The Stars Above
Some of the entertainment industry's shining lights of the 1950s came together
to start the 8-Ball Welfare Foundation, contributing money to help journalists recently laid off and in financial need.
More than 60 years later, our foundation is still helping journalism professionals - those who are active - and others seeking their next opportunity, ailing or recently retired. This website tells our story as we reach out to help still others.
The 8-Ball Welfare Foundation Board of Directors appreciates your membership and support through donations.
The 8-Ball Welfare Foundation is committed to helping Southern California journalists and photojournalists in need.
We provide grants to broadcast, online, and print journalists who are currently working or have recently worked in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernadino, Riverside and Ventura Counties and now find themselves behind the eight-ball, having a hard time covering food, rent, medical and other essential expenses.
Our financial aid helps journalists overcome temporary financial struggles by:
allowing working journalists stay in our industry.
assisting those who have been laid off, are recovering from illness or are recently retired.
Applications are reviewed by our Board of Directors and grants are awarded on a case-by-case basis.
Being a journalist is tough and we need to support each other. Please consider making a donation to this Foundation, to help a colleague in temporary financial need.
Our secondary mission, when funds are available, is to help journalism students at local colleges and universities. This is done in consultation with the various journalism departments. Please click on these links for Personal Grants or Journalism Student Grants or use the menu buttons above to learn more.
Thank you for visiting the 8-Ball Welfare Foundation website.