NATUREActors and Others for Animals
11523 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA. 91601; (818) 755-6045
Nonprofit org promotes humane treatment of animals. Through contributions and fund-raisers it assists with payments made to veterinarians for spaying, neutering and emergency care as well as assisting animal victims of world disasters.
Fund-raiser: Celebrity Fashion Show
Admin/action ratio: n/a Animal Avengers
PMB 690, 7336 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046; (323) 655-4220
Org is dedicated to rescuing dogs, cats and other animals from the streets — particularly those in danger of euthanasia — and placing them in loving homes
Fund-raisers: Texas Hold-em Tournament, Fall Fundraiser
Admin/action ratio: 99% Coalition for Clean Air
523 W. Sixth St., 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90014; (213) 630-1192
It is the only nonprofit advocacy organization in California dedicated exclusively to improving air quality.
Fund-raisers: Coalition for Clean Air Luncheon (spring), various movie screenings, fashion show
Admin/action ratio: 81% Earth Communications Office (ECO)
2121 E. 7th Place, Suite 115, Los Angeles, CA 90021; (213) 680-7805
Group uses public service to improve the global environment.
Fund-raisers: Spring Founder’s Dinner, Annual Premiere Gala
Admin/action ratio: 82% Environmental Media Assn.
10780 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 210, Los Angeles, CA 90025; (310) 446-6244
Org works to mobilize the entertainment industry in a global effort to educate people about the environment and inspire them into action.
Fund-raiser: Environmental Media Awards
Admin/action ratio: n/a Heal the Bay
3220 Nebraska Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404; (310) 453-0395
Group uses research, education, community action and policy programs to make Santa Monica Bay and Southern California coastal waters safe and healthy for people and marine life.
Fund-raisers: Bring Back the Beach (annual dinner in spring/summer), Bay Days
Admin/action ratio: 81% Humane Society of the United States, Hollywood Office
Org is a national non-profit animal-protection organization whose Hollywood Office produces the annual Genesis Awards and is devoted to raising public awareness of animal issues via the major news and entertainment media.
Fund-raisers: Genesis Awards, Annual Open House, Spotlight Humane
Admin/action ratio: 77% Natural Resources Defense Council
1314 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401; (310) 434-2300
Org uses law, science and the support of more than 1 million members and e-activists to protect the Earth’s wildlife and to ensure a safe, healthy global environment for all living things.
Fund-raisers: Earth to L.A.! (Biannual), movie screenings
Admin/action ratio: 80% Oceana
501 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401; 1-800-8-OCEAN-0; (310) 899-3026
Oceana is a nonprofit, international advocacy organization dedicated to restoring and protecting the world’s oceans through policy advocacy, science, law and public education.
Fund-raiser: Partners Awards Dinner
Admin/action ratio: 77% Save the Whales
1192 Waring St., Santa Monica, CA 90401; (800) WHALE-65
Org educates children and adults about marine mammals, their environment and preservation.
Fund-raisers: Funded through grants and donations, adopt-a-whale, and bequests
Admin/action ratio: 92-95% William Holden Wildlife Foundation
P.O. Box 16637, Beverly Hills, CA 90029; (310) 274-3169
Org was established in the memory of William Holden; preserves wildlife and maintains an education center at the Mount Kenya Game Ranch.
Admin/action ratio: 100% HEALTH/DISABILITIES Achievable Foundation
5901 Green Valley Circle, suite 320, Culver City, CA 90230; (310) 216-0929
Group helps people with developmental disabilities (such as cerebral palsy and Down syndrome) live independently.
Fund-raisers: Celebrity Golf Tournament, 5K Walk/Run/Roll
Admin/action ratio: 75-80% AIDS Project L.A.
611 S. Kingsley Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90005; (213) 201-1600
Group is dedicated to improving the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS in L.A. County as well as increasing awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS.
Fund-raisers: National AIDS Marathon Training Program, AIDS Walk Los Angeles, Summer Party, Oscar Viewing Party
Admin/action ratio: 90% Alliance for Lupus Research
28 W. 44th St., Suite 1217, New York, NY 10036; (800) 867-1743, (866) 925-5257
Org is dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of lupus; hands out funds and grants to research projects.
Fund-raisers: Annual gala, Walk With Us to Cure Lupus walkathons
Admin/action ratio: 100% Alzheimer’s Assn. of Los Angeles
5900 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1100, Los Angeles, CA 90036; (323) 938-3379
Group provides support and assistance to Alzheimer’s patients and their families.
