The Real Detroit Giver: A Quick Look At Eminem's Philanthropy

Marshall Mathers, aka Eminem or the Real Slim Shady, rose from a troubled midwestern upbringing to become a storied and successful, if controversial, rapper. Eminem linked up with executive producer Dr. Dre to record 2000's "The Marshall Mathers LP," considered the fastest-selling album in rap history. For his efforts, Eminem's net worth is estimated at $190 million by some sources.

In 2002, Eminem founded a charity that bears his birth name—the Marshall Mathers Foundation—through which he provides assistance to disadvantaged and at-risk youth, primarily in Detroit and surrounding communities. Of late, the foundation has given away under $200,000 to a select batch of organizations.

Eminem via his foundation has supported places like the Horatio Williams Foundation, which provides educational and athletic support to Detroit metro youth, Excellence for Detroit, which prepares youth for college, Michigan State University, and Life Ties, which helps youth in crisis.

The rapper is also interested in health and human services organizations in Detroit and has helped fund places like Wolverine Human Services, South Oakland Shelter in Michigan, Michigan AIDS Coalition, Gleaners Community Food Bank, Henry Ford Health System, Families Against Narcotics, and Common House, which provides a lifeline for individuals and families in crisis, victims of crime, persons with mental illness, and people coping with critical situations.

Eminem also gives support to arts organizations. It's worth noting that apart from his charity, Eminem may have other more direct avenues of giving, and some important gifts may be missing from this rundown. The rapper is only in his 40s, with sizable wealth to tap, so he should be watched for greater giving down the line, particularly in the Motor City. For a full overview of this funder, reader our Eminem profile, linked below.

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