Magazine article Variety

HFPA's Charity Coin Delivers Big Results

Magazine article Variety

HFPA's Charity Coin Delivers Big Results

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The reach of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.'s grant program goes well beyond the star-encrusted streets of Los Angeles.

The HFPA is known for donating to organizations in the entertainment industry and will host its annual Grants Banquet on Aug. 13 at the Beverly Wilshire. A starry group of presenters, including Andrew Garfield, Benicio del Toro, Halle Berry, Elizabeth Banks, Jon Hamm, Saoirse Ronan and Jane Fonda, will announce the recipients of $2.1 million in grants for 2015.

"The Golden Globes may be the most high-profile of the HFPA's activities," says the organization's president, Lorenzo Soria, "but our support for cultural non-profits has engaged the passionate commitment of every one of our members.

In May, the HFPA announced its largest donation ever, pledging $2 million to the Los Angeles City College Foundation for the college's cinema and television department. That was a special contribution, while beneficiaries of the org's regular grants include the television, film and media studies department at Cal State Los Angeles and the Sundance Institute.

For Sundance, such a grant equates to the ability to create an international network, from Jordan to India. The HFPA and Sundance "share an alignment about the importance of developing creative culture and film culture and celebrating exciting voices," says Keri Putnam, executive director of the Sundance Institute. "It's been incredibly important to us that the HFPA has chosen to support our work in international feature films because . …

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