Major fortunes have emerged from the entertainment and media industry in recent decades, and many top figures in this sector are engaged in philanthropy. Some have established professional grantmaking foundations with clear guidelines and application processes, but many have not, and connecting with these people can be difficult. 

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TOP DONORS

J.J. ABRAMS AND KATIE MCGRATH

The director/producer and his wife Katie McGrath have an active foundation that has given for education, policy, human services, the arts, and more.

ALAN AND ARLENE ALDA

Alda's foundation focuses on early childhood, youth development, violence prevention, and microenterprise organizations that serve the needs of women and families. Alda also has an interest in making science more accessible to the general public. 

ISABEL ALLENDE

The author's foundation primarily supports nonprofits in California and Chile that provide vulnerable women and children with access to reproductive rights, healthcare, education and protection from violence.

HERB AND LANI ALPERT

Music legend Alpert has been a major supporter of music education for the past two decades through the Herb Alpert Foundation, but has also supported other causes in the arts and human services. 

DAVID BALDACCI

The bestselling author has long focused his philanthropy on supporting family and adult literacy across the country.

ALEC AND HILARIA BALDWIN

A steady giver with a foundation, Baldwin has a number of interests, including environmental causes, education, youth, health and more.

BOB BARKER

Barker's main focus is funding low-cost spay/neuter clinics and voucher programs to relieve animal overpopulation, but he also gives toward other animal-related work. 

BEYONCE KNOWLES-CARTER

Beyoncé's philanthropic efforts focus on girls and women, as well as poverty and other causes. 

STEVE BING

Bing doesn't have a foundation and is best known for his past political giving. But he's given millions for environmental causes and human services over the years. 

MICHAEL BOLTON

The longstanding foundation of the crooner focuses on at-risk women and children, including support to prevent domestic violence. 

BONO

While Bono is a leading voice for the world’s poor, particularly those in Africa, and donates a lot of time to philanthropic causes, it’s difficult to track his own personal giving. 

JIMMY BUFFETT

Buffett's charitable vehicle, Singing for Change, primarily funds projects that serve children and families, the environment and disenfranchised groups. 

JERRY BRUCKHEIMER

If Bruckheimer is giving, he’s doing so quietly. He’s hosted fundraisers and produced public service announcements for several organizations, but he hasn't yet turned to large-scale giving. 

STEPHEN AND GRETCHEN BURKE

Funding interests of the top television executive and his wife include education and youth, environment, arts and culture, health and human services. 

JAMES AND SUZY AMIS CAMERON

Cameron is passionate about the environment and exploration, and is just starting to build a foundation to support environmental causes in particular.

MARCY CARSEY

The TV producer has a foundation and a record of giving toward public policy issues and the media. 

GEORGE AND AMAL CLOONEY

While the movie star is best known for his work on Darfur, he's also been involved in other humanitarian and anti-poverty efforts. 

SEAN "DIDDY" COMBS

The music and fashion artist-businessman is a strong supporter of education and youth in his philanthropy. 

SARAH MILLER COULSON

The telecommunications business leader funds education, arts and culture, human services, environment and animals, and health. 

KATIE COURIC

Couric's charitable work has been shaped by family tragedy, which led her to co-found the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance in honor of her late husband.

MIKE AND LINDA CURB

The music producer and songwriter has heavily focused his philanthropy on higher education, particularly on university music and music industry programs. But he's given to other causes, too. 

JAMIE LEE CURTIS AND CHRISTOPHER GUEST

Curtis and husband Guest have supported education, the arts, health, and environmental causes, with Los Angeles as an important region of giving.

CLIVE DAVIS

The record producer has given to NYU for a music institute that bears his name. But health, particularly cancer research, is another interest. 

DORIS DAY

The Hollywood Golden Age actor is a pioneering activist for animal rights. Her foundation sends support nationwide in the form of modest grants.  

CAMERON DIAZ

Diaz moves her philanthropy through Begin Today For Tomorrow, a philanthropic vehicle that supports several causes. She funds health, global and environmental issues.

