The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation is inspired by angels in the community, both the volunteers who go above and beyond to promote the betterment of their communities and the nonprofit organizations whose work motivates and supports such volunteers. The Foundation finds the special partnership between volunteers and nonprofits compelling. It is the Foundation's hope that the HALO Award will 1) Strengthen the volunteer landscape in Los Angeles County 2) Inspire more community members to make a difference through long-term volunteer commitments and 3) Engage the philanthropic community to support the capacity of volunteer programs.
The HALO Award began with a desire to reward volunteers doing exemplary work in their communities. The original idea grew to include a critical capacity building piece focused on strengthening nonprofit volunteer programs in Greater Los Angeles. The dual purposes of the award emphasize and celebrate the partnership between individual volunteers and the nonprofits with whom they work.
Since 2011, forty-four nonprofits have been impacted by the HALO Award in their approaches to volunteer management, strategic planning and operations, and capacity building.