Monday, June 17, 2024

Kevin Spacey’s Strange Charitable Foundation: His On Screen Lover from “House of Cards” on Board of Directors


A few years ago, Kevin Spacey started a charitable foundation. As with most celebrities, that was probably a mistake. The financial filings are a little strange.

Let’s start with the board of directors. The latest filing shows Kevin, his accountant, and actor Nathan Darrow. “House of Cards” fans will recognize Darrow’s name. He played Spacey’s secret service agent, Edward Meechum, lover of both Spacey’s Frank Underwood and his wife Claire (Robin Wright) for three seasons until he was killed off.

As far as I can tell, Darrow has no experience with running charities. He has since appeared on “Billions” and a few other shows.

In 2015, the fourth director of the Kevin Spacey Foundation was Todd Rosen, who was paid $114,583 to be fundraising director. Rosen is now the managing director of the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey. But it’s unclear what funds Rosen raised. According to the Form 990, the one event sponsored by the charity ended up in the red. There is no listing of donors to the charity.

The expenses of the Kevin Spacey Foundation are very non specific. In 2015, they wired $615,388 to Europe and Iceland for “general support,” whatever that is. Pace University received $50,000.

The foundation’s mission statement is “establishing and supporting programs that discover, train, mentor and fund emerging artists…”

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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