Create Now is proud to be recognized by these distinguished organizations.

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Create Now is a designated gold-level GuideStar Exchange participant, demonstrating program impact, a commitment to transparency, effective board and operations management, and fully disclosed and audited financial statements. Read our reviews.



GreatNonprofits recognizes Create Now’s work through their platform for community-sourced stories from volunteers, donors, and youth who have experienced the impact of Create Now firsthand. Read our stories.

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Create Now is very proud to be a grantee of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission for eight years. Their support has enabled our organization to build our capacity to reach more vulnerable youth through our arts mentoring and education programs.


The City of Los Angeles has awarded Create Now with program grants for eight years. Thanks to their support, we were able to provide a Guitar Workshop to disadvantaged youth at the Hope Street Family Center in our neighborhood, another Guitar Workshop to teenage foster boys at Children's Homes of Southern California in West Hills, and our Digital Media Lab to foster teenagers at Penny Lane group home in North Hills.


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Create Now Founder and Executive Director, Jill Gurr, was the 2016 Honoree for the prestigious "ACColades: A Salute to Women Who Inspire Us" award.


British Council and Volunteer Service Organization

Our Founder and Executive Director Jill Gurr was one of the first four Americans selected by the British Council and Volunteer Service Organization to participate in their first-ever multilateral Global Xchange.

As a result of this experience, Create Now initiated a unique Arts xChange program in Rwanda that brought together Hutu and Tutsi youth in Africa with local students at a continuation school in Compton.



For 20 years, the Annenberg Foundation has invested in the visionary leadership of nonprofit executives and board members through fiscal grants, capacity building initiatives and other resources. Create Now participated in the 2014-2015 Leadership program, the Alchemy Boot Camp and Succession Lab programs, plus their prestigious Alchemy+ training.

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The International Visitors Council of Los Angeles is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to create international understanding and cooperation between the Los Angeles region and the rest of the world. In 2011, Create Now received the prestigious IVCLA "Community Resource Award.”