and provide the accountability and structure that people who are experiencing homelessness need to rejoin their communities. Our conviction and commitment to their success define us.
Founded
1935
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Southern California's leading performing arts institution
Each year since its founding in 1919, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has been hailed as Southern California's leading performing arts institution. More than one million Southern Californians experience performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic each year. There is a 30-week winter subscription season at Walt Disney Concert Hall and a 12-week summer festival at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, where Music Under the Stars has been a popular tradition since 1922. But the Orchestra's involvement with Los Angeles extends far beyond regular symphony concerts in a concert hall. It embraces the schools, churches, and neighborhood centers of a huge and vastly diverse community. In fact, the Los Angeles Philharmonic devotes much of its energy and resources to ensuring that its presence is felt in every corner of Los Angeles.
Founded
1935
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The way home
Union Rescue Mission (URM) is dedicated to serving people experiencing homelessness. Established in 1891, URM is one of the largest rescue missions of its kind in the United States and the oldest in Los Angeles. We provide a comprehensive array of emergency and long-term services to our guests, including: food, shelter, clothing, medical and dental care, recovery (life transformation) programs, transitional housing, legal assistance, education, counseling, and job training to men, women, children, and families. We embrace people experiencing homelessness with the compassion of Christ, giving hope and healing for a changed life, helping them to find their way home.
Founded
1960
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Producing operas and expanding the cultural interests of Los Angeles
LA Opera created a sensation with its debut production of Verdi's Otello starring Plácido Domingo in October 1986. Under the leadership of Founding General Director Peter Hemmings and then Plácido Domingo, LA Opera has grown to become a company of international stature. Presenting leading productions in the standard repertory as well as new and rarely-staged operas, the Company brings prominent LA artists together with other world-renowned singers, designers, directors and conductors to create opera that attracts the attention of international audiences and critics. Since its inception, LA Opera has served nearly one million students, senior citizens, and other audiences through its internationally recognized Education and Community Programs.
Founded
2001
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Inspiration. Exhilaration. Entertainment.
The Music Center, which opened in 1964, is one of Southern California's premier cultural destinations. Centrally located in downtown Los Angeles along Grand Avenue, the Music Center is home to four internationally acclaimed Resident Companies: The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Center Theatre Group, LA Opera and Los Angeles Master Chorale and is comprised of four venues - Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum - as well as outdoor theaters, plazas and gardens. Additionally, the Music Center offers the largest presentation of dance in Los Angeles, tours of all four venues, participatory arts activities, exciting programming for children and families throughout the year and its school education programs are nationally recognized.
Founded
1993
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Educate. Participate.
Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) seeks to instill in our nation's youth a deeper understanding of citizenship through values expressed in our Constitution and its Bill of Rights and to educate young people to become active and responsible participants in our society. CRF is dedicated to educating America's young people about the importance of civic participation in a democratic society. CRF specializes in social studies for K-12 schools, providing programs and curriculum materials that engage students in learning content and skills of informed and engaged citizens, including critical thinking, evidence-based writing/arguments, collaboration, and civil discussion.
Founded
1965
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Live united
United Way of Greater Los Angeles fights poverty and improves the quality of life for all in Los Angeles County by meeting basic needs like housing and health care, improving the educational achievement of youth, and helping families become financially stable. We provide expert research on the issues, invest in direct service programs that produce results, focus on systems change and drive change through partnerships that bring about effective and stronger solutions. By focusing our efforts on local and state public policy, we treat many of the root causes of poverty through desperately needed systems-change.
Founded
1965
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Expanding and transforming the artistry of voice.
We are an independent and innovative professional vocal ensemble that shares the traditional and evolving spectrum of choral music with the widest possible audience. We advance this art through performance, community education, collaboration, commissioning and recording. The Los Angeles Master Chorale is widely recognized as one of the country's leading professional choirs and one of Southern California's most vibrant cultural treasures. Hailed for its powerful performances, technical precision, and artistic daring, the Master Chorale is led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon and President and CEO Jean Davidson. It is a founding resident company of The Music Center and the choir-in-residence at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Chorister positions are highly sought-after and the professional choir is a diverse and vocally dynamic group showcasing the many voices of L.A.
