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We are pleased to announce that The SAM Initiative’s fourth giving cycle is off and running! Members selected four nonprofit organizations from the field of six that participated in our October 5 Fast Pitch event: Bruin ShelterKids in the Spotlight, Los Angeles LGBT Center and Safe Place for Youth. All organizations are outstanding and focus on work with youth and adolescent homelessness in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Grant updates from 2015-2016 recipients:
Food Forward: Grant of $60,000 to fund the Wholesale Recovery Program, which rescues and donates fruits and vegetables for those in need.
  • Funding from SAM is responsible for the recovery and donation of 1.6 million pounds of produce.
  • Food Forward announced they have recovered 25 million pounds of produce -- and they recently celebrated their biggest single day of collection -- 110,000 pounds of produce! This is more than they recovered in their first year.
Downtown Women's Center (DWC): Grant of $40,000 to fund vital move-in expenses and provide housing and intensive case management services to 50 women.
  • Through our donation, DWC provided move-in stipend funds to 19 women which support security deposits, rental assistance, utility assistance and furniture -- and 100% of the 19 women still remained housed!
  • These women are provided safe housing and individual guidance to help secure jobs and eventually support themselves.
LA Kitchen: Social Enterprise grant of $70,000 to support wages within LA Kitchen’s Strong Food social enterprise business.
  • LA Kitchen's 6 month apprenticeship has provided support for 8 of the 11 graduates (the other three secured full time employment elsewhere).
  • Elissa, an LA Kitchen apprentice who attended our awards dinner this past May, is working full time as an apprentice with LA Kitchen and picks up catering shifts from her previous internship. Our grant is helping Elissa to establish an independent life for herself and her young son.
ECPHP Playground Update:
In 2015, SAM provided a $60,000 grant for a much-needed playground at the Early Childhood Partial Hospitalization Program at UCLA (ECPHP), a 10-12 week program designed for children ages 2-6 that have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other significant behavior disorders. The playground that SAM funded has brought considerably more visibility and recognition to their extraordinary program.

On October 27, eight SAM members viewed firsthand how the playground provides very specific equipment that targets sensory processing and regulation -- and provides children with a therapeutic outdoor experience, fostering their development while in the ECPHP program.
Upcoming Events:

Proposal Review and Discussion
December 7th, 2016
9am - 11am


Join us for an in-depth discussion of the recently-submitted RFP proposals from our four finalists. In addition, we will view a video produced by one of our past recipients showcasing the results of the funding they received. We'll also be presenting highlights from last year's grantees and discussing exciting SAM events and opportunities.


Meeting 3
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
9:00am - 11:00am


Finalists present and due-diligence committees are assigned. Check back later for more details, including location and time.


Meeting 4
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
9:00am - 11:00am


Due-diligence committees present their findings and recommendations. Discussion and final vote.


Awards Dinner and Celebration
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
6:30pm
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Please consider us in your end of year giving. We are a 501(c)(3) and your contributions are tax deductible.
 
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