OVERVIEW: The Katie McGrath & JJ Abrams Family Foundation prioritizes grantmaking in Los Angeles, where grants have supported education, policy, human services, and more.
IP TAKE: The foundation does not have a website, and provides no clear guidelines for grant seekers seeking to get in touch with J.J. Abrams and his wife Katie. The couple has a lot of different interest areas.
PROFILE: The Katie McGrath & JJ Abrams Family Foundation was established by Hollywood mogul J.J. Abrams and his wife, PR executive wife Katie McGrath. Grantmaking prioritizes the Los Angeles area, where the couple lives. In the most recent tax records available, the foundation held around $12 million in assets and made grants of around $5 million.
Education is one of the foundation’s funding priorities in the Los Angeles area. The foundation has supported Harvey Mudd College in suburban Los Angeles, L.A.'s Promise, a nonprofit "working to improve schools & empower neighborhoods in some of the most disenfranchised communities in L.A.," Panorama City High School, City Year Los Angeles, First School in Santa Monica, Los Angeles Leadership Academy, and Los Angeles Fund for Public Education, among others. It has also supported youth organizations such as Gabriella Foundation, whose mission is to "transform the lives of underserved youth in Los Angeles through high-quality dance instruction," and Diamond in the RAW in Culver City, "devoted to empowering and transforming the lives of foster care and at-risk teen girls."
The arts is another grantmaking interest of Abrams and Katie in Los Angeles. The foundation has supported Unusual Suspects Theatre Company and Women in Film. In health, meanwhile, it has made grants to organizations such as AIDS Walk L.A., the Saban Free Clinic, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, which received a $250,000 grant.
Grants in Los Angeles also support a number of Los Angeles organizations working in policy and to achieve equity including California Calls, "a growing alliance of grassroots, community-based organizations," Advancement Project, California Calls, "a growing alliance of grassroots, community-based organizations," Liberty Hill Foundation, an L.A. based organization which has a social justice mission, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), and Bend the Arc, which "engages people and communities throughout the United States in creating economic opportunity and promoting social justice."
The couple also has an interest in human services in Los Angeles, and support organizations such as OPCC, a "Santa Monica based social services agency providing housing programs and supportive services," and Homeboy Industries, which provides "hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community." Other grantees include environmental organizations such as Heal the Bay and Environmental Media Association (EMA), cofounded by Norman and Lyn Lear and Alan and Cindy Horn. It is worth noting, however, that a component of this philanthropy also involves the state of Maine, where Katie is from.
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Katie McGrath & JJ Abrams Family Foundation
16000 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 900
Encino, CA 91436