Directors Guild Foundation

DGA Foundation logo 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 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 the DGF’s 72-year history of helping our members in need through our long standing interest-free loan program for members facing short-term financial hardship, the Foundation recently announced the establishment of the DGA Foundation Cognitive Wellness Program. In partnership with the Motion Picture & Television Fund and the UCLA Longevity Center, this ten-year commitment supports an ambitious research program exploring ways to delay the onset of dementia and Alzheimer symptoms. This partnership with MPTF/UCLA is only the most recent example of how the Foundation is growing to meet the needs of our members in new ways and recognizes that we can do so much more to aid in the long-term health and well-being of not only our members, but that of the entire entertainment community.

For the past five years the Foundation has underwritten the cost of flu shots for more than 1,000 members and their dependents without health coverage through Los Angeles and New York flu shot clinics. The DGA Foundation also continues its long history of supporting The Actors Fund and the programs and services it provides to DGA members and members of the entertainment community.

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 As a result of the Foundation's support, 1,974 films have been archived to-date through this program.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 the entertainment community. We hope that you will join us in these worthy initiatives by supporting the mission of the DGF with a tax-deductible contribution and help the Foundation’s Board of Directors, in giving back to those who can use your help the most.

The DGF Officers are:

  • Donald Petrie, Chairman of the Board
  • Scott Berger, First Vice Chairman
  • Todd Holland, Second Vice Chairman
  • Carl Weathers, Secretary
  • Cleve Landsberg, Treasurer
  • Michael Zinberg, Assistant Secretary
  • Millicent Shelton, Assistant Treasurer

DGF Trustees:

Michael Apted, Scott Berger, James Burrows, Robert Butler, Gil Cates, Jr., Leonard Garner, Jr., Lesli Linka Glatter, Taylor Hackford, Victoria Hochberg, Todd Holland, Brooke Kennedy, Cleve Landsberg, Vincent Misiano, Donald Petrie, Jay D. Roth, Arlene Sanford, Thomas Schlamme, Millicent Shelton, Mary Rae Thewlis, Betty Thomas, Jesús Treviño, Carl Weathers, Michael Zinberg.

DGF Loan Application IconWork 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) 289-2037

2017 DGA Health Fairs in LA & NY

DGA Members were able to get free flu shots and learn all about their Health Plan benefits during the DGA Health Fairs held at Guild offices in Los Angeles and New York.

2017 Golf and Tennis Tournaments

124 golfers and 48 tennis players took part in the players took part in the 21st DGA Foundation Golf Tournament and the 14th Annual DGA Foundation Tennis Tournament. See this page for winners roster and photo galleries.

Volunteers Sought for Cognitive Wellness Program Memory Training & Physical Exercise Study

The Directors Guild Foundation Cognitive Wellness Program is looking for volunteers for its Memory Training and Physical Exercise Study, which seeks to determine whether combining physical exercise with memory training improves cognitive performance.

MPTF Commemorates DGF Cognitive Wellness Program

DGF Officers and Trustees attend a dedication commemorating the recently announced DGA Foundation Cognitive Wellness Program.

Directors Guild Foundation Makes Ten Year Commitment to MPTF In Support of Cognitive Wellness Programs