Fund-raiser: A Night to Remember annual gala
Admin/action ratio: 75% American Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR)
120 Wall St., 13th floor, New York, NY 10005; (212) 806-1600
International nonprofit is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research.
Fund-raisers: Cinema Against AIDS and numerous film premieres, auctions, etc.
Admin/action ratio: 77.5% American Lung Assn. of Los Angeles County
5858 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90036; (323) 935-5864
Org runs comprehensive programs in asthma, clean air, and tobacco control and tuberculosis education.
Fund-raisers: Breath of Life Awards, Fairway to Clear Air Golf Tournament
Admin/action ratio: 73% Arthritis Foundation Southern California Chapter
4311 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 530, Los Angeles, CA 90010; (323) 954-5750, (800) 954-2873
Group provides a variety of resources for people with arthritis and similar diseases, such as free literature, support groups, exercise classes and physician information.
Fund-raisers: Joints in Motion (marathon training program at the end of October), Commitment to a Cure Gala (Southern California chapter event), Arthritis Walk
Admin/action ratio: 82% Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times
1954 Cotner Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025; (310) 268-8488
Division of Ronald McDonald House Charity of Southern California provides cost-free camping for children with cancer and their families.
Fund-raisers: Halloween Carnival, Art in the Park, Golf Tournament
Admin/action ratio: 86% Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
8700 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048; (310) 423-3277
Institution is committed to supporting research and medical education, providing health care and community services.
Fund-raisers: Sports Spectacular for Cedar Sinai Medical Genetic Birth-Defects Center, Merchant of Tennis/Monty Hall/Diabetes Tournament
Admin/action ratio: n/a Children Affected by AIDS Foundation
6033 W. Century Blvd., Suite 280, Los Angeles, CA 90045; (310) 258-0850
Org is committed to improving the quality of life for kids with HIV and AIDS; provides funds, grants and other types of assistance to meet kids’ special needs.
Fund-raiser: Dream Halloween, Comedy night
Admin/action ratio: 90% City of Hope
1055 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017; (800) 544-3541
Group is dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.
Fund-raisers: Spirit of Life Award Dinner, Celebrity Softball Game, Songs of Hope–silent auction for signed sheet music
Admin/action ratio: 87% Cure Autism Now Foundation
5455 Wilshire Blvd., suite 715, Los Angeles, CA 90036; (323) 549-0500
Org funds research to treat and cure autism as well as broaden awareness and understanding of the disease.
Fund-raisers: Walk Now Los Angeles, Walk Now Orange County, Acts of Love Benefit
Admin/action ratio: 88% Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
2150 Towne Center Place, suite 120, Anaheim, CA 92806; (714) 938-1393
Group serves to cure and control cystic fibrosis by supporting care centers nationwide, providing grants for research and funding for drug development projects.
Fund-raisers: Various dinners, galas and events, golf tournaments, marathons
Admin/action ratio: 89% Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
2950 31st St., No. 125, Santa Monica, CA 90405; (888) 499-4673
Org aims to identify, fund and conduct critical pediatric research that will lead to better treatment and prevention of HIV infection in children, reduce and prevent HIV transmission from mother to child, and accelerate the discovery of treatments for other life-threatening pediatric diseases.
Fund-raisers: Kids for Kids, A Time for Heroes, Celebrity Golf Classic, Nautica Event
Admin/action ratio: 94% Elton John AIDS Foundation
P.O. Box 17139, Beverly Hills, CA 90209; (310) 535-1775
Group provides funding for educational programs targeted at the prevention and/or elimination of discrimination against people affected with HIV/AIDS; provides services to people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS.
Fund-raiser: Annual Oscar party
Admin/action ratio: 80% Emergency USA
10592 Perry Highway #112, Wexford, PA 105090; 724 766-4518
Org provides specialized medical care for civilian victims of war and landmines. Epilepsy Foundation/Greater Los Angeles
5777 W. Century Blvd, Suite 820, Los Angeles, CA 90045; (800) 564-0445; (310) 670-2870
Org strives to improve the lives of people affected by epilepsy by promoting care, prevention, research and cure through education, camps, support services, advocacy and awareness.
Fund-raisers: Epilepsy Freedom Walk, Sitomer Bike Ride, Golf Classic, St. Valentine Event, Epilepsy Awareness Month
Admin/action ratio: 90% Friends of Cancer Research
3299 K St., NW, suite 100, Washington, D.C. 20007; (202) 944-6711
Org raises awareness and provides public education on cancer research; engages and collaborates with leaders of cancer centers, patient advocacy groups, oncology professional societies, public and private corporations, and representatives from the media and entertainment industry.
