ABOUT THE AILEEN GETTY FOUNDATION

Dear Friends,

I initially established the Aileen Getty Foundation with the mission of developing and cultivating communities where everyone is able to thrive and experience a sense of belonging. For several years, I have supported multiple causes—homelessness in Los Angeles, HIV/AIDS research and treatment, the greening of urban spaces, the arts, community building in Africa, meditation in schools, peace building in the Middle East, and the list goes on.

These are all meaningful and important causes and I am grateful to the inspirational individuals I have met who are working to make our world a better place. I will always be invested in these causes and will continue to be supportive where I can.

However, one cause has unequivocally become more pressing than any other: the precarious state of our planet. As our climate crisis has escalated into a full-scale emergency, I have shifted the bulk of my time and resources to this most pressing issue of our time and one that threatens our very existence. The science is irrefutable: we are destroying our planet. And unless we make dramatic changes, life as we know it — for ourselves and most certainly for our children and grandchildren — will never be the same. We no longer have the luxury of taking a gradual response to climate change. To continue on our current path is to assure our own destruction.

As I reflect on the crumbling world we are leaving to our children, I continue to hope that we can do better — that we can find the courage and collective will to make the massive policy shift we need in order to protect our planet and ourselves. We have some of the solutions at our fingertips. We must continue to innovate. And we must join the activist voices demanding change from our leaders.

Climate change is certainly the biggest challenge we humans have faced on this planet. It is also an opportunity for progress, innovation and excellence. I remain hopeful that we will seize the opportunity. Each of us has a role to play. I am committed to doing my part. Please join me.

With love and gratitude,

Aileen Getty
Founder & President

Aileen has been an active philanthropist throughout her adult life. With a focus on improving the quality of life of individuals and communities in the US and around the world, she has supported a number of causes including homelessness, HIV/AIDS research and treatment, the greening of urban spaces, the arts, community building in Africa, meditation in schools, and peacebuilding in the Middle East. Most recently she has dedicated the bulk of her time and philanthropic resources to addressing the climate emergency.

In 2005, Aileen also founded Gettlove, a nonprofit organization created to acknowledge, house and sustain housing for numerous homeless individuals who are part of the Los Angeles community. Aileen serves on several nonprofit boards: she is the Founder and President of Gettlove; the Founding Donor and Advisory Board Member of the Climate Emergency Fund; a Trustee for amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research; an Ambassador to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation; and an Advisory Board Member of the YaLa Academy.

Sarah Ezzy
Vice President

Sarah has a deep background in philanthropy, previously serving as a Director at Global Philanthropy Group, a strategic philanthropic consulting firm. In that capacity, She advised dozens of high net worth individuals and corporations on their philanthropic strategies across a variety of issues including climate change, global poverty alleviation, global health, girls’ education, conflict resolution, education, childhood obesity, and sustainable agriculture.

She previously worked as a strategy consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and consulted to companies, governments and international institutions around the world including in Africa, Asia, the Balkans, and the Middle East. She serves on the board of the Climate Emergency Fund, Gettlove, and the Careyes Foundation. She also co-founded SADIQ, a non-profit organization created to support Iraqi refugees in the Middle East. Sarah holds a Master’s Degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor’s Degree from Dartmouth College.

Kindness

We seek to infuse all we do with love, acceptance, and compassion. We use kindness to inform all of our interactions with each other and the earth.

Collective Action

We are all interconnected. We find solutions to challenges when we focus on developing a sense of belonging in every one of us.

Sustainability

We focus on solutions that provide viable long-term solutions for people and the planet.