About the Foundation

The Molly Steinsapir Foundation is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was formed after the tragic death of twelve-year-old, Molly Olivia Steinsapir, in February 2021

The Foundation’s purpose is to advance charitable causes that Molly cared deeply about including, among other things, caring for children, animals, and the planet. Molly has inspired people from across the globe to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to charity.

The Foundation organized a successful social media campaign called #GiveUpGiveBack. Over 150 different non-profits received donations and increased visibility over the course of the three-week campaign.

Partnering with Court Appointed Special Advocates of Fresno and Madera Counties (“CASA”), the Foundation sponsored tickets for hundreds of foster youth to attend a fun-filled day at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo. Honoring Molly’s generous spirit, we gifted a bag of treats and a #TEAMMOLLY t-shirt to every child.

Molly loved back-to-school season. The Foundation coordinated with CASA to provide the foster youth with much-needed school supplies. The Foundation then delivered a carload of new, unwrapped toys for the holidays.

Molly’s happiest moments were spent on stage at Theatre Palisades and Marquez Charter Elementary School. This past summer, the Foundation helped fund Theatre Palisades Youth’s summer production of Aladdin, Jr. 

The Molly Steinsapir Foundation also supports the incredible fifth grade historical plays written by Jeff Lantos, which are performed at Marquez. The Foundation has committed to funding the plays for as long as Mr. Lantos and the fifth-grade teachers are willing to keep putting them on!

During the pandemic, the gardens at Marquez Charter Elementary died from neglect. The Foundation donated $1000 towards new plants, and helped to obtain donated soil and fertilizer from Kellogg Garden Organics. 

The Foundation delivered hundreds of #TEAMMOLLY sweatshirts to homeless citizens of Los Angeles at the West L.A. Veterans Administration campus.

Judaism held a special place in Molly’s heart. We are honored that our synagogue, Kehillat Israel, renamed its preschool the Molly Steinsapir Early Childhood Center. Molly and her brothers attended preschool there, and continued their religious studies at the Jewish Education Center. Molly’s Foundation is strongly committed to supporting the Molly Steinsapir ECC. Molly’s mom, Kaye, is working closely with Cantor Chaim Frankel on fundraising and other projects. The Foundation also donated $5,000 to the Jewish National Fund's Women's Circle. 

#TEAMMOLLY also participated in the Palisades July 4th 5K, raising funds for Palisades Circle of Friends, which pairs kids with special needs with teen mentors. 

We are proud that beaches coast-to-coast are receiving love in Molly's name. #TEAMMOLLY has West and East Coast crews that regularly participate in beach clean up days inspired by Molly's love of the ocean.

The Molly Steinsapir Foundation is run by volunteers, which enables your donations to have the greatest possible impact.