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Bergen Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-02-01

At A Glance

Bergen Foundation

13701 Riverside Dr., No. 800

Sherman Oaks, CA United States 91423-2430

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Entertainment

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2013-11-30)

Assets: $17,413,874

Total giving: $630,000






Established in 1963 in CA - Founded by the late Edgar and Frances Bergen. Edgar Bergen was an actor, radio performer and ventriloquist. He was well known for his ventriloquist act with his puppet Charlie McCarthy. Frances Bergen, his wife, was an actress and the model for "the Chesterfield Girl" and "the Ipana Girl" advertisements. She was professionally known as Frances Westcott. Candice Bergen, their daughter, is an actress, well known for her starring role in the television sitcom "Murphy Brown."

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Dining services
  • Health
  • Human services
Population Groups
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • People with disabilities

Financial Data

Year ended 2013-11-30

Assets: $17,413,874 (market value)

Expenditures: $1,082,388

Total giving: $630,000

Qualifying distributions: $839,111

Giving activities include:

$630,000 for 42 grants (high: $100,000; low: $2,500)