Academically, through our enrichment programs, we are able to reach every student at this school.  Our goal is to create an atmosphere that triggers an emotional interest in school where children want to thrive academically and socially.
Our students are growing because of the support they receive. We believe this quote to be true from:
 "It's relationships, not programs that change children.... Young people thrive when adults care about them on a one-to-one level, and when they have a sense of belonging to a caring community." -Bill Milliken, CISSA

-Derek and Stephanie Richardson


Derek Richardson

3651 S. La Brea Avenue, Suite 767

Los Angeles, California 90016

Telephone: 213-944-2028

Fax: 323-296-0467


​10 am-3 pm Venice High School

43rd Annual Morrison Scholastic Chess Tournament

10 am- 3 pm; Ladera Vista Junior High

Healthy Playground Submission Due!

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54th Street Olympiad

Coming soon!

Fundraise or sponsor a child in 2 easy steps for our NEW 5 week Computer Programing Course taught by the University of Southern California (USC) instructors for $190! Select below today for details!  

Our goal is to have 30,000 entries by March 24  for our kids to be eligible to win a $30,000 grant for a playground makeover at 54th Street Elementary School, so please share, text, and email! (The first question asking for your email is for returning submitters)  

Come back every day, and simply re-enter your email for an easy resubmission process until March 24, 2017!

Eclipse Workshop with Tim Dickinson &

Kenneth Gatewood and Students


Through academic and social enrichment programs for elementary students in underserved school communities of Los Angeles, our program increases students’ academic and emotional interest in school.

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Why Can't We Make A Difference Foundation

  • Enter: 90043 zip code
  • Select 54th St. Elementary School (the first selection)
  • Fill in the required information (1-2 minutes).
  • Answer easy mathematic question for verification
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Letter From the Director,

Derek Richardson



Sponsor a student for coding course!

Quick Facts:


  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation
  • Founded November 25, 2005
  • 100% of raised funds go to individuals and private groups.
  • All services are free of charge!

 Our compassionate staff members are trained to help people through difficult challenges by offering charitable grants and providing referral services via other nonprofit organizations who offer various types of assistance.