Causes We Love

MomAngeles is committed to supporting initiatives that better the lives of children and families in Los Angeles. The following organizations help keep families healthy, provide a helping hand to families in need, inspire in our children a love of reading and support children in furthering their education.

The Geena Davis Institute,Showing results for geena Davis Institute Search instead for geena Davis Instutite Search Results Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media founded by Academy Award®-winning actor and advocate Geena Davis, is the only research-based organization working within the media and entertainment industry to engage, educate, and influence the need to dramatically improve, gender balance, reduce stereotyping and create diverse female characters in entertainment targeting children 11 and under. The Institute has amassed the largest body of research on gender prevalence in entertainment, which spans more than 20 years. Our biennial symposium is the only event convening over 300 decision makers, content creators, and thought leaders to share best practices and create a blueprint towards establishing a gender-balanced media landscape.

Phase OnePHASE ONE is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Phase I clinical research and treatment programs for patients with cancer. PHASE ONE hopes that its efforts to fund Phase I trials and research will help in the fight against cancer, by finding treatments that will transform what might be a terminal illness into one where patients can live a full and productive life. Phase One has funded research to efficiently target cancer cells in patients with advanced stage melanoma, research to institute a therapeutically effective immune attack to eliminate brain tumors, research in the development of a drug for children with relapsed or refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) or acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and much more.

Baby2BabyBaby2Baby supplies LA families in need with essential baby gear and clothing for their children 0-12 years old. They distribute new and gently used items through a network of community based organizations. Baby2Baby asks that your donations are in excellent condition and you donate only what you would feel comfortable seeing your own baby or family member use. Nothing stained, dirty, with missing parts, etc. If you would like to donate a gently used car seat, please complete their safety form and submit it with your donation. Click Here for drop-off locations and hours.

Story PiratesStory Pirates is a nationally respected education and media organization founded in 2003 to celebrate the words and ideas of young people. By pairing world-class teachers with first-rate actors and comedians, we offer a variety of tools to make learning more engaging and effective. Dually based in New York and Los Angeles, we are best known for the Idea Storm Program, a master-class writing workshop that brings teaching concepts to life, followed by a musical sketch comedy show featuring stories by students and performed by professional artists. Our acclaimed programs and professional development services for teachers are in place at over 250 schools from coast to coast.

AIRSThe mission of the AIRS Foundation is to provide access to breast reconstruction, after mastectomy, to women who cannot afford this procedure. Restorative breast surgery is a vital part of total physical and emotional healing for many breast cancer survivors, yet 70% of those who would like to have it don’t have the insurance or other resources to cover it.

Imagine LAThere are 8,000 homeless families in Los Angeles, and over 8,000 faith communities – imagine if each of these faith communities partnered with a family and aided them in permanently exiting homelessness and achieving self-sufficiency? Imagine LA facilitates a mentorship program that matches families exiting homelessness with volunteer teams from faith communities, corporations, and other committed organizations. Together, they progress through a 1-2 year program that teaches life skills, aids the families in accessing resources, instills confidence and allows every member of the family to thrive. Clickhere to learn more about Imagine LA’s innovative mentorship program.

Healthy Child Healthy WorldHealthy Child Healthy World, an LA based organization that ignites the movement that empowers parents to protect children from harmful chemicals. With a growing body of evidence linking everyday environmental contaminants to asthma, learning disabilities, obesity, cancer and more, Healthy Child translates the science and inspires parents and caregivers to create healthy environments where families can flourish. For the past two decades they have been the nation’s leading organization of its kind.

sparkSpark’s mission is to provide life-changing apprenticeships to youth in underserved communities across the United States. More than 20% of students in the United States drop out of high school, with the dropout rate exceeding 50% in the highest-need neighborhoods. This is one of the greatest social justice issues of our time. Spark, a national nonprofit with offices in San Francisco, Redwood City, Oakland, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia, offers a unique program that re-engages underserved middle school students in their education through hands-on apprenticeships and leadership curriculum. Spark partners with schools and workplaces in six cities coast-to-coast to match low-income 7th and 8th graders with mentors working in career fields aligned with the students’ strengths and interests.

Crayon CollectionCrayon Collection‘s mission is simple: to collect as many crayons as possible and donate them to kids in need. We now work with many local as well as large restaurant chains such as Islands Restaurants and we pair them up with a Title1, or high poverty, school to pick up their crayons on a monthly basis. We have also placed collection bins in the offices of over 150 preschools and elementary schools throughout the country that donate crayons, either by holding crayon drives or simply by allowing parents to drop off their own loose crayons. These schools then donate their collected crayons to a low-income school of their choice or organizations such as One Voice. Some of our most successful crayon collections derive from the ones that are run by various schools’ student councils.

