Directors Guild Foundation

DGA Foundation logo Founded in 1945, the Directors Guild Foundation 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: standard loans to assist members who are experiencing short term financial hardship and emergency loans to assist members experiencing an immediate need due to a natural disaster, medical emergency, or the like.

In addition to the DGF’s 70+ year history of helping DGA members in need through its interest-free loan program, the Foundation has established the Directors Guild Foundation Cognitive Wellness Program. In partnership with the Motion Picture & Television Fund and the UCLA Longevity Center, this 10-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 DGA members in new ways and recognizes that we can do so much more to aid the long-term health and well-being not only of DGA members, but the entire entertainment community.

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

In the 21st Century, the Foundation continues its vital mission of serving DGA members in need and directly supporting organizations that are responsible for the physical health and well-being of DGA members and the entertainment community. Please join the Foundation’s Board of Trustees in these worthy initiatives by making a tax-deductible contribution, giving back to those who can use your help the most.

  • For more information or to apply for a confidential loan, please contact the DGF office at (310) 289-2037 or
  • If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation to the Foundation, please call (310) 289-2037 or email

DGF Officers:

  • 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, Paris Barclay, Scott Berger, James Burrows, Robert Butler, Gil Cates, Jr., Leonard Garner, Jr., Lesli Linka Glatter, Taylor Hackford, Todd Holland, Brooke Kennedy, Joanna Kerns, 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.

2019 Directors Guild Foundation Golf & Tennis Tournaments

On Monday, June 17, the 23rd Annual DGF Golf Tournament and the 16th Annual DGF Tennis Tournament will benefit the Directors Guild Foundation. Click link above for details.

Directors Guild Foundation Responds to Members Affected by California Wildfires

Foundation Chairman Donald Petrie sends a letter of support to the DGA members in the areas impacted by these fires.

2018 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.

2018 Golf and Tennis Tournaments

120 golfers and 62 tennis players took part in the 22nd DGF Golf Tournament and the 15th Annual DGF Tennis Tournament. See this page for winners roster and photo galleries.