NET WORTH: $320 Million, estimated
SOURCE OF WEALTH: Singer, Actress
FUNDING AREAS: Health (Women & Children)
OVERVIEW: Jennifer Lopez and her younger sister, Lynda, cofounded the Lopez Family Foundation late last decade. The aim of the foundation is to increase the availability of quality health care and health education for women and children. The foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals, though has a website with a contact portal.
BACKGROUND: Jennifer Lopez was born in 1969 in the Bronx. Lopez danced on In Living Color before her starring role in the film Selena. Lopez turned to music and found major success on the pop and dance charts with hits like "Get Right," "If You Had My Love," and "Play." Her recent projects include American Idol and Shades of Blue.
WOMEN'S AND CHILDREN'S HEALTH: The Lopez Family Foundation, cofounded by Jennifer Lopez and her younger sister, Lydia, "advocates and invests in policies and programs that make a positive, measurable impact on communities and makes quality healthcare and health education available for underserved mothers and their children." The mission of the foundation crystallized in 2008 when a health scare hit Lopez's family. As she tells Variety, "Very early after my twins were born, my daughter (Emme) developed this bump on the back of her head... so I rushed to the hospital, and it was the middle of the night and the doctor met me there. And I had all these privileges, which wasn’t lost on me. I went back that night and thought, what if I didn’t have that? What if something was really wrong with her?”
Established in 2009, The Lopez Family Foundation opened its first telemedicine center in Puerto Rico in 2010 and also recently opened seven new centers in Panama. In 2014, the foundation announced the Center for a Healthy Childhood, in partnership with the Montefiore Medical Center, which promotes healthy eating, exercise and improve outcomes and access to care for women, children, and families in the Bronx. In 2015, meanwhile, Jennifer was honored to be chosen as the first-ever Global Advocate for Girls and Women at the United Nation Foundation.
LOOKING FORWARD: Lopez, still in her 40s and very much engaged in the entertainment business, has plenty of time left to further develop her philanthropy. For now, expect her to stay focused on health for women and children. It's worth mentioning that apart from the Lopez Family Foundation, Lopez may have other more direct avenues of giving, and some important gifts may be missing from this rundown.