The Hollywood Foreign Press Association Celebrates Extensive, Decades-Long Philanthropy Work

Golden Globes-Diversity initiatives

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 09: (L-R) Gold House Executive Director Jeremy Tran, RespectAbility VP of Communications and Entertainment & News Media Lauren Appelbaum, SVP of the NAACP Hollywood Bureau Kyle Bowser, HFPA President Helen Hoehne, HFPA Chief Diversity Officer Neil Phillips, and IllumiNative’s Bird Runningwater speak onstage during the 79th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton on January 09, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Hollywood Foreign Press Association)

LOS ANGELES – (Jan. 9, 2022) – The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) tonight announced the winners of the 79th Annual Golden Globe Awards® from the Beverly Hilton. In addition to recognizing 2021’s best in film and television, this year, the Golden Globe Awards shined a light on the long-established philanthropy work of the HFPA, amplifying a range of grantees during the program.

HFPA President Helen Hoehne opened the ceremony and welcomed attendees composed of select HFPA members and grantees. For 25 years, the HFPA has donated over $50 million to more than 70 entertainment-related charities, film restoration, scholarship programs and humanitarian efforts; incredibly impactful organizations, many of whom were hit hard over the last two years as a result of the pandemic. The evening honored the achievements of the grantees as well. 

“Last year the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was challenged to change – and we did,” remarked Helen Hoehne, President of the HFPA. “Both internally, within the Association, as well as adding 21 members to bring fresh perspectives. We are on a journey of change and we’re not going to rest. We are going to be outspoken about what we’re learning and challenge others to join us.”

At the conclusion of Hoehne’s remarks, Tige Charity, Executive Director of Kids in The Spotlight, took the stage to provide an overview of the organization, and then announced the first two Awards of the evening. Throughout the event, various HFPA grant recipients and nonprofit leaders spoke about the work of their respective organizations, followed by the announcement of Award category winners. Additional presenters included: Katie Alheim, A Place Called Home; Larry Laboe, New Filmmakers LA; Jenn Dees, PEN America; Damien Navarro, Outfest; Rafael Agustín, Latino Film Institute; Nate Thomas, Cal State Northridge; Dr. Mary Gallagher, LACC; Nic Novicki, Easterseals Disability Film Challenge; Thomas Parham, Cal State Dominguez; Diana Luna, Hola Mexico Film Festival; Kimberly Bautista, Justice For My Sister; Sandy Schulberg, Indie Collect; Filipe Noguiera, Women’s Voices Now; Adele Wilson, Streetlights; Diane Ruby, Get Lit; Jacqueline Alexander-Sykes, St. Elmo Village; Samuel Curtis, Get Lit and Lucia Torres, Los Fotos.

Toward the end of the evening, HFPA Chief Diversity Officer Neil Phillips introduced Kyle Bowser, Senior Vice President of the NAACP Hollywood Bureau, who further discussed the “Reimagine Coalition,” a joint five-year initiative between the HFPA and NAACP, to increase diversity, equity and inclusion across the global entertainment industry.

Bowser opened his remarks: “Imagination is the currency that sustains and propels the entertainment industries. Creative storytellers possess an amazing ability to conceive people, places, and circumstances that transpose us all to fantastical realms of ‘make believe.’ But for many of us, the imagination of the dominant culture is the most vulnerable, unhealthy, and dangerous place to reside. Our race, origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical capability, and mental capacity are but a few of the unique qualities we embody, but the invaluable perspectives, methods, and talents we offer are routinely discounted or discredited.”

Bowser went on to describe the importance of the Reimagine Coalition, and what it aims to do, with the hope of working closely with studios, networks, production companies, agencies, guilds, academies, and other media institutions.

His remarks concluded by acknowledging the “attention that has deservedly been paid to the HFPA’s shortcomings” but reaffirmed that the “NAACP supports their effort to reform and applauds HFPA’s offer to share its transitional experience as a template for the entire industry to emulate.”

Following Bowser’s remarks, Jeremy Tran, Executive Director of Gold House; Bird Runningwater, member of the Board of Directors for IllumiNative; and Lauren Applebaum

ALSO READ:  Who Is Tenoch Huerta? A Look At His Career And What To Look For In 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever'

VP of Communications and Entertainment & News Media, of RespectAbility, took the stage to announce they would all be joining the HFPA and NAACP in supporting the Reimagine Coalition.