Founded
1966
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Giant
Care. No matter what.
The mission of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA) is to provide convenient and affordable access to a comprehensive range of quality reproductive health care and sexual health information, through patient services, education and advocacy. PPLA has three focus areas: health services, education and advocacy. As the largest private provider of reproductive care in Los Angeles County, PPLA provided affordable, compassionate care to more than 136,000 women, men and teens in fiscal year 2011-2012. PPLA's community education and outreach programs deliver sexuality and family planning education to more than 40,000 students, parents and other community members per year. PPLA works to involve people and impact decision-makers in the fight to secure and protect access to a full range of quality reproductive health care services.
Founded
1970
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Stand for justice
The ACLU Foundation of Southern California preserves and promotes civil rights and civil liberties through education and litigation. Legal services are provided to defend and secure individual rights under the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and to extend these to people who have been excluded from their protection.
Founded
1974
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Fighting for justice for all Californians
Western Center on Law & Poverty leads the fight in the court, counties and capital to secure housing, healthcare and a strong safety net for low-income Californians. Western Center opened its doors in 1967 in the midst of the nation's "War on Poverty" as a joint legal clinic of USC, UCLA, and Loyola Law Schools. In 1996, Congress cut off federal financial support for programs like Western Center. Today Western Center's cutting edge advocacy, litigation and educational work are supported by private donations, foundation grants, and attorney fee awards. Western Center receives no federal funding.
Founded
1997
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The Crossroads of Hope
The Los Angeles Mission exists to provide help, hope and opportunity to men, women and children in need. We see each individual as a spiritual person of worth and dignity and worthy of assistance in their journey. Our vision is to see individuals and families set free from addictions and homelessness, transformed by God to become physically and spiritually healthy; educationally equipped to participate in society and sustain housing; and encouraged to create relationships of love and service to others. We seek to help those who have been abused and neglected to find a better life. We seek to help those who have become addicted to understand their addictions, to expect physical healing and to live in ways that are healthy to soul, mind and body.
Founded
1977
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Keeping Families Close
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California was founded 39 years ago in 1977. The mission of our organization is to provide comfort, care and support to children and families in Southern California. We express this mission primarily through Ronald McDonald Houses located in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Loma Linda, Long Beach, Orange County and Bakersfield, through Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, a cost-free sleep away camp for children with cancer and their siblings located in the mountains near Idyllwild, and two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in Orange County. The Southern California chapter of Ronald McDonald House Charities is the largest in the U.S.
Founded
1978
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Preserving and revitalizing greater Los Angeles' architectural heritage
The Los Angeles Conservancy, the largest membership-based local historic preservation organization in the country, is dedicated to the recognition, preservation, and revitalization of the architectural and cultural heritage of greater Los Angeles. Established in 1978, the Conservancy grew out of the community-based effort to prevent demolition of the Los Angeles Central Library. The organization has grown to a membership of 7,000 households, including more than 400 volunteers. With a two-fold mission of advocacy and education, the Conservancy works to preserve existing architectural resources by developing preservation strategies and by raising public awareness of the value of those resources through tours, lectures, publications and programs.
Founded
1979
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Tiny
Protecting and Advancing the Legal Rights of People with Mental Disabilities.
Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. provides free legal services to people with mental and developmental disabilities. Established in 1977, MHAS is sponsored by the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations and the Mental Health Association in California. MHAS assists both children and adults, with an emphasis on obtaining government benefits and services, protecting rights, and fighting discrimination. MHAS also serves as a resource to the community by providing training and technical assistance to attorneys, mental health professionals, consumer and family member groups, and other advocates. In addition, MHAS participates in impact litigation in an effort to improve the lives of people with mental and developmental disabilities.
