Camp Laurel (Pasadena, CA)


  • Name:Margot Anderson
  • Title:Founder/CEO

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Camp Laurel
  • Address:75 S. Grand Ave
    Pasadena, CA 91105
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:626-683-0800

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of The Laurel Foundation is to empower children, youth and families affected by HIV/AIDS by providing educational and support programs in a safe and trusting environment. Our vision is a world in which children, youth and families live unencumbered by HIV/AIDS.

  • Overview:
  • The Laurel Foundation is a comprehensive provider of educational and support programs for children, youth and families living with HIV/AIDS. The Foundation serves 500 low-income, at-risk, needy participants annually living primarily in various counties of California.

    All of The Laurel Foundation’s programs tackle the emotional and social challenges of HIV/AIDS by constructing environments that support the mental and physical welfare of participants. Thriving in these environments, participants are encouraged to generously support each other, cultivate a strong support network with peers and engage in learning/enhancing life skills (e.g., communication, leadership, responsibility, cooperation, risk-taking, goal setting, teamwork, etc.) which help them build a self-sufficient, productive, healthy life.


    CAMP LAUREL’S RESIDENTIAL CAMP PROGRAMS: Children today are becoming more and more removed from nature, at the expense of their own psychological and physical well being (Richard Louv, 2008). The Laurel Foundation believes that immersing children affected by HIV/AIDS into nature, can have a profound healing affect on their emotional and physical well-being. Each year, our three resident camp programs focus on environmental education and recreational programming which cater to the fragile physical and mental health of children and youth (ages 3-17) living with HIV/AIDS. The programs work to increase each child’s self-esteem and empowers them through the development of important life skills needed to build independent, successful and healthy lives.
    • Summer Camp: Camp Laurel’s Summer Camp is a 7-day program, set in the San Bernardino National Forest. The program serves children ages 6-17 and through environmental education and recreational programing it focuses on the development of important life skills (cooperation, problem solving, social skills, responsibility, teamwork, leadership, etc.) needed, to build independent, successful, mentally and physically healthy lives for children and youth affected by HIV/AIDS.
    • Winter Family Camp: Based on the belief that families play an essential role in the emotional, physical and social development of children, this program focuses on strengthening the family unit, while creating an environment that helps to foster peer support groups.
    • Teen Adventure Camp: This program is designed to expose youth ages 13-17 to new experiences, while widening their horizons and their worldview. Based in Los Angeles on a university campus (introducing the youth to higher education), the youth travel daily to various workshops, introducing them to potential career opportunities. Teen Adventure Camp has an added component of guidance and support, where teens have an opportunity to talk openly with social workers about the struggles of living with HIV/AIDS and the daily challenges they face.

    LEAF MENTORSHIP 4.0 PROGRAM: The LEAF (Life Enhancement and Fellowship) Mentorship Program works to empower youth (aged 10-17) affected by HIV/AIDS, by preparing them to succeed in life. Adolescence is a crucial time when youth begin to make consequential, life-framing decisions regarding, education, career, relationships, health and lifestyle; these decisions are compounded by issues facing “at-risk” youth such as drug use, academic apathy, etc. LEAF 4.0 guides youth as they develop the cognitive abilities to face the myriad of choices that are before them and helps them establish and reach both their short-term and long-term goals. The program accomplishes this through a holistic approach, inclusive of personal and social development, improved mental and physical health and increased academic achievement.
    ONLINE YOUTH VIDEO SUPPORT PROGRAMS: Within a closed, secure and moderated video group, teens (aged 13-17) have monthly scheduled chats facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker. The program educates participants about the importance of healthy living, (including topics like HIV prevention, safe sex, medication adherence, and healthy relationships) serving as a catalyst for change.
    LIFE ENHANCEMENT EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS: Educational workshops are provided to youth (10-17) which includes HIV and sexually transmitted disease education and prevention, medication adherence, etc. These comprehensive educational workshops provide an effective solution for the complex issues facing children and youth affected by HIV/AIDS.
    DAY PROGRAMS: The Laurel Foundation conducts various day programs to help support the families that we serve. Programs include: Assisted Scholarship Program, Day Camps and The Laurel Ongoing Connections Program (L.O.C.).

  • History:
  • In 1992, Margot Anderson realized there was an urgent need for programmed activities for children living with HIV/AIDS. Remembering her childhood summers spent at Camp Tanamakoon in Algonquin Park, Canada, Margot thought about the incredible impact that environmental and outdoor education had on her life and believed that a free camp would be the ideal place to help children whose lives have been shattered by HIV/AIDS.

    The Laurel Foundation became a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in June 1992 with the mission to teach children affected by HIV/AIDS to believe in themselves and to understand that each one of them has the ability to make his or her life as full and rich as the next child’s regardless of their illness. At the time the life expectancy of children living with the disease was short.

    In the summer of 1994, 13 HIV positive children attended The Laurel Foundation’s inaugural “Camp Laurel” program. The response from children, parents, the medical community and HIV/AIDS community was overwhelming leading to tremendous growth the following year.

    In 1995, Camp Laurel served 65 children, both infected and immediately affected by HIV/AIDS. That same year, the organization also started monthly inner-city day camps throughout Southern California, which allowed the children to reunite with their fellow campers and interact in their support groups formed at Camp Laurel.

    Within those first few years we lost camper after camper to HIV/AIDS, and though painful, we knew that our work was not only impactful but also crucial to the quality of life of the children we served. The foundation began to recognize that in order to truly impact the life of a child we needed to partner with their parents/guardians to help teach them the skills needed to support their child’s health and happiness. At the time, parents were understandably very protective of their children living with HIV/AIDS and due to a lack of exposure to recreational programs in low-income communities, they knew very little about the benefits of outdoor education programs. In an effort to build relationships with the parents and reach even more children, The Laurel Foundation decided to hold its first “Winter Family Camp” in 1996. It was a huge success and today we serve nearly 100 campers at this program each year.

    As treatment for HIV/AIDS began to advance with the success of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) a welcomed shift took place and children began living longer. We took this time to listen to the needs of our families and as their lives changed and evolved, so did The Laurel Foundation. The Laurel Foundation’s mission is now to empower children, youth and families affected by HIV/AIDS by providing educational and support programs in a safe and trusting environment.

    As youth began to live healthier lives, into adulthood, we saw an urgent need to empower them through educational programs that would expose them to higher education and a wide variety of career choices. In 2001, The Laurel Foundation developed “Teen Adventure Camp,” an urban education program, for teens 13-17. Situated on a university campus, campers are introduced to the higher education experience and each day are exposed to activities that introduce them to potentially exciting career paths such as music engineering, junior fire fighter training, and culinary arts. Additionally, there is an added component of guidance and support as teens have an opportunity to talk openly with social workers in a support group setting.

    In 2007 The Laurel Foundation expanded its services beyond camp programs in order to support the children year-round. The first of these programs was The LEAF (Life Enhancement and Fellowship) Mentorship Program. LEAF is designed to help youth ages 10-17 build a successful life path through the support of a mentor. The program’s unique approach helps to develop emotional intelligence within each participant and increase academic achievement.

    The second program launched in 2012, was the first of its kind. The Online Video Support Group program was developed around the best practices established in the emerging field of telemental health in response to the decline of youth attending in-person support groups. This telemental approach provides a safe and convenient space for participants to discuss fear, isolation and anxiety associated with HIV/AIDS with a social worker.

    Since our inception, The Laurel Foundation has served thousands of children affected by HIV/AIDS. Today, The Laurel Foundation continues to enhance our programs and strives to make an even greater impact on the lives of the families we serve.

  • Year established:1992
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:9
  • Advisory board size:10
  • Staff size:4

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Javier Puentes
    Sam S. Leslie
    Margot Anderson
    Lon Duby, M.D.
    Derek Hamilton
    Ankit Shah, M.D.
    Lisa Stangl, MSN
    Jeremy Sunderland ESQ
    Robb Whittlef

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Margot Anderson

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Cheria Young - Associate Director
    Lauren Franklin - Director of Volunteers
    Ari Ruiz - Outreach Coordinator


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:95-4429260

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:954429260
  • Organization Name:CAMP LAUREL FOUNDATION
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:THE LAUREL FOUNDATION
  • Care Of Name:% MARGO ANDREW
  • Organization Address:75 S GRAND AVE
  • Organization City:PASADENA
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:91105-1602
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 1993
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):325, 160
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Camp, Aid to the handicapped (see also 031)
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:P82Z
  • Asset Amount:$133,649
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$885,308
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$885,308
  • Last Updated:2/23/2018 6:21:33 pm

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