  • Gold House is a community of Asian and Pacific Islander changemakers fighting for equality by advancing API representation and empowerment.
  • IllumiNative is a women-led social justice organization dedicated to challenging and disrupting the false narratives that exist about Native peoples. 
  • RespectAbility is a disability-led nonprofit that works to create systemic change in how society views and values people with disabilities.

During the ceremony, in addition to spotlighting a wide variety of HFPA-supported nonprofit partners, four organizations – Get Lit, Streetlights, St. Elmo Village, and Las Fotos – were honored through individual video vignettes. A full list of 2021-22 HFPA grant recipients can be found at the end of this press release. 

  • Streetlights — Supported by the HFPA for over a decade, Streetlights acts as a job training, job placement and career advancement organization. Its mission is to create careers, not just jobs, for underrepresented young women and men from diverse backgrounds, while increasing diversity throughout the entertainment industry. When students graduate from the first four weeks of training, they are placed in jobs such as production assistants, a traditional stepping stone.
  • Get Lit — Supported by the HFPA since 2018, Get Lit uses poetry to increase literacy, empower youth, and inspire communities. The organization cultivates enthusiastic learners emboldened to inspire social consciousness in diverse communities. Get Lit’s poetry and film curriculum engages young people by providing a creative outlet, community, and real-life work experience, transforming students into activists, scholars, and stars.
  • Las Fotos Project — Supported by the HFPA since 2019, this community-based organization inspires teenage girls and gender-expansive youth through photography, mentorship, and self-expression. Offering year-round programming, Las Fotos provides girls with access to professional cameras, quality instruction and workshops that encourage them to explore their identity, build leadership and advocacy skills, and strengthen their social and emotional well-being.
  • St. Elmo Village — A new grantee, St. Elmo Village houses free workshops in drawing and painting for children, as well as photography and computer graphics for young adults. They offer an arts and music library, community reading room, and music festivals not only for its surrounding neighborhood but the entire Los Angeles community. 

Over the last eight months, the HFPA has completely overhauled their bylaws, implementing sweeping changes from top to bottom that address ethics and code of conduct, diversity, equity and inclusion, governance, membership and more. In October, the HFPA admitted their largest and most diverse class to date of 21 new members, all of whom were first-time Golden Globe voters. A full list of the HFPA’s reforms can be found here.

The health and safety of guests is top priority for the HFPA. Proof of vaccination and booster, along with a negative PCR test was required for anyone in attendance. All guests were masked and socially distanced at all times. 


Hollywood Foreign Press Association 2021-2022 Grant Recipients:

JOURNALISM SCHOOLS

  • Cal State Dominguez Hills – $21,500
  • Cal State Fullerton – $20,000
  • Cal State Long Beach – $20,000
  • Los Angeles City College – $20,000
  • Los Angeles Valley College – $20,000
  • Mt. San Antonio College – $20,000
  • Santa Monica College – $20,000

FILM SCHOOLS

  • California Institute for the Arts (CalArts) – $60,000
  • Cal State Dominguez Hills – $60,000
  • Cal State Fullerton – $60,000
  • Cal State Long Beach – $60,000
  • Cal State Northridge – $60,000
  • Los Angeles City College – $45,000
  • Los Angeles Valley College – $35,000
  • Mt. San Antonio College Foundation – $30,000
  • Santa Monica College – $30,000
  • Southwestern Law School – $50,000
  • University of California, Los Angeles – $125,000

HFPA ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS

  • American Film Institute – $20,000
  • CalArts – $12,500
  • Cal State Dominguez Hills – $5,000
  • Cal State Fullerton – $5,000
  • Cal State Long Beach – $5,000
  • Los Angeles Valley College – $5,000
  • Loyola Marymount – $20,000
  • Mt. San Antonio College Foundation – $5,000
  • Santa Monica College – $5,000
  • University of California, Los Angeles – $20,000
ALSO READ:  'First Kill' Showrunner Felicia D. Henderson Talks Cancellation, Passionate Fans, And Future Projects

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING & MENTORING

  • American Film Institute – $40,000
  • Australians in Film – $20,000
  • Black TV & Film Collaborative – $10,000
  • City Year Los Angeles – $10,000
  • Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment – $20,000
  • Easterseals Southern California – $20,000
  • Film Independent, Project: Involve – $85,000
  • Film Independent, HFPA International Residency – $128,315
  • Justice for My Sister Collective – $20,000
  • LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Foundation – $10,000
  • International Documentary Association – $20,000
  • Motion Picture & Television Fund – $30,000
  • OUTFEST – $50,000
  • RespectAbility – $20,000
  • Streetlights – $25,000
  • Sundance Institute – $175,000
  • The Film Collaborative – $25,000
  • Veterans in Media & Entertainment – $54,000
  • Women in Film – $30,000
  • Women Make Movies – $10,000