Admin/action ratio: n/a Friends of the Family
15350 Sherman Way, suite 140, Van Nuys, CA 91406; (818) 988-4430
Group is committed to strengthening families and giving kids a strong start in life through innovative and practical programs, such as those aimed at promoting family literacy, preservation and violence prevention.
Fund-raiser: Families Matter Benefit and Celebration
Admin/action ratio: 92% The Hearing Foundation
6700 Washington Ave. South, Eden Prairie, MN 55344; (800) 769-2799
Group helps hearing impaired people worldwide by providing hearing aids, batteries and other hearing care products; also supports and conducts research and education in hearing.
Fund-raiser: So the World May Hear Awards Gala
Admin/action ratio: 98% House Ear Institute
2100 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90057; (213) 483-4431
Group aims to improve the quality of life for people with ear and balance disorders, and hearing loss; Children’s Center provides care for deaf and hard-of-hearing children.
Fund-raiser: Annual benefit gala, Hollywood Auction for Hearing Health
Admin/action ratio: 80-90% James Redford Institute
10573 W. Pico Blvd., #214, Los Angeles, CA 90064; (310) 559-6325
Educates public about the importance of organ and tissue donation. JRI uses outreach programs and the Web to raise awareness and build public acceptance. John Wayne Cancer Institute
2200 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404; (310) 315-6111
Prominent cancer center is dedicated to research as well as the detection, treatment and prevention of cancer.
Fund-raisers: Odyssey Ball, Benefactors of JWCI Ball
Admin/action ratio: 90% Lili Claire Foundation
2800 28th St., Suite 325, Santa Monica, CA 90405; (310) 396-4355
Org creates community resources for people with Williams syndrome and other neurogenetic diseases such as Down syndrome and autism.
Fund-raisers: Annual benefit dinner, annual Las Vegas benefit
Admin/action ratio: 80% L.A. Shanti Foundation
1616 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028; (323) 962-8197
Group is aimed at supporting those with life-threatening diseases, primarily people affected by HIV/AIDS; provides free support groups, seminars, forums, and counseling and prevention programs.
Fund-raiser: L.A. Shanti Annual Tribute Gala, L.A. Shanti Wine Auction, True Colors, Outfest, Club +, Macy’s events, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Admin/action ratio: 95% Los Angeles Child Development Center
141 S. Barrington Ave., 2nd floor, Los Angeles, CA 90049; (310) 471-8729
Org provides accessible, affordable, long-term mental health services to underserved children living in the greater L.A. area.
Admin/action ratio: 90% Los Angeles Free Clinic
8405 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048; (323) 653-8622
Group provides medical and dental care, counseling, prenatal care, HIV testing, legal assistance and other services to men, women and children who don’t have insurance.
Fund-raisers: Annual dinner gala, Charity Classic Golf Tournament
Admin/action ratio: 86% Lupus L.A.
8721 Sunset Blvd., Suite 208, Los Angeles, CA 90069; (310) 652-7770
Lupus L.A.’s mission is to shed light and understanding on this often-misdiagnosed disease that affects nearly 2 million people nationwide, and to raise funds for the Lupus Research Institute. LRI is dedicated to finding fresh scientific approaches to new ideas to treat and cure lupus.
Fund-raisers: Annual gala, Auction
Admin/Action ratio: 85% Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163; (800) 708-7644
Group is dedicated to accelerating the development of a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda.
Fund-raisers: Annual comedy event “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s”
Admin/action ratio: 89% Motion Picture & Television Fund
23388 Mulholland Drive, Woodland Hills, CA 91364; (818) 876-1888
Org serves members of the entertainment industry by providing a variety of health, social and charitable services including a retirement facility, outpatient services, geriatric programs, counseling, and financial and medical assistance.
Fundraisers: Night Before the Oscars, Michael Douglas and Friends presented by Lexus Golf Tournament Muscular Dystrophy Assn.
2800 28th Street, Suite 360, Santa Monica, CA 90405; (520) 529-2000
Org runs a broad-based program that helps people affected by neuromuscular disorders.
Fund-raisers: The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, A Night Under the Stars Spring Gala
Admin/action Ratio: 76.5% National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance
11132 Ventura Blvd., suite 401, Los Angeles, CA 91604; (818) 760-7722
Group is dedicated to identifying preventive treatment and finding a cure for colon cancer; uses the power of celebrity to promote education, fund-raising, research and early medical screening.