Founded
1980
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Collecting, presenting, and interpreting work produced since 1940
Founded in 1979, The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is the only museum in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to contemporary art. It is committed to the collection, presentation, and interpretation of work produced since 1940 in all media, and to preserving that work for future generations. In a remarkably short time, MOCA has developed one of the nation's most renowned permanent collections. Now numbering over 5,000 works and steadily growing, this invaluable cultural resource provides extensive opportunities for education and enjoyment to thousands of national and international visitors. Today the museum is housed in three unique facilities: MOCA Grand Avenue, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, and MOCA Pacific Design Center. MOCA's mission is to be the defining museum of contemporary art.
Founded
1980
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Building the future of Los Angeles
California Community Foundation is the charitable fund serving all of Los Angeles County. We do this by helping individuals, families and organizations meet their own philanthropic goals and by supporting Los Angeles nonprofits through our grantmaking, program-related investments and endowment building services. We seek to improve life for all residents, especially those who are most vulnerable; promote philanthropy and act as an effective steward of charitable funds; and work with others to address the core causes of problems facing our region.
Founded
1981
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Large
Preparing foster youth for a future that works
United Friends of the Children (UFC) was founded in 1979 to respond to the unmet needs of Los Angeles County's most vulnerable and underserved population, the foster youth. UFC is dedicated to bettering the lives of foster children and to supporting former foster youth in their journey to become successful, independent adults. Through our housing and education programs, foster youth are provided with the opportunity to graduate from high school, attend and graduate from college, get a job, find housing and have a support system that moves them gradually towards independence. Currently, UFC provides services and support to more than 1,500 foster youth each year throughout Los Angeles County.
Founded
1982
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Serving the most vulnerable in Los Angeles
The only provider of legal services on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, Inner City Law Center combats slum housing while developing strategies to end homelessness. Inner City Law Center is recognized for our expertise in housing issues, veterans' benefits, and homelessness prevention. Our staff of 43, including 23 attorneys, provides quality legal representation for people who have nowhere else to turn. We fight for justice for low-income tenants, working poor families, immigrants, people who are living with HIV/AIDS or are disabled, and veterans.
Founded
1983
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Large
Leadership in prevention, advocacy and service
AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), one of the largest non-profit AIDS service organizations in the United States, provides bilingual direct services, prevention education and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. Marking 25 years of service in 2008, APLA is a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach. In 2007, more than 9,600 people accessed APLA's direct services and education programs. APLA reaches close to 600,000 people through our publications and Web sites, while countless others benefit from our education programs, social marketing campaigns and community forums. Through our policy work, we help shape legislation to provide access to life-saving HIV/AIDS drugs and care for people who rely on government programs for support.
Founded
1984
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Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice - LA) is the nation's largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). Founded in 1983 as the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, Advancing Justice - LA serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building, Advancing Justice - LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice. Advancing Justice - LA is based in downtown Los Angeles, with satellite offices in Orange County and Sacramento.
Founded
1985
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Promoting understanding and appreciation of America's ethnic and cultural diversity
The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to sharing the experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry. JANM's mission is to promote understanding and appreciation of America's ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience. Through its comprehensive collection of Japanese American objects, images and documents, as well as multi-faceted exhibitions, educational programs, documentaries and publications, the National Museum shares the Japanese American story with a national and international audience.
Founded
1985
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Changing lives through jobs
Chrysalis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment. Since our start in 1984, we have helped over 55,000 individuals change their lives through jobs. Chrysalis' three main service centers are located where homelessness and pockets of poverty are most pervasive: in Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and in the Pacoima area of the San Fernando Valley. We currently help over 4,000 people a year change their lives through jobs.
Founded
1985
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Shelter Partnership, a catalyst for change
Shelter Partnership, Inc. is a nonprofit organization collaboratively solving homelessness in Los Angeles County through policy analysis, program design, resource development, and advocacy in support of agencies and local governments that serve the homeless. Since its founding in 1985, Shelter Partnership has been a leader in the fight against homelessness in Los Angeles County. Since its founding, Shelter Partnership has continued to provide a variety of support to hundreds of agencies, free of charge. Shelter Partnership also serves as a resource to public agencies, the business community, local and national media, and community members involved in the issues of homelessness and the creation of permanent, affordable housing.
