Charity Spotlight

Mercy HouseMercy House is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 by Father Jerome T. Karcher. In the last 12 months, Mercy House has helped nearly 600 individuals remain in their homes, served nearly 2,000 people at access centers, aided more than 3,600 in emergency shelter programs, transitioned more than 190 people out of temporary shelters, and facilitated permanent housing for over 400. Donate directly!

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The vision of UniversalGiving ( is to “Create a World Where Giving and Volunteering Are a Natural Part of Everyday Life.” “Our policy is to have 100% of each donation made on our site go directly to the cause,” says Pamela Hawley, Founder and CEO of UniversalGiving.

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The Raining Season provides a unique sponsorship opportunity centered on facilitating a personal relationship between sponsor and child. The goal is to promote a relationship that builds life-long bonds of trust so that both participants experience the joy that comes from truly changing the life of another. The organization was founded in 2008 by Jason Rust and his wife Erica Stone following their successful adoption of their daughter Jayda from Sierra Leone.

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Charitable Endowment Support ( serves as an umbrella to organizations that enhance the life and welfare of people battered by seven common maladies of the impoverished: despair, desolation, oppression, illiteracy, poverty, crime and society’s ills.

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NURTUREart is a non-profit that provides exhibition opportunities and resources for emerging artists, curators, and public school students. Its educational outreach program is dedicated to nurturing the next generation with unique arts opportunities that connect practicing professionals with students and teachers.

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Terry’s Team

Terry’s Team is a group of 15 friends and family members riding in support of Terry Krieger, a 45 year old attorney who lives in Seal Beach, California. Krieger, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in March of 2011, is proof that health troubles can happen to anyone at any time.

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Food Finders

Food Finders, Inc. was founded in 1989 by Arlene Mercer, who was concerned about the amount of food being thrown away rather than donated by local food merchants and grocers. Inspired to end the waste, she began forming liaisons with local vendors and seeking shelters that could use good, wholesome food to feed needy and impoverished families, children and elderly.

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Playing For Change

The Playing for Change Foundation is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. Established in 2007, the nonprofit’s mission is to create positive change through music and arts education.

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Operation HOPE

A global nonprofit, dedicated to financial dignity, Operation HOPE promotes self-respect and self-sufficiency through financial literacy and education tools to underserved communities in more than 273 cities worldwide.

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Upward Bound House

No More Poverty and its co-founders Michael Omidi, MD and Julian Omidi will help sponsor Upward Bound House’s Annual Welcome Home Celebration. Upward Bound House provides community-based housing placement and support services to families and low-income seniors. Founded in 1991, the non-profit agency offers an array of services that give families the tools needed to achieve self-sufficiency, including parenting classes and financial training combined with intensive case management.

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Raphael House

Raphael House was established in 1971 as the first shelter for children and families experiencing homelessness in Northern California. What began as a homeless drop-in shelter has grown into a full service family support center where families thrive.

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Mercy House

Mercy House is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 by Father Jerome T. Karcher. In the last 12 months, Mercy House has helped nearly 600 individuals remain in their homes, served nearly 2,000 people at access centers, aided more than 3,600 in emergency shelter programs, transitioned more than 190 people out of temporary shelters, and facilitated permanent housing for over 400.

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International Surgical Mission Support

The mission of International Surgical Mission Support is to provide free medical care for those in need in poor countries and to teach and train local medical professionals.

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The Story Project

Enlisting one of Los Angeles' most abundant resources -- creative talent, The Story Project was founded in 1998 by folks concerned by declining literacy rates in schools.  To date more than a thousand at-risk kids have participated in this unique curriculum and the numbers continue to grow. The strategy is simple, inspire literacy through media avenues young people already enjoy.

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Girls On The Run

Girls on the Run combines training for non-competitive running events with lessons that help young women to recognize and honor their individual strengths and talents. Lessons inspire the girls to celebrate their bodies, honor their voices, recognize their gifts, and activate their power. The 12-week program concludes with a celebration of the girls’ success with participation in a non-competitive 5k (3.1 mile) walk/run.

