NET WORTH: $150 Million estimated
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Actor
FUNDING AREAS: Arts & Culture, Education & Youth, Human Services, Global Humanitarian Work
OVERVIEW: Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-lee Furness move their philanthropy through the Jackman Family Foundation, which has given a couple hundred thousand annually of late. The couple is very interested in the welfare of children, with an interest in adoption. Other interests include the arts and global outfits. Deborra-lee, a humanitarian and adoption advocate, is a strong force in the couple's giving.
BACKGROUND: Born in Sydney, Australia, Hugh Jackman began his acting career on stage, appearing in several Melbourne musicals, and later won a Tony Award for his role as Peter Allen in The Boy from Oz. In Hollywood, Jackman has gained international fame for his roles in films like Kate & Leopold, Van Helsing, The Prestige, Australia, and X-Men.
ARTS & CULTURE: Jackman and Deborra-lee have been acting for years and so unsurprisingly arts and culture is one area that the couple funds via their foundation. Grantees have included American Museum of the Moving Image, American Theatre Wing, Film Forum, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, and Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation. It's worth noting that the couple also launched the Jackman Furness Foundation for the Performing Arts in Australia a few years ago.
EDUCATION & YOUTH: Deborra-lee is a prominent adoption advocate. In the couple's native Australia, Deborra-lee founded National Adoption Awareness Week and Adopt Change, focusing on adoption programs, procedures and legislation, and more. Via the Jackman Family Foundation, the couple has supported U.S. organizations like Gladney Center for Adoption, Donaldson Adoption Institute, and Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Other grantees have included Baby Buggy, The Windward School, Child Mind Institute, Churchill School and Center, The UCLA Foundation, and School of Practical Philosophy.
HUMAN SERVICES: Jackman and Deborra-lee also earmark funds for organizations like Covenant House - Los Angeles, Broadway Housing Communities Foundation, Asphalt Green, and SAY Detroit , a "charity aimed at improving the lives of the neediest citizens, through shelter, food, medical care, volunteer efforts."
GLOBAL: The couple also make grants to organizations that work on a global level. Deborra-lee is a humanitarian who cofounded the The Rafiki Society in Vancouver, which assists orphanages in Africa. The couple, via their foundation, have also supported Cambodian Children’s Fund, Worldwide Orphans Foundation, and Raincatcher, a nonprofit that provides clean drinking water solutions to impoverished regions around the world, has been another grantee.
LOOKING FORWARD: Jackman is still in his 40s and very much still engaged in Hollywood, but expect the couple's advocacy for children to continue. It's clear that the couple is also interested in giving in Australia.
The Jackman Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue to get in touch with the couple but below is an address
The Jackman Family Foundation
501 Silverside Rd., Ste. 123
Wilmington, DE 19809