So. It seems that Jane Fonda is more charitable than I thought. It turns out she has a second, more funded personal foundation called the Fonda Family Foundation. That foundation, according to federal tax returns and its Form 990, gave away $350,000 in 2011 to a variety of charities. There were false claims yesterday that Fonda was not disbursing funds from her personal foundations and that she “wasn’t charitable.” The story wasn’t checked, and now it’s running all over the internet.
For the record: Fonda in 2011 donated $200,000 to Emory University; $100,000 to GCAPP; and another $50,000 to smaller charities, mostly in the Atlanta area. Considering that Fonda is not from Atlanta or Georgia, but came there as Mrs. Ted Turner for a decade, she’s been pretty damned nice to that town. In 2010, she gave Emory $150,000. In 2009, she gave them $200,000.
That’s $550,000 to a school that isn’t even her alma mater.
At Emory, the Jane Fonda Center is described thusly: The Jane Fonda Center’s mission is to advance scientific knowledge about adolescence with an emphasis on adolescent reproductive health. We also seek to disseminate information and strategies for risk reduction and healthy transitions to adulthood.
I don’t think there’s an another Oscar winning actress who can lay claim to such an achievement.