The CHIPS were founded to provide program and fundraising support to Children’s Institute, Inc. and its efforts on behalf of children who have been traumatized by violence, abuse, and neglect.



Founded in 1966, The Colleagues Helpers in Philanthropic Service ("CHIPS”) are a group of approximately fifty volunteers working together to support Children’s Institute, Inc., one of Los Angeles’ oldest and largest children’s service agencies. Since 1906, CII has served at-risk children and families through direct services – including treatment, family support, early childhood, and child enrichment – as well as research, training and policy efforts.

The CHIPS 50th Anniversary Tribute Video


Programs We Support

CLOSE Performing Arts Program

CII’s Family Resource Center offers an acclaimed Performing Arts program designed to enhance children’s self-esteem and help to build confidence.

Project ERIN

Emergency Response Intervention Network (ERIN), an emergency intervention and follow-up program for victims of domestic violence and their children (a collaboration with the Los Angeles Police Department).

Project Fatherhood

A program designed to help disadvantaged fathers become responsible, committed parents.

Child Trauma Treatment Program

A program that is working to develop research-based / proven treatment services for children exposed to trauma.