LEONARDO DICAPRIO

The movie star has a singular focus on the environment, and has been donating to environmental causes through the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation for more than 15 years.

BARRY DILLER AND DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

Diller and his wife, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, are active philanthropists who have given away tens of millions of dollars to a wide variety of charitable causes through their family foundation. 

CHARLES DOLAN

The cable television industry billionaire's funding interests include health (pancreatic research), human services, education and youth, arts and culture, and religion.  

KIRK AND ANNE DOUGLAS

The screen legend and his wife have an active foundation that supports various health projects, funds human services outfits and more. 

DR. DRE

The immensely successful recording artist, record label mogul, and audio electronics executive Dr. Dre (and business partner Jimmy Iovine) donated $70 million to the University of Southern California, among other giving. 

MICHAEL AND JANE EISNER

The former Disney chief has a robust foundation focusing primarily on the underserved children and elderly of Los Angeles County, but he's given to many other issues, as well. 

EMINEM

The rap musician-songwriter-producer funds education and youth, human services and health, and Detroit community causes.

GLORIA AND EMILIO ESTEFAN

The singer's philanthropy focuses on Miami, with health, human services, youth, and animal care outfits receiving support. 

FRANK AND LORENZO FERTITTA

The billionaire Fertitta brothers made their money through UFC fight promotion. Giving interests include education and youth, health, human services, arts and culture, and veterans. Las Vegas is a focus.

JANE FONDA

Fonda's interests include youth and education, adolescent reproductive health, human services, and the arts.

MICHAEL J. FOX

Fox established the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in 2000, which has become the largest and most recognizable funder of research toward treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

MORGAN FREEMAN

The actor's philanthropy focuses on Mississippi, where he resides, and grantmaking mainly involves support of education and the arts.

DAVID GEFFEN

Geffen is a major donor to LGBT and AIDS causes, and his foundation gives extensively to the L.A. area. But his biggest contributions have been to UCLA. 

ELIZABETH GEORGE

George's foundation makes artistic grants to unpublished fiction writers, poets, emerging playwrights and to organizations benefiting disadvantaged youth.

RICHARD GERE

The actor's activism and giving have been mainly focused on Tibet, with a few exceptions, including homelessness. 

KATHIE LEE GIFFORD

Gifford's philanthropy focuses on religious causes and institutions, children, health and more. 

BERRY GORDY

The Motown Records founder supports education and youth, arts and culture, health and human services.

JOHN AND RENEE GRISHAM

The philanthropy of the bestselling author mainly focuses on Mississippi and Virginia, but he's given some money to national justice groups and global causes. 

GUSTAVE AND RITA HAUSER

Cable and communications executive Hauser and his wife have shown funding interest in foreign affairs, education, arts and culture, and community causes.  

STEVE AND MARJORIE HARVEY

The TV and radio host and his wife fund work in children and youth, human services. 

ALAN AND CINDY HORN

The studio exec is best known for his environmental giving, but he backs education, the arts and other causes, too. 

AMOS AND BARBARA HOSTETTER

The cable TV billionaire funds arts, climate and clean energy, education, and global causes.

RON AND CHERYL HOWARD

The director and his wife Cheryl have a foundation, making modest grants that reflect a variety of interests, including the environment, global development and film.

HUGH HEFNER

Hef has been a philanthropist for decades, with a foundation that puts a special emphasis on supporting projects related to "First Amendment rights and rational sex and drug policies."

KATHERINE HEIGL

Katherine Heigl and her mother founded the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, whose aim is to "is to eliminate the needless suffering inflicted on animals by human cruelty, indifference and ignorance."

CATHERINE HUGHES AND ALFRED LIGGINS III

Hughes, the first African-American woman to chair a publialy held company founded the Radio One media giant and runs it with her son, Liggins. Their philanthropy has included gifts to education, and arts and culture.

ROBERT IGER AND WILLOW BAY

The Disney chief and his wife Willow Bay have a foundation that supports education, youth, and other areas. Health is another interest.

HUGH JACKMAN AND DEBORRA-LEE FURNESS

The actor and his wife Deborra-Lee have a family foundation and are very interested in children's welfare, including adoption, as well as the arts and global humanitarian concerns. 

