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The John W. Carson Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-02-10

At A Glance

The John W. Carson Foundation

16000 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 900

Encino, CA United States 91436-2760

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-06-30)

Assets: $168,005,256

Total giving: $7,478,500






Established in 2006 in CA and DE as successor foundation to the J.W.C. Foundation, established in 1981 as the John W. Carson Foundation - Founded by the late John W. "Johnny" Carson, who was a television host and comedian. He is best known as the host of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" from 1962–1992. Carson won six Emmy Awards, was a recipient of Kennedy Center Honors, and, in 1987, was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

Fields of Interest

  • Child welfare
  • Family planning
  • Family services
  • Human services
  • Youth development
Population Groups
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • People with disabilities
  • Seniors

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-06-30

Assets: $168,005,256 (market value)

Expenditures: $9,701,525

Total giving: $7,478,500

Qualifying distributions: $8,107,728

Giving activities include:

$7,478,500 for 158 grants (high: $1,015,000; low: $1,500)