Founded in 1945, the Directors Guild Foundation (DGF) has a rich history of generosity. Distinguished DGA board members and industry leaders such as Frank Capra, Cecil B. DeMille, John Ford, Gil Cates, Sr., Howard W. Koch and John Rich were instrumental in developing the mission of the DGF. The current trustees — Michael Apted, Paris Barclay, Scott Berger, James Burrows, Robert Butler, Gil Cates, Jr., Casey Childs, Leonard Garner, Lesli Linka Glatter, Taylor Hackford, Arthur Hiller, Victoria Hochberg, Todd Holland, Cleve Landsberg, Robert Ellis Miller, Vince Misiano, Donald Petrie, Gene Reynolds, Arlene Sanford, Millicent Shelton, Mary Rae Thewlis, Betty Thomas, Carl Weathers and Michael Zinberg — continue this proud tradition of service by providing confidential loans to Directors Guild of America members who are facing short term financial hardship.
In addition to assisting members in need, the Foundation is also a contributor to the Motion Picture & Television Fund. Foundation funds have been used to support the MPTV Fund Health Care Centers to better serve DGA members and members of the entertainment community. Additionally, the Foundation supports The Actors Fund, which is a national nonprofit human services organization that provides for the welfare of all entertainment professionals.
Since November 2000, the Foundation has been the sole underwriter for conservation and preservation of the DGA-Motion Picture Industry Conservation Collection at UCLA. This important collection, housed at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, is composed of new prints of feature films directed by our members under DGA agreements, ensuring that our work is preserved for future generations. As a result of the Foundation's support, 1,766 films have been archived to-date through this program.
In the 21st Century, the DGF continues its vital mission of serving DGA members in need, preserving our artform and directly supporting organizations that are responsible for the physical health and well being of DGA members and members of the entertainment community.
The current officers are:
- Donald Petrie, Chairman of the Board
- Scott Berger, First Vice Chairman
- Todd Holland, Second Vice Chairman
- Carl Weathers, Secretary
- Cleve Landsberg, Treasurer
- Robert Ellis Miller, Assistant Secretary
- Millicent Shelton, Assistant Treasurer
Work dries up for a time. A show is cancelled. A contract ends. And we’re faced with a temporary situation of being in between paychecks. But that doesn’t stop our rent payments, food bills or medical insurance. Who steps in when we need it most? Thankfully, the Directors Guild Foundation is here to lend a hand. The DGF provides no interest, confidential loans to Guild members in good standing who are in need of emergency financial assistance. This program allows members to maintain their privacy by ensuring their anonymity during a difficult time.
To apply for a loan click here for a PDF of the DGA Foundation Loan Application
, or call the DGF office at (310) 289-2037 and we will mail you an application. Your call will be handled with complete confidentiality.
For more information, or if you wish to make a donation in support of the Directors Guild Foundation please contact Elisabeth Jones at (310) 289-2038 Ejones@dga.org.