Fund-raiser: Golf tournament
Admin/action ratio: 100% National Kidney Foundation of Southern California
5777 W. Century Blvd., suite 1450, Los Angeles, CA 90045; (310) 641-8152
Org aids kidney disease patients through programs including Public & Patient Education, the Patient Emergency Fund and Organ Donor Awareness; funds several research fellowships that strive to study and find a cure for kidney disease.
Fund-raisers: Medical Advisory Board Gala Tribute Dinner, Cadillac Invitational Golf Tournament, Great Chefs of L.A. and Great Chefs of Orange County
Admin/action ratio: 81% National Multiple Sclerosis Society
2440 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 115, Los Angeles, CA 90064; (310) 479-4456
Southern California chapter offers MS-affected people and their families a variety of programs and resources, including those dedicated to education, material assistance and emotional support.
Fund-raisers: Dinner of Champions, MS Walk
Admin/action ratio: 81% Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
14 Pennsylvania Plaza, Suite 1400, New York, NY 10122; (800) 873-9569; (212) 268-1002
Group is dedicated to finding a cure for ovarian cancer; funds research projects, provides outreach programs to patients and their families, and raises public awareness about the disease.
Fund-raisers: Super Saturday, Legends Fall Black Tie
Admin/action ratio: 85% PAWS/L.A.
1546 N. Argyle Ave Hollywood, CA 90028; (323) 464-7297
Org enhances the quality of life of terminally ill individuals by providing assistance in the care of their pets.
Fund-raiser: Pet Art
Admin/action: 70% Project ALS
511 Avenue of the Americas, PMB #341, New York, NY 10011
Org raises funds for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) research to find effective treatments and a cure.
Fund-raisers: Annual Project ALS Gala (L.A. in the spring, N.Y. in the fall)
Admin/action ratio: 81% Project Angel Food
7574 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046; (323) 845-1800;
Group provides free home-delivered meals and nutritional counseling to individuals disabled by HIV/AIDS or any serious illness in the L.A. counties.
Fund-raisers: Divas Simply Singing, Angel Art, Divine Design.
Admin/action ratio: 75% Project New Hope
3325 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA 90010; (323) 665-2816
Org promotes opportunity, self-sufficiency and dignity for low-income or homeless individuals, especially those living with HIV/AIDS or disabilities, by providing affordable housing and vocational services.
Admin/action ratio: 90-93% Revlon/UCLA Breast Cancer Center
200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite B265 (B2 Level); (310) 825-2144;
Center offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary programs for women with all types of breast problems.
Fund-raisers: Fire & Ice Ball, Revlon Run/Walk for Women in L.A. (in conjunction with Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Center)
Admin/action ratio: 100% Starkey Hearing Foundation
6700 Washington Ave. S., Eden Prairie, MN 55344-3405; (866) 354-3254
Foundation goes on self-financed missions around the world providing hearing aids to children who otherwise could not afford them.
Fund-raiser: So The World May Hear Gala
Admin/action ratio: 98% St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
332 N. Lauderdale, Memphis, TN 38105; (901) 495-3300
Org is dedicated to finding cures for children with catastrophic illnesses, regardless of their race, religion or ability to pay.
Fund-raisers: Shower of Stars, Runway for Life
Admin/action ratio: 84.9% Stroke Assn. of Southern California
2001 S. Barrington Ave., #308; Los Angeles, CA 90025; (310) 575-1699
Org is committed to reducing the incidence and impact of strokes in communities throughout Southern California by providing free services such as a telephone help line, educational literature, support groups, a visitation program, stroke activity classes, a community resource guide and prevention seminars.
Fund-raiser: Jazz Party
Admin/action ratio: 80% The Thalians
P.O. Box 749, Beverly Hills, CA 90213; (310) 423-1040
Established in 1955, org helps people of all ages with mental health issues through the Thalians Mental Health Center.
Fund-raiser: Annual ball
Admin/action ratio: 50% Tourette Syndrome Assn.
42-20 Bell Blvd., Bayside, NY 11361; (718) 224-2999
It is the only national volunteer nonprofit org dedicated to identifying the cause of, finding cure for and controlling effects of Tourette’s syndrome.
Fund-raiser: West Coast Awards Dinner
Admin/action ratio: 85% Will Rogers Institute
10045 Riverside drive 3rd floor, Toluca Lake, CA 91602; (818) 755-2300
Group provides financial assistance to qualifying members of the entertainment industry who are sick, elderly and disabled; supports lung research and the development of treatments and cures for pulmonary diseases and disorders.
