2022 Gift Giving

When the pandemic began nearly three years ago, the number of people needing assistance in our industry increased exponentially. With the support of our many partners throughout the industry, the Pioneers Assistance Fund stepped up to meet that need.

A MESSAGE FROM HEATHER MORGAN, PRESIDENT AND JIM ORR, CHAIRMAN

We grew from assisting an average of 600 people per year, to helping nearly 10,000 at the height of the pandemic. While guiding our industry members through that crisis, we learned a few very valuable lessons:

Our industry and the people who comprise it are inspirational and resilient beyond measure.

They are profoundly capable and resourceful when armed with the right tools and information.

They are looking to us to provide the resources that they need.

And so, step up we will continue to do. Data from research institutions, business journals and our own internally-conducted survey has shown that, overwhelmingly, people are not well-equipped to manage their financial health or mental well-being. The results also show that they desperately want to be. While they are deeply grateful for the assistance provided when they are reacting to unexpected situations, they would much prefer to be proactively prepared, but often just don’t know how.

It is with this deeper level of understanding of our industry’s needs that we introduce a new program called INNERMISSION. Curated by the Pioneers Assistance Committee, this educational series leverages top experts in the fields of financial planning, mental health and emotional well-being, and utilizes 30-minute live webinars to make their vast knowledge broadly available throughout our industry. This format allows people to attend anonymously, while also having the ability to pose questions to these experts, directly.

Your support of the Pioneers Assistance Fund will allow programs like INNERMISSION to continue to thrive into 2023 and beyond. Not only that, a donation on any level will allow us to continue providing: 

GRANTS for housing emergencies, funeral expenses and many other unexpected needs that may arise.

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE for needs such as procedures, equipment and medications.

SUPPORTIVE SERVICES such as counseling, referrals and workshops covering a wide array of issues.

Will Rogers once said, “People are marvelous in their generosity, if they just know the cause is there.” Throughout our eight decades of serving members of the film industry, it is the generosity of donors like you that have kept our organization alive and innovating. We humbly ask that you continue to support us as we continue to support others. Perhaps the most important lesson from the pandemic has been that we are stronger when we are together.

– Kyle Davies, Chairman of the Board
– Heather Morgan, President

YOUR GENEROSITY STEALS THE SHOW.

Your support of the Pioneers Assistance Fund will allow programs to continue to thrive into 2023 and beyond. Not only that, a donation on any level will allow us to continue providing:

GRANTS for housing emergencies, funeral expenses and many other unexpected needs that may arise.

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE for needs such as procedures, equipment and medications.

SUPPORTIVE SERVICES such as counseling, referrals and workshops covering a wide array of issues.

THANK YOU for your continued support of our programs. To send a gift, please click the “Donate” button below. You can also send donations via check (payable to Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation) to Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, 6767 Forest Lawn Dr UNIT 303, Los Angeles, CA 90068. Your gift is tax deductible as allowed by law.

The best way out of difficulty is through it.

Will Rogers

A CLOSE UP OF YOUR IMPACT.

Please take a moment to read just a few of the examples of how the Pioneers Assistance Fund is making a difference now more than ever.

Thanks Will Rogers for helping so many of our staff during the pandemic. We truly appreciate it.

Everyone was so overwhelmed with what was going on, and we couldn’t be more thankful for the support you guys gave.

You helped me and my family when we really needed it. It’s much appreciated.

THANK YOU for your continued support of our programs. To send a gift, please click the “Donate” button below. You can also send donations via check (payable to Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation) to Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, 6767 Forest Lawn Dr UNIT 303, Los Angeles, CA 90068. Your gift is tax deductible as allowed by law.

ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

The Pioneers Assistance Fund provides financial aid and supportive counseling to individuals who work in theatrical exhibition, distribution and vendors exclusive to either sector, who are encountering an illness, accident or injury. A team of social workers confidentially assesses the needs and financial difficulties of motion picture industry members and provides aid to support health and well-being when income and assets are limited.

Insights for a better life.

Our new short-form video series with top experts provides insights for a better life through accessible, educational, and engaging content about the intersection of mental and financial well-being.

THANK YOU for your continued support of our programs. To send a gift, please click the “Donate” button below. You can also send donations via check (payable to Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation) to Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, 6767 Forest Lawn Dr UNIT 303, Los Angeles, CA 90068. Your gift is tax deductible as allowed by law.