At just 25 years old, Jennifer Lawrence has catapulted to superstardom, starting from her critically lauded role in the indie hit Winter's Bone in 2010, to carrying the global The Hunger Games franchise and taking home an Oscar for The Silver Linings Playbook. The Hunger Games has been especially lucrative for J-Law: In 2015, she made $52 million, according to Forbes, earnings higher than any other actress in the biz. What's more, Lawrence also takes home supplemental funds from a lucrative contract as the face of Dior.
The Hollywood star was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, and her work through the recently established Jennifer Lawrence Foundation has focused on her homestate. Her foundation is involved with youth outfits such as St. Mary’s Center, a "non-denominational agency (that) serves over 150 adults and teens with intellectual disabilities from the Louisville Metro area," and West End School, a free, private, college preparatory elementary and middle school for at-risk young men in Louisville.
Lawrence also talks about her work with Bellewood Home for Children, a nonprofit agency that cares for abused, neglected and homeless youth in Kentucky. J-Law says the Bellewood community has been close to her family for "generations"—her grandfather was Santa Claus during Christmas and her aunt taught horseback riding there.
Now, Kentucky's most famous daughter has just announced a $2 million gift from the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation to establish the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. The new intensive care unit will "feature private rooms dedicated to children recovering from heart procedures, open heart surgery, including heart transplant, heart failure and other conditions requiring intensive care. The new 14-bed unit will offer space for families to stay with their children."
As well, Lawrence is challenging the community to raise an additional $2 million. “My family and I have met so many wonderful children on our visits to the hospital," she said. "Their strength and courage is inspiring... I challenge everyone to give whatever they can to raise an additional $2 million to help.”
Despite being pulled away to Hollywood, it's clear that Lawrence has prioritized her homestate and its children in her developing philanthropy. Her work and concern for others is admirable in someone so young. But this is exactly one of the reasons why we started our Glitzy Giving vertical: to profile Hollywood's top earners, many of whom are amassing wealth like never before. Lawrence has also revealed herself to be a strong and intelligent voice within the movie industry—she's one of several prominent actors who have drawn attention to the gender pay gap in Hollywood.