PRE-PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION & MENTORING

  • A Place Called Home – $25,000
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Los Angeles – $100,000
  • California State Summer School Arts Foundation – $25,000
  • GetLit – Words Ignite – $20,000
  • Inner City Filmmakers – $40,000
  • Kids in the Spotlight – $10,000
  • Latino Film Institute – $10,000
  • LAUSD USC Media Arts & Engineering Magnet School – $25,000
  • Los Angeles County High School for the Arts – $25,000
  • POPS the Club – $10,000
  • SAG/AFTRA Foundation – $10,000
  • Sharewell – $10,000
  • Telluride Film Festival – $10,000
  • Venice Arts – $20,000
  • Women’s Voices Now – $10,000

PRESERVE THE CULTURE & HISTORY OF FILM

  • Cineteca de Bologna – $75,000
  • Film Preservation Society (Lobster Films) – $75,000
  • IndieCollect  – $125,000
  • Institut Lumiere – $200,000
  • OUTFEST – $10,000

PROMOTE CULTURAL EXCHANGE THROUGH FILM

  • American Cinematheque – $100,000
  • American Documentary Association (POV) – $10,000
  • Film Independent/Fi Presents – $289,900
  • FilmAid International/InterNews – $100,000
  • Hollywood Heritage Museum – $10,000
  • Library Foundation of Los Angeles – $40,000
  • Los Angeles Conservancy, Last Remaining Seats – $50,000
  • National Museum of American History (Smithsonian) – $150,000
  • New Filmmakers Los Angeles – $60,000
  • Vidiots Foundation – $25,000

JOURNALISM / PRESS FREEDOM

  • Committee to Protect Journalists – $100,000
  • Dag Hammarskjold Fund for Journalists – $20,000
  • InquireFirst – $20,000
  • International Documentary Association – $25,000
  • International Consortium of Investigative Journalists – $100,000
  • International Women’s Media Foundation – $50,000
  • KPCC/California Public Radio – $20,000
  • Los Angeles Press Club – $30,000
  • Military Veterans in Journalism – $10,000
  • PEN America – $50,000
  • ProPublica – $50,000
  • Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting – $50,000
  • Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press – $50,000
  • UCLA Diversity Report – $10,000

SPECIAL PROJECTS

  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – $35,000
  • Gingold Theatre Group – $40,000
  • FREE THE WORK – $20,000
  • Las Fotos Project – $10,000
  • Lollipop Theater Network – $20,000
  • Saturday Night Bath – $7,000
  • St. Elmo Village – $55,000
  • The Actor’s Gang – $10,000
  • The Moth – $105,000
  • Valley Cultural Foundation – $25,000

ONE-TIME GRANTS

COVID-19 PANDEMIC:

  • CORE Community Organized Relief Effort – $500,000
  • Feeding America – $1,000,000
  • Project Angel Food – $75,000

SOCIAL JUSTICE:

  • Stop AAPI Hate – $75,000

REFUGEE CRISIS IN AFGHANISTAN:

  • Committee to Protect Journalists – $200,000
  • International Women’s Media Foundation – $50,000

HAITI EARTHQUAKE:

  • DirectRelief – $125,000
  • Doctors Without Borders – $125,000

ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION:

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) was founded in 1943 – then known as the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association – by a group of entertainment journalists based in Los Angeles. During World War II, the non-profit organization established a cultural bridge between Tinseltown and millions around the world seeking an escape and inspiration through entertainment. The HFPA continues to do so today with a membership representing more than 55 countries. Since 1944, the group has hosted the annual Golden Globe® Awards – the premier ceremony which honors achievements in both television and film. The licensing fees from the Golden Globe® Awards has enabled the organization to donate more than $50 million to more than 70 entertainment-related charities, film restoration, scholarship programs and humanitarian efforts over the last 27 years. For more information, please visit www.GoldenGlobes.com and follow us on Twitter (@GoldenGlobes), Instagram (@GoldenGlobes), and Facebook (www.facebook.com/GoldenGlobes).

Please follow and like us: