A Few Things to Know About Ron Howard's Philanthropy

Oscar-winning Director Ron Howard got his start in the business as a child actor. Over the years, Howard has directed such movies as Apollo 13, which was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won two, and A Beautiful Mind, for which he won Best Director. Howard and his wife Cheryl also have a philanthropic vehicle called the Ron and Cheryl Howard Family Foundation. The foundation's giving supports a variety of causes with no clear area privileged. Sums tend to be modest. The foundation makes a number of grants under $1,000 annually and it's rare that a grant exceeds $50,000.

Here's a few things to know about this funder:

1. The Foundation Supports Arts and Culture

Given Howard's background, it's no surprise that arts and culture, particularly film, has received support. Sums have gone to NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Tribeca Film Institute, Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, and Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) in Westchester County, New York. JBFC is a nonprofit with “a dual mission of independent film exhibition and 21st century education.” Howard has been a member of the outfit since it opened in 2001 and served on the board since 2011. Money has also gone to NPR and PEN America Center.

2. Global Development is Another Interest

Support has recently gone to Finca, a "global nonprofit microfinance institution serving low-income entrepreneurs in developing countries." Sums have also gone to V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls, Happy Books Zimbabwe, Central Africa Building Society, a building society in Zimbabwe, and the Fistula Foundation, which funds obstetric fistula treatment in Africa and Asia.

3. Assorted Sums Have Gone Elsewhere

In the environment, money has gone to outfits such as NRDC, Conservation International, and Outer Bank Conservationists. A component of the couple's philanthropy also involves military and first responders. Assorted sums have gone to the Armed Forces Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation, which honors "veterans, first responders, their families and those in need."

It's also worth noting that some of the foundation's largest sums in recent years have gone to the Robin Hood Foundation, with more than $50,000 going to the New York City anti-poverty outfit in 2013, and $20,000 going to the outfit in 2011. These aren't overwhelming sums, but again, a lot of the Howard Foundation's grants of late are around $1,000.

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