We are a charity support group made up of seventy-five men from the Westside of Los Angeles.
Our mission is to provide financial support to help kids in need in Los Angeles through charitable organizations who fly under the radar screen of traditional giving.
The WBC was born in 1989 when a bunch of guys got together and decided to create a group that was fun, social, and supportive of needy kids and organizations that often fell "under the radar screen" of traditional giving. We chose the name Water Buffalo Club as something that didn't sound too serious and a name that people would remember. And no, we're not part of the Flintstones and we don't wear hats with horns.
Since that time in 1989, we have had over 250 different members (75 per year) and supported 130 different organizations to the tune of $2,500,000. Each year the WBC members select one or more organizations to support with a "silver bullet" or item (s) that will last beyond our giving. This could be a bus, a van, computers, copiers, books, school and art supplies, musical instruments to name a few. These organizations fill out the WBC grant application form, then are vetted by our Charity Selection Committee, and if selected, present in front of the WBC membership.
In addition to our grants, the WBC is committed to taking kids out of their everyday environment for a "fabulous field trip". Whether it's to the Santa Monica Pier, a Holiday Movie Screening, or Dodger Stadium, we recognize the importance of connecting with these wonderful youngsters in a meaningful way while reminding them that there are people who really care.
Our mission statement says it all: "As Big Kids Helping Little Kids, the Water Buffalo Club is a charitable organization dedicated to providing time and financial support to smaller children’s charities while hosting events that foster well-being for underserved children in the Los Angeles community".
...And that's what the WBC strives to accomplish 365 days a year!
The Water Buffalo Club is a 501(c)(3) Organization.
Our Federal ID is 95-4250320.
To view a recent article about the WBC from the LA TIMES, (9/1/13) Click article below.
"The Water Buffalo Club's grass-roots charity pays big dividends"