Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, is now engaged in philanthropy, along with his gig overseeing the entertainment giant's global filmmaking, music, television, digital and other businesses. The 55-year-old Lynton has held top positions in Hollywood and beyond over the years, including chairman and CEO of Pearson PLC's Penguin Group, and president of AOL International and Time Warner International. It's unclear exactly how much Lynton is worth, but his salary has been estimated at $3 million, not including bonuses.
The Lynton Foundation was established in 1993, and focuses its giving on New York. While the foundation doesn't have a website or a clear way to get in touch, here are a few must-knows:
1. The Foundation Has An Interest in Education
Recent funds out of the Lynton Foundation have gone to Lynton's alma mater, Harvard University, where he sits on the board of overseers. In 2013, a $25,000 grant went to the university. Lynton has also supported Yale, Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. On the K-12 front, the foundation has funded East Harlem Tutorial Program, a "nonprofit group which offers youngsters individualized tutoring in reading, writing, math, science, and computers." In 2013, East Harlem Tutorial Program received $325,000 from the Lynton Foundation. Other support has gone to KIPP in Chicago.
Lynton's wife Jamie, who's from Chicago, is the founder and executive editor of LA School Report, which was launched in 2012 to "help inform the public about the inner workings of the Los Angeles Unified school district." Interestingly enough, Lynton Foundation money of late has gone mostly toward K-12 efforts in New York, but perhaps there's other philanthropy that involves Los Angeles that we cannot track.
2. Funds Have Also Gone to Human Services and Human Rights
The Lynton Foundation has recently supported Goddard Riverside Community Center, "one of New York City’s leading human service organizations," whose program areas include children, youth and families, homeless people, older adults, and advocacy and tenant assistance. Funds have also gone to Human Rights Watch, Sanctuary for Families, "dedicated to the safety, healing and self-determination of victims of domestic violence and related forms of gender violence," CARE, and Volunteers of Legal Service, which "provides pro bono legal assistance to the city’s neediest residents."
3. Lynton Funds Health Outfits and Others
The foundation supports Planned Parenthood, Peer Health Exchange, Mental Health Association and a few health outfits in the sububs of New York City, such as White Plains Hospital. Money has also gone to Thirteen WNET in New York, and the United States Japan Foundation, among other organizations.
It was recently reported that Lynton and Jamie were planning to move to New York. While the foundation maintains a New York emphasis, future sites of grantmaking may include Los Angeles and Chicago.
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