Iger Bay Foundation: Los Angeles Grants

OVERVIEW: The Iger Bay Foundation is the charitable vehicle of Walt Disney Company CEO Robert Iger and his wife, television journalist Willow Bay. Los Angeles is an important site of the couple's philanthropy. Iger and Bay support education, youth, the arts and other causes in the Los Angeles area.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, Youth, Health, Arts, Human Services

IP TAKE: The foundation doesn't have much of a web presence, or a clear way to get in touch.

PROFILE: Robert A. 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.

The couple's charitable vehicle, the Iger Bay Foundation, appears to be recently minted, with only a few years of tax records available. In the most recent form 990 available, the foundation held some $6.6 million in assets and gave away around $1.7 million. The outfit flies under the radar, with no clear avenue of contact. However, a review of reported giving shows Iger Bay Foundation heavily supporting Los Angeles grantees.

Education is a major interest. Recent 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 couple has also supported programs for Los Angeles youth, families and adults. They've recently funded 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 couple is also engaged with the arts. Willow is a vice chair of the board of LACMA, which recently received a $433,333 grant. Iger and Willow have also funded 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 outfit Willow has been involved with since the early 1990s.

The couple also earmarks funds for human services. They've supported 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