ABOUT the Angels


Our mission is to enhance the money raised for charities and non-profits
through our fundraising and live auction strategies.

We provide passionate Cause Ambassadors to help inspire audiences,
promote awareness and increase donations for our charity partners.


Mellisa Nielsen has long been a one-woman secret weapon for Los Angeles-area charities and has become a well-known creative and charismatic force in the philanthropy world.

In 2003 Ms. Nielsen founded The Charity Angels, a full-service charity event enhancement firm which has helped raise money and awareness for non-profits across the country.

The Charity Angels team of 40 has, to date, raised more than $500 million for hundreds of charities, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Heart Foundation, FIDF, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Downtown Women's Center.

The Charity Angels’ effective and energetic business model captured national and international attention from media outlets including Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, and many others. 

After more than a decade of leading the fundraising, benefit planning and non-profit consulting for The Charity Angels, Ms. Nielsen has taken her gifts as a rainmaker to a new level, with certification as a Licensed Benefit Auctioneer.

Showcasing her signature brand of humor and heart, Nielsen’s  talent as a Benefit    
Auctioneer creates entertaining crowd-dazzle to produce talked-about events and                          happy audiences inspired to give more generously.


-    The Matthew Silverman Memorial Foundation, 2013- Current: Board Member
-    Healgrief, 2014- Current: Board Member
-    Scott Medlock & Robby Krieger Invitational benefiting St Jude, 2008- Current   
-    Healthy Tots Foundation, 2015:  Advisory Committee

Bonnie Zavala, Partner, Charity Angels, LLC

Ms. Zavala is no stranger to giving back to the community, with a philanthropic heart, at the young age of 8 years old, Ms. Zavala created “NIT” New Ideas Today, bringing recycling to her neighborhood.

Ms Zavala’s introduction to Charity Angels, LLC was a gala fundraiser in Los Angeles, CA in 2014. She quickly became the top fundraiser performer earning Charity Angel of the Year two years in a row.

With over 16 years experience, and 1,000+ charity events both domestically and internationally, Ms. Zavala brings a wealth of knowledge to Charity Angels,LLC from forming non-profits, producing, staffing, and fostering strategic relationships from both private and non-profit sectors.

A successful business woman with her own consulting firm for the private sector; being partner of Charity Angels is putting her passion for philanthropy and expertise to work.

Volunteer work: Ms. Zavala’s philanthropy is woven in life by giving back by extensive volunteer work for non-profits such as the Dream Builders Project, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Downtown Women’s Center and many others.

Bilingual: English/Spanish


-    Matthew Silverman Memorial Foundation
-    Yesi Soccer
-    St Judes Children’s Hospital





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