About Ritchie Geisel

Ritchie was the only member of his Stanford Business School class who had his eye (and heart) on the nonprofit sector. A graduate of Princeton University, he has spent his career in the education, human services and animal welfare fields, including 25 years as CEO of several nonprofit organizations. Ritchie has been Heaven on Earth’s board chair since 2004, and also became its unpaid executive director after retiring from Bienvenidos Children’s Center in 2016. He and his wife, Pamela, are parents to 5 rescue cats: Bravo, Abby, and Heaven on Earth alums Fiyero, Ruby and Dilly.

Highlights from The 2016 Heaven on Earth Gala

The sixth Heaven on Earth Gala, celebrating The Perry MacFarlane Legacy, was a spectacular success, raising a record $180,000, which represents 30% of our 2016 operating budget.

By | November 3rd, 2016|Heaven on Earth Gala, Latest News, Perry's Place|

Perry’s Place opens to the public!

On April 29, we held a formal rededication to celebrate opening the Perry MacFarlane Sanctuary to the public! This milestone was made possible by the tireless efforts of our dedicated staff and volunteers, as well as the extraordinary support of Best Friends, and will enable Heaven on Earth to save even more lives in the years ahead. […]

By | May 4th, 2016|Latest News, Perry's Place|

Amazing success with No Cat Left Behind

Three and a half years after it began, our No Cat Left Behind campaign ended with a flourish on December 31, 2015. In its final month, more than 80 individual donors responded to our gift matching challenge, donating $16,705 in year-end gifts, which my wife and I matched dollar-for-dollar. Since the campaign’s inception on July 1, 2012, we were able to raise nearly $1.9 million in gifts and pledges! […]

By | January 27th, 2016|Latest News, Perry's Place|

The Year in Review and a Look Ahead

2015 began with a purr but ended with a roar! What follows are highlights from a year that gained momentum and ultimately resulted in more lives saved than ever before. […]

By | December 28th, 2015|Latest News, Perry's Place|

Seth MacFarlane Sings to Benefit Perry’s Place

130 guests were treated to a memorable concert by Seth MacFarlane last month that raised more than $14,000 to support our cats at Perry’s Place. The sellout crowd at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill in the Hollywood Hills enjoyed dinner and the music of the Ron Jones Influence Jazz Orchestra before Seth performed a number of his favorite songs. […]

By | December 14th, 2015|Events, Perry's Place|

2015 Gala Honors Three Heroes Among Us and Raises $96,000 for Perry’s Place

At this year’s Heroes Among Us gala, 200 guests joined together at The Garland to celebrate our lifesaving mission and honor three unsung heroes in Los Angeles animal rescue. […]

By | November 2nd, 2015|Events, Heaven on Earth Gala, Latest News|