Home Celebrity Jett Travolta Foundation Distributes Meager $40,000 So Far

Two years and three months after John Travolta’s son Jett died, I wondered what had happened to the foundation that was set up in his memory. The answer: not much. According to the only tax filing so far for the Jett Travolta Foundation, John and wife Kelly Preston have parked a shockingly mere $39,530 in the account. Of that money, $28,000 was supposedly given as grants to someone. But there’s no detailed information in the tax filing, as required. Also, $1,200 was given to an unidentified child with “medical needs.”

The small amounts are a little surprising considering that Travolta is very wealthy, by his own account, with multiple homes and a flotilla of airplanes.

The Travoltas, of course, have put a prominent Scientologists in charge of the foundation: Kevin R. Rush is the treasurer. Rush, has worked his way up to Operating Thetan 8, which means he’s high on the list for members who can seek out alien life. Rush is otherwise identified as the CFO of JTP Films, Travolta’s production company, social networking site Linked In. The phone number for the foundation rings to the JTP offices. The other officer of the foundation is Robert Bernstein, a Jacksonville, Florida lawyer who specializes in estate planning and taxes.

So what happened to the Jett Travolta Foundation? On its website, the foundation states: “The Jett Travolta Foundation is a charitable organization recognized as tax exempt under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Jett Travolta Foundation shall endeavor to use its resources specifically to assist and provide relief to children with vision, hearing, mobility, communication, behavior learning impairments or other special medical, environmental, health or educational needs. It may also use its resources, and make grants to educate the public about the need for a clean environment, provide relief and assistance to children who are victims of natural or man-made disasters, and to fund children’s educational programs.”

So far it’s hard to say if any of that has happened since no documentation is included with the filing. And since John Travolta admitted to the Bahamas Police that Jett suffered from Autism, maybe it would be better to spell that out in the mission statement.

4 replies to this post
  1. My condolences for the tragic loss of your son. Our son died about that time also of mild autism. I am in the science field and have finally figured out the main case of autism, and also of seizure disorders—and how to stop them please contact me if you would like to know best regards Lou Knight 619-287-2346 I will one day publish it.

  2. Charitable organizations function on the largess of more than a single donor – founder or not. The shame of this isn’t the $40,000 coming from the Travolta family, but the lack of compassion and giving on the part of other donors. Anyone who sympathized with the tragic and untimely death of Jett Travolta can easily make a donation to the foundation, but they don’t. Maybe people’s actions don’t line up with the words or thoughts. This is about the coldness people feel toward helping others, not the kindness this family has visited on children around the world in the wake of their own tragedy.

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