Founded
1985
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Tiny
Fostering diversity, innovation, and discovery in contemporary art
Through its exhibitions, education, and outreach programs, the Santa Monica Museum of Art fosters diversity, innovation, and discovery in contemporary art—local, national, and international. The only kunsthalle, non-collecting museum, in Southern California, SMMoA presents exhibitions and programs that reveal the vibrant, untold stories and pivotal moments in the history of contemporary art and culture. To this end, SMMoA devotes its exhibition spaces—the Main Gallery and two project rooms—to presenting and advancing the work of contemporary local, national, and international artists whose work merits sustained inquiry and recognition.
Founded
1986
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Medium
Bringing Real Solutions Directly to At-Risk Youths.
Sheriff's Youth Foundation of Los Angeles County is dedicated to providing Los Angeles County youth with safe facilities, planned programs, and the vital tools they need to thrive and succeed in life. The programs of the Sheriff's Youth Foundation enable us to bring resources to action in the interests of our communities' youths. Our six programs each fill a particular role as they work together to help achieve the Foundation's mission of steering youths toward lives of responsible adulthood.
Founded
1997
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Education. Empowerment. Opportunity.
The mission of IHADLA is to help at risk-youth and their families become empowered members of society by providing a long-term program that includes: academic support, college and career readiness, life skill development, parent engagement, and social-emotional support, plus the offer of a scholarship for higher education to assure the best outcomes for employment and life success. Our vision is that the cycle of intergenerational poverty will be broken in our life-time, as increased access to education leads to high-school graduation, college completion, and higher rates of employment. We seek to achieve our mission and make our vision a reality by sponsoring entire grades in low-income academically at-risk elementary schools, working with students, who we call "Dreamers", for 10+ years, through high school and into college. We then offer each high school graduate an $8,000 scholarship to be used for post-secondary education.
Founded
1996
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Tiny
Keeping people and pets together
PAWS/LA was founded in 1989 in response to the companion animal-related crises faced by residents of Los Angeles county who were financially and physically debilitated by HIV/AIDS. PAWS/LA is dedicated to preserving the loving bond between people and their companion animals. To that end, we provide services to assist low-income seniors and people disabled by a life-threatening illness keep and care for their pets.
Founded
1990
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Medium
Homes. Support. Success.
Skid Row Housing Trust is a nationally-recognized nonprofit developer and operator of innovative permanent supportive housing, helping hundreds of individuals experiencing homelessness, often struggling with disabling conditions, get off the streets each year. The Trust currently manages 25 buildings that have almost 1,800 safe, supportive homes. Our housing is permanent: residents may stay as long as they like as long as they are responsible tenants. The Trust provides residents with access to wrap-around case management and supportive services, usually within the same building. Many of our residents struggle with conditions that make staying in housing a challenge, so our staff works closely with residents to help them achieve stability and wellness. Providing a formerly homeless individual with permanent supportive housing costs 1/5-1/3 less than leaving them on the street, improving their quality of life and wellness.
Founded
1994
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Large
An oasis of learning, achievement and creativity in the heart of Skid Row
Inner-City Arts provides elementary, middle and high school students, many living in Los Angeles' poorest neighborhoods, with the tools and skills they need to succeed academically and personally. Our unique approach to arts education brings elementary, middle and high school students, educators, families and the community to Inner-City Arts' award-winning campus an oasis of creativity and learning in one of the nation's poorest neighborhoods to work with professional teaching artists in well-equipped studios and performance spaces.
Founded
1994
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Giant
People United to Enrich the Neighborhood Through Education
PUENTE Learning Center helps children, youth, and adults build strong educational foundations, find meaningful employment, and improve the quality of life for themselves and their families. The organization provides education and workforce training in East and South Los Angeles, communities with high unemployment, low educational attainment, and great potential. Offering tuition-free, technology-enhanced instruction to 4,100 students annually, PUENTE has impacted over 85,000 individuals since 1985. PUENTE sets children and youth on a pathway to college and careers through academically-focused preschool, charter kindergarten, and after-school programs. Adults become fluent in English, earn their high school diploma, gain digital literacy and 21st Century workplace skills and can achieve an industry-recognized IT credential. Through individualized instruction, PUENTE meets all students where they are, including providing services tailored for the needs of veterans and their families.
