Iger Bay Foundation: Los Angeles Grants

OVERVIEW: The Iger Bay Foundation supports education, youth, the arts and other causes in the Los Angeles area.

IP TAKE: This funder prioritizes grantmaking in the Los Angeles area. The foundation does not have a website, and provides no clear guidelines for grant seekers.

PROFILE: The Iger Bay Foundation is the charitable organization of Walt Disney Company CEO Robert Iger and his wife, television journalist Willow Bay. Iger grew up in New York and attended Ithaca College. In the 1970s, he joined ABC. Today, Iger serves as chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company. Willow Bay is a veteran television journalist, digital news editor, and director of Annenberg School of Journalism at University of Southern California.

In a past year, the foundation held over $12.4 million in assets and made grants of around $2.1 million.

Education is a funding priority. Past grantees include Campbell Hall in North Hollywood, Center for Early Education, a private primary school located in West Hollywood (which received $525,000 in the most recent fiscal year), City Year Los Angeles, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, UCLA Foundation, Communities in the Schools of Los Angeles, and Loyola Law School.

The foundation also supports programs for Los Angeles youth, families and adults. It supports Exceptional Children's Foundation in Culver City whose mission is to "provide the highest quality services for children and adults who are challenged with developmental, learning and emotional disabilities," and Baby2Baby, which "provides low-income children ages 0-12 with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves," and Young Eisner Scholars, a nonprofit "that levels the educational playing field for promising children in our under-served communities." 

The arts is another funding priority. Willow is a vice chair of the board of LACMA, which recently received a $433,333 grant. Iger and Willow have supported Academy Foundation.

In health, the Igers have funded Women's Guild Cedars-Sinai. Outside Los Angeles, the couple has steadily supported Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, an organization Willow has been involved with since the early 1990s.

Finally, the foundation supports human services. Past grantees include Homeboy Industries, "the largest and most successful gang rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world," and the Rape Foundation, among others.


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The Iger Bay Foundation does not provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with the couple but below is an address

Iger Bay Foundation

601 Delaware Ave., 2nd Fl.

Wilmington, DE 19801