deidre-marcThe Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles exemplifies the best of our city. We combine the reach of the public sector, the resources of the private sector, and the metrics and accountability of the philanthropic sector for greatest impact.

Consider just a few of the programs where the Fund made a difference in its first year:

  • When a structural fire destroyed care packages for shut-in seniors, the Fund responded immediately—raising money to restore, then double, the original gifts.
  • The Fund supported the City’s Economic & Workforce Development Department in doubling the number of summer job placements for young Angelenos through Hire L.A.’s Youth.
  • It more than doubled the number of Domestic Abuse Response Teams (DART) with new funding to provide resources for victims at all 21 Los Angeles Police Department Divisions across the City.
  • Through wide-ranging campaigns, small meetings, and simply reaching out, the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles inspired over 1,000 individual donors to help address Los Angeles’ most pressing issues.

The Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles is an independent nonprofit that advances critical City priorities. But it’s also a laboratory, a testing ground for public-private cooperation. Drawing on private sector resources allows us to step back and ask, ‘How can we pilot, expand, and innovate city programs?’ The Fund creates the space to measure for success, learn as we go, and amplify programs that work. We have built the Fund to remain agile, strong and effective as mayoral administrations change over time.

As a steward of private and philanthropic contributions uniquely positioned next to city government, we can select programs with direct and measurable impact. As partners with the public sector, we hold ourselves to a standard of the strictest transparency, and the strongest internal controls. As a platform for cooperative problem solving, the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles creates bonds of trust that break down silos.

We’d like to thank our city partners for collaborating to drive results as well as thank our donors for joining us on what promises to be a long-term, high-impact set of partnerships.

Marc Stern
Chairman, Board of Directors
Deidre Lind