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Better U


Last Updated: 2016-01-31

At A Glance

Better U

11812 San Vicente Blvd., 4th Fl.

Los Angeles, CA United States 90049-5022


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2013-12-31)

Assets: $156,858

Total giving: $19,232






Established in 2005 in CA - Founded by James Eugene "Jim" Carrey, an actor and comedian who came to prominence for his role as the title character in the 1994 movie "Ace Venture: Pet Detective," which pulled in $159,537,178 domestically and over $400 million worldwide. His starring role in the 1995 sequel "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls," led to higher-profile roles such as Stanley Ipkiss in "The Mask," for which he gained a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and as Lloyd Christmas in the 1994 cult comedy film "Dumb and Dumber." In addition to starring in "The Cable Guy" and "Liar Liar," his starring roles in "The Truman Show" in 1998 and "Man on the Moon" in 1999 earned Carrey a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, respectively. In Mr. Carrey's words, he founded Better U "...So that I might continue to expand my awareness of what people need, to relieve or prevent suffering where possible and offer the kind of assistance that allows someone to grow toward independence and self actualization."

Purpose and Activities

Giving to provide global assistance that transforms the daily lives of people through imaginative and self-improving methods.

Fields of Interest

  • Adoption
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture, fishing and forestry
  • Antidiscrimination
  • Arts and culture
  • Basic and emergency aid
  • Child welfare
  • Children's museums
  • Children's rights
  • Family services
  • Higher education
  • Human rights
  • Human services
  • Independent living for people with disabilities
  • International development
  • International relations
  • Museums
  • Reading promotion
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Foster and adoptive children
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Non-adult children
  • Orphans
  • People with physical disabilities
  • Victims and oppressed people
  • Victims of crime and abuse

Financial Data

Year ended 2013-12-31

Assets: $156,858 (market value)

Gifts received: $302,088

Expenditures: $304,898

Total giving: $19,232

Qualifying distributions: $19,232

Giving activities include:

$19,232 for 3 grants (high: $13,666; low: $566)