OVERVIEW: The Katie McGrath & JJ Abrams Family Foundation focuses on Los Angeles, where grants have gone for education, policy, human services, and more.
FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Arts, Health, Human Services, Equity & Policy,
IP TAKE: Recently established, this foundation doesn't have much of a web presence or provide a clear avenue for getting in touch with J.J. Abrams and his wife Katie. The couple has a lot of different interest areas.
PROFILE: Hollywood mogul J.J. Abrams and his wife, PR executive wife Katie McGrath, recently established a charitable vehicle, the Katie McGrath & JJ Abrams Family Foundation. Grantmaking focuses on the Los Angeles area, where the couple lives. In the most recent tax records available, the foundation held around $2.4 million in assets and gave away around $1.7 million.
One interest in the Los Angeles area is education. The foundation has recently 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. Support has also gone to youth outfits 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."
Another interest of Abrams and Katie in Los Angeles is the arts. Recent support has gone to Unusual Suspects Theatre Company and Women in Film. In health, meanwhile, funds have gone to outfits such as AIDS Walk L.A., the Saban Free Clinic, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, which received a $250,000 grant in 2013.
Grants in Los Angeles have also gone to a number of Los Angeles outfits 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 outfit 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 recent support has gone to outfits 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." Funds have also gone to environmental outfits such as Heal the Bay and Environmental Media Association (EMA), cofounded by Norman and Lyn Lear and Alan and Cindy Horn. It's worth noting however that a component of this philanthropy also involves the state of Maine, where Katie is from.
Assorted sums have also gone to outfits such as Greater Los Angeles Zoo Foundation, Los Angeles Police Foundation, Santa Monica PAL, and KPCC - Southern California Public Radio.
- Katie McGrath, President & Director
- Jeffrey J. Abrams, Secretary, Treasurer, Director
- Rebecca Rottenberg Goldman, Executive Director