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Children's Lifesaving Foundation

The Children’s Lifesaving Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to positively transforming the lives of at-risk, low-income, and homeless children and families.  The harsh urban environment of Los Angeles takes an indisputable toll on economically-deprived children who suffer emotional, psychological, and often physical harm.

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Children Of the Night

Children of the Night was founded in 1979 by Dr. Lois Lee and it is the first established and only comprehensive program to help young victims of sex trafficking in North America. For the first three years of operation, more than 250 child prostitutes passed through Lee's two-bedroom apartment.

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Dandelion Wishes

Dandelion Wishes evolved from a personal story of redemption, where founder and director, Lesley Glenn discovered healing from her pain and a new passion for life through painting and self-expression. And now, that is exactly what she offers and teaches others – how to access the healing and transformative aspects of art and creativity.

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Jessica's Hope Project

Jessica’s Hope Project is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that sends fitness care packages to members of the United States military stationed around the world. One day, founder Jessica Maddin read a statistic about how the average soldier loses 50 pounds during deployment. This doesn’t seem right, she thought, someone should do something. So she did.

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Under the Bridges and On the Streets

Under the Bridges & On the Streets is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit hands-on service organization that serves homeless people throughout the county of Los Angeles. Established in 1993, it is dedicated to serving those who are unable to utilize or access shelters and soup kitchens.

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A Place Called Home

A Place Called Home is a non-profit youth center in South Central Los Angeles where underserved children and young people are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives. Founded in 1993, it started as a place that gang-affected youth could come after school, get a snack, do homework, hang with friends, and be with people that care.

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Drop in the Bucket

Since 2006, Drop in the Bucket has been working with villages in East Africa to drill wells and construct sanitation facilities. They employ local training teams to engage communities and address complex issues associated with local water systems and introduce community sanitation and hygiene initiatives.

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Children's Hunger Fund

Since 1991, Children’s Hunger Fund has distributed 1 billion dollars in food and resources to serve the needs of more than 10 million children in the United States and 72 countries around the world. Because hunger is a complex issue, it uses a unique in-home delivery method directly to the homes of poor children and family.

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Martha’s Kitchen

In 2011, Martha’s Kitchen celebrated its 30th anniversary and also marked the serving of its 2,000,000 meal. Its well-known mission is to “feed the hungry with dignity, no questions asked, no judgment made”. Today, they tell of seeing and serving more families as the nation’s high unemployment rate makes family situations more dire.

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Foundation For Second Chances

The Foundation for Second Chances, Inc. utilizes hands-on education, mentoring, health awareness, and community services to maximize the potential of youth. The organization works to provide children with basic necessities such as a quality education, the chance to flourish in a safe and nurturing environment, an opportunity to build self-confidence and self-esteem, and the ability to achieve.

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Create Now

During 16 years of service, Create Now has served more than 28,000 of the neediest youth in Southern California. The organization works with vulnerable kids and young adults ages 2-25 who have been abused, neglected, abandoned, orphaned, or incarcerated. Its creative arts programs allow participants to heal and explore their unique creative self-expression and passions.

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Portland Hoop Kings

Founded in 2003, the Portland Hoop Kings is an inner city youth basketball program that uses competitive athletics as a motivational vehicle to prepare boys, 10 to 17 years old, for the ultimate game of life.

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Simone's Kids

Simone’s Kids was founded in 2010 by twenty year old Simone Plimpton who was moved by the poverty and devastation faced by the Ugandan people. Today, Simone’s Kids operates a school in the Ugandan town of Nakaske and is raising funds to build an orphanage and private school.

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Pacifica Resource Center

Since 1974, the Pacifica Resource Center has ensured the basic needs of its community members are met and that they are empowered with an opportunity to thrive. For every dollar donated, the Center uses 91 cents to provide food and shelter for those struggling to make ends meet.

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Love in the Mirror

Love in the Mirror is a true labor of love by Jonas Corona (now eight years old). Through his charity, Jonas strives to inspire other young people to make a difference through their volunteer commitment of providing needy and homeless youth basic necessities such as food, clothing and learning materials.

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