Double Your Impact with LA2050 this Giving Tuesday!

Posted December 1, 2021 by Team LA2050

**Update: We've reached our $10,000 match limit. Any additional donations will not be doubled but will still support the incredible nonprofits, so keep spreading the love.

This Giving Tuesday, we're matching your donations.

Over the past eight cycles of the My LA2050 Grants Challenge, almost 1,500 organizations have submitted their bright ideas for a better Los Angeles. These ideas live on through the My LA2050 Ideas Archive, a searchable database of all applicants and applications.

In celebration of these impactful local organizations and the dedicated Angelenos that support them, we're matching $10,000 in donations made through the My LA2050 Ideas Archive, up to $100 per donor.

Participating is simple — just head to and give to the organization(s) of your choice using the donation form. We'll take care of the rest.

You pick, you give, we match. Just like that, your impact is doubled!


How do I find an organization to give to for the LA2050 match?

Visit and search for an organization using keywords, the organization's name, or issues you care about such as “homelessness," “parks," or “voting." You can also search for an organization by category (right under the search bar).

In the search results, select an organization to learn more about its work. If the organization is a nonprofit organization in good standing with the IRS, you'll find a Pledge donation form through which you can make a one-time or monthly donation to the organization on the page. Donations are accepted by credit card only at this time.

How will my gift be matched?

Your gift will be processed by our partners at Pledge, and matching funds from the Goldhirsh Foundation will be added on a first-come, first-matched basis. Only donations made via the My LA2050 Ideas Archive will be matched.

How much will be matched?

The Goldhirsh Foundation will match up to $100 in donations per person. The match will be turned off once $10,000 in donations have been made. (Or, if $10,000 has not been allocated before December 16, 2021 at 5 pm, the match will conclude at that time.) Check-in with @LA2050 on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter for updates.

Can I donate to more than one organization?

Yes, please do! Matching funds will be applied to your gifts until you reach your limit of $100. (So, if you make a $40 gift to one organization, a $40 gift to another organization, and a $40 gift to a third organization, the Goldhirsh Foundation will match $40 for the first two gifts and $20 for the third gift).

Can I give more than $100 total?

Yes, certainly! We're only matching that first $100, but if you have the means, there are so many great organizations that could use your support to discover at

Is the match $10,000 per organization?

No, the match is a combined $10,000 available to all eligible nonprofits on the My LA2050 Ideas Archive. It is not $10,000 per organization.

Are matching funds available to organizations not listed in the LA2050 Ideas Archive?

No, only organizations listed in the My LA2050 Ideas Archive are eligible for matching funds.

How does an organization get added to the LA2050 Ideas Archive?

Organizations are included in the My LA2050 Ideas Archive if they have applied to the My LA2050 Grants Challenge. The next open call for applications is expected to be in Spring or Summer 2021. Sign up here to be notified about the next challenge.

If I donate on the organization's website, will it still be matched?

No, only donations made via the My LA2050 Ideas Archive site will be matched.

I found an organization in the Ideas Archive, but I don't see a donation form. Why is that?

At this point, we are only able to facilitate donations to 501c3 nonprofit organizations that are in good standing with the IRS. If you don't see a donation form on the page, it could be for the following reasons:

  • The organization is a government, for-profit, or 501c4 organization. At this time, we do not have a way to make donations via website and Pledgeling to these types of organizations. But feel free to contact the organization directly to donate.
  • The organization has gone out of business or merged with another organization.
  • We do not have complete data for the organization and are not able to facilitate a donation at this time.

If your organization believes that your My LA2050 Ideas Archive page should have an active donation form and does not, please reach out to us via email at [email protected].

How do I know my donation was received?

You will receive an email confirmation from Pledge within a few minutes of donating. Please review this email and make sure everything looks good. Please contact Pledge for any changes or help with your donation.

2021 Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

Posted November 19, 2021 by Team LA2050

One great way to help your community this holiday season is by volunteering your time.

To make that easy for you, we've compiled a list of holiday volunteer opportunities with some of the many organizations doing incredible work across Los Angeles County.

Additionally, if you are looking for a longer-term volunteer opportunity, we've got you covered as well. Keep scrolling down the page to find links for those opportunities, from some of the grantees in our 2021 My LA2050 Grants Challenge cohort.

Holiday volunteers Needed:

Union Station Homeless Services Dinner in the Park | November 17th - November 25th

Join Union Station Homeless Services this Thanksgiving by creating meal boxes, preparing Thanksgiving dinner, and helping with its Thanksgiving day community event.

