Formerly the Dodgers Dream Foundation, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) was founded in 1995 by the O’Malley Family to serve the education and athletic needs of Los Angeles residents.
In 2013, LADF redefined its role in the Los Angeles community, remaining focused on helping traditionally underserved families, with a particular emphasis on underserved youth, in a coordinated, thoughtful and strategic manner. The former four bases of Youth Sports & Recreation, Education & Literacy, Health and Environment are now three pillars: Sports +Recreation, Education +Literacy and Health +Wellness. The official charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers, LADF now represents one of the most remarkable partnerships between a sports charity and a team’s ownership group, Guggenheim Baseball Management, including Mark Walter, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Peter Guber, Todd Boehly, Bobby Patton and Stan Kasten.
In addition to a significant investment from Guggenheim Baseball Management, LADF receives funding through a number of fan fundraisers, player contributions, fundraising events and various individual and corporate sponsorships. In large part contributions support cornerstone programs, such as the Dodger Dreamfields, a program that builds and refurbished baseball fields in the Los Angeles area, and Dodgers RBI, which currently provides 7,800 youth the opportunity to play baseball and softball in LA. The youth and families of Los Angeles consistently benefit from the support we provide to nonprofit organizations. For example, through our collaboration with Summer Night Lights over 700,000 youth have access to 32 parks over the summer, children get free vision screenings and eyeglasses by Vision to Learn, deserving students are awarded 4 year scholarships by the Jackie Robinson Foundation, and City Year – Los Angeles impacts over 5,300 students at 26 LAUSD schools.
Emphasizing specific areas of focus has allowed LADF to make strategic investments in the community in the most significant and impactful ways. LADF also provided the necessary parameters to identify potential beneficiaries and donors within the Foundation’s pillars.
The vision of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is to remain a philanthropic force in Greater Los Angeles, increasingly using the Dodger brand to address and impact some of the region’s most critical challenges.