Charity Angels, a Los Angeles company, is changing the way benefit events get staffed. Instead of relying on volunteers or event planners, nonprofits hire the Charity Angels crew.

Pictured, founder Mellisa Nielsen (left) and ­Lindsey Palumbo ­encouraging ­donations at the ­Pencils for Kids ­fundraiser.

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Charity Angels, a Los Angeles company, is changing the way benefit events get staffed. Instead of relying on volunteers or event planners, nonprofits hire the Charity Angels crew.

Pictured, founder Mellisa Nielsen (left) and ­Lindsey Palumbo ­encouraging ­donations at the ­Pencils for Kids ­fundraiser.

Photograph by Angie Smith For Bloomberg Businessweek

The Giving Girls

Fundraisers-for-Hire
Fundraisers-for-Hire

Charity Angels, a Los Angeles company, is changing the way benefit events get staffed. Instead of relying on volunteers or event planners, nonprofits hire the Charity Angels crew.

Pictured, founder Mellisa Nielsen (left) and ­Lindsey Palumbo ­encouraging ­donations at the ­Pencils for Kids ­fundraiser.

Photograph by Angie Smith For Bloomberg Businessweek
"Cause Ambassadors"
"Cause Ambassadors"

“We’re cause ambassadors,” says Nielsen (right), with Palumbo at the Pencils for Kids charity golf tournament.

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Angel Appeal
Angel Appeal

Nielsen gets a kiss from a donor.

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Golf Uniform
Golf Uniform

The Angels make $300 to work 10 hours at a golf tournament (uniform: pink top, white skirt). Pictured, Palumbo and Nielsen.

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Honorary Angel
Honorary Angel

Nielsen bestows an “Honorary Charity Angels” pin.

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Raffle Sales
Raffle Sales

Palumbo, Nielsen, and donor Tom Campbell selling raffle tickets at the Peace 4 Animals Red Carpet Fundraiser.

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Dressed for Success
Dressed for Success

Charity Angels, in black cocktail dresses, mingle with guests.

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Spin Wheel
Spin Wheel

The Charity Angels Instant Spin Wheel works its magic.

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Evening Gala
Evening Gala

For a five-hour evening gala, the Angels make $150.

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