Michael Edlen, one of the most philanthropic Pacific Palisades residents, just gave a check for $10,500 to the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness (PPTFH).
PPTFH volunteer Nancy Klopper wrote in an email to CTN that “Michael represents more than buyers and sellers of homes in Pacific Palisades—he represents the best of our community.”
This isn’t the first time he has supported this vital nonprofit. When the homeless task force was first formed, Edlen and the Edlen Team were among the first to donate to help pay the salaries of two social workers.
Klopper said that Edlen also paid for the cost of ads in local newspapers to create awareness of the nonprofit. And when the group decided to support “Real change, not spare charge,” to discourage panhandlers, he paid for banners that were strategically placed in the community.
Each year Michael and The Edlen Team give a certain percentage of the commission from the sale or purchase of homes he represents to the charity of the client’s choosing. Though he prefers to keep it local, the decision is his client’s.
An anonymous client asked that a donation go to PPTFH recently, and volunteers at that nonprofit asked if Edlen would consider matching it.
Klopper wrote: “The timing was critical, as PPTFH had received a Matching Grant Challenge with a June 1st deadline in its quest to raise the funds to pay for a Clinical Case Manager.”
Edlen, who became a realtor in 1986, agreed.
Before the Business Improvement District was formed, Edlen helped pay for the Chrysalis team to keep the trash picked up and sidewalks clean in the business area. He and his team have supported Meals on Wheels, the Los Angeles Firefighters Foundation, local schools, the Woman’s Club, PAPA (Palisades Americanism Parade Association), the Historical Society’s upcoming Centennial publication and numerous other nonprofits.
He moved to the Palisades with wife Wendy in 1971 and told this editor in an earlier story, “We’ve always been strong believers in giving back to the community.”
After graduating from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in business administration, Edlen joined his family’s Westside business, which supplied curtains and drapes to mobile homes.
He retired at an early age and then took on consulting projects. “But I was working at home, and I wanted to get back with people,” he said.
Since 2007, Edlen has contributed 10 percent of his net commission income to any nonprofit group with a 501(c)3 classification.