Founded
1992
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Large
Protecting the future
The Alliance for Children's Rights is dedicated solely to protecting the rights of impoverished, abused and neglected children. By providing free legal services, the Alliance ensure that they have safe, stable homes, healthcare and the education they need to thrive. Since its founding in 1992, the Alliance has been a consistent safety net for more than 100,000 children and families.
Founded
1992
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Giant
Providing support for the Los Angeles Public Library
The Library Foundation of Los Angeles supports and enriches the capabilities, resources and services of the Los Angeles Public Library. The Library Foundation was founded in 1992 to raise private sector support to benefit the entire Library system. We accomplish our mission through fundraising, advocacy, and innovative programs that benefit our diverse community and promote greater awareness of the Library's valuable resources. Our support complements, but does not supplant, the City's responsibility for funding the Los Angeles Public Library's operations. To date, the foundation has raised more than $75 million to help support the Central Library and its 71 neighborhood branches.
Founded
1993
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Large
From civil rights to silver rights
Operation HOPE (HOPE) is the leading global provider of financial dignity education and economic empowerment programs for low- or moderate-income youth, individuals and families in underserved communities. HOPE serves three core constituencies as articulated in our five-year Strategic Plan: Youth in underserved schools; low-income adults in underserved communities; and families who have been affected by either natural or man-made disasters. Our Mission is to expand economic opportunity in underserved communities through financial education and empowerment by offering programs that create stabilized communities and financial stakeholders. We convert check-cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners, and minimum wage workers into living wage workers. Our overarching vision is financial inclusion and financial literacy leading to long-term financial dignity for all.
Founded
1996
Size
Medium
Providing free after-school programs to underserved and at-risk youth
Heart of Los Angeles Youth (HOLA) provides underserved youth with exceptional programs in academics, arts and athletics within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education and strengthen their communities. The organization is unique in the quality of instruction and individual attention it provides to youth ages 6 to 19. HOLA's campus is a home away from home for thousands of kids. They know that they will get the help they need from HOLA's professional staff and highly talented volunteers. Through HOLA's comprehensive programs, the youth are exposed to a wide array of experts including artists, executives, chefs, athletes, engineers and counselors who truly commit themselves to providing programs of the highest quality, giving kids the best chance to become successful in life.
Founded
1998
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Medium
A new economy for all
Founded in 1993, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) is committed to building a new economy that restores the American dream of fair wages and benefits in return for hard work. We believe that jobs in growing industries which cannot be exported, including those in the fast-growing service sector, must serve as the foundation for rebuilding a strong and vibrant middle class. LAANE has created an exciting new model for improving the lives of working men and women and building healthy communities. LAANE came to prominence by leading the effort to pass one of the country's first living wage laws, raising wages for 10,000 workers.
Founded
1995
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Small
Making new plays with and about communities
For over 29 years, Cornerstone has brought together an ensemble of professional artists of the highest caliber with people who would never think of themselves as artists to produce works of excellence based on the stories, concerns and issues of a given community. Our plays celebrate many voices, and are staged in theaters and in parking lots, in factories, schools and subway stations. We strive to include people who have not been on stage or even seen theater. We've taken up residence in small towns and urban neighborhoods, collaborating with locals from start to finish to tell their unique stories through theater. By combining the artistry of people with many levels of theatrical experience, we act upon the conviction that artistic expression is civic engagement and that access to a creative forum is essential to the wellness and health of every individual and community.
Founded
1995
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Medium
Protecting and promoting the rights of low income immigrants and their family members
Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is the only national legal advocacy organization in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their families. Over the past 34 years, NILC has won landmark legal decisions protecting fundamental rights, thwarted policies that would have devastated the well-being of low-income immigrants and their family members, and advanced policies that reinforce and promote equality, opportunity, and justice for all. NILC uses multiple strategies to advance its mission, including policy analysis, litigation, advocacy, communications, and education. Advocates across the country rely on NILC's unique ability to employ these integrated approaches in its work, and provide them with the tools and information they need to shape their own advocacy efforts.
