Jolie-Pitt Foundation helps local Missouri charity


In 2006, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt decided to pool their charitable contributions into one blanket foundation that could direct funds to the charities of their choice. In the past three years, The Jolie-Pitt Foundation has directed hundreds of thousands (sometimes millions) of dollars to such organizations as The Daniel Pearl Foundation, Doctors Without Borders, Global Health Committee, Human Rights Watch and Global Action for Children. Jolie and Pitt support the Jolie-Pitt Foundation in addition to the individual charities that they have either started or work in concert with, like Make It Right (in Louisiana), The Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation (in Cambodia) and the UNHCR (for which Angelina is a special goodwill ambassador).

It’s always seemed like Angelina’s priorities were more international, focusing outside of America and the West, prioritizing the international needs of refugees, women and orphans, in a kind of triage of international need. Brad seems to be as focused with local poverty issues, even if that poverty is in America – Make It Right NOLA is a good example of that focus. So it’s my guess is that Brad is the instigator behind this latest charitable giving.

A $50,000 gift to buy emergency needs for Springfield Public Schools children has become a $250,000 gift, instead, with a match from the Jolie-Pitt Foundation and other philanthropists.

St. John’s Clinic physicians and co-workers raised the first $50,000 through their Force for Good campaign, directing the money to the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools’ Care to Learn fund, officials announced today at St. John’s. The $200,000 match, which will be available in April, was offered by the founders of the Care to Learn fund.

Local businessman Doug Pitt, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation (which includes actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt); local philanthropist Jim D. Morris and a private donor started the Care to Learn fund with the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools to support schools and students in meeting basic needs.

The needs can include food, health care and hygiene products. The fund so far has provided staple items such as underwear, socks and other personal hygiene supplies to 300 students in schools throughout the district, according to a St. John’s news release.

The Jolie-Pitt Foundation, Morris and the private donor match every donation the fund receives 4 to 1 up to $50,000, the news release said. “Care To Learn is about immediate funding for emergency needs that are disrupting their classroom experience,” Doug Pitt said. “Upon meeting those needs, my greatest satisfaction is restoring a child’s respect and dignity to walk amongst their peers.”

[From The Springfield News-Leader]

The Doug Pitt that is quoted is Brad’s brother, a local Springfield businessman. Doug probably alerted his brother to the under-funded Force for Good, as well as the mission of the charity. Force for Good not only provides local students with backpacks, clothes, hygiene products and winter wear, but also provides bus vouchers for student and family transportation and food for low-income families.

Too many charities are having budget shortfalls this year, and it will likely continue through next year with this economy. Charities are often hit with the double-whammy in a recession – not only do the donations dry up, but the number of people seeking charitable services increases. No matter what you think of Brad and Angie, there will be a lot of kids in Springfield thankful for their charitable giving.

Brad and Angelina are shown on 5/15/08 at the Cannes Film Festival. Credit: WENN

 

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  1. 88modesty88 says:

    Good for them! Maybe this will see some naysayers, who keep saying the two don’t “do enough” for the US, actually keeping quiet for a *moment*…

    Nobody HAS to be charitable — many celebrities aren’t. It pains me that these two get nailed for not being “charitable enough”!

  2. Kristen says:

    88 Modesty ~

    I agree with you about people criticizing celebrities contributions.

    But just wait – I’m sure there will be those people on this site saying just that very soon. Unfortunately!

  3. 88modesty88 says:

    Kristen, I guess it’s as predictable as the sunrise!

    ;)

  4. Kim says:

    Since it is the PR men they got from photos not their had earned cash, I am not impresses, especially since they would not have the money if it were not the fact that they said it was for charity. So they get double PR. Even for as little as 250K which is not even interest of the money they have made off their children. And guess what, it found its way onto the blogs. Could it be by chance? Or an anonymous fax. Just in time for Brad’s movie and after weeks of bad press for the couple. These people are too shameless using charity in this fashion.

  5. 88modesty88 says:

    LOL, that didn’t take long!

  6. mojoman says:

    Hey anyway to pass those money to charity is ok in my book. At least someone/some helpless child will benefit from it.

  7. Syko says:

    I could care less how much publicity they get. However the money comes, as long as the charity receives it and makes good use of it, it’s all right with me.

    Kim, do you sit up at night to think up ways to bash people for every possible action? Or is it just a natural trollishness for you? Quit being a sourpuss, ’tis the season.

  8. coil says:

    Sorry Syko but you just bashed on the Jennifer Aniston thread!! Practice what you preach and you quit being the sourpuss!!!