Pablove FoundationThe mission of The Pablove Foundation is to fund pediatric cancer research and advances in treatment, educate and empower cancer families, and improve the quality of life for children living with cancer through hospital play, music and arts programs. The Pablove Foundation is named after Pablo Thrailkill Castelaz, the son of Jo Ann Thrailkill and Jeff Castelaz and the little brother of Grady Gallagher. Pablo was six years old when he lost his valiant yearlong battle with bilateral Wilms Tumor, a rare form of childhood cancer. Imbued with his spirit and inspired by his strength, Pablove is dedicated to the daily, global fight against childhood cancer and the suffering that comes in its wake. They fight on in order to amplify one simple message: kids get cancer too.

Common SenseCauses We Love: Common Sense Media is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives. Media and technology are at the very center of all our lives today — especially our children’s. Kids today spend over 50 hours of screen time every week. The media content they consume and create has a profound impact on their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Learning how to use media and technology wisely is an essential skill for life and learning in the 21st century. But parents, teachers, and policymakers struggle to keep up with the rapidly changing digital world in which our children live and learn. Now more than ever, they need a trusted guide to help them navigate a world where change is the only constant. .

Determined To SucceedDetermined To Succeed identifies motivated, low-income 5th grade students who show an exceptional determination to succeed, but who are at risk of getting lost in the system. Beginning in 6th grade, continuing through 12th grade and into college, our program provides the year-round academic and enrichment resources they need to succeed in middle and high school, so that they may successfully apply, be accepted and succeed in college. Their goal is 100% college enrollment.

PJ LibraryPJ Library is a Jewish Family Engagement program implemented on a local level throughout North America. They mail free, high-quality Jewish children’s literature and music to families across the continent on a monthly basis. Today, families in hundreds of communities across the United States and Canada are able to explore the timeless core values of Judaism through books and music. All families raising Jewish children from age six months of age through five, six, seven or eight years (depending on the community) are welcome to enroll. The Los Angeles program is available to children ages 6 months to 8 years old with Greater Los Angeles, Antelope, Conejo, San Fernando, Santa Clarita or Simi Valley zip codes only. For more information contact

PS ArtsP.S. Arts’ mission is to improve the lives of children by providing arts education to underserved public schools and communities. P.S. ARTS is the only organization in Southern and Central California that provides yearlong arts education in dance, visual arts, music, and theater arts to every child in a school during the regular school day. Without our programs, children in these underfunded school districts would not have access to the arts. P.S. ARTS also coordinates with school administrators and parent groups to provide community outreach services designed to increase community members’ capacity to advocate for educational equity and to provide critical cultural experiences for the entire family. P.S. ARTS arts programs help to level the educational playing field by teaching creative and cognitive skills to students struggling to overcome economic, ability, or literacy barriers that will better equip them to be competitive and successful people. With the high school dropout rate in Los Angeles County as high as 50% in recent years, the children in our community need the arts now more than ever.

Present NowPresent Now is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting babies, children and teens entering and living in transitional and crisis domestic violence shelters. PRESENT NOW was founded in 2012 by Erica Fisher and Melanie Neumann, both devoted mothers residing in Los Angeles, who are deeply committed to helping young children in need.

Each year, nearly 4 million women are battered by a significant other. In 70% of the families where spousal abuse occurs, the children are also abused (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence). Those who are ready to seek help may enter a crisis or transitional shelter. In most cases the mother and children leave their home in duress, leaving all of their belongings behind. The hope is that once these mothers have escaped the cycle of violence, they will get the social, economic and psychological assistance they need to begin a new life for themselves and their children. PRESENT NOW is committed to helping these “sheltered children” find peace and joy while their mothers heal. With your support, we hope to make a change today for a child’s tomorrow.

Independent School AllianceThe Independent School Alliance is a leading organization in private school admissions counseling and placement. It was founded by its members schools for the purpose of placing underrepresented students at the elementary and secondary levels. Since 1985 we’ve provided access and opportunities to thousands of students across Southern California. Our students become exemplary members of their independent schools communities, and very often our member schools comment that their campuses are better places because of the presence of Alliance students.

Camp KesemCamp Kesem is a sleep-away camp specifically designed so that kids of parents with cancer can find a place of solace, joy and unity when going through this difficult time. With 1.7 million cancer cases a year in the United States, there are more than 3 million kids affected by a parent’s cancer and Camp Kesem recognizes and embraces this often-overlooked population of children. Because they don’t appear sick, their needs are often over looked and they suffer quietly, leading to academic, social, emotional, and developmental problems.