The newly formed Golden Globes Foundation honored this year’s crop of organizations who received significant grant awards with a celebratory toast alongside Hollywood’s stars including Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Jon Hamm.
This year, the foundation (now under the leadership of Board Chair Earl Gibson III) donated $5 million to 96 nonprofit organizations serving disadvantaged communities, several universities and colleges, film restoration projects throughout the world, and programs providing aid to journalists across the globe.
Recurring grantees include programs such as Black TV & Film Collaborative, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, Easterseals Southern California Disability Challenge, Film Independent, National Hispanic Media Coalition, RespectAbility, SAG/AFTRA Foundation, Women in Film, Latino Film Institute, IndieCollect, National Museum of American History, Outfest, Vidiots Foundation, Committee to Protect Journalists, Military Veterans in Journalism, Los Angeles Press Club, KPCC/California Public Radio, PEN America, UCLA Diversity Report, Children’s Hospital, Las Fotos, ManifestWorks and the Urban Peace Institute.
Hosted by Aja Naomi King and Eva LaRue at the Beverly Hilton, Friday night’s dinner also featured appearances from presenters Erica Ash, Eugenio Derbez, Diane Warren, Taylor Zakhar Perez and Renata Notni.
“Philanthropy is part of the Golden Globes tradition and history since its founding, and our program has grown to support cultural, educational, artistic and humanitarian organizations,” Earl Gibson III said previously in a statement. “Our community has always taken pride in devoting its resources to supporting the broadest range of programs with the most impact especially aimed at underserved communities. We are exceptionally proud of this year’s grantees and the impact they are making.”
The event was broken up by two performances: The first entertainment pause featured a funny story from The Moth (which also received grant funding from the Golden Globes Foundation) alum Matty Struski, whose first-person narrative about his relationship with his 10-year-old daughter living with Cerebral Palsy not only touched the room, but left them bursting with laughter. Everybody Dance LA closed the night with a special performance from their class of students, which prompted guests to deliver a standing ovation for the young group of dancers.
Additional institutions receiving support include Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Northridge, Cerritos College Foundation, Feirstein School of Cinema at Brooklyn College, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles Valley College, Loyola Marymount University, Mt. San Antonio College, Santa Monica College, California Institute of the Arts, UCLA, Southwestern Law School and the American Film Institute.