About EIF History

Hollywood’s Collective Power

Created in 1942 by Hollywood heavyweights – Samuel Goldwyn with friends Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, and the Warner brothers, the Entertainment Industry Foundation (formerly Permanent Charities Committee) was established on the belief that the entertainment industry was in a unique position to truly help others. Their vision was to unify Hollywood’s generous giving in order to maximize the amount of charitable dollars raised annually, and guarantee that worthy charities receive these contributions.

Throughout its history, the Entertainment Industry Foundation has focused on some of the most pressing needs of our time: from the first grants directed to wartime agencies like the United States Organizations and American Red Cross, to providing funding and creating awareness to help eradicate childhood polio. Fast forward to today. EIF has grown to a $900 million charitable organization.

Thanks to the commitment of an extraordinary number of people and companies, EIF is able to champion a wide variety of worthy causes. Annually, EIF funds more than 300 charitable organizations within the greater Los Angeles area and throughout the world.

EIF is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and meets all 20 rigorous charity standards of the Better Business Bureau.