Founded
1999
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Medium
We empower artists and communities of need to join together and emotionally triumph over their circumstances through art.
The Art of Elysium's programs for hospitalized youth, special needs education centers, homeless shelters, elder care homes and hospice care facilities include Fine Arts, Fashion Design, Music, Media/Theatre Arts and Arts-Based Self-Esteem Programs. Art facilitates a freedom to think about life in ways never thought before. Our programs are designed to support individuals in the midst of difficult emotional life challenges like illness, hospitalization, displacement, confinement, and/or crisis by providing a variety of creative tools to help them realize relief, happiness, liberation and self-empowerment through exploration and expression in social and collaborative ways.
Founded
1998
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Small
Safer. Stronger. Together.
The Los Angeles Police Foundation (LAPF) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides critical resources and vital support to the Los Angeles Police Department. From essential equipment and state-of-the-art technology to specialized training and innovative programs that would otherwise be unfunded, the support we provide directly improves public safety, impacts officer readiness, and enhances our quality of life. As the largest source of private funding for the LAPD, we are passionately dedicated to ensuring that Los Angeles remains America's safest major city. Since 1998, the LAPF has provided more than $27 million in support to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Founded
1998
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Small
Inspiring women to inpsire girls
Step Up propels girls living in or going to school in under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential by empowering them to become confident, college-bound, career-focused, and ready to join the next generation of professional women. Step Up believes all girls should have the opportunity to fulfill their potential. Step Up creates and implements impactful after-school and mentorship programs that are open to all girls enrolled in one of our Step Up partner high schools. We bring our after-school programming, designed to empower teens to become confident, college-bound and career-focused to each campus one or two days a week for a two-hour session.
Founded
1999
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Tiny
Together we are greater than AIDS
Founded in May of 1999, the Black AIDS Institute is the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on Black people. The Institute's mission is to stop the AIDS pandemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing Black institutions and individuals in efforts to confront HIV. The Institute interprets public and private sector HIV policies, conducts trainings, offers technical assistance, disseminates information and provides advocacy mobilization from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view.
Founded
2001
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Large
Nothing stops a bullet like a job
Homeboy Industries assists at-risk and formerly gang-involved youth to become positive and contributing members of society through job placement, training and education. Homeboy Industries traces its roots to Jobs For A Future, a program created in 1988 by Father Gregory Boyle while he was serving as pastor of Dolores Mission parish in Boyle Heights. Begun as a jobs program in 1988, offering alternatives to gang violence in one of the toughest neighborhoods in the city, the program soon grew beyond the parish. In 2001, Homeboy Industries became an independent nonprofit. Homeboy has had an important impact on the Los Angeles gang problem, with young people from over half of the region's 1,100 known gangs seeking a way out through Homeboy.
Founded
2001
Size
Tiny
Because our children are watching
The Parents Television Council (PTC) was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. Our national grassroots organization has more than 1.3 million members across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. We are a nonpartisan organization that works with government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.
Founded
2001
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Large
…just democracy!
Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, we exist to fulfill America's promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy. We use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change. From Advancement Project's inception, we have worked "on-the-ground," helping organized communities of color dismantle and reform the unjust and inequitable policies that undermine the promise of democracy. Simultaneously, we have aggressively sought and seized opportunities to promote this approach to racial justice
Founded
1966
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Giant
Inspiring wonder, discovery and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds
The mission of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is to inspire wonder, discovery and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has amassed one of the world's most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history - more than 35 million objects, some as old as 4.5 billion years. Its curatorial staff not only cares for those collections, but uses them for groundbreaking scientific and historic research. The Museum also curates new, immersive exhibitions that give visitors the opportunity to explore the big picture of our planet - specimens and objects, the stories behind them, and the increasing interrelatedness of the natural and cultural worlds.