Chartwell Charitable Foundation: Los Angeles Area Grants

OVERVIEW: Media mogul Jerry Perenchio and his wife Margaret's Chartwell Charitable Foundation gives mainly in Los Angeles. They have also given outside the foundation, often anonymously. 

FUNDING AREAS: Arts, Education, Health

IP TAKE: Perenchio is rather private, doing much of his giving anonymously. But a good amount of money is moving out of Chartwell every year, especially for the arts. 

PROFILE:  Jerry Perenchio was born in Fresno, California and relocated to Los Angeles to attend UCLA. After graduating in 1954, he served in the U.S. Air Force for three years and then started his entertainment career as a talent agent at MCA. He was later involved in creating popular shows such as Maude, All in the Family, and Diff'rent Strokes and went on to co-promote the Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fight as well as the Bobby Riggs/Billie Jean King "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match. In 1992, he purchased Univision Communications and sold his stake in 2007 for $1.3 billion. Currently Perenchio is worth around $2.7 billion.

Named after an agency he started, Chartwell Charitable Foundation is directed by Perenchio and his wife Margaret, a painter, who has painted the likes of Luciano Pavarotti. The couple is deep into art collection and are said to own at least 47 works valued at $500 million. The normally private Perenchio stepped into the spotlight at the end of 2014 when he announced that he would be bequeathing his art collection to LACMA, provided that the museum make good on a new building. The Perenchios have been giving to LACMA for years, much of it anonymously, so this public gift stands out. Some money has also gone to LACMA through Chartwell. 

The couple has also funded various other art outfits in Los Angeles including Geffen Playhouse, where Perenchio was a founding Trustee, as well as Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, MoCA, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Outside of Los Angeles, some of New York's Museum Mile institutions have seen support. The couple has also given large sums to American Film Institute, which is unsurprising given Perenchio's long and successful career in film and television.

The couple's education philanthropy focuses on a few select schools in Los Angeles including the all-girls private school, the Marlborough School, and Loyola High School. Sums have also gone to Perenchio's alma mater, UCLA, and have gone towards music education outfits such as P.S. Arts in Santa Monica.

In health, the couple has given to a few Los Angeles area hospitals including Cedars-Sinai, Women's Cancer Research Fund, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Foundation, and various health outfits under the UCLA umbrella. The couple doesn't seem to be partial towards a particular cause, however, and grantmaking in this area rarely exceeds $50,000 annually.

Finally, Perenchio is politically active, and sits on the board of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation in Simi Valley. He’s given at least $50 million to various political campaigns, including supporting Former Governor Schwarzenegger and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

The Chartwell Charitable Foundation doesn't have a website or any way for grantseekers to get in touch beyond snail mail. 


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