  9. vdantev says:

    Suck it haters. When Saint Jennifer the Barren matches their donations then you can open your mouths.

  10. Hope says:

    Even if it’s money from the sale of their pics, they didn’t have to give it to charity. Nobody blink once or ask what Jlo, Alba, Stefani, Aguilera, Richie and Mcconahey did with the money from their Pics sale.

  11. geronimo says:

    I love when small community-based organisations like this get recognition for the basic but vital work they do. They can’t ever compete with the high-profile charities as far as attracting donations so it’s lovely to see this one being given the means to make such an important impact on the lives of local needy kids. Well done to the J-Ps.

  12. Leandra says:

    This couple does more with their time and money to help those in need than any other celebrity. Kim has jealousy issues obviously. Brad and Angelina don’t need publicity. They have more than they could possibly ever want or need.

  13. Kim says:

    Hope, many celebrities give the money from photgraphs to charity but do not announce when their movie is coming out. Besides if they were not giving the money to charity (I am not sure they do) then they would have a PR blow. I am sure a couple of years from now people will start asking for the accountability of all that 20 million got from pimping children. If they fail to account for it, they are in trouble.

    Leandra, I am not jealous, just practical.

    Geronimo, I wish that organisation got more recognition too but like now, no one remembers its name. It is all about Brangelina.

  14. Rose says:

    Others have donated larger amounts of money to support important causes and not sent out press releases to herald the event. Does the issue get more coverage or does Pitt/Jolie? How much of this money came from selling the photos of their twins? On the surface it is a perfect marriage, charities are supported, and Jolie/Pitt receive attention for donating money from giving birth..it works.

  15. FUG says:

    M.E.:

    OH my God why don’t you HAGS stop reading every Brad and Angelina’s thread that way you’ll stop hating. Nobody’s pointing a gun in your head bissh

  16. Kristen says:

    88 Modesty –

    Nope it sure didn’t take long.

    Just curious – do you know where it says that Brad & Angelina released this info?

  17. yadira says:

    I would love to see some of these haters pull out some coins out of their little money pouches to donate. Shuddup and get over it stalkers! At least they are donating

  18. aleach says:

    “Saint Jennifer the Barren” ????

    wow.
    just wow.

  19. Kaiser says:

    I didn’t get the info from a “press release” from The Brange – this comes from the local Springfield newspaper that Brad’s brother spoke to… about a local issue. And I haven’t seen the info on any other celeb blogs.

  20. geronimo says:

    Well done you, in that case, kaiser, for giving this Missouri charity probably some much-needed and welcome publicity.

    For those that insist on looking for dark motivation behind the release of this info, it is INVALUABLE publicity for the Learn to Care Fund that it has been made public. Why? Because it brings attention to the work it does; it shows that well-known trusts rate and respect its work enough to make a large donation towards it; it encourages donations from other sources; and it more than likely will raise the cause’s profile locally and result in more support/donations/attention in the future. Publicity is the oxygen that keeps these causes alive and effective. THAT’S what counts here, nothing else.

    That the J-Ps also come out of this well is something only those with a really mean-spirited, small-minded, bitter attitude would gve a f*ck about. Depressing.

    @Kim – don’t even pretend you’re agreeing with me. You plainly couldn’t give a crap about this organisation or the work it does or the kids it helps, if all you’re prepared to see here is attention-seeking on the part of the JPs.

  21. Rose says:

    Oh great, another Rose, spouting claptrap, hello moderator can you sort that please?
    Yes, they get kudos for giving money, but YES they still give the money.

  22. Mairead says:

    Dante, you’ve gone too far, that is a despicable thing to say.

    Rose, if you sign up for Gravatar (link at the bottom of the page) it will register your name and icon so we can tell you apart from a Rose by any other name (that may smell as sweet… couldn’t resist LOL)

    Kaiser… a Brangelina-seeking-missile.

  23. vdantev says:

    Feeling the burn ? I’m just getting warmed up.

  24. geronimo says:

    Edit: *Care to Learn Fund not Learn to Care Fund.

  25. Granger says:

    Kim, apparently you don’t know how to read. Look at the article again, particularly the very long list of charitable organizations that Brad and Angelina are involved with. In case you need help, there are nine, including this one. Then tell me again with a straight face that they’re not doing much with their millions.

  26. IMO says:

    It’s a small amount of money- relative to the millions they made out of their children and didn’t donate it to anyone yet.

    Why can’t they just give for the sake of giving- i.e. quiet and without making sure the news in out there?

    Must it always be in sync with an Oscar campaign or promotion of a movie?