Fund-raisers: Summer Theatrical Public Service Announcement
Admin/action ratio: 80% Women at Risk (WAR)
5183 Overland Ave., Suite B, Culver City, CA 90230; (310) 204-1046
Provides a safe and confidential place for HIV-positive women to share experiences and receive support.
Fund-raisers: House of Blues Gospel Brunch and Aids Walk L.A.
Admin/action ratio: 100% FOOD BANKS/ SHELTERS/ DISASTER RELIEF American Red Cross
2025 E St., NW Washington, D.C. 20006; (202) 303-4498
Org is committed to saving lives; provides disaster-relief operations, blood-collection services, and public health and safety training.
Fund-raisers: various relief and blood drives
Admin/action ratio: 91% Angel Harvest
P.O. Box 27698, Los Angeles, CA 90027; (800) 227-5346; (323) 256-6881
Group provides food from entertainment industry events — such as the Oscars and Emmys — to local agencies like soup kitchens, homeless shelters, rehab centers, etc.
Admin/action ratio: 87% Comic Relief
6404 Wilshire Blvd., suite 960, Los Angeles, CA 90048; (323) 655-1511
Org provides health care services to the homeless.
Fund-raiser: Comic Relief
Admin/action ratio: 85% Covenant House California
1325 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027; (323) 461-3131
Org provides services to at-risk, homeless and runaway youth including street outreach, emergency shelter, health care, legal services, vocational preparation and drug treatment programs.
Fund-raiser: Covenant With Youth Dinner Gala
Admin/action ratio: 79% Dress for Success
1110 E. 9th St., suite A1104; Los Angeles, CA. 90079; (213) 629-3537
Provides wardrobes for disadvantaged people seeking a second chance at life.
Fundraiser: Clean Your Closet Week in March
Admin/action ratio: 75% Doctors Without Borders
2525 Main St., Suite 110, Santa Monica, CA 90405; (310) 399-0049(212)
Group sends volunteer doctors, nurses, medical staff, construction workers and engineers to provide medical and humanitarian assistance to victims of war and natural disasters in over 80 countries.
Fund-raisers: Crisis- and location-specific events
Admin/action ratio: 85% Lamp Community
527 Crocker Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013; (213 488-9559)
Org based in L.A.’s Skid Row provides housing and services to homeless men and women with mental illnesses.
Fund-raiser: Annual “Birthday” benefit
Admin/action ratio: 90% L.A. Works
570 W. Avenue 26, Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA 90065; (323) 224-6510
Volunteers prepare food for AIDS patients, plant gardens, tutor children and clean beaches among other things.
Fund-raiser: L.A. Works Day (1,000-plus volunteers pick a day and repaint, replant and refurbish a community)
Admin/action ratio: approximately 78% Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
1734 E. 41st St., Los Angeles, CA 90058; (323) 234-3030
Group sorts and repackages donated food and distributes it daily to local charities throughout L.A. County.
Fund-raisers: Wine Tasting Event, Annual November Dinner
Admin/action ratio: 87.3% Ocean Park Community Center
1453 16th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404; (310) 264-6646
Network of shelters and other services helps the homeless, low-income families, abused and runaways; programs include Homeless Outreach, Emergency Food Party and Mail & Message Service.
Fund-raiser: Sojourn annual dinner/dance
Admin/action ratio: 85% Planet Hope
8205 Santa Monica Blvd., suite 1441, Los Angeles, CA 90046; (800) 314-4673
Org helps homeless children and their families through various programs, including an annual Malibu-based summer camp, a computer job-training program, a student mentoring program and holiday programs.
Fund-raisers: Various benefits throughout the year
Admin/action ratio: 87% St. Joseph Center
204 Hampton Drive, Venice, CA 90201-8633; 310-396-6468
Center provides working poor families, as well as homeless men, women and children of all ages, with the tools to become productive, stable and self-supporting members of the community.
Fund-raisers: Holiday Adopt-A-Family Program, Annual Dinner Dance and Auction Gala
Admin/action ratio: 82% Union Rescue Mission
545 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90013; (213) 347-6300
Org serves approximately 2,500 meals daily, and shelters nearly 1,000 nightly; programs include health center.
Fund-raiser: Capital Campaign to Build a Family Life Center
Admin/action ratio: 84% UJA-Federation
130 E. 59th St., New York, NY 10022; (800)-UJA-FED7
Org raises funds to support an array of services provided by over 100 health, human service and educational agencies.
Fundraiser: The Annual Campaign
Admin/Action ratio: n/a