The Smiths! Will And Jada Pinkett Smith
The founders of the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation (WJSFF) are sometimes controversial, sometimes outspoken, but these two are always working on ways to give back to the community. At one point, they even had a school.
The WJSFF has a broad goal of being dedicated to”the betterment of the world around us.” They do this through health, education, empowerment, community development, sustainability, and arts programs.
“This grantmaking couple has a long history of philanthropic giving, donating thousands to the Lupus Foundation, Make A Wish Foundation, supporting clean water efