Every week, Laguna Beach resident Caroline Bruderer features a local social changemaker, activist, or non-profit leader.
If you are part of a non-profit organization and would like to be featured, submit your non-profit to KX 93.5.
Caroline Rustigian Bruderer is founder and CEO of K-LINE & Company, a social marketing and public relations consultancy that works hands-on with music, technology, culinary, non-profit and lifestyle clients.
With My Own Two Hands Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of orphaned or disadvantaged children and youth in need. We believe that in order to diminish poverty we must start with the children. Our goal is to provide an education to children in need while making sure they have the necessities of shelter, water, and food.
Surfrider is a community of everyday people who passionately protect our playground – the ocean, waves, and beaches that provide us so much enjoyment.
Chef Azmin Ghahreman is a citizen of the world: Born in Iran and educated in Geneva, Switzerland, he attended the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, with concentration in French Cuisine. Chef Azmin has lived and worked all over the globe. He has served as the executive chef at 5-star resorts around the world, has recently partnered with Crystal Cruises, and through the years, has created several of his own highly successful culinary business
For 50 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature.
The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.
Home to 50 young adults with developmental disabilities, Glennwood House of Laguna Beach is the first facility of it’s kind in California. Glennwood will open the first week of August. The residents have been screened and selected, the staff are being hired and trained, and the Community Care Licensing is being completed along with the remodel. Open House for the public to see the program will be July 27th from 12pm to 4pm. We still need funds for this private non-profit, which receives no state or federal funding, to open and for on going scholarships for residents who are in need of extra support.
Future Leaders of Our Community is an organization that brings awareness, inspiration and participation opportunities to young professionals in our community. Through unique programming with local non-profits, businesses, & Community leaders; FLOC impacts its members with passion and commitment for the community.
Save The Elephant’s mission is to secure a future for elephants and to sustain the beauty and ecological integrity of the places they live; to promote man’s delight in their intelligence and the diversity of their world, and to develop a tolerant relationship between the two species.
Oceana is an international organization focused solely on oceans, dedicated to achieving measurable change by conducting specific, science-based campaigns with fixed deadlines and articulated goals. Since its founding in 2001, Oceana has won more than 100 victories and protected more than one million square miles of ocean
Pacific Blue Yoga offers a wide range of heated and non-heated yoga styles including Bikram, Sculpt, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yin, and Restorative as well as meditation and childrens yoga.
Outdoor residential water ruse account for 50% of residential water use. This is a primary area that we can realize significant reduction of or domestic water use. Converting to drip irrigation and selecting planting that are native and drought tolerant creates a beautiful, low maintenance garden with minimal water use.
Angels Among Us is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable foundation dedicated to helping those suffering with extreme and heart-breaking hardships, such as poverty, starvation and dis-heartening abuses. One of the charity’s primary goals is to bring relief to those suffering in dire living conditions in third world countries, with a special focus on the abandoned, abused and starving children. Angels Among Us hopes to bring awareness of this sad, atrocious reality to those here in the United States; and, to raise funds that can improve the well-being, health and quality of life for those who have been devastated due to the on-going wars and violence that threaten them on a regular basis in our under-privileged third world communities.
As the eldest of the three founding brothers, Wing co-founded Wahoo’s Fish Taco in 1988 and has more than 37 years of experience in the restaurant industry. Wing actively supports many national and local community-based events and non-profit organizations including Share Our Strength, Orangewood Children’s Foundation, Laurel’s House, Festival of Children, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Surfrider Foundation. Wing holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and a Minor in Spanish from San Diego State University. He is also a part-time Adjunct Professor for Concordia and Chapman Universities’ MBA programs.
With My Own Two Hands Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing sustainable solutions for projects in Africa that benefit children in need. We believe that in order to diminish poverty we must start with the children. Our goal is to ensure that children in need have the necessities of shelter, education, water, and agriculture.
Our local baseball team does a lot to support youth and education programs in Orange County.
Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too!
The Yoga W.A.V.E. is a movement being spread by a collective of yoga teachers, nutritionists, life coaches and other health and wellness leaders to heighten the universal well-being of people around the world through different programs and events focusing on yoga, meditation, and nutrition. Currently many people are living lifestyles that are harmful to heater health and well-being. The future seems quite frightening as these poor lifestyle choices are leading to obesity, depression, drug abuse and several other chronic diseases. The W.A.V.E. stands for Wellness, Awareness, Vitality and Education and intends to bring these possibilities to every audience that it reaches.
The Blue Bell Foundation for Cats is a nonprofit organization that supports permanent housing for cats whose owners can no longer care for them, such as in the case of illness or due to passing. Blue Bell also assists Laguna Beach Animal Shelter by providing permanent housing for cats that for whatever reason do not get adopted from the shelter. Blue Bell is funded through an endowment, cat placement sponsorship fees and donations.
Ten Boys Who Care is a Scholarship Organization founded to award a scholarship to one girl and one boy of each graduating class beginning 2014.
The Laguna Food Pantry offers free, fresh, supplemental food to Laguna Beach area residents, students, and workers.
The City of Laguna Beach’s AnnualNational Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month is proclaimed by the City Council and organized by the Housing and Human Services Committee. The Purpose of Laguna Beach’s Hunger and Homelessness Awareness month is to enhance the community’s awareness of: (1) the issue in our society (2) our own hungry and homeless in Laguna Beach (3) our community’s nonprofits that address our hungry and homeless in Laguna Beach.
Step back in time to a supper club show featuring the music of the 1930’s through the early 1950’s, starring crooner Johnny Holiday & his orchestra, with The Satin Dollz Pin Up Dancers. The Big Band, “A Night At The Cocoanut Grove”, will be held Saturday, November 1 at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach, CA. Proceeds of the event will help to sustain the operations of The Laguna Playhouse, a 94-year-old icon – the oldest continuing operating theatre west of the Mississippi.
City Hearts works with children from the most economically depressed areas in the greater Los areas, providing daily, ongoing Arts activities that enhance literacy, social and academic skills, self-esteem, creativity, discipline and a sense of belonging to the global community. These are children whose lives are daily shattered by the effects of poverty, illiteracy, drug abuse, inadequate parenting, school failure, negative self-image, negative peer associations and lack of positive connection to the community. Most are from first-generation immigrant families. Their parents cannot afford to pursue Arts enrichment activities and 97% of the students qualify for the Free and Reduced Meal programs.
ATA is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit funding arts programs in public elementary schools. Co-founded by former Guns n’ Roses drummer, Matt Sorum. Supported by Jane Lynch and others.
In a little over two years we completed the installation of the entire South Laguna Community garden. It has become a garden park, enjoyed informally by Laguna residents and visitors. Classes and community events are also opportunities to enjoy the ambiance and lessons of the garden.
UPLIFT Yoga Bash is a fundraiser for the non-profit organization Keep Friendship Alive and our new research-based program UPLIFT Teen Yoga which brings yoga and mindfulness to teens.
Laguna Beach Seniors is the only agency in Laguna Beach that looks after the long-term needs of our entire community. The mission is to enhance the lices of seniors through programs and services that promote independence, wellness and community. Laguna Beach Seniors is the essential resource for generations of seniors, and to make Laguna Beach a better place to live it up for the rest of our lives.
Founded by Laguna beach locals, Anne Duncan and Karen Wilson impact giving is a women’s collective giving group that have given over $400,000.00 to non profit organizations both locally an globally.
Founded in 2013, Trish’s Angels was created to honor the life and legacy of Trish Hoyt, a loving wife, mother, friend and animal-lover, who died in 2012 following a courageous battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit based in Orange County, the primary goal of the Trish’s Angels organization is to raise funds to provide financial assistance to patients currently dealing with ALS, a notoriously expensive and physically debilitating disease. Patients will benefit from funds raised via events sponsored by Trish’s Angels, as well as donations by corporations or private individuals.
Laguna Canyon Foundation was founded in 1991 to facilitate the purchase of Laguna Canyon open space. 25 years later, we have helped to preserve almost 20,000 acres of wilderness. This land, collectively known as the South Coast Wilderness, is home to bobcat, deer, hawks and countless threatened species of birds and plants. We are dedicated to the preservation and promotion of this very special open space.
The mission of The Pillowcase Project is to create lasting, sustainable change for women, children, and families living in third world countries. We empower them by providing the tools and necessary means to improve their lives.
RUFF (Rescuing Unwanted Furry Friends) is a caring, non-profit Laguna Beach organization dedicated to helping pets and their owners with financial assistance for veterinary care. We have been helping sick, injured, and abandoned animals since 1988. RUFF also financially supports animal rescues from “KILL” shelters, supplies pet food to local food banks and has a spay and neuter program.
