Jennifer

Charities

below are charities that Jennifer supports. If you know any more, please contact Laura!

Descriptions that are not taken from the charities’ official sites are taken from Wikipedia.org!

“There are so many wonderful causes out there that we should be educated about. Two in particular that I’ve been involved with in the last couple of years are The Rape Treatment Center and The Lili Claire Foundation.”Jennifer Aniston (2001)

The Lili Claire Foundation

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“The Lili Claire Foundation was established to enhance the lives of children living with Williams Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Autism and other neurogenetic disorders, while providing hope and resources for the families who love them. The foundation was created in 1998 to honor the memory of Lili Claire Resnick, who was born with the neurogenetic birth defect known as Williams Syndrome. Lili died when she was five and a half months old after undergoing an eighteen-hour open-heart surgery to correct a severe heart condition associated with the disorder.

Pictures of Jennifer at a Lili Claire Foundation Gala can be found Lili Claire Foundation Gala.

Friends of El Faro

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“Since November of 2000, Adam Smith and his wife Leigh Kilton-Smith (Jennifer’s friend and acting coach) have been traveling with a circle of friends to Tijuana, Mexico every four to five weeks to spend the weekend with the more then 100 children of “Casa Hogar Sion” orphanage.

It is here, where children, who have been abandoned or abused or neglected, have found a home, a place where they are safe and cared for, nourished and loved. It is here, where the Friends of El Faro do what they can take care of the children, and Mama Carmen and Papa Jorge and the staff, remarkable people who have created a home for children who did not have one.

Everything from cooking meals—so many meals, to drying tears, wiping noses, lots of hugs, playing games, talking, listening, breaking up fights and mediating peace; building playgrounds, changing diapers, showing outdoor movies, popping popcorn, and most importantly, letting the children know, and showing them that they are loved and cherished and important.

Over the years, more then two hundred friends have joined us on our weekend trips and when the orphanage lost their major funding severeal years ago friends of el faro rallied to put on an annual fundraiser to raise money to take care of our children. They are all our children.”

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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“St. Jude is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility anywhere. Discoveries made here have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. We are where some of today’s most gifted researchers are able to do more science, more quickly. Where doctors across the world send their toughest cases and most vulnerable patients. Where no one pays for treatment beyond what is covered by insurance, and those without insurance are never asked to pay. We’ve built America’s 3rd-largest health-care charity, with a model that keeps the costs down and the funds flowing, so the science never stops. All patients accepted for treatment at St. Jude are treated without regard to the family’s ability to pay.”

St. Jude was founded by Danny Thomas, the father of Marlo Thomas, who played Rachel’s mom on Friends.

Jennifer has appeared in several TV commercials for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital over the last few years.

Pictures of Jennifer at a St. Jude Children Research Hospital Gala can be found here.

St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital on Wikipedia

RAINN

Official Site

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization and has been ranked as one of “America’s 100 Best Charities” by Worth magazine.

RAINN on Wikipedia.

Project A.L.S.

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The mission of Project A.L.S.™ is to recruit the world’s best research scientists and clinicians to work together toward an understanding of and the first effective treatments for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Pictures of Jennifer at a Friends Finding A Cure event can be found here (This was in April 2003 when her then production partner Brad Grey received the David Niven Award.)

Other supporters for this charity are her friends Courteney Cox, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor and Laura Dern.

Clothes Off Our Back

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“The Clothes Off Our Back Foundation is a 501c3 organization that hosts charity auctions showcasing today’s hottest celebrity attire. Items are put up for bid to the public with proceeds going to benefit children’s charities. Clothes Off Our Back was founded by actors and philanthropists Jane Kaczmarek (“Malcolm In The Middle”) and Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing”) whose efforts, along with their celebrity and designer friends have helped improve the lives of children across the globe.”

Jennifer donated an autographed Sundance vest.

Luke Neuhedel Foundation

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“The Luke Neuhedel Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with cancer through education, research, and aid to families in need.”

Voxxy.com

(In)Official Site

Voxxy.com was an experiment. With this site, Jennifer was trying to reach out to young girls. “Where a new generation of girls speak out. Where Jen speaks out.” If you click on the official site link, you’ll see what it looked like back in 2001. The chat and message board are no longer active. However, you can read the old chat with Jennifer and Melissa Etheridge in our transcripts section here.

US Campaign for Burma

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In May 2008, Jennifer directed a video to draw attention to the US Campaign to Free Burma. The video can be seen here. For this video Jennifer teamed up with two of her friends; Mandy Ingber, her yoga instructor and Woody Harrelson, her Management co-star.

On the official site, they have a list of accomplishments, including, “Organized a letter to the United Nations Secretary General calling for the UN to do more on Burma — signed by 28 Hollywood celebrities including Anjelica Huston, Owen Wilson, Julie Benz, Dustin Hoffman, Jennifer Aniston, and more. We teamed up with the Human Rights Action Center on this.”

US Campaign for Burma on Wikipedia.

