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 conduct their philanthropy through the Jackman Family Foundation. The couple prioritizes children’s welfare with an emphasis on adoption and education for children with language-based learning disabilities. They also invest in the arts and global organizations. Deborra-Lee, a humanitarian and adoption advocate, remains 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 work 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 sustain a commitment to the arts and culture across their philanthropy. Past grantees include 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. In 2014, the couple also launched the Jackman Furness Foundation for the Performing Arts in Australia. JFFPA now collaborates with the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at Edith Cowan University, Jackman’s alma mater.
EDUCATION & YOUTH: Deborra-Lee founded National Adoption Awareness Week and Adopt Change in 2008. Past U.S.-based organizations include the Gladney Center for Adoption, Donaldson Adoption Institute and Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Other grantees have included Baby Buggy, Child Mind Institute, the UCLA Foundation, and School of Practical Philosophy. The Churchill School and Center and the Windward School, both institutions for children with language-based learning disabilities, were major recipients in 2014 and 2015.
HUMAN SERVICES: The Jackmans support 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: Deborra-Lee is a humanitarian who co-founded The Rafiki Society in Vancouver, which assists orphanages in Africa. The couple have supported Cambodian Children’s Fund, Worldwide Orphans Foundation, and Raincatcher, a nonprofit that provides clean water to impoverished regions worldwide.
LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the couple's advocacy for children to continue. The couple is also interested in grantmaking in Australia and near their home in New York City.
The Jackman Family Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below is an address:
The Jackman Family Foundation
501 Silverside Rd., Ste. 123
Wilmington, DE 19809