TSA's Big Give

In 2008, we were inspired by the hit reality TV series, Oprah’s Big Give. The contestants on the show were given a sum of money each week, and competed to come up with the most creative ways to make a difference in their community. We decided to come up with our own version of the show and we called it, “TSA’s Big Give”.

The success of TSA’s Big Give in 2008 has since motivated our staff to participate in an annual company-wide fundraising effort. While we continue to use the concept of Oprah’s Big Give, the month-long fundraising challenge creates an opportunity for our entire company, alongside our residents, to use our own creativity and innovation to make a difference in the community.


Big Give 2019 supporting The Giving Spirit

In 2019, Thomas Safran & Associates celebrated their 12th Big Give anniversary and partnered with The Giving Spirit, whose mission is to aid the homeless community through direct volunteerism. The TSA staff joined to assemble, pack and distribute backpacks filled with survival kits for children, women, and families living on the streets of Los Angeles. These kits contain over 70 individual items that aid homeless persons in their time of need. Staff distribute kits to the most at-risk homeless populations and form human connections with each recipient by not only giving the kit away but by also asking the recipient “who they are” and “how can we help?”.

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Big Give 2018 supporting Project Angel Food

In 2018, Thomas Safran & Associates partnered with Project Angel Food, whose mission is to feed and nourish people impacted by serious illness. Volunteers and staff at Project Angel Food cook and deliver nutritious meals free of charge to homes throughout Los Angeles County to alleviate hunger, prevent malnutrition and return their clients to health. In the past year alone, Project Angel Food delivered over 500,000 meals to clients with a medical diagnosis such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, congestive heart failure, and other diseases. Meals are medically tailored and help underserved people who are too ill to shop or cook for themselves.

With the enthusiastic support of staff, residents and sponsors, we were able to raise over $165,000 with the addition of over $50,000 worth of in-kind donations including food, art supplies, toiletries, books and more for Project Angel Food. 

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Big Give 2017 supporting City Year Los Angeles

For the 10 year anniversary of the Big Give, Thomas Safran & Associates partnered with City Year Los Angeles. City Year is a national, education-focused organization that for 30 years has been partnering with public schools to keep students in school and on track to graduate high school. AmeriCorps members drive City Year's mission forward by providing hours of mentorship and academic support to every child enrolled in their program. In 2016 alone, City Year Los Angeles served 28 underserved Los Angeles Unified School District schools and provided support to over 27,000 students.

The incredible fundraising efforts of staff, residents, and partners enabled us to reach our goal of over $150,000 with the addition of over $50,000 worth of in-kind donations including school supplies, backpacks, books and more for City Year Los Angeles. 

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Big Give 2016 supporting Theresa Lindsay Senior Center

In 2016, Thomas Safran & Associates celebrated our 9th annual Big Give by giving back to Theresa Lindsay Senior Center. Over the last year, Theresa Lindsay Senior Center has provided over 18,000 meals on-site and delivered 99,000 meals to seniors. For many of the seniors, Theresa Lindsay Senior Center serves as their support system, recreation center, and food provider. It is a vital part of the community and allows thousands of seniors to connect to services, socialize and create a positive community of their own.

This year, our goal was to support the seniors who attend the center on a daily basis by furthering their quality of life and creating a safe haven for them in South Los Angeles. With overwhelming support, Thomas Safran & Associates raised over $130,000 and collected over $50,000 worth of in-kind donations, including art supplies, blankets, health and wellness supplies, books, games and more for The Theresa Lindsay Senior Center.

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Big Give 2015 supporting Camp Whittle & Camp Bob Waldorf

In 2015, Thomas Safran & Associates supported Camp Bob Waldorf on the Max Straus Campus and the YMCA's Camp Whittle in a "Kids to Camp" fundraising campaign. Both camps provide memorable, life-changing experiences to thousands of underserved and low-income youth in Los Angeles County and will never turn a child away from attending camp because of their family's inability to pay.

The tremendous fundraising efforts of staff, residents, and partners reached over $106,000 and donation drives raised over $50,000 worth of in-kind donations including camping equipment, art supplies, sports equipment, games, and toys for both camps.

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Big Give 2014 supporting Hillsides

In 2014, Thomas Safran & Associates partnered with Hillsides, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the overall well-being and functioning of vulnerable children and foster youth in Los Angeles County. Their mission is to provide high quality care, advocacy, and innovative services that promote safe, permanent environments where young people can thrive.

Generous contributions from Thomas Safran & Associates staff, residents and partners enabled us to raise over $96,000 and collect over $50,000 worth of in-kind donations including books, school supplies, sports equipment, clothing, toys and more to support the 7,000 at-risk foster children and families that Hillsides serves annually in Los Angeles county.

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Big Give 2013 supporting St. Joseph Center

In 2013, Thomas Safran & Associates partnered with St. Joseph Center, a non-profit organization in Venice, CA whose mission is to provide working poor families and homeless men, women, and children of all ages with the inner resources and tools to become self-supporting members of the community.

With the help of staff, residents, and partners, Thomas Safran & Associates raised over $53,000 and over $50,000 worth of food donations, clothing, hygiene items, baby products, and more for the thousands of people that visit the center each year.

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Big Give 2012 supporting Denker Recreation Center

In 2012, Thomas Safran & Associates partnered with the LA Parks Foundation to accomplish the goal of improving underserved parks in Los Angeles.

With the support of staff, residents and partners, Thomas Safran & Associates raised over $64,000 benefiting the LA Parks Foundation and numerous renovation projects to improve Denker Recreation Park, located in South Los Angeles.

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Big Give 2011 supporting Operation School Bell, LA Works, Andrew Carnegie Middle School

In 2011, Thomas Safran and Associates focused on the theme of education. We selected three organizations that would help to accomplish our goal of helping at-risk youth succeed in schools throughout Los Angeles County.

Together, with the residents, we raised over $42,000 for Operation School Bell, LA Works, and Andrew Carnegie Middle School. In addition, we raised over $50,000 worth of school supplies and received over 10,000 childrens' book donations.

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Big Give 2010 supporting Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles 

Thomas Safran & Associates partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles in 2010. Our employees and residents raised over $34,000 and donated over 800 hours to build homes at five different sites in the Greater LA area. These efforts funded one quarter of the cost to build a brand-new house and ensured thirteen deserving families a home in time for the holidays.

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Big Give 2009 supporting Los Angeles Regional Foodbank

Thomas Safran & Associates employees and residents raised over $30,000 and donated 17,000 pounds of food in a single month, all proceeds benefitting the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank.

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Big Give 2008

Inspired from the hit reality TV series, Oprah’s Big Give, each property manager was given $500 to positively impact their residents and/or local community.

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