2011 Giving Back 30

Giving Back 30
Giving Back 30 is a nationally published list, researched by The Giving Back Fund, of the top 30 celebrity donations each calendar year.

Current Goals for Giving Back 30:
  • To honor the most charitable of individuals in the sports and entertainment communities
  • To encourage increased giving within the sports and entertainment communities
  • To encourage increased transparency in sports and entertainment philanthropy
Future Goal for Giving Back 30:
  • To encourage donors to become more comfortable sharing information about their charitable contributions.
How the List is Compiled:
To compile the most accurate information, The Giving Back Fund reviewed media reports of charitable giving by sports and entertainment professionals; made inquiries to more than 250 celebrity publicists, attorneys, agents, agencies, and managers for information about their clients; sent requests to charities known for their celebrity affiliations; and contacted the major sports leagues and associations. Information was confirmed by at least one source other than an initial media source.

Donations made by a celebrity’s foundation were not included on the list since there is no way to track the source of that money, which could be money raised by the public and not money donated by the celebrity.

The Giving Back 30 reports information that was available at the time PARADE goes to print.

We did not calculate their giving as a percentage of their income since we feel any estimate of income would be too speculative.

We did not include grants made by foundations so as to avoid counting them twice --- once when the donor gave money to a foundation and again when the donor decided on a beneficiary for that money.

We confirmed information in the list through at least one source other than a media report. If a charity posted the donation on its website we considered that a confirmation.

Many celebrities choose to redirect payments for their performances to charities and some, most notably Mr. Agassi, have agreements with corporations in which a corporate donation to their charity is often a prerequisite for a continued relationship. We did not report on these donations because there is no reliable source to confirm these types of confidential agreements.

2011 Giving Back 30 Released in Parade Magazine & Parade.com

Actress Jamie Gertz, Musician Herb Alpert, Actor Mel Gibson, Producer George Lucas, and Writer Nora Roberts Round Out the Top Five
Los Angeles, CA  (December 19, 2011) – The Giving Back Fund (GBF), a nonprofit organization that provides philanthropic management and consulting to the sports and entertainment industries, released its fifth annual Giving Back 30, a list of the 30 celebrities who made the largest donations to charity in 2010 according to public records. The list (see below) includes celebrities from many walks of life including actors, writers, producers, musicians, comedians, and athletes.

“Encouragement by example is the main reason we compile the Giving Back 30,” said Marc Pollick, President and Founder of The Giving Back Fund. “One cannot help but be influenced by the generosity of his or her peers.”  Pollick continued, “We are also often asked by the media and the public about which celebrities actually give the largest donations to charitable causes so we decided it made sense to publish the research for all to see.” 

