The Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles was founded in 2014 as an experiment. We came together around Mayor Eric Garcetti’s vision to harness the power and resources of the private sector to address social issues, and make government work better for the people of Los Angeles.
Eight years later, the Mayor’s Fund has become a critical piece of the City’s service delivery infrastructure. We have raised more than $126 million to support more than 80 programs across City departments that have benefited millions of Angelenos. The highlights of that work are included in this report.
Our success would not have been possible without the people who have supported this work since the beginning. First and foremost, we want to thank our more than 10,000 donors, who stepped up again and again, giving whatever they could, when their fellow Angelenos needed them. We also want to thank our amazing board members – a rare group of civic leaders who have guided our work with dedication, compassion and wisdom.
And, of course, a very special thanks to Mayor Eric Garcetti, our founding Mayor, whose commitment to public service and bold vision created the Mayor’s Fund, and without whose support none of our work would have been possible.
What makes the Mayor’s Fund such an impactful and versatile organization is its unique position at the intersection of the government, nonprofit and private sectors. We’re different because our specific charge is to work with City government and as a powerful reinforcement of its resources. We are the cavalry. And from this unique position, we have built a fundraising network and a slate of strategic programming that can help problem-solve on every front.