Sunday, April 21, 2024

Update: Two Time Oscar Winner Jane Fonda Gave $350,000 to Charities in 2011


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.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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