Artists’ Benevolence Fund

Benevolence: A kindly, charitable act or gift

The Artists’ Benevolence Fund is a unique source of financial assistance to artists living in Laguna Beach, who have suffered a catastrophic event, leaving them unable to work.The Fund began as the Artists’ Relief Fund in 1987, when artwork was auctioned to help a critically ill Sawdust Festival artist. In 1993, the fund was reorganized as a non-profit shelter within the Sawdust Festival and expanded to help not only Sawdust exhibitors, but any working artist in the city of Laguna Beach. With a $1000 maximum monthly grant amount, the Artists’ Benevolence Fund has awarded over $100,000 in relief to artists in their times of need.

Anyone may contribute to the Fund, but each Summer, Sawdust artists rise to the occasion and selflessly donate their art to the annual Artists’ Benevolence Fund Art Auction. This special event accounts for the majority of the revenue raised for the Artists’ Fund.

Support the 2020 Artists’ Benevolence Fund Annual Fundraiser!

Purchase donated artwork created by Sawdust artists and contribute to the Artists’ Benevolence Fund annual fundraiser.  The Artists’ Benevolence Fund Art Auction will be held on August 9, 2020. Silent Auction runs 10am to 12pm and the Live Auction kicks off 1pm to 3pm.
To request FREE admission into the festival to attend the live art auction fundraiser, email

Another Way to Help

If you would like to donate to the Artists’ Benevolence Fund, you may send your contribution to the Artists’ Benevolence Fund, 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. Please indicate that you would like to contribute to the Artists’ Benevolence Fund in the additional information section at checkout.

How can a Laguna Beach artist get assistance from the Fund?

If you are a working artist, living in Laguna Beach, and have suffered a catastrophic event that has resulted in financial hardship, you may be eligible for a grant.

2020 Benevolence Fund Application

Download the confidential application, and mail with all necessary documentation to:

Artists’ Benevolence Fund
935 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

For additional information, please contact any of the Artists’ Benevolence Fund Trustees:

Jay Grant 949-315-1398, Bruce Freund 949-306-3955, Gavin Heath 949-395-4976, Patsee Ober 949-420-6364, and Carole Boller 949-433-1400.

The Artists’ Benevolence Fund is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Trust.