NET WORTH: $50 million estimated
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Jeopardy!
FUNDING AREAS: Education, Arts & Culture, Health & Human Services
OVERVIEW: Alex Trebek , his wife Jean, and family do their grantmaking through the Trebek Family Foundation. Education is one interest, where Trebek supports his school as well as schools with a connection to the family. Scholarships seem to be of particular focus. Other grantmaking areas include the arts and health.
BACKGROUND: Born in Sudbury, Canada, Alex Trebek graduated from University of Ottawa in 1961. He first focused on journalism but then shifted to hosting game shows. He hosted Canadian quiz show Reach for the Top. His first American television gig was as host of the short-lived The Wizard of Odds. In 1984, ABC hired him to host Jeopardy!.
EDUCATION: Alex Trebek has steadily supported his alma mater University of Ottawa via his family foundation. The family has also supported son Matt’s school, Fordham University. Trebek endowed a $1 million scholarship fund to the school. Other grantees have included American Film Institute (Trebek has hosted a Hollywood trivia event presented by AFI), Learning Rights Law Center, Taft College Foundation, and Stephens College, where the Trebeks endowed an endowed chair in screenwriting. Trebek and Jean are friends of program director and Los Angeles screenwriter Ken LaZebnik.
ARTS & CULTURE: The Trebeks also earmark funds for arts and cultural organizations like Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, the Actors Fund of America, and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES: Past grantees include American Foundation for the Blind, Children’s Burn Foundation, International Medical Corps, John Wayne Cancer Institute, and the Campbell Center, which works with adults with developmental disabilities.
OTHER: Trebek has been long involved with United Service Organizations and has a strong interest in WWII history. The family has also supported organizations like National Geographic Society and Church of Religious Science North Hollywood.
LOOKING FORWARD: The Trebek Family Foundation has been around since the start of the decade. Trebek has said that that forming the foundation “forced a change” in him. “Before I’d get tons and tons of requests from different charities… Once you form a charitable foundation it becomes easier to give. It’s brought about a nice change.” Expect more money to move out of the charity in the coming years.
The Trebek Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue to get in touch with the family but below is an address
Trebek Family Foundation
501 Silverside Rd., Ste. 123
Wilmington, DE 19809