Pass It Along Fund
One act of kindness, when it’s needed most
The Pass It Along Fund was established at CCF in Los Angeles by anonymous donors in the true spirit of philanthropy: to help people at a moment of critical need without expecting anything in return. The original donors required that 100 percent of the money go directly to assist recipients within 72 hours of the request, with little paperwork or bureaucracy. They asked that recipients have no obligations except to pass along two acts of kindness.
Over the last decade, the Pass It Along Fund has gifted out over 1,070 grants totaling $1.8 million. The Fund and its nonprofit partners have helped more than 635 families and 400 individuals across Los Angeles County receive assistance when they needed it most.
Pass it Along Success Stories
A Life Transformed
There’s something special about being handed the keys to a new apartment. For Albert, the occasion was particularly monumental. After 12 years of struggling with homelessness, he was ready to make a change and was determined to no longer allow his past struggles with addiction and crime stand in his way.
In May 2016, Albert sought help and after receiving employment assistance, he landed his first job in years. Soon enough, Albert was able to secure his very own apartment. For the first time in more than a decade he had his own space, but had nothing to fill it. That’s when he was awarded a gift from the Pass It Along Fund.
With the grant, Albert was able to furnish his new apartment and purchase other items to help him transition from living in a tent on the beach. The funds even helped him save up enough money to buy a new vehicle to get him to his new job as an Ambassador at a street cleaning and beautification company.
Not only did the gift from the Pass It Along Fund provide Albert with immediate relief but it also allowed him to continue to push past his limits. “I felt like I had a secret benefactor, and I guess I sort of did,” says Albert. “If it wasn’t for the PIA fund, I wouldn’t have the things I have, like a bed – and not the pull-out couch kind. A real bed.”
Pass It Along Impact
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How You Can Help
Create more acts of kindness by helping our neighbors when they need us most. Help us Pass It Along!
To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Pass It Along Fund. Checks should be mailed to:
California Community Foundation
221 S. Figueroa St., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the foundation’s board of directors. This charge will appear on your credit card statement as a payment to “Calif Comm Fdn – CCF”. In addition, California Community Foundation incurs a third-party administrative fee of 2.7 percent for credit card contributions. The foundation will charge the fee directly to the individual fund.