The Cove PSA

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“The Cove PSA: My Friend is…” was an effort to stop the slaughter of dolphins and protect the Japanese people from the toxic levels of mercury found in dolphin meat.

You can watch the PSA on YouTube.

The Cove on Wikipedia.

OmniPeace

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OmniPeace is a fashion brand founded in 2007 by Mary Fanaro and based in Los Angeles, California. Each year, the brand donates a quarter of its profits to a humanitarian organization. OmniPeace has previously partnered with organizations including Millennium Promise, UNICEF, the Lalela Project, and buildOn.

In 2005, after watching a Live 8 concert, Fanaro had the idea of introducing a food line called “Peace of Chocolate” whose profits would benefit initiatives to end African poverty; she later decided to create a clothing label. Fanaro met with the founder of Millennium Promise and proposed that her idea benefit the charity. Two weeks before OmniPeace opened in June 2007, Fanaro was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but the brand still launched as planned in New York City and Los Angeles. T-shirts designed by Signorelli were some of the first items that OmniPeace released.

OmniPeace has donated more than $500,000 to help end violence against African women and to educate children. Proceeds have gone towards building schools in Senegal and Malawi through buildOn; they have also supported the construction of City of Joy, a center for abused women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, through UNICEF and V-Day.

Jennifer attended the launch of “Stamp Out Violence Against Women and Girls of Congo” t-shirt campaign alongside OmniPeace Founder/CEO, Mary Fanaro, Courteney Cox and Sheryl Crow. Picture can be seen on their site.

Source: Wikipedia.

EB Medical Research Foundation

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The EB Medical Research Foundation was established in 1991 by Gary & Lynn Fechser Anderson at the request of Dr Eugene Bauer, then Professor and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at The Stanford University School of Medicine. His research team was making exciting progress of their study of EB but needed additional funding to realize their goals.

The Andersons lost two children, Chuck and Christine, to Epidermolysis Bullosa. Both children suffered deformities of the hands and feet, chronic anemia, malnutrition and growth retardation. Neither child ever weighed more than 84 pounds. The worst part of the disease was their constant pain.

Near the end of their lives, they suffered as much as 75% of their bodies in open wounds. Relief came only when they were sedated to the point of sleep. Chuck died at age 27 of skin cancer, another side effect of the disease and Christine died of heart failure at age 14.

In 2005, The EBMRF expanded its efforts by adding The Joseph Family, whose son, Brandon, was born with RDEB in 2003, to its Board of Directors and opening Administrative offices in Los Angeles. Both Paul and Andrea Joseph, and their immediate family, are committed to raising funds for ongoing research as well as awareness through the media and various fundraising programs.

To date, The EBMRF has raised over 5 million for research.

The EBMRF is unique in that the Foundation pays no salaries. All work, including executive, development and administrative, is done on a volunteer basis. It is the goal of the Foundation to keep operating costs at less than 1% of incoming donations so that a full 99% of contributions can go directly to our research programs.

In March 2008, Jennifer joined her friend Courteney Cox to celebrate the launch of their GivEBig campaign to raise $1 million. The private event was held at Beso in Hollywood and brought out supporters for an evening of good food, good music and giving back. The event, which was filmed for Oprah, was highlighted on her show the following week and helped bring EB into the spotlight!

Feeding America

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Their mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

Her friends Courteney Cox and David Arquette are a part of this cause as well as a lot of other celebrities

In January 2009, Jennifer joined them at the Feeding America cocktail party to help Shepard Fairey unveil his original artwork created to raise awareness about hunger in America. The event was hosted by Dan Glickman, President and CEO of MPAA and Arquette at the home of Eric Kranzler (partner in Management 360).

Feeding America on Wikipedia.

Hope For Haiti

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Hope for Haiti was formed in October of 2005 by Brian House, a former Peace Corps volunteer who served in Haiti in 2003 and 2004. While in Haiti, Brian worked in the communities of Chambellan and Ile-a-Vache coordinating
education, health, agriculture and development projects. In February 2004 amidst political revolution all Peace Corps volunteers and staff along with most other aid organizations evacuated Haiti. During this time Brian chose to remain in Haiti to provide assistance when Haiti needed it the most. Throughout this period of instability and uncertainty Brian worked with the few remaining aid workers to coordinate and deliver medical supplies and assist those who were displaced by the violence.

Brian House created Hope for Haiti to continue his vision of helping Haitians achieve a brighter future. While working with the Peace Corps Brian developed an understanding of the culture, language and issues of Haiti. His personal experience working in Haiti have allowed him to develop a vast trustworthy network of volunteers to assist in Hope for Haiti’s projects.

On January 22, 2010, Jennifer took part in the Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief telethon. It was the most widely distributed telethon in history. Everyone involved donated money to help the people who had suffered from the Haiti eartquake that year.

Hope For Haiti Now and Hope For Haiti on Wikipedia.

The Stiller Foundation

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Based on the idea that all children deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential, Ben Stiller founded the Stiller Foundation in 2010. The Foundation’s primary mission is to promote the education and well-being of children worldwide through initiatives that focus on education.