Create Literacy Kits for Children with Jumpstart | November 20th

Jumpstart is looking for volunteers to help collate activity worksheets into folders, bag craft materials, cut out paper supplies, etc. These materials will go into a Jumpstart literacy kit distributed to children across underserved and under-resourced communities.

Nothin' But Sand Beach Cleanup with Heal The Bay | November 20th

Heal The Bay's last Nothin' But Sand beach cleanup of the year is on Saturday, November 20 from 10 am to noon at Venice City Beach. Remove trash before it's lost at sea, then mosey on up to its Aquarium at the Santa Monica Pier to learn about the wildlife you've protected.

Drop-off Turkey Sandwich Lunch Bags with Hang Out and Do Good | November 21st

Working with Hang Out and Do Good, you can help make 10 or more lunches with a drink, snack, fruit, and a turkey sandwich (but any sandwich works), and drop them off at a location near you by 11 AM Sunday morning the 21st.

Volunteer to Hand Out Meals to Families in DTLA | November 23rd

On Tuesday, Nov 23, from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm, Pico Union Project needs volunteers to hand out meals, hygiene items, and other household necessities to families in the community.

Big Sunday's 10th Annual Thanksgiving Stuffing Event! | November 24th

Big Sunday has set a goal to assemble 3000 bags full of delicious food for hungry and grateful people all over town.

Thanksgiving Day with Project Angel Food | November 25th

Project Angel Food plans on delivering 2,000 traditional turkey dinners to its critically ill clients and their caregivers on Thanksgiving and needs volunteer drivers to share in the magic of the season by delivering meals.

Drop Off Sack Lunches for Skid Row with Midnight Mission | November 26th

In compliance with social distancing protocols, volunteers will make 10+ sack lunches at home and then drop them off at the mission between 6 am and 6 pm (11/26). You won't be in direct contact with residents as in pre-pandemic years, but you can still have a powerful impact.

CicLAvia South LA Volunteer Sign-Up | December 5th

There are multiple volunteer positions for CicLAvia's South LA community festival! CicLAvia provides the opportunity for attendees of all ages and abilities to explore the car-free streets of South Los Angeles.

Volunteer at “Santa's Workshop" with LA Family Housing | December 9th

Join LA Family Housing as they organize and prepare gift items and toys for each and every young participant they serve. Volunteers will categorize each item and toy by age range to best fit the gift to the child before they go out for delivery.

Provide Support to Transitional Families with Alexandria House | December 19th

L.A. Works volunteers support the staff at Alexandria House in maintaining a safe and positive atmosphere for the women and children living there. Volunteers help with gardening, organizing the garage, cleaning the kitchen, sorting food and clothing, and preparing activities for

Sort Food with L.A. Regional Food Bank | Multiple Dates Available

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is the second-largest food bank operating in the United States and is always looking for volunteers to help sort, assemble, and distribute food packages.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities:

Angel City Sports volunteering form

East Side Riders Bike Club volunteering form

Become a mentor with Las Fotos Project

Contact Covenant House to inquire about volunteer opportunities

Volunteer with New Earth

Join MiMentor's network

Sign up to volunteer with Shower of Hope

Check here for future volunteer opportunities with City Plants

Healing California is always looking for Dental, Vision, and Medical professionals to volunteer

If you are a law student, you can volunteer with the Western Center on Law & Poverty

Volunteer with Westside Pacific Villages

2021 LA2050 Holiday Gift Guide

Posted November 17, 2021 by Team LA2050

This holiday season, give great gifts that make a difference in Los Angeles!

We're excited to release our annual LA2050 gift guide featuring 38 impactful, socially-conscious, and locally-made goods. The products on this list are sourced from nonprofit organizations, sustainable makers, cultural establishments, and BIPOC-owned businesses here in Los Angeles. There's something for every person on your list, at a wide range of price points.

For the dinner party host… People's Pottery Project Better World Butter Set ($125.00)

For the coffee lover… Heal the Bay x Our Gorgongosa Coffee ($17.00)

For the eco-friendly… Compostable LA Gift Card ($40.00+)

For the holiday decorator… LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Handmade Stocking ($26.00)

For the storyteller... Comunidades Indígenes en Liderazgo Dižà Nó ole Book ($45.00)

For the trendsetter… Japanese American National Museum Wooden Ramen Bowl Earrings ($12.00)

For the always-informed… LA Times Limited Edition “Read the paper." Hat ($30.00)

For the LA-obsessed… The Huntington Store Los Angeles Drinking Glass ($18.95)

For the one who needs to drink more water... LAist Nalgene Watter Bottle ($10 monthly donation)