Directors Guild Foundation

Financial Hardship Assistance 

For decades, the Directors Guild Foundation's interest-free loan program has provided a vital lifeline to members facing financial hardships and emergencies. For more information or to apply for a confidential loan, please contact the DGF office at (310) 289-2037 or


If you prefer to donate by check, please make it out to the Directors Guild Foundation, and mail it to the Directors Guild Foundation, 7920 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046.

DGF Officers:

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

DGF Trustees:

Paris Barclay, Scott Berger, James Burrows, Robert Butler, Mark Cendrowski, Gil Cates, Jr., Zetna Fuentes, Leonard Garner, Jr., Lesli Linka Glatter, Taylor Hackford, Todd Holland, Joanna Kerns, Cleve Landsberg, Kathleen McGill, Jay D. Roth, Arlene Sanford, Thomas Schlamme, Millicent Shelton, Mary Rae Thewlis, Betty Thomas, Jesús Treviño, Carl Weathers, Michael Zinberg.


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.

25th Annual Directors Guild Foundation Golf Tournament

124 golfers took part in the 25th DGF Golf Tournament. See this page for winners roster and photo galleries.

Directors Guild Foundation Launches COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund for Members

New Fund Created to Aid Members Financially Strained by Production Shutdowns; To be Administered by the MPTF

The Directors Guild Foundation Annual Campaign — Assisting Members in Need for Seven Decades

The Foundation has a rich history of generosity — fulfilling its mission of addressing the financial hardship of DGA members with compassion and discretion for more than seventy years.