  27. yadira says:

    IMO…uh, maybe it’s made public cause it calls more attention to the charity and makes penny pinchers feel the need to donate. What’s wrong with the charity also getting some PR? I think it’s great. People make this whole Brad/Ang/Jen thing personal when it has nothing to do with the JenAvengers.

    The important thing that no matter who the money comes from, it goes to charity

  28. Kristen says:

    Yadira ~

    I do agree with you Yadira.

    It doesn’t matter what you write to IMO about them. IMO is the the biggest JP hater on the site. Nothing they ever do is good enough. They could part the red sea and IMO would complain it wasn’t wide enough (that pretty much includes Kim too).

  29. MB Travis says:

    This kind of work is really the only thing I like about Pitt. Jolie has always been a badass but her partner usually irritates the cr*p out of me. Seeing the effort he put into New Orleans re-construction thawed my heart out a little bit and this helps even more. Good for them – and good for the children.

    Dante – your comment was disgusting. Congratulations.

  30. Morgs says:

    @vdantev: What a sh*tty, sh*tty thing to say. Totally uncalled for.

    A younger girl in my area just held a huge sock drive and gathered something like 3 thousand pairs of socks for homeless kids in her school district. Her original goal was around 9 hundred. Little things, like socks and underpinnings are the items taken for granted. There will be some huge smiles when kids receive these goods. Good on the Jolie-Pitt foundation. Nice work.

  31. DD says:

    Regardless of their motives, they are still giving away money that belongs to them. If they want PR let them have it, it’s the least they can get in return for such a gift :)
    Even though I find a lot of their actions questionable, at least they try to help communities and issues since they have the resources available to them to do so.

  32. Jay says:

    Blah,Blah, they tell every single good thing they do…funny it always around the time someone is commenting on what terrible morals they have or if they are promoting a movie. We are not dumb people. I’m sick of celebs trying to manipulate the public. YUCK!

  33. Codzilla says:

    Even though I find the Brangelina media storm annoying at times (OK, most of the time), this story made me smile. Squabbling over Hollywood BS pales in the face of genuine need and the kindness of others. Good for the JPs, and hopefully those kids can focus on being kids for a while, rather than worrying about their next meal.

  34. vdantev says:

    As much hateful stuff that gets layered onto AJ at all hours, you guys sure can’t take it.

  35. morgs says:

    Eff off Dante. That was a cruel thing to say. I’m figuring you aren’t a woman because I don’t know any woman who would joke about something like that.

    And NONE of the comments I’ve read on this site regarding Miss. Jolie have the same vitriol and cruelty your post contained.

    And for the record I could care less about either “side” in this bs triangle, but as a female, you’re comment really pissed me (and I hope others) off.

  36. LOL says:

    I think this is great. And I think it’s fabulous that they give to charity. Even if one was to suspect it was partially due to narcisstic ego-driven purposes, who cares as long as the money gets to the needy?

    I just wish every little thing they did didn’t make it to the newspapers and get worldwide coverage. It seems so disingenous. Maybe it isn’t their doing entirely in every case, but nonetheless …

    I still don’t forget about other celebrities though, who have helped and done so fairly quietly and without self-promotion or praise, people like Paul Newman who (correct me if I’m wrong) in total contributed more than $100 million to charity. Or there’s the Gates who’ve donated Billions, but whose public praise and worship only lasted a limited time (thankfully saving us all much annoyance).

    Yes, it’s fabulous they give. I hope they continue to do so. But to me, the real heroes are people that risk their lives day in and day out in shit rural villages toeing the possibility of being hacked to death by a machete. Pity they don’t get the same praise, worship, adulation and media coverage.

    As for the “barren womb”, just plain ignorant. A woman is not the sum of her womb nor what comes out of it. Everyone is different and chooses a different life path, and different times to do things. Nothing wrong with that.

    Then again, here’s what I propose Jennifer Aniston do … go adopt foreign children with living parents and relatives, then put them in designer clothes and jetset them all over the world, and make them live in palacial surroundings. It sure beats leaving them with their biological family and contributing that same money to building homes/growing food/saving villages where that child lived. Sure does! Oh Jennifer you fool …

  37. suteko says:

    You know all the argueing over people who are helping other people is sad. Do some research and you will see they donate to lots of causes in and outside of the US and they dont annouce it. Heck People magazine got a hold of their tax return and published the various charities they donated to.

    It has been years since Brad and Jen broke up and they have both moved on. Why is it that the fans cant? Jen is focusing on her very funny movies and Brad on his serious movies and both have people in their lives…grow up folks and give every star who takes a moment to donate their money and their time to charity. That is a perk of being famous, you can donate to good works and have the time to help.