To date, the Stiller Foundation has focused primarily on providing educational opportunities for children in Haiti through the construction of schools. In the wake of the January 2010 earthquake, Ben solidified his commitment to Haiti with the Haitian School Initiative, an effort to aid children affected by the catastrophe.

Currently the foundation is working with Architecture for Humanity, a non-profit design services firm to rebuild four badly damaged schools in the Port-Au-Prince area. Other temporary-to-permanent structures were erected in time for the 2010 fall term, allowing hundreds of children to return to a safe learning space.

In a humorous video to announce The Stiller Foundation, Ben Stiller uses Jennifer’s name to attract more people for the cause. So, try it and go to http://seejenniferanistonnakedfoundation.com

In September 2011, Jennifer attended an Artists for Haiti auction (organized by The Stiller Foundation) to help out her friend Ben Stiller. She reportedly spent $450,000 on the 6-foot Glenn Ligon abstract titled “Stranger #44,” although the painting was valued at just $150,000 to $200,000. Therefore, it was mainly a big donation. The event was expected to raise about $10 million and exceeded those expectations by raising $14 million for the cause.

AmeriCares

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AmeriCares is a non-profit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization providing immediate response to emergency medical needs and supporting long-term health care initiatives for people in the United States and around the world. Since its founding in 1982, AmeriCares has provided more than $9 billion of aid to 147 countries. AmeriCares delivers donated medicines, medical supplies and humanitarian aid in response to disaster relief, specific need, or civil conflicts.

On their official site is a testimonial from Jennifer which goes as follows, “AmeriCares does amazing work. They have a longstanding commitment to the people of Haiti and will continue to send relief in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.”

In February 2010, Jennifer hosted a benifit screening of The Last Station to raise money for AmeriCares and its efforts in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The event included a cocktail reception with the director after the movie. Ticket prices for the charity event reportedly range from $100 per ticket to $50,000. (It was also reported that she distributed $500,000 among various charities, including AmeriCares, Doctors Without Borders and Partners in Health after the Haiti eartquake in January 2010.)

On October 2, 2011, AmeriCares tweeted this picture, which is a text from Jennifer on the big screen, saying, “‘I’m proud to support the important work of AmeriCares.’ – Jennifer Aniston.” (The tweet included a “Many thanks, Jennifer!”)

Source: Wikipedia

Stand Up To Cancer

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Stand Up To Cancer is a charitable program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation established by media, entertainment and philanthropic leaders who have been affected by cancer. SU2C aims to raise significant funds for translational cancer research through online and televised efforts. Central to the program is a telethon that was televised by three major broadcast networks (ABC, NBC, CBS) in over 170 countries on September 5, 2008. SU2C made over $100 million after that evenings broadcast.

In September 2008, Jennifer took part in that Stand Up To Cancer broadcast and has since then been seen with their trademark clothes on a few occasions.

Source: Wikipedia

Warriors in Pink

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Ford and your Ford dealer are recruiting Warriors to help ramp up the fight against breast cancer. Their mission is to raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and to raise awarenes of breast cancer through early detection.

Jennifer teamed up with them in October 2011. See her Warriors in Pink PSA right here. This PSA could also be seen during each commercial break of Five which aired the same month on Lifetime.

She also created the t-shirt she is wearing in that PSA. It was sold out after only a few days. You can still order it here as of October 15, 2011.

Make A Wish Foundation

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Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 after a little boy named Chris Greicius realized his heartfelt wish to become a police officer. Since its humble beginnings, the organization has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 250,000 children around the world.

Jennifer has made at least three children happy thanks to this organization. One time when she was still on Friends, a sophomore in high school was battling cancer and wished to be on the set of Friends. She later reported that Jennifer was “just overall generous toward” her. In December 2005, a girl named Kelly accompanied Jennifer to the Rumor Has It… premiere and in January 2008, while shooting Love Happens, Jennifer met
10-year old Jennifer Almenario at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver hotel. The younger Jennifer was battling leukemia and wished to go to Disneyland. Jen and her co-star Aaron Eckhart took time out of their busy filming schedule to present little Jennifer with a $6,600 cheque for her Make-A-Wish Foundation dream trip to Disneyland.

Jennifer Almenario about Jennifer: “I drew a picture of Jennifer and gave it to her and she said thank you and that it was really good. Then she gave me a big hug. She’s prettier in person. I showed this [an autograph of Jen] to my friends at school
Jennifer’s mother, Gina about Jennifer: “Jennifer is so gorgeous and cute … She is so down to earth and she hugged me two times. Jennifer even asked me how we were handling our Jennifer’s illness. Jennifer said to me later, ‘Mom, your jacket is so special now because Jennifer Aniston hugged you.’”

The Make-a-Wish Foundation on Wikipedia.

Doctors Without Borders

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“Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization working in nearly 70 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.”

Jennifer has donated money to them several times.

Doctors Without Borders on Wikipedia.

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