CASA of Los Angeles
CASA of Los Angeles organizes the community to show up for children and families in LA County’s overburdened child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Through an intentional, restorative and culturally responsive lens, it trains committed, consistent and compassionate adult volunteers (CASAs, or Court Appointed Special Advocates) to take action by providing strengths-based advocacy and vital systems-navigation services. CASA’s vision is a Los Angeles in which all children and families impacted by the harmful child welfare and juvenile justice systems have equitable access to the resources and support they need to thrive.
Meeting the needs of the Los Angeles community is embedded deeply within CASA of Los Angeles’ (CASA/LAs’) mission. CASA/LA has established itself as a leader in the field of child welfare and has grown into a $5 million+ agency currently serving triple the number of children served than just a few years ago. CASA/LA is in fact the only nonprofit agency in Los Angeles County able to provide court-appointed advocates to children in child welfare and juvenile justice.
Last year, CASA/LA hosted its ninth annual Evening to Foster Dreams gala virtually, which raised $630,000, which was $100,000 over its fundraising budget! Though CASA/LA typically hosts its gala events in person (at the Beverly Hilton Hotel), the pandemic forced it to switch gears and pivot entirely to a virtual fundraising landscape.
Despite the challenges and needing to adapt quickly, last year’s event was a huge success and had a turnout of over 300 guests. The event was hosted by actors Ashley and Topher Grace, and featured entertainment by David Foster, Katherine McPhee, Moby, Shana Race, Ike Barinholtz, Dana Daniels, KTLA host Sam Ruben, and Kevin Jordan, and more. The event was “catered” (via delivery to participants) by partner organization Homegirl Café.