Gary Magness Family Foundation: Los Angeles Grants

OVERVIEW: Film producer Gary Magness and family make grants through the Gary Magness Family Foundation, whose Los Angeles grantmaking supports health, human services, and education, among other causes.

IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low profile and does not accept unsolicited proposals.  

PROFILE: Film producer Gary Magness is on the Forbes billionaire list. His wife Sarah Siegel-Magness, runs the couple's film company, Smokewood Entertainment, which produced such hits as Precious. The couple lives in Denver but also has a home in Los Angeles.

Gary Magness and family conduct their philanthropy through the Gary Magness Family Foundation. The foundation keeps a low profile and does not accept unsolicited proposals. Los Angeles grantmaking interests include education, health, human services, and more.

In a past year, the foundation made around $1.3 million in grants. Magness and Sarah recently made a $1.5 million donation to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles toward a full-time certified music therapist to assist patients recovering from life-threatening illnesses. The family has also supported Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, and HollyRod Foundation, which provides "medical, physical, and emotional support to individuals living with Parkinson's Disease as well as families of children with autism.”

Other grantees have included The Eva Longria Foundation, Art of Elysium, andAlliance for Children’s Rights.


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Gary Magness Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue to get in touch with the family but below is an address

Gary Magness Family Foundation
1200 17th St., Ste. 660
Denver, CO 80202