SAMUEL AND LATANYA JACKSON

Top actor and film producer supports causes in health, education and youth, and African American arts and culture.  

ELTON JOHN

Most of Elton John’s charitable energy has gone into the Elton John AIDS Foundation, but he’s still found time to raise money for a variety of other causes.

SHEILA C. JOHNSON

Johnson supports arts, education, and youth. She's given particularly large sums to higher education, and some of this work supports arts education.

QUINCY JONES

The mega-successful music producer and film/TV composer has amassed a long history of support for humanitarian and youth causes, and arts education. 

ANGELINA JOLIE

Jolie and her ex, Brad Pitt, have donated around $30 million through their foundation over the past decade, mostly to health, education, conservation and sustainable development efforts. 

JON BON JOVI

The rock star's philanthropy focuses on housing and poverty issues in his home state of New Jersey. 

LILLY TARTIKOFF KARATZ

Tartikoff Karatz devotes much of her time and energy to raising funds for cancer research.

JEFFREY AND MARILYN KATZENBERG

Katzenberg’s giving is extremely well rounded, though he's been especially interested in health-related issues, particularly AIDS, and organizations that work on behalf of children. 

RYAN KAVANAUGH

The film financier/producer and founder of Relativity Media gives to causes in children and education, animals, medical research, and Jewish causes.  

LIYA KEBEDE

The Ethiopian-born supermodel and her foundations are active in maternity health and global development, with particular interest in Africa.

SIDNEY KIMMEL

The film producer is best known for his major giving toward cancer research, but he has also given heavily for the arts and education. 

STEPHEN AND TABITHA KING

The horror writer's philanthropy focuses on the state of Maine, giving to libraries, higher education and health. 

SIDNEY KNAFEL

The cable television businessman funds education and youth, environment, arts and culture, and health causes.

DEAN AND GERDA KOONTZ

This bestselling author tends to keep his philanthropy close to home in Orange County, California. He supports charities that serve critically ill children and people with severe disabilities.

EMERIL AND ALDEN LAGASSE

The celebrity chef and restaurateur and his wife Alden focus their philanthropy on children's education, wellness and arts.  

NORMAN AND LYN LEAR

Lear and his wife Lyn give to a range of causes, with interests in civil liberties, education, arts, media, and more. 

DAVID LETTERMAN

Letterman's philanthropic interests include education, global development and humanitarian efforts, and local causes, mainly in Indiana and Montana

JAY AND MAVIS LENO

Leno and his wife Mavis have interests in education, women's rightsanimals and more. But public grantmaking has been modest so far. 

JENNIFER LOPEZ

The Lopez Family Foundation supports increasing the availability of quality health care and health education for women and children.

GEORGE LUCAS AND MELLODY HOBSON

Lucas has long been a major supporter of education, and funds an organization in this area, though lately, he’s been focused on building the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum.

RICHARD LUMPKIN

Lumpkin, a telecommunications executive, supports environmental causes, health, education, and the arts. His giving has a strong regional focus on East Central Illinois. 

DAVID LYNCH

Lynch's giving is laser-focused on transcendental meditation, which he believes is a powerful tool that can transform education, positively impact on people's lives, and ultimately lead to world peace.

MICHAEL AND JAMIE LYNTON

Lynton and his wife Jamie mainly fund schools in the Northeast, but they have given for human services, health, and other causes.

MADONNA

Madonna's Ray of Light Foundation supports organizations around the world working to promote peace, equal rights and education for all.

GARY MAGNESS AND SARAH SIEGEL-MAGNESS

Important sites of giving are Los Angeles and Denver. Causes include human services and health, education and youth, arts and culture, environment, and global needs.

JOHN AND LESLIE MALONE

The media mogul gives mainly to higher education, programs for gifted K–12 students and conservation. 

STEVE MARTIN

Through his charitable foundation, Martin mainly gives for arts and culture, but also supports the environment and health.

LOWRY AND PEGGY MAYS

The giving of the Clear Channel co-founder is quite diverse, mostly focused locally in Texas. 

