Seth MacFarlane Donates $5M to Entertainment Community Fund to Kickstart New $10M Initiative

The creator of Family Guy and American Dad has done it again, opening his wallet once more to fund the entertainment industry.

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Posted: September 21, 2023

The creator of Family Guy and American Dad has done it again, opening his wallet once more to fund the entertainment industry.

The well-known creator, Seth MacFarlane, provided an additional $5 million after donating $1 million to the Entertainment Community Fund in July in support of their initiatives to aid industry workers in the wake of Hollywood’s dual strikes. Entertainment Community Fund and MacFarlane teamed up to launch a $10 million project to entice more contributors amid the labor stoppage that has left thousands of people jobless.

The Entertainment Community Fund, formerly known as the Actors Fund, extends help beyond performers by providing financial and non-financial services as well as programs to people who work in the entertainment business. As of September 19, the fund had given more than $7.4 million to more than 3,515 film and television professionals, including writing assistants, production assistants, key grips, gaffers, lighting and sound designers, script supervisors, individuals in the craft services industry, hair and makeup artists, insiders in the wardrobe, and others. The emergency financial aid is used to pay for necessities of life including rent, groceries, health insurance, medical expenditures, help for mental health, and more.

The fund has received millions of dollars from thousands of donors, including some well-known industry figures like Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, Herb Alpert, Katie McGrath and J.J. Abrams, Greg Berlanti, Steve and Nancy Carell, Vince Gilligan(The GOAT), Michelle Pfeiffer and David E. Kelley, and Shonda Rhimes. Nevertheless, the money doesn’t last long. Entertainment Community Fund is presently disbursing between $400,000 and $500,000 per week because of increased demand, compared to an average of $75,000 per week in the first half of 2023.

Seth Macfarlane

Seth Macfarlane – The Family Guy

It is believed that MacFarlane felt obligated to offer additional money after learning about the significant weekly sums distributed. In addition, he was motivated by the way the Entertainment Community Fund supported a broad spectrum of business people across all job categories. MacFarlane, a strike-taker for the WGA and SAG-AFTRA, has been spotted in Los Angeles on the picket lines. I wonder if he’s as based as Peter Griffin over there.

“There aren’t enough words to express our tremendous gratitude to Seth MacFarlane as he continues to help those in need, all while inspiring others with this call to action to do the same,” said Annette Bening, who serves as Entertainment Community Fund’s chair of the board and has donated to the cause herself. “At this rate, we’ll need at least $10 million to continue helping people in the coming weeks. Seth MacFarlane’s gift is an incredible contribution to help us be able to do that, and we hope others join in as well.”

Added Entertainment Community Fund president and CEO Joe Benincasa: “We are eternally grateful to Seth MacFarlane for this extremely generous donation. We know that there will be long-term ramifications of the work stoppage that will continue to impact people’s lives and well-being for months to come, and this transformative gift will allow us to continue to answer the influx of requests for help we get each day.”

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