Four Things to Know About This Hollywood Couple's L.A. Philanthropy

Recently minted, the Katie McGrath & JJ Abrams Family Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of Hollywood screenwriter, producer, and director J.J. Abrams and his PR executive wife Katie McGrath. Los Angeles, where the couple lives, is a significant site of philanthropy. In the most recent tax year available, around $1.7 million went out of the door and outfits in Los Angeles were heavily featured. Unfortunately the foundation doesn't have much of a web presence or a clear way to get in touch but here are a few must knows:

1. Education and Youth Is a Strong Interest

Recent grantmaking of the Katie McGrath & JJ Abrams Family Foundation has involved outfits such as Harvey Mudd College in suburban Los Angeles, LAs Promise, a nonprofit"working to improve schools & empower neighborhoods in some of the most disenfranchised communities in LA," City Year Los Angeles, and Los Angeles Fund for Public Education.  Support has also gone to youth outfits such as Gabriella Foundation, whose mission is to "transform the lives of underserved youth in Los Angeles through high-quality dance instruction."

2. The Couple Also Has an Interest in Policy

Grants in Los Angeles have also streamed to a number outfits working in policy and to achieve equity including California Calls, "a growing alliance of grassroots, community-based organizations," Advancement Project, California Calls, "a growing alliance of grassroots, community-based organizations," and Liberty Hill Foundation, an L.A. based outfit which has a social justice mission.

3. Money Has Also Streamed to Arts and Health Outfits in Los Angeles

Given Abrams' background, it's no surprise that arts outfits have been supported. Recent support has gone to Unusual Suspects Theatre Company, and Women in Film. In health, meanwhile, funds have streamed to outfits such as AIDS Walk L.A., the Saban Free Clinic, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, which received a $250,000 grant in 2013.

4. Human Services Is Another Interest

Recent support has gone to outfits such as OPCC, a "Santa Monica based social services agency providing housing programs and supportive services," and Homeboy Industries, which provides "hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community."


An element of Abrams and Katie's Los Angeles philanthropy also involves environmental outfits such as Heal the Bay and Environmental Media Association (EMA). Assorted sums have also gone to outfits such as Greater Los Angeles Zoo Foundation, Los Angeles Police Foundation, Santa Monica PAL, and KPCC - Southern California Public Radio.

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