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Celebrating 70 Years of Giving

Celebrating 70 Years of Giving

The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), as a leading charitable organization of the entertainment industry, harnesses the collective power of the entire industry to raise awareness and funds for critical health, educational and social issues in order to make a positive impact in our community and throughout the nation.

Thanks to the commitment of an extraordinary number of people and companies, EIF is able to champion a wide variety of worthy causes.

The History of EIF

There is no greater duty - or pleasure - than that of giving help to others. - Samuel Goldwyn, founder

Hollywood’s Collective Power

Created in 1942 by Hollywood heavyweights - Samuel Goldwyn with friends Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, and the Warner brothers, the Entertainment Industry Foundation (formerly Permanent Charities Committee) was established on the belief that the entertainment industry was in a unique position to truly help others.

Their vision was to unify Hollywood's generous giving in order to maximize the amount of charitable dollars raised annually, and guarantee that worthy charities receive these contributions.

Throughout its history, the Entertainment Industry Foundation has focused on some of the most pressing needs of our time: from the first grants directed to wartime agencies like the United States Organizations and American Red Cross, to providing funding and creating awareness to help eradicate childhood polio.

Fast forward to today. EIF has grown to a $100 million charitable organization. Thanks to the commitment of an extraordinary number of people and companies, EIF is able to champion a wide variety of worthy causes. Annually, EIF funds more than 300 charitable organizations within the greater Los Angeles area and throughout the nation.

EIF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and meets all 20 rigorous charity standards of the Better Business Bureau.

EIF Leadership

EIF's Board of Directors is comprised of top representatives from across the industry. Film studios, television networks and talent agencies all have members on the board of EIF.  Under the leadership of President and CEO Lisa Paulsen, EIF's annual charitable budget has grown from $1.8 million to more than $100 million. Paulsen and EIF have been recognized for our efforts by numerous organizations including Voices of National Service, ...

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Our Impact

Annual Report

Founded in 1942, the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) is a multifaceted organization that occupies a unique place in the world of philanthropy. By mobilizing and leveraging the powerful voice and creative talents of the entire entertainment community, as well as cultivating the support of organizations (public and private) and philanthropists committed to social responsibility, EIF builds awareness and raises funds, developing and enhancing ...