Thursday, April 18, 2024

Ryan Seacrest’s Non Profit Foundation Gives Raises to American Idol Host’s Father and Sister


It’s a tough world out there, unless you’re related to Ryan Seacrest.

The “American Idol” host has a 501 c3 non profit foundation that I’ve written about before. The mission is to put radio and recording studios into children’s hospitals.

There are two main staff members working for the Ryan Seacrest Foundation: Ryan’s sister Meredith and father Gary.

According to the foundation’s Form 990 tax filing for 2019, Meredith got a raise to $259,333 to $6,157 in benefits. Meredith is the foundation’s CEO.

Dad Gary, an attorney, was raised to $96,000 for legal services.

These two have a lot to do. They gave away 10 donations of $10,000 each to children’s hospitals, similar to what they’ve done every year.

Celebrity foundations are great ways to give money to your relatives tax free. Seacrest, who’s loaded from “Idol,” his radio show, and producing the Kardashians TV shows, couldn’t be expected to give his relatives taxable gifts. This is so much smarter!

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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