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The Dillon Henry Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Private Grantmaking Foundations

Mission: DillonsList.org has been created to honor Dillon Henry, a remarkable teenager, who wanted to make the world a better place and planned to do it through great leadership and compassion. His interests and passions will create a worldwide community who intend to help with education, poverty and the environment.

Programs: Surfrider

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

The DHF is a wonderful organization that funds a number of different projects around the world, especially ones that help young people. From funding education, to health facilities, to orphanages and social work programs, the DHF is committed to empowering youth in many different ways.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Dillion Henry Foundation is a wonderful nonprofit that honors the incredible memory of a life lost too early, and preserves the impact Dillion Henry would have had on the world. The projects that DHF fund and support are those that support the underdog, those unheard, the undeserved. Being a member of the Board maintains my personal connection to Dillion, as well as knowing that we are doing a small part to preserve his larger than life memory, his passion for the earth, and his immense empathy with those in need world wide.

Board Member

Rating: 5

What a beautiful way to honor the life of a kind, thoughtful, and giving person. The Dillon Henry Foundation is not your average stuffy, bureaucratic foundation. Their giving is always personal, and they strive to maintain strong connections with the people they support. I feel honored to be on the board with so many smart and dedicated people who are all determined to make the world a better place - and well on their way to doing so.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am moved by the humanitarian efforts of this organization as well as its dedication to education and our planet. The back story of the family losing a son, reminds me that life is to be enjoyed and not squandered. What a legacy they are leaving by pulling together individuals who care about creating better lives for those in need, especially children. I am motivated to give and give again to an organization that puts it all into the charities who touch my heart.

Board Member

Rating: 5

DHF is an outstanding organization that gives so much back to our community. Annually, the DHF offers tens of thousands of dollars worth of college scholarships to support young people seeking an education. It also funds other projects focused on the global good, including filmmakers in the WITNESS program, and summer interns at the Surfrider Foundation headquarters. I'm proud to be a part of the DHF family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Dillon Henry Foundation not only helped me obtain my Bachelor of Arts, at the University of California Riverside, it has also provided funds, resources, and support for dozens of other high school students entering into college. As a former scholarship recipient, I've learned the value of what it means to pay it forward. The Dillon Henry foundation is more than just an organization dedicated to serving those in need. It's a movement, that calls for gratitude and justice abroad and at home.

