NET WORTH: $400 million, estimated
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Singer, Actress
FUNDING AREAS: Health, Women's Rights & Civil Rights, Environment
OVERVIEW: Barbra Streisand does her grantmaking through the Streisand Foundation, which was founded in 1986. Streisand gives quite a few grants annually in a number of different areas. Individual grants, though, tend to be under $30,000. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has received millions over the years, especially toward heart disease research. Streisand also has supported quite a few progressive organizations, particularly those that support women's rights and civil rights. Streisand also prioritizes the environment, education, and Jewish causes.
BACKGROUND: Barbra Streisand was born in Brooklyn in 1942. Streisand's father was a teacher and her mother worked as a secretary. After a period as a nightclub singer and off-Broadway performer in New York, Streisand began to attract interest. At just 19, she debuted on Broadway in the 1962 musical comedy I Can Get It For You Wholesale by Harold Rome. Streisand is noted for her roles in the Broadway and film versions of Funny Girl, as well as such films as Hello, Dolly!, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, What's up, Doc?, A Star is Born, and Yentl, which she co-wrote and directed. Streisand has won two Academy Awards, 10 Grammy Awards, and five Emmy Awards, among others. She reportedly made much of her wealth through real estate investments.
HEALTH: Streisand has a history of giving to Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, supporting a regenerative medicine research fund in 2007, and underwriting the Barbra Streisand Women's Cardiovascular Research and Education Program in 2008. Streisand gave at least $13 million to Cedars-Sinai between 2008 and 2010 alone. Cedars-Sinai is also the site of the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center. Apart from Cedars, other grantees include Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and Children's Diabetes Foundation.
WOMEN'S RIGHTS & CIVIL RIGHTS: Streisand, via her foundation, has supported places like Feminist Majority Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to "women's equality, reproductive health, and non-violence"; Rape Foundation; Brennan Center for Justice, "a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice"; Mother Jones; Media Matters for America; Center for Economic Policy Research; Nation Institute; and Consumer Watchdog.
ENVIRONMENT: Past grantees include Environmental Media Association, Heal the Bay, Oceana, National Resources Defense Council, Climate Reality, and Environmental Working Group, an organization which "specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of toxic chemicals, agricultural subsidies, public lands, and corporate accountability."
OTHER: Other recent Streisand philanthropy has involved Jewish organizations and education. Teach for America, the UCLA Foundation and College Track received recent support. Arts institutions, such as Juilliard, and PEN Center USA have received support. She has also made grants in global development.
LOOKING FORWARD: Expect Streisand to continue supporting her select interest areas.
The Foundation’s grantmaking is by invitation only, though organizations are free to reach out
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