# Name of Donor(s) Donation Charitable Beneficiary
1 Actress Jamie Gertz and her husband Antony Ressler $10,569,002 To the Ressler Gertz Foundation. Grants from the foundation include $1.7 million to the LA County Museum of Art, $400k to Cedar Sinai Medical Center.
2 Musician Herb Alpert $9,104,829 To the Herb Alpert Foundation, which focuses on the arts, compassion, and well-being.
3 Actor Mel Gibson $6,358,020 To the A.P. Reilly Foundation, which he started to support Holy Family Church.
4 Director, Producer, Writer, George Lucas $4,250,000 To Lucas Film Foundation then granted to The George Lucas Educational Foundation with a mission to inspire and empower young people to become responsible citizens, compassionate leaders, and to live their dream.
5 Writer Nora Roberts $3,000,000 To the Norah Roberts Foundation, which supports literacy. Additional areas of focus are: children's programs, arts organizations, and humanitarian efforts, with local organizations being its priority.
6 NFL Player Ndamukong Suh $2,600,000 $2 million to the Nebraska University athletic department and another $600,000 to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering to endow a scholarship. It is the largest single gift ever from a former football player.
7 MLB Player Lance Berkman and his wife Cara $2,412,245 To The Lord's Fund, a foundation they established.  Grants include $400k to Josiah Venture, a Christian youth movement in Eastern Europe, and $113k to Children's Cup, a Christian organization focusing on "forgotten children" in Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, and efforts are also underway in Vietnam and the Philippines.. Most of their giving is to Christian-based organizations.
8 Actress Meryl Streep and her husband Donald Gummer $2,000,000 To Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts, a foundation they established.  Grants include $100k each to Oxfam America and Partners in Health; $1,225,000 to Vassar College. Total grantmaking for the year was more than $2.1 million.
9 Television Producer, Marcia Carsey and her husband John Carsey $1,870,000 To Carsey Family Foundation they established. Grants include $250k to Media Matters for America, $100k to Institute for America's Future, $50k to Progressive Talent Initiative.
10 Simpsons' Co-Creator Sam Simon $1,800,000 To The Sam Simon Foundation to "save the lives of dogs to enrich the lives of people."  The Foundation manages a number of programs including a mobile veterinary unit, dogs for veterans, and dogs for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
11 Comedian Jerry Seinfeld $1,766.000 To the Seinfeld Family Foundation that supports education, children's services, health associations, and Jewish organizations; funding also for the arts.
12 Actress Barbra Streisand $1,555,500 To the Barbra Streisand Foundation.  Grants are distributed to a variety of charities and causes including the Barbra Streisand Women's Cardiovascular Research and Education Program at Cedars Sinai, City Year, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, respectively.
13 Actor Matthew McConaughey $1,537,292 To the Just Keep Livin' Foundation that he established. Grants distributed include 88k to Communities in School Los Angeles West and 38k Communities in School Central Texas.
14 Writers Dean and Gerda Koontz $1,500,000 To the Dean and Gerda Koontz Foundation. Grants include $750k to Canine Companions for Independence and $500k to Saint Michael's Abbey in Silverado, CA.
15 Model Gisele Bundchen $1,500,000 To the Red Cross for Haiti Relief.  
16 Writer Isabel Allende $1,017,247 To the Isabel Allende Foundation to support charities that empower and protect women.  Founded in honor of her daughter, Paula Frias who passed away at 28. Grants include $500,000 to Oritel, which provides human services for low income families and $30,500 to the Global Fund for Women.
17 Actor Alec Baldwin $1,005,131 To the Alec Baldwin Foundation. Grants include $50k to the NY Philharmonic, $42,500 to Waterkeeper Alliance, and $250,000 to the Carol M Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
18 Actress Sandra Bullock $1,000,000 To Doctors Without Borders for Haiti Relief following the devastating earthquake.
18 NFL Player Eli Manning and his wife Abby $1,000,000 To the University of Mississippi's Ole Miss Opportunity Scholarship, which allows prospective students with an adjusted gross family income at or below $30,000 to attend the University of Mississippi.
20 Actress Will and Jada Smith $900,000 To the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation.  Grants included $126,000 to the Lupus Foundation, $200,000 to the Baltimore School for the Arts, and $52,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
20 Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner $900,000 To Trust for Public Land to save the iconic Hollywood sign from being plowed under in order to make room for four luxury homes.
22 NBA Player Carmelo Anthony $837,200 To Carmelo Anthony Foundation. Grants include $500,000 to Syracuse University and $302,000 to The Living Classroom Foundation.
23 Cyclist and seven-time winner of the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong $700,648 To The LiveStrong Foundation, which he founded to improve the lives of people with cancer.
24 Writers Jonathan and Faye Kellerman $627,700 To Jonathan and Faye Kellerman Foundation. Grants include $175,000 for Children's Hospital of LA, $150,000 to USC/Kellerman Endowment, $25,000 to Boston Institute of Music.
25 MLB Player Mariano Rivera $627,500 To the Mariano Rivera Foundation. Grants distributed included $150,000 to the Church of God Prophecy and $50,000 to the Brooklyn Tabernacle.
26 Singer/Songwriter Taylor Swift $625,000 $500k to Hands on Nashville the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee for Nashville's flood relief efforts (Nashville Rising);  $25,000 to the Wyomissing, PA school district for educational $100,000 check to rebuild Kids Kingdom, a playground in Hendersonville, Tennessee where she attended high school.
27 Daniel and Cara Whitney (Larry the Cable Guy) $550,020 To Git-R-Done Foundation. Grants include $500,000 to the Child Advocacy Center and $525,000 to the Madonna Foundation.
28 Artist Jasper Johns $500,000 To Low Road Foundation he established.  Grants distributed include $50,000 to the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
29 Golfer Davis Love $424,379 To the Davis Love III Foundation, which he established.  Grants distributed include $479,000 to the St. Presbyterian Church, $100,000 to Frederica Academy, $75,000 to Special Olympics, and $75,000 to Boys and Girls Club of Southeast GA.
30 Actress Victoria Principal $342,665 To Victoria Principal Foundation. Grants distributed include $25,000 to Greenpeace Fund, $125,000 to Natural Resource Defense Council, $100,000 to Oceana.

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