PAUL MCCARTNEY

McCartney is known primarily for his support of animal rights and environmental organizations, though he’s also championed a number of humanitarian causes, and supports charities that fight cancer.

RED AND CHARLINE MCCOMBS

The Clear Channel co-founder and his wife focus their giving in Texas. They give major amounts to higher ed, but also to arts and culture, and human services and health.

MATTHEW AND CAMILA MCCONAUGHEY

The actor's foundation is focused on youth well-being and fitness. It also funds health causes. 

VINCENT AND LINDA MCMAHON

The wrestling promoter and his wife Linda provide support for youth and women, focusing mainly in Connecticut; they also fund human services outfits and health.

LORNE AND ALICE MICHAELS

This successful television producer/writer has interests in education, health and more. Giving tends to be focused on New York City and the greater Northeast.

BETTE MIDLER

Midler gives to the environment and civic space, arts and culture, health, education, human services and humanitarian causes.

JERRY AND ANN MOSS

The former music mogul gives away a million or more every year through the Moss Foundation, spreading his money out pretty evenly among a number of causes, including health, education and the environment.

JAMES AND KATHRYN MURDOCH

Murdoch launched the Quadrivium Foundation with his wife Kathryn in 2013, endowing it with nearly $10 million in assets. They've set their sights on a variety of causes, most notably the environment.

RUPERT MURDOCH

Media mogul Murdoch has long been criticized for his lack of philanthropy, but his massive fortune has to go somewhere eventually.

SAMUEL IRVING NEWHOUSE, JR. 

The media mogul oversees a foundation engaged in substantial giving, with a range of interests that include higher ed, the arts, health, and human services. 

BILL O'REILLY

Funding interests have included education and youth, health, veterans and soldiers, religious, human services and humanitarian causes.  

MO OSTIN

The former Warner Bros. Records executive has a foundation that's given to various causes over the years, with money going to UCLA, the arts, and more. 

RICHARD AND LAURA PARSONS

The family's philanthropy focuses on New York City and the northeast, with education and the arts receiving high priority.

JAMES PATTERSON

Novelist James B. Patterson's philanthropy focuses on youth reading and literacy, supporting libraries, reading programs and bookstores. 

TYLER PERRY

Perry's foundation aims to transform "tragedy into triumph by empowering economically disadvantaged youth, seniors, and families to overcome adversity by achieving a better quality of life."

BRAD PITT

Brad Pitt took the lead creating an organization to help rebuild New Orleans, and has been outspoken on marriage equality.

ROBERT AND VERONIQUE CHOA PITTMAN

The founder of MTV and his wife give steadily through a family foundation for a number of causes, including poverty and the environment. 

STEVEN AND TINA PRICE

The family is active in the New York area Jewish community; Price serves on several key boards. Education and policy are other interests.

WOLFGANG PUCK

Puck is involved in food and hunger groups, and supports health and Jewish causes.

SUMNER REDSTONE

Much of Redstone’s giving is directed toward health-related causes. He also has a particular interest in helping children, based on the organizations he chooses to fund, whether they are working at a local or a global level.

ROB AND MICHELE REINER

Reiner uses his Hollywood status to speak out and raise money for issues he cares about. He's been most active in early childhood education, but his interests include a wide array of issues.

LIONEL RICHIE

The singer-songwriter has funded veterans causes, and health and human services.

BRIAN AND AILEEN ROBERTS

The Comcast CEO and his wife Aileen have given mostly to schools with ties to the family, but have also been involved in medical research efforts.  

NORA ROBERTS

The bestselling author oversees an involved grantmaking operation with a with a primary focus on supporting literacy. It also supports children's programs, arts organizations, and humanitarian efforts.

RALPH ROBERTS

The Comcast founder and his wife support dozens of arts and community organizations, mainly in the Philadelphia area.

RICK ROSENTHAL AND NANCY STEPHENS

The director-producer of TV and film gives to arts and culture, health and medical research, education, environment and animals, global, women, and progressive causes.

DIANA ROSS

The legendary singer has funded arts and culture causes, and health and human services. 

