Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation

aka Will Rogers Institute, Pioneers Assistance Fund, Brave Beginnings   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  http://www.willrogersmotionpicture.org

Mission

The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers is a health charity dedicated to perpetuating the memory of Will Rogers by operating three unique programs: Will Rogers Institute, Brave Beginnings, Pioneers Assistance Fund willrogersmotionpicture.org

Ruling year info

1937

Executive Director

Mr. Todd Vradenburg

Main address

6767 Forest Lawn Drive, Ste 303

Los Angeles, CA 90068 USA

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Formerly known as

Will Rogers Memorial Fund

EIN

15-0533551

NTEE code info

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Will Rogers Institute

The Will Rogers Institute: The WRI is supported entirely by public donations. The majority of these donations are obtained through the Summer Theatrical Fund-Raising Campaign conducted in movie theatres across the country each year. The funds are for pulmonary research, and the health education booklet program. General donations can be restricted to a particular program.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Financial assistance for eligible members of the motion picture industry(exhibition, distribution, trade services) who are suffering from an illness or life altering situation. Motion Picture Pioneers Assistance Fund: The majority of the funds are raised from the annual Pioneer of the Year dinner that honors a leader in the entertainment industry and fund-raising drives conducted within the entertainment industry throughout the year. The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation and its programs, the Will Rogers Institute, PAF, and Brave Beginnings operate on a 100% fund balance spending in the current year is based on income from the previous year. General donations can be restricted to a particular program. Funds raised at the Pioneer of the Year dinner are restricted to the PAF

Population(s) Served
Adults

Funds neonatal ventilator equipment to hospitals across the country to help premature babies survive and thrive

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

William "Kyle" Davies

Mark Christiansen

Paramount Pictures

Kyle Davies

Todd Vradenburg

WRMPPF

Steve Bunnell

Cinemark USA

Scott Forman

Warner Bros.

Ben Moss

Bow Tie Cinemas

Meg Wilson

Real D

John Fithian

NATO

Scott Kennedy

Spencer Klein

Netflix

Michelle Maddalena

Dolby

Mary Nakagawa

Imoxie Media

Jennifer Rogers-Etcheverry

Will Rogers Ranch Found.

Ann Stadler

Marcus Theatres

Cathleen Taff

Disney

Jeffrey Greenspun

Universal Pictures

Robert lenihan

Justin McDaniel

Cinemark USA

Jared Milgram

Bow Tie Cinemas

Heather Morgan

Harkins Theaters

Cary Silvera

Warner Bros.

James Smith

Paramount Pictures

Michael Viane

STX Entertainment

Robert Westerling

Regal Entertainment

Ryan Wood

AMC Entertainment

Clifford "Kip" Smiley

Comprehensive FilmBooking

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/6/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/06/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.