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Much will be required from everyone
to whom much has been given.  Luke 12:48
    Some of you may believe that since your career may not be at a level for you to make a monetary contribution to an organization, you'll simply wait until that 'breakthrough project' comes along.  You're wrong.  Giving back is not exclusive to a monetary contribution.  Give of your talent.  Give of your time.  Give of yourself.
    You may wish to volunteer your services to perform at an event, or write copy for a brochure or a mailing.  As a composer, you could write a theme for a public service announcement for the organization, and donate all of the proceeds from performances.  You could help by simply folding letters, and stuffing and stamping envelopes for a charitable campaign mailing.  Donate your time in public school music programs, or perform your work at healthcare or assisted living facilities.  The list is endless with things you can do without making a monetary contribution. 
    The list below is a 'work-in-progress' that I commenced many years ago.  I regularly discuss 'giving' with clients, prospective clients and when I lecture at universities.  The uniqueness of this list is that it is populated with organizations that are supported by the entertainment community.  You'll find familiar names.  You'll find unfamiliar names.  Some have budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars.  Some have budgets that barely cover their rent and utility bills.
    Review the entire list, and find an organization that supports a cause that may have impacted your life through your own personal experience, a family member or friend.  Perhaps it's an organization that simply whets your interest, or has an emotional appeal.  Contact the organization to learn more about what they do.  Attend a meeting, an event.  If it feels good, support it; if not, find another organization.  Don't stop after your first attempt!  Keep looking!
    Volunteering is an investment in your community—and in your growth as an individual.  Give back, and you'll be astounded by the results.Otto Vavrin II

A Place Called Home

A Window Between Worlds

Academy of Business Leadership

Achievable Foundation

Actor's Fund of America

After-School All-Stars

Aid for AIDS

AIDS Project L.A.

Alex's Lemonade

Alliance for Lupus Research

Alzheimer's Association of Los Angeles

American Cancer Society

American Cinematheque

American Foundation for AIDS Research [AMFAR]

American Friends Service Committee

American Heart Association

American Humane Association

American Lung Association

American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

American Society of Young Musicians

Amnesty International

Andre Agassi Foundation

Angel Food

Angel Harvest

Animal Avengers

Anti-Defamation League

Arthritis Foundation

Audrey Hepburn's Children's Fund

Autism Speaks

Aviva Center


Barbara Sinatra's Children's Center for Abused Children

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater L.A. and the Inland Empire

Bony Pony Ranch Foundation

Boys and Girls Club of Hollywood

Break the Cycle

Breast Cancer Research Foundation


California State Summer School for the Arts

California Community Foundation

California Women's Law Center

Camp Laurel

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times

Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Chambon Foundation

ChildHelp USA

Children Affected by AIDS Foundation

Children Now

Children of the Night

Children's Action Network

Children's Burn Foundation

Children's Defense Fund

Children's Dental Center of Greater Los Angeles

Children's Diabetes Foundation

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Children's Tumor Foundation

City of Hope, Music & Entertainment Chapter

Coalition for Clean Air

Comic Relief

Community Partners

Communities in Schools

Covenant House California

Create Now!

Crossroads Centre at Antigua

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation


David Horowitz Freedom Center

Deaf West Theatre Group

Dedication and Everlasting Love to Animals

Do Something

Doctors Without Borders

Dream Foundation

Drug Abuse Resistance Education [DARE]

Drumming for Your Life


Earth Communications Office [ECO]

Earth 911

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Elton John AIDS Foundation

End Hunger Network

Entertainment Industries Council

Entertainment Industry Foundation

Environmental Media Association


Famous Fone Friends

Farm Sanctuary

Felines and Friends

Film Aid International

Film Foundation

Film Music Society

Free Arts for Abused Children

Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund

Friends of the Family

Friends of the Observatory

Fulfillment Fund


Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation [GLADD]

Girls Incorporated

Giving Back Fund

Global Angels

James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness

Jeffrey Foundation

Jewish Federation Entertainment Division

Jewish Foundation

John Wayne Cancer Institute

Junior League of Los Angeles


Kids with a Cause

Kiwanis Club of Glendale

Knowledge Project

Kurt Weil Foundation for Music


L.A. Free Clinic

L.A. Shanti Foundation

L.A. Shares

L.A. Works

L.A.'s BEST [Better Educated Students for Tomorrow]

Learning Leaders

Liberty Hill Foundation

Lili Claire Foundation

Literacy Network of Greater Los Angeles

Live Earth

Look for Success

Love Our Children USA

Los Angeles Child Development Center

Los Angeles Regional Foodbank

Los Angeles Youth Network

Lupus L.A.


MADISONS Foundation {Moms and Dads in Search of Needed Support}

Magic Johnson Foundation

Make-A-Wish Foundation

March of Dimes

Marine Corp - Law Enforcement Foundation

Media Access Office

Media Project

Minorities in Broadcasting Training Program

Montel Williams MS Foundation

Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation

Motion Picture Industry Charitable Allaince

Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation

Much Love Animal Rescue

Multicultural Motion Picture Association

Museum of the Moving Image

MusiCares Foundation of the Recording Academy

My Friend's Place


Nancy Davis Foundation for MS

National Alopecia Areata Foundation

National Kidney Foundation of Southern California

National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable

National Conference for Community & Justice

National Film Preservation Foundation

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Natural Resources Defense Council


Ocean Park Community Center


Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund


Peacock Foundation

PAWS / LAPenny Lane

People for the American Way

Pets 911

Phoenix Houses of California

Planet Hope

Power for Kids

POWER UP - Professional Organization of Women in Entertainment

Project A.L.S.

Project Angel Food

Project New Hope


Revlon/UCLA Breast Center

Ricardo Montalban Nosotros Foundation

Roots of Peace

Rosie's All For Kids Foundation

RX Laughter


Salvation Army of Southern California

Santa Monica Baykeeper

Save the Whales

Screen Actors Guild Foundation

Simon Wisenthal Center, Museum of Tolerance

Society of Singers

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Starlight Children's Foundation

Step Up Women's Network - Los AngelesStreetlights

Stroke Association of Southern California

Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation