A look at specific agencies and their projects
What they do: The CAA Foundation forges partnerships with nonprofits, granting in-kind donations and financial support. It encourages volunteerism among CAA clients and staff and spurs public awareness about various nonprofits including Habitat for Humanity, the Children's Defense Fund and Oxfam, among many others.
Recent project: On April 30, the foundation sponsored a "Heroes Celebration." Hosted by CAA agent Nick Styne, Cameron Diaz and Norman Lear, the event was part of the foundation's ongoing work in supporting active-duty service personnel, veterans and their families in collaboration with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association, the first and largest organization for Iraq and Afghanistan vets. Other involvement included: Connecting IAVA with CAA client Dane Cook's comedy tour for ticket giveaways to veterans; partnering IAVA with musical client Mayhem to provide military discounts and exclusive backstage access; and connecting client Milo Ventimiglia's dad, a Vietnam vet, to serve as a spokseperson for IAVA's latest PSA campaign, support your vet.org.
What they do: Since 1987, the ICM Foundation has been involved with the Venice Family Clinic, providing various means of support to the nonprofit including participation in the clinic's annual Art Walk and Children's Holiday Movie events, Silver Circle Gala and golf tournament. In 2007, it granted the clinic a multiyear donation. ICM also staffs members of the Best Buddies program, which provides integrated employment opportunities for the intellectually disabled.
Recent project: In 2008, the ICM Foundation unveiled a $1 million renovation of Los Angeles' Dorsey High School auditorium. Dorsey's auditorium was renamed the ICM Foundation Performing Arts Center and is widely used by the community, public agencies and for student performances.
What they do: Paradigm contributes annually to the work of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the Saban L.A. Free Clinic and the Black Eyed Peas' Peapod Foundation. The agency also counts members of the Best Buddies program among it staff. Other nonprofits supported by Paradigm include Camp Ronald McDonald and Chrysalis, among many others.
Recent project: In March, 25 Paradigm staff members participated in the Best Buddies Festival of Friendship: Run for the Buds, in support of est Buddies participant and Paradigm employee Bradley Gunther and helped raise thousands of dollars for the nonprofit in the process.
What they do: The UTA Foundation reaches out to the community in a number of ways, including its ongoing partnership with University High School. Through its educational workplace mentoring program , 16 UTA agents are paired with 11th grade students from UHS and guide them through the processes of college admission, internships and resume building. UTA's Arts Grants Program funds needed projects, equipment and programs. Their scholarship program provides funding for students who have excelled in arts and literacy and who have been accepted to a four-year university. Additionally, UTA promotes volunteerism among it employee and client ranks.
Recent project: UTA worked with Feeding America in creating a September benefit concert and developing its Entertainment Council, which includes UTA clients Adam Shankman and David Arquette. The UTA Big Bowl, an annual bowling tournament among UTA assistants, raised funds for six important local charities.
What they do: The WME Foundation supports 8-10 local nonprofits annually and one in New York, chosen by a committee of partners and agents. In addition to providing financial assistance, the foundation's association with a chosen nonprofit includes assisting with strategic planning, raising the nonprofit's profile within the industry, collecting auction items for fundraising events, regular site visits with WME employees and grants committee members, and guest speaking opportunities at all-company meetings. The foundation promotes access to arts and cultural programs for the underserved, encourages community service within its employee ranks, creates annual awareness campaigns through lunchtime guest speakers, video screenings and trivia contests and supports the philanthropic efforts of WME clients.
Recent project: Roll Up Your Sleeves, a company wide community service day in which all WME employees volunteer at various nonprofits throughout Los Angeles, such as Habitat for Humanity, Operation Amped and the Lollipop Theatre.