HAIM AND CHERYL SABAN

Saban and his wife Cheryl have given millions for Jewish causes, hospitals, and women's empowerment, as well as the Los Angeles community. 

CAROLE BAYER SAGER AND BOB DALY

Funding interests include arts and culture, Los Angeles community, and youth. Los Angeles is an important site of giving.

MARCUS SAMUELSSON

Chef and restaurateur Samuelsson directs a lot of his philanthropy into food, careers in the culinary profession, youth, and global causes. The health and well-being of people in Ethiopia, where he was born, is a focus.

SUSAN SARANDON

The progressive actress backs outfits working in areas such as women's rights and civil liberties, but has other interests, too. 

M. NIGHT AND BHAVNA SHYAMALAN

Domestic interests involve education reform in Philadelphia. Globally, efforts focus on livelihood opportunities, education, food and water access, and agricultural projects in Africa, India, and Central America.

RUSSELL SIMMONS

Simmons supports efforts to combat slavery and sex trafficking, encourage young people to vote, and fight poverty in New York City. Arts education programming is another top cause.

PAUL SIMON

Simon is a longstanding supporter of children's health issues, but has also raised funds for groups such as amfAR, the Nature Conservancy and Autism Speaks.

WILL AND JADA PINKETT SMITH

Along with his wife Jada, Smith supports education, health and social justice. Climate change is also an interest. 

EDWARD W. SNOWDON JR.

Snowdon, through his foundation, primarily funds arts and LGBT causes. Another interest is human services.

IAN SOMEHALDER

The Vampire Diaries star has a foundation that mainly focuses on the environment and animals. 

STEVEN SPIELBERG

Spielberg does much philanthropy anonymously, making it hard to track. He has contributed to a wide range of causes, however, most notably Jewish causes and health-related issues.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

Through his Thrill Hill Foundation, Springsteen's giving mainly focuses on human services and anti-poverty efforts. 

DANIELLE STEEL

Steel lost her son to mental illness, which is her main cause. But she's also given to address homelessness. 

STING AND TRUDIE STYLER

Much of Sting’s passion and giving has gone to the Rainforest Foundation and Rainforest Fund, which he and his wife Trudie Styler founded in 1989. But some gifts have gone to other causes. 

BARBRA STREISAND

Through her foundation, Streisand gives quite a few grants annually in a number of areas, including to a number of progressive organizations. 

MERYL STREEP AND DONALD GUMMER

Streep has been an active philanthropist for decades, with a foundation and interests in arts and culture, education, women, and more. 

STEVE TISCH

The film producer and New York Giants chairman gives to education, arts and media, youth, health and human services, and Jewish causes. 

ALEX AND JEAN TREBEK

Education, arts and culture, health and human services. What are this Jeopardy host's giving interests?

DONALD TRUMP

His foundation gives modestly to health-related causes, as well as human services and other causes in New York City. 

TED TURNER

Turner supports environmental causes, famously giving a $1 billion gift to create the United Nations Foundation, and $250 million to the Nuclear Threat Initiative. Despite big giving, Turner still has plenty of money left. 

SAM AND LYNN WATERSTON

Veteran actor known best for his work in the long-running "Law & Order" TV series is a supporter of the arts and environmental causes, including protection of fisheries.

THOMAS C. WERNER

Co-founder of Carsey Werner Television and co-owner of the Boston Red Sox. Funding interests include education and youth, health, human services, arts and culture, Jewish causes.

OPRAH WINFREY

The bulk of Winfrey’s giving goes to educational causes, including charter schools, programs that support African-American students, and the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa. 

IRWIN AND MARGO WINKLER

The film producer and his wife Margo support education, scientific research, and the arts. Los Angeles is a major site of their philanthropy.

KATE WINSLET

The actress is chiefly interested in autism, but has supported other causes, as well.

KERRY AND SARAH WOOD

Former Chicago Cubs pitcher and his wife have been active funders of children's charities.

MORTIMER B. ZUCKERMAN

The media tycoon has given extensively in education and STEM, health, and Jewish causes.