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The Berry Gordy Family Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-02-11

At A Glance

The Berry Gordy Family Foundation

933 Cecina Way

Los Angeles, CA United States 90077-2630

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business; Entertainment
  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2013-12-31)

Assets: $1,636,225

Total giving: $252,950






Established in 1996 in CA - Founded by Berry Gordy, who created Motown Record Inc. in 1960. It was the first record label owned by an African-American to primarily feature African-American artists, such as Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The Temptations and The Jackson 5, all of whom achieved crossover success. In 1972, Gordy produced the successful and Academy Award nominated film "Lady Sings the Blues," starring Diana Ross, a semi-factual film about the jazz singer Billie Holiday. In 1988, Gordy was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 1994 he published his autobiography "To Be Loved."

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Dance
  • Diseases and conditions
  • Diversity and intergroup relations
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Heart and circulatory system diseases
Population Groups
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Associations

Financial Data

Year ended 2013-12-31

Assets: $1,636,225 (market value)

Expenditures: $259,741

Total giving: $252,950

Qualifying distributions: $252,950

Giving activities include:

$252,950 for 20 grants (high: $50,000; low: $1,000)