Variety the Children's Charity of Southern California Tent 25

Helping Kids in Southern California for over 80 Years

aka Variety of SoCal   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  http://www.varietysocal.org

Mission

Variety the Children's Charity of Southern California was founded in 1941 and exists to inspire hope, enrich lives and build a better future for children in need in our community. We fund organizations in Southern CA which serve children in 3 key areas: Health Care, Education and Mobility.

Ruling year info

1946

Executive Director

Ms. Elizabeth A. O'Neil

Main address

4601 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 260

Los Angeles, CA 90010 USA

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EIN

95-1330495

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Community Foundations (T31)

IRS filing requirement

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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?

Education / Health Care / Mobility

Variety’s Education Grants provide underprivileged children and at-risk youth the programs necessary to pursue their education and dreams and overcome the barriers of poverty, poor performing schools and high levels of unemployment. Education grants fund early literacy programs, college scholarships, homework assistance, college prep, career readiness, art, music, science and technology workshops, sports and gang prevention counseling.
Variety’s Health Care Grants support early intervention programs for kids with learning disabilities; medical care and therapy for children who are victims of abuse and neglect, and help for kids and families facing homelessness. Variety sends hundreds of kids battling life-threatening illnesses to camp – to give them a break from the pain and chaos of treatments.
Variety’s Mobility Program provides confidence, freedom, and much-needed therapeutic exercise to children with disabilities by providing specially-designed adaptive bikes, strollers and other mobility equipment.

Population(s) Served

Variety of Southern California is the founder and primary supporter of The Variety Boys & Girls Club of Boyle Heights. The recently renovated Club is thriving and serving more kids than ever with leadership development programs, tutoring and mentoring, recreation, sports and aquatics programs, arts and crafts, a computer learning center and library, social recreation and college scholarships The Club is a safe haven where our children can learn, grow and hope.

Population(s) Served

An important part of Variety's MOBILITY Program is providing specially-designed adaptive bikes for children with disabilities. These bikes are not covered by insurance and often out of reach financially for families caring for children with special needs. Many of these children cannot walk on their own, so when they receive a bike specially designed for their needs, it provides valuable exercise as well as allowing a child to experience the pure joy of riding a bike with their family and friends.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Variety the Children's Charity of Southern California provides life-saving support for disabled, abused, emotionally and/or physically challenged and underserved children ages birth to 18.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Due to the feedback we received about supply issues with mobility equipment due to the pandemic we identified new manufacturers to help keep up with our mobility funding and reduce as much as possible delays in getting this mobility equipment to the kids that need it!

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Our communications with the individuals and the organizations we support have only strengthened our collaborations with them and others that we serve.

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

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Variety the Children's Charity of Southern California Tent 25

Board of directors
as of 10/14/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. John C. Hall

Allison Fullmer

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Barbara Dretzke

Marketing Consultant

Branden Miller

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Brett Fellman

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Cami Martinez

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Dale Davison

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Eric Tabak

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Greg Washer

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Janelle Mitchell

Consultant

Mary Beth Garber

Audio Talent

Michael Alvarez Jr.

Vision Events

Mike Polydoros

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Patricia Gonzalez

Paramount Pictures

Rick Olson

Olson Visual

Ricky Jefferson

NBC Universal

Robert Macias

Metropolitan Theatres

Spencer Klein

Netflix

Steve Bunnell

Alamo Drafthouse

Shane Mang

Spin Master Toys

Nikki Daniel

Mark Anderson

Eric Carr

Universal Pictures

Shelly Kratzer

Ania Wojcieszynska

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Cary Silvera

Warner Bros.

Susie Cotliar

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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 ? No
  • 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 10/14/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/14/2022

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Data
  • 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.