Crystal Cove Alliance (CCA), the official nonprofit partner of Crystal Cove State Park, is dedicated to preserving the cultural, natural and historic resources of Crystal Cove. Founded in 1999 by Laura Davick to stop a planned luxury resort from overtaking the area, CCA rescued the historic site and initiated one of the most successful public-private partnership models in the history of the California State Park system.
The pain and suffering of blindness is incalculable. The restoration of sight is priceless. The mission of the Armenian Eye Care Project is to eliminate preventable blindness in Armenia and to make 21st Century eye care accessible to every Armenian child and adult.
Assistance League of Laguna Beach is a volunteer service organization whose members identify, develop, implement, and fund ongoing philanthropic programs for specific needs of the community.
Cub Scout Pack 35 is chartered by the Laguna Presbyterian Church in scenic Laguna Beach, California and part of the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America. A highly active and progressive group, Pack 35 draws members from both Laguna Beach and surrounding cities. Our leaders have a combined experience of nearly 50 years as Scouting volunteers and have been trained and recognized for volunteer service at Scouting’s highest levels. What do Cub Scouts in Pack 35 do? Just about everything from A to Z–that is archery to zip line!And in between we do BB gun shooting, biking, boating and sailing, climbing, exploring nature, fishing, map and compass, photography, tomahawk throwing, sports, and video games, just to name a few!
The Ocean Institute, founded in 1977 as the Orange County Marine Institute, is a community-based 501(c)(3) organization that educates 116,000 students and 50,000 public visitors annually through over 40 marine science and maritime history programs. Located on 2.4 acres in the Dana Point Harbor, at the edge of the Pacific Ocean and adjacent to a Marine Life Refuge, the site is ideal for hands–on learning about the sea.
Blue Water Green Earth uses the power of music to attract attention to our community’s most vital concerns, beginning with our most valuable resource -the Ocean.
A not-for-profit organization in Laguna Beach, providing performance and theatrical experience to local amateur performers, directors and technical staff of all ages.
Laguna Outreach for Community Arts is a nonprofit coalition of arts educators, professional artists and advocates interested in arts education for people of all ages. We have been serving the community for over 20 years and our instructors are among the finest artists in Orange County.
Invitation to Dream is a cool collection of bedtime ballads and lullabies. 100% of the profits will benefit the USGBC’s Project Haiti, the FIRST-EVER LEED certified orphanage and children’s center in the world providing a new home for the children and babies left homeless by Haiti’s terrible 2010 earthquake.
The Tony Hawk Foundation seeks to foster lasting improvements in society, with an emphasis on supporting and empowering youth in disadvantaged communities. The Foundation supports the creation of public skateboard parks that promote healthy, active lifestyles.
For the 5th straight year, as a part of the National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, World Hunger Bowl will hold a wonderful event, featuring a silent auction, to raise money to help the homeless and hungry in and around the Laguna Beach community. Each year the event raises significant funding for an organizations that make a difference for the hungry and homeless. This year the event will benefit the Collaborative Courts Foundation and the Laguna Beach Homeless.
The oldest, non-profit education foundation in Orange County, SchoolPower has raised money for Laguna Beach public schools since 1981. SchoolPower, the Laguna Beach Education Foundation, is governed by a board of parent trustees. Our success depends on a multitude of hard-working volunteers, a part-time and dedicated staff and a generous community. Each year, we fundraise through our annual Community Campaign and several Events. The money provides the four Laguna Beach public schools—El Morro Elementary, Top of the World Elementary, Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School—with valued educational programs and resources. A percentage of the annual money raised also sustains the SchoolPower Endowment Foundation, which in turn supports the Teacher Grant Program.
Miracles for Kids is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2002, based in Orange County, CA, and serving children and families throughout greater Southern California. The organization’s mission is to improve the lives of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
Boys and Girls Club of Laguna aimes to enable all young people, especially those that need us the most, to realize their full potential as healthy, caring and responsible adults.
Sweet Relief Musicians Fund provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems.
For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has provided girls, ages 5-17, with more ways to learn and lead than any other organization. Girls of all ages and abilities, from every zip code, are developing the values and skills they need to live their best lives. Girl Scouts of Orange County serves more than 23,000 girls in Orange County who are supported by more than 10,000 leaders, advisors and mentors. Girl Scouts help make our community a better place to live by contributing more than 500,000 hours each year to community service, addressing important issues such as poverty, homelessness, child and eldercare programs, animal welfare and the environment. www.GirlScoutsOC.org