Board Member

Rating: 5

A wonderful group of family and friends doing great work in their community and around the world, supporting many students' college dreams with financial assistance and personal support, truly making a difference for many first-generation college-bound!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An incredible organization that aims to help people worldwide. The DHF offers annual scholarships that help students reach their educational goals. They also offer resources beyond the scholarship to help ensure the success of their scholars. The DHF partners with organizations such as Surfrider Foundation, WITNESS, CASA and Jewish World Watch. They are helping people from the states to Africa.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Each year, the Dillon Henry Foundation provides incredible financial aid to students who wish to pursue higher education. These scholarships target many students who may have been overlooked in the traditional application system. In this way, the Dillon Henry Foundation is bringing critical aid to those who may have no other way of attaining a college degree. The scholarships are awarded to students at Palisades Charter High School, a large public school in West Los Angeles. The Foundation’s scholarship program has now helped more than 50 students tackle the skyrocketing cost of college tuition, making each person’s future brighter. Dillon was a standout student at this school, and it is both touching and fitting that his legacy be preserved through this local scholarship. One of my closest friends is now attending a University of California with the money he was awarded by the Dillon Henry Foundation. This Foundation changes lives!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The violence in Darfur has shredded the fabric of the local community. One of the most distinct characteristics of the violence has been widespread genocide of adult males, and extreme instances of sexual violence towards females. As a result, children are growing up without any form of family or structure in their lives. Staggering numbers of Sudanese have become refugees, and are left to live in horrific conditions in refugee camps. The Dillon Henry Foundation has poured funds into construction of youth centers in these refugee camps help provide some semblance of structure and support for young people entrenched in this brutal conflict. The youth centers that the Dillon Henry Foundation has constructed in the region have surely changed the lives of countless young people, who with some help, can set their country on the course to healing it requires.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A brutal conflict in Darfur, a southern region of Sudan, has shaken the country and taken countless lives. The war erupted in 2003, when the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army and Justice and Equality Movement began an armed conflict. Since then, countless lives have been lost, and human rights violations almost beyond conception have taken place. The people have no place to live, organize, educate or rebuild their society. The Dillon Henry Foundation has built the Dillon Henry Community Health Clinic in Darfur. The Foundation is honoring Dillon's memory by providing primary health care and community health for displaced communities in Quadda Djalle, Vakaga Prefecture, Central African Republic. The Medical Clinic is currently servicing 43,000 people who previously had to walk 210 miles to receive any medical attention. These survivors need all the help they can get, and the Dillon Henry Foundation is giving them the medical attention they need, and raising awareness to promote the suffering of victims of genocide.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Dillon Henry is a fantastic organization with a broad set of initiatives, both local and global. The Foundation’s ability to see the larger picture, both at home and abroad, makes it uniquely capable of addressing many of the world’s issues at once. The Organization is also effective in incorporating several of Dillon Henry's passions, giving the organization a heart-warming personal flare that makes it stand out from the pack.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dillon was always passionate about his involvement in the local Jewish community. The Dillon Henry Foundation has kept his passion alive by providing aid to the Beit Ruth project in Israel. The Beit Rush Hostel hosts at risk girls. Girls at-risk have experienced physical or emotional abuse at home and can no longer remain with their families. These girls are viewed as a low priority when public funding is distributed. As such, the public care system in Israel is grossly underfunded, and exceeds its inferior capacity. The Dillon Henry Foundation has worked diligently to help fill this void by raising funds for the Beit Ruth Hostel program.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Dillon Henry Foundation’s commitment to working with the Surfrider Foundation has led to amazing success. Most notably, the Dillon Henry foundation donated the funds necessary to launch QUAD, a new website operated by Surfrider Foundation aimed at providing High School and College students with the resources necessary to build consciousness and educate their peers about ocean protection. The project based program is both thought-provoking and relevant to countless young beach-goers. With the new programs instituted by the Dillon Henry Foundation’s funds, more money and awareness can be garnered, and our may finally get the protection they deserve.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a surfer, the increasing levels of pollution in the Los Angeles area’s coastal waters has become of serious personal concern lately. The Dillon Henry Foundation is working hard to generate funds for organizations like Surfider Foundation, that helps clean and protect my local waters. An endowment form the Dillon Henry Foundation helped the organization hire several summer interns this year, allowing for the manpower necessary to propel this vital environmental cause. The interns helped raise more funding and clean up areas of the local beach. There's nothing worse than walking on a dirty beach, or surfing next to trash. Thanks to the Dillon Henry Foundation, my local break is cleaner than it was last year!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Dillon Henry Foundation is an incredible organization based upon the notion of honoring a beloved member of the West Los Angeles community. Dillon’s passions varied greatly, but they were all rooted in making the world a better place. From healing the local bay, to providing community services in regions of the world where there simply are none. The Dillon Henry Foundation continues with Dillon’s desire to help all those in need.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Sexual violence in the Congo has become one of the most disturbing and common human rights issues in the world. Recent studies have revealed that rape and intimate partner violence in the Congo are far more common than previously estimated. Thankfully organizations such as the Dillon Henry foundation have taken an interest in this issue and are willing to do what is necessary to affect change. The Dillon Henry Foundation is opening a rape and crisis center in Chambucha Congo, in order to bring vital resources to the women and victims of sexual violence and other human rights violations that have become all too common in this war-torn region of the world.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Dillon Henry Foundation is standing up for local foster children in my area. Los Angeles has one of the largest populations of children in foster care in the entire country, and due to the recent economic decline, nearly all public funding has been cut from assisting these abandoned children. The Dillon Henry Foundation is taking a stand for these youths that were never given a chance, raising funds and awareness for important programs such as CASA (court appointed special advocates), and refusing to give up on our local foster children. In honor of what would have been Dillon’s 23rd birthday, The Dillon Henry Foundation organized a team for CASA’s 5k run/walk in Century City, raising over ten thousand dollars for local foster children—a sum that comprised over 30% of the event’s total proceeds. The Dillon Henry Foundation is taking a stand here in the Los Angeles area.