Much will be required from everyone

to whom much has been given 

 

     Not addressed often enough, but 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 freely 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. In the event you are part of the entertainment industry and associated with an organization that is not acknowledged on the list, please send me a note for consideration to be added.

 

     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. You will get back far more than you put in.—Otto Vavrin II

A Place Called Home

A Window Between Worlds

About Kids Advocacy

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

Allies for Every Child

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 Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

American Society of Young Musicians

Amnesty International

Andre Agassi Foundation for Education

Animal Avengers

Anti-Defamation League

Arthritis Foundation

Audrey Hepburn's Children's Fund

Autism Speaks

Aviva Center

Baby2Baby

Barbara Sinatra's Children's Center for Abused Children

Beats Rhymes with Life

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

BlueSky Healing Home

Bony Pony Ranch Foundation

Boys and Girls Club of Hollywood

Break the Cycle

Breast Cancer Research Foundation

California Community Foundation

California Conference for Equality and Justice 

California State Summer School for the Arts

California Women's Law Center

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times

Cancer Support Community - Los Angeles

Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Chambon Foundation

ChildHelp USA

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

   [D.E.L.T.A. Rescue]

Do Something

Doctors Without Borders

Dream Foundation

Drug Abuse Resistance Education [DARE]

Drumming for Your Life Institute

Earth 911

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Elton John AIDS Foundation

End Hunger Network

Entertainment Industries Council

Entertainment Industry Foundation

Environmental Media Association

FCancer

Famous Fone Friends

Farm Sanctuary

Felines and Friends

Film Foundation

Film Music Society

FilmAid International

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

Girls Rock Camp Alliance

Giving Back Fund

Global Angels

Gospel for Teens

Grammy Foundation

 

H.E.L.P. Group

Haven House Addictive Treatment

Heal the Bay

Healthy Child, Healthy World

Heart of Los Angeles

Hollygrove Children and Family Services

Hollywood Arts Council

Hollywood Entertainment Museum

Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity

House Ear Institute

Human Rights Watch

Humane Society of the United States

Humanitas Prize

Imagen Foundation

In Defense of Animals

Inner-City Arts

Inner-City Filmmakers

InsideOUT Writers

Institute of Ecolonomics

International Myeloma Foundation

Jeffrey Foundation

Jewish Federation Entertainment Division

Jewish Foundation

John Wayne Cancer Institute

Junior League of Los Angeles

Keep a Child Alive

Kids with a Cause

Kiwanis Club of Glendale

Knowledge Project

Kurt Weil Foundation for Music

L.A. Free Clinic

L.A. Shares

L.A. Works

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

Laurel Foundation

Learning Leaders

Liberty Hill Foundation

Lili Claire Foundation

Live Earth

Look for Success

Love Our Children USA

Los Angeles Child Development Center

Los Angeles Regional Foodbank

Los Angeles Waterkeeper

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 for Our Lives

March of Dimes

Marine Corp - Law Enforcement Foundation

Media Access Office - Disability Portrayal in the Media

Media Project

Minorities in Broadcasting Training Program

Montel Williams MS Foundation

Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation

Motion Picture Industry Charitable Alliance

Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation

Much Love Animal Rescue

Multicultural Motion Picture Association

Museum of the Moving Image

MusiCares Foundation of the Recording Academy

Musicians on Call

MUSYCA Children's Choir

My Friend's Place

Nancy Davis Foundation for MS

National Alopecia Areata Foundation

National Kidney Foundation of Southern California

National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable

National Film Preservation Foundation

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Natural Resources Defense Council

Ocean Park Community Center

Oceana

One Earth

Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance

 

Peacock Foundation

PAWS / LAPenny Lane

People for the American Way

Pets 911

Phoenix House of California

Planet Hope

Power for Kids

POWER UP - Professional Organization of

     Women in Entertainment

Project A.L.S.

Project Angel Food

Project Aware

Project New Hope

 

Regenerate

Revlon/UCLA Breast Center

Ricardo Montalban Nosotros Foundation

Rock to Recovery

Roots of Peace

Rosie's All For Kids Foundation

RX Laughter

Salvation Army of Southern California

Save the Whales

SAG-AFTRA 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

Stroke Association of Southern California

Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation

Sweet Relief

Teach for America

ThanksUSA Scholarship Program

This is About Humanity

Times Up

T.J. Martell Foundation

Tourette Association of America

Trust for Public Land

 

Union Rescue Mission

United Friends of the Children

United Nations Children Fund [UNICEF]

United Negro College Fund

Uplift Family Services

USO - Until Every One Comes Home

 

Valley Community Healthcare

Variety - The Children's Charity of Southern California

Variety - The Children's Charity of the United States

VH1 Save the Music Foundation

Virginia Avenue Project

Wadah Foundation

Wildlife Waystation

Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation

William Holden Wildlife Foundation

Women at Risk International

World Literacy Crusade

Wounded Warrior Program

Writers Guild Foundation

 

Young Musicians Foundation

Young Storytellers Program

SMC Artists does not endorse any of the charities above. Any decision to become associated with a particular charity, is to be determined solely by the reader. Ratings of these charities may be reviewed at:  Charity Navigator.

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