Hero Initiative

aka The Hero Initiative   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  http://www.heroinitiative.org/

Mission

In late 2000, a consortium of comic publishers came up with the idea to create a financial safety net for comic creators, much in the same fashion that exists in almost any other trade from plumbing to pottery. By March of 2001, the federal government approved The Hero Initiative as a publicly supported not-for-profit corporation under section 501 (c) (3).

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative (Formerly known as A.C.T.O.R., A Commitment To Our Roots) has had the good fortune to grant over $750,000 to over 70 comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today.

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays' creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It's a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Ruling year info

2001

Principal Officer

Mr. Jim McLauchlin

Main address

11301 Olympic Blvd #587

Los Angeles, CA 90064 USA

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EIN

31-1742604

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

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The Hero Initiative's fundraising activities include:

-Running an annual silent and live auction in Orlando, Florida
-Selling benefit merchandise via conventions and www.dynamicforces.com/actor.
-Sponsoring artist signing appearances at conventions and comic stores
-Receiving donations from individuals and corporations

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Financials

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Hero Initiative

Board of directors
as of 06/18/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jim Mc Launchin

No Affiliation

Brian Pulido

Beth Widera

Joe Quesada

Mike Malve

Charlie Novinskie

George Perez

Jim Valentino

Roy Thomas

Steve Borock

John Romita

Mark Waid

No Affiliation

Howard Chaykin

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Walter Simonson

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Dennis O'Neil

Freelance Artist