2013 Report to Contributors
“It is better to give than to receive.” As children we doubted the truth of the maxim, but later began to understand that gift-giving is an act of love that brings great joy to the giver.
That simple theme was the core of the life and works of Dr. Leo Buscaglia. In his classes, public lectures and writings, Leo examined the themes of love, joy, and giving back. In 1984 he established the Leo Buscaglia Foundation to reward small, effective organizations, which foster the spirit of giving within their communities.
Every year it is with pride that we share a list of the Foundation’s most recent awardees. Each of these amazing organizations provides exceptional service to people in great need. Their budgets and staffs are lean, but by utilizing imagination, volunteer enthusiasm and resourcefulness, they are addressing critical gaps in our communities and bringing knowledge, skills, and warmth to thousands of eager participants.
Mindful of our blessings in this season of joy and thanksgiving, we ask you to please include the Leo Buscaglia Foundation in your year-end giving.
We deeply appreciate your generous help and wish you a joyous season,
Leo Buscaglia Foundation
2013 Grant Recipients
- Affordable Living for the Aging – Los Angeles, CA. Received grant to provide holiday gift baskets to each of their 250 residents. The mission of Affordable Living for the Aging is to eradicate senior homelessness and early institutionalization by providing low-income and homeless seniors with affordable housing options and services that keep them engaged in their lives and communities, and that provide a cost-effective alternative to institutional long-term care.Angelica Center for Arts and Music – Los Angeles, CA. Received grant for the Spring Session for Angelica Center for Arts and Music (ACAM.) The mission of ACAM, a community based arts education organization, is to nurture and mentor at-risk youth in the arts in the greater Pico-Union neighborhood. ACAM seeks to empower youth, build self confidence and self-esteem by developing their creative talents and honing their skills in music, theatre and dance. They are under the fiscal sponsorship of the New City Parish.
- Angelica Center for Arts and Music – Los Angeles, CA. Received grant for the Spring Session for Angelica Center for Arts and Music (ACAM.) The mission of ACAM, a community based arts education organization, is to nurture and mentor at-risk youth in the arts in the greater Pico-Union neighborhood. ACAM seeks to empower youth, build self confidence and self-esteem by developing their creative talents and honing their skills in music, theatre and dance. They are under the fiscal sponsorship of the New City Parish.
- Boys and Girls Club of Venice – Venice, CA. Received grant to support expenses of the various peer-to-peer mentoring activities within their Keystone Club, Torch Club and Junior Staff programs. Boys and Girls Club of Venice (BGCV) programs provide youth (11 to 18 years of age) with opportunities for leadership development and promote giving and community service. BGCV received a grant from the Buscaglia Foundation in June of 2010.
- The Heart Touch Project – Santa Monica, CA. Received grant to help meet the goal of expanding their children’s program by 100%. This will include increasing part-time staff hours to recruit and coordinate volunteers, adding four additional Heart Touch Training Sessions, increasing volunteer recruitment efforts and partnering with one additional hospital that serves low-income communities. The Heart Touch Project provides therapeutic touch care to hospitalized infants, children and adults on hospice. They are dedicated to ‘the training and delivery of compassionate and healing touch to homebound or hospitalized men, women and children.
- Human Rights Watch Student Task Force – Los Angeles, CA. Received grant to support leadership training workshops and general program support to the 12 Los Angeles high school chapters. The Student Task Force (STF) is a project of the Human Rights Watch organization. Its mission is to promote human rights education and advocacy training for high school students and educators. The STF works with teachers and students to create human rights campaigns that raise student, community and global awareness with a focus on the rights of children.
- Laurel House – Tustin, CA. Received grant to provide counseling to teenage girls at risk of becoming homeless while residing in their Home for Teens in Crisis. The mission of Laurel House is to provide a safe haven for teens in crisis, transforming lives and strengthening families. They strive to raise public awareness about domestic violence and to advocate for social change against domestic violence. Laurel House received a grant from the Buscaglia Foundation in October of 2011.
- Los Angeles House of Ruth – Los Angeles, CA. Received grant for program supplies, childcare costs and transportation costs. The Los Angeles House of Ruth is a joint effort of several women’s organizations and church groups to serve homeless women and children. Their shelter programs include on-site services of meals, mental health counseling, medical health referrals, crisis intervention, life skills training, case management, childcare and other vital support services.
- Mar Vista Family Center – Culver City, CA. Received grant to support their By Youth For Youth Sustainable Model Program. Mar Vista Family Center’s mission is to provide low-income families with quality early childhood education, youth enrichment and education tools to create positive change in their lives and their community.
- Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation – Studio City, CA. Received grant to purchase new instruments and repair existing instruments for one Title 1 school music program in Los Angeles County. The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation keeps music alive in our schools by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs, giving youngsters the many benefits of music educations, helping them to be better students and inspiring creativity and expression through playing music.
- National Foster Youth Action Network – San Francisco, CA. Received grant to support the training and collaborative work of foster youth in creating an educational and outreach campaign for fellow foster youth about new medical benefits and opportunities that are available to them beginning in 2014. The Action Network builds leadership and advocacy skills of current and former foster youth to education decision makers and to work collaboratively to improve state and local child welfare systems and national policy that affects the lives of foster youth. The Action Network received a grant from the Buscaglia Foundation in June of 2010.
- OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center – Los Angeles, CA. Received grant to support their Children and Adults Grief Support Groups. The mission of OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center is to provide the Los Angeles community with grief support services, education, resources and hope. OUR HOUSE received a grant from the Buscaglia Foundation in March of 2011.
- RoomsThatRock4Chemo – San Francisco, CA. Received grant to support designers in transforming rooms, purchasing art and securing materials that they can’t source from in-kind vendors such as lighting and furniture. RoomsThatRock4Chemo (RTR4C) is fiscally sponsored by previous Buscaglia Foundation grant recipient, Sweet Relief Musician’s Fund. RTR4C is devoted to creating positive, healing and uplifting spaces that spiritually, emotionally and physically support those dealing with chemotherapy. They transform unimaginative, often sterile treatment rooms into warm, vibrant and peaceful environments.
- Shanti Orange County – Laguna Hills, CA. Received grant to support the Shanti Orange County Mental Health Services, Training and Supervision program. The program facilitates the professional development and clinical skills of their doctoral level mental health interns and volunteers to work effectively with the HIV/AIDS community. Shanti Orange County strives to preserve the dignity and well-being of adults living with HIV/AIDS by providing life enhancing supportive services, education and psychological care. Shanti Orange County received a grant from the Buscaglia Foundation in March of 2011.
- The SMART Foundation – Laguna Hills, CA. Received grant to support an 18 week pilot program to bring music and arts education to 600 at risk children through the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana. The SMART Foundation is dedicated to assisting schools and communities in developing an educational system that incorporates creative, innovative and imaginative skill sets for children through music and arts education.