At A Glance
10960 Wilshire Blvd., 5th Fl.
Los Angeles, CA United States 90024-3702
Type of Grantmaker
- Celebrity: Entertainment
(yr. ended 2013-12-31)
Total giving: $140,000
Additional Contact Information
Established in 2010 - Founded by William James "will.i.am" Adams, Jr., a rapper, music producer and actor. Will.i.am is best known for his work as frontman for the musical group "The Black Eyed Peas," a top-selling act which has won multiple Grammy awards. In addition to his music career, will.i.am has also appeared in movies such as "X-men Origins: Wolverine" and "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa"
Purpose and Activities
The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:
The goal of this program is to improve the math and science score statistics of U.S. youth through support of STEM programs (science, technology, engineering and math), to motivate the next generation of innovators. The foundation has partnered with inventor Dean Kamen and his FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) after school program to encourage and celebrate the engineering and technology prowess of K-12 kids. i.am first includes participation in regional FIRST activities and producing “i.am FIRST: Science is Rock and Roll”, a back to school TV special that aired in primetime on ABC Network in August, 2011.
The mission of this program is to address the foreclosure crisis head on, help more individuals remain in their homes and create a road map to successful, long-term debt management and home-ownership. The program offers at risk homeowners financial assistance, debt counseling and financial literacy education.
This program provides future visionaries, leaders and innovators with financial assistance for post-secondary education. The i.am scholarship has partnered with Oprah's Angel Network in 2009, Scholarship America in 2010 and College Track in 2011 to aid numerous students in fulfilling their dream of attending college and graduate prepared to better society.
i.am.boyle.heights is a partnership between the i.am angel Foundation, College Track and The California Endowment, and is dedicated to transforming the Boyle Heights community in Los Angeles, CA. The i.am.boyle.heights center will offer wide-ranging programs so that students are equipped with the resources needed to get into and graduate from college, learn marketable and employable skills in the arts and digital media, and are guided toward the emerging careers of tomorrow in science, technology, engineering and math.
Fields of Interest
- College preparation
- Education services
- Elementary and secondary education
- Housing development
- Secondary education
- At-risk youth
- Children and youth
- Economically disadvantaged people
- Ethnic and racial groups
- Low-income and poor people
Year ended 2013-12-31
Assets: $95,131 (market value)
Gifts received: $1,598,334
Total giving: $140,000
Qualifying distributions: $1,619,516
Giving activities include:
$140,000 for 3 grants (high: $100,000; low: $15,000)
$1,064,438 for 2 foundation-administered programs