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Cheryl Loe
Communications Project Manager
The Foundation Center
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Wainger Group
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Celebrity Giving Spotlighted in
New Foundation Center Directory

New York, NY — November 9, 2009. Just how generous are celebrities and what really matters to them? Now you can find out. Charitable giving interests and practices of the rich and famous are catalogued in a new directory from the Foundation Center, the nation's leading authority on organized philanthropy. The Celebrity Foundation Directory, available as a downloadable, searchable PDF, features detailed profiles of more than 1,600 charitable foundations established by well-known figures in business, sports, entertainment, politics, and other areas. The entries provide information about the foundations and their purpose, fields of interest, donors, financial data (assets, expenditures), staffing, and application procedures.

"We live in a culture of celebrity where the endorsement and actions of a movie star or sports figure can mean millions of dollars and new visibility for social causes and issues. The Celebrity Foundation Directory is a wonderful resource for anyone who wants to understand more about the charitable activities of high-profile, high-powered people and what they care about most," said Bradford K. Smith, president of the Foundation Center.

Celebrity foundations profiled include those established by businesspeople like Leonard Lauder, Calvin Klein, and former Yahoo chairman and CEO Terry Semel; artists and entertainers like Oprah Winfrey, Elton John, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Berry Gordy, and Bruce Springsteen; sports figures such as Lance Armstrong and Andy Roddick; and politicians such as former Congressman Tom DeLay and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

The Directory is available for download ($59.95) at the Center's Marketplace.

About the Foundation Center
Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit the Center's web site each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of more than 400 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions in every U.S. state and beyond. For more information, please visit foundationcenter.org or call (212) 620-4230.

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