Boys & Girls Clubs Of Malibu Launches $10 Million Fundraising Campaign With Hollywood’s Help

Ryan Kavanaugh

The effort kicked off with a $1 million gift from Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Malibu this week ramped up a $10 million gift campaign in the wake of a $1 million donation from Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh.

The money is going to be used to sustain on-going operations and — if possible — create an endowment “so we’re not chasing dollars every year,” according to Kasey Ernest, the club’s chief professional officer.

For much of the last decade the 15-year-old organization has operated primarily off of a $1 million donation made by actor Mel Gibson and his then-wife Robin. The club was able to invest that money for a decade to meet an annual budget of more than $800,000, which operates programs at three different facilities.

The new fund raising effort is called the “10 More Years Campaign.”

While Malibu is known as an upscale community, Ernest said that doesn’t mean there are a lot of things for young people to do that are positive and safe. In addition to local kids, many of the 200 to 300 who regularly participate are the children of service workers and day workers – known as the “commuter kids” - who get a permit to attend Malibu schools because their parents work in the area.

“Everything we do focuses around mentorship,” said Ernest, “and creating experiences for kids to be involved and engaged in opportunities that teach them to connect with people who may be different than themselves.”

Along with afterschool and weekend programs, the clubs create experiences to expand young people’s understanding of the world. For instance last summer they sent a group of high school students to South Africa to interact with Boys and Girls Clubs there for two weeks.

Debbie Frank, the club’s president, said donations like the one from Kavanaugh helped them expand services to at least 175 more families: “Ryan’s commitment of supporting his community in this way is truly inspiring.”

Kavanagh, who recently became engaged, is a resident of Point Dume in the Malibu area. He first announced the donation at a private dinner late last year.

The programs operated by the club take place on the campuses of Juan Cabrillo Elementary School, Point Dume Marine Science School and at Malibu High school. 

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