NET WORTH: Unknown
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Singer-Songwriter
FUNDING AREAS: Arts & Culture, Los Angeles Community, Youth
OVERVIEW: Carole Bayer Sager moves philanthropy through the Bellagio Charitable Foundation, which has given very small sums annually of late. Sager and husband Bob Daly, a longtime entertainment industry senior executive, also support organizations via the Robert and Carole Daly Foundation. Los Angeles is an important site of philanthropy.
BACKGROUND: Born in New York, Carole Bayer Sager began her songwriting career while still a high school student and wrote her first No. 1 hit, "A Groovy Kind of Love," for the English group the Mindbenders in 1966. She wrote such hits as “That’s What Friends Are For” with Burt Bacharach; she's an Academy Award and Grammy-winning artist.
ARTS & CULTURE: In recent years, the Bellagio Charitable Foundation has given $5,000 annually to a sole grantee – the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Sager, though, is on the board of LACMA, which she steadily supports. Via the Robert and Carole Daly Foundation, Sager and Daly support the Geffen Playhouse and the Motion Picture & Television Fund
LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY: Sager and Daly underwrote the first two years of the Los Angeles operation of DonorsChoose.org, which allows teachers to post the projects for which they need funding and donors to choose the classroom plan that they want to fund. Sager solicited Morgan Freeman, Bette Midler, Sidney Poitier and Claire Danes to provide voiceovers for spots that have helped the organization achieve a national presence.
The couple, via their family foundation, also support Chapman University, the American Film Institute (Daly chairs the board of trustees), UCLA Foundation, Lupus LA, New Visions for Public Schools, and the Center for Early Education.
OTHER: Daly once chaired the board of trustees for Save the Children, which the couple supports. They’ve also supported Children’s Action Network and Doctors Without Borders.
LOOKING FORWARD: At the start of the decade, the Bellagio Charitable Foundation gave a bit more money. Expect the couple’s modest support of select Los Angeles institutions to continue, however.
The foundations do not provide a clear avenue of contact but below are addresses:
The Bellagio Charitable Foundation
1880 Century Park East, #1600
Los Angeles, CA 90067
The Robert and Carole Daly Foundation
16830 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 501
Encino, CA 91436