Recipients of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s (HFPA) Golden Globe Awards are usually regarded as frontrunners to the Academy Awards. However, on July 30 the HFPA’s awarded a group of more philanthropic recipients, donating $759,865 in financial grants to film schools and non-profit organizations during a luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
According to Variety, the HFPA will donate more than $1.2 million in 2009 to 28 different "public service endeavors," with many of them focusing on combining entertainment with education. Additionally, much of the funding for the donations were made despite the 2008 cancellation of the Golden Globe Awards, one of the association’s main moneymaker through advertising, due to the Writers Guild strike.
"Despite last January’s cancellation of the Annual Golden Globe Awards due to the Writers Guild strike that curtailed the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s income, we’re delighted to honor our ongoing commitment to support entertainment industry-related film school and non-profit organizations," said Jorge Camara, president of the HFPA. "Over the past several years, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Foundation has presented more than $7.5 million in financial grants to dozens of film schools and non-profit organizations."
Among the recipients that received funding at the awards ceremony were eight film schools that received $346,000 in fellowship grants for more than 70 students. Film Aid International, a program that screens films in Kenyan refugee camps received $50,000, while the Lollipop Theatre Network, which brings film screenings and celebrities to visit children in hospitals, received $10,000.
The largest donation, in the form of $100,000, went to the Sundance Institute, a "non-profit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences" through its programs. The funding will help pay for personnel, equipment and supplies, and marketing for the foundation.
According to Variety, the HFPA has donated more than $11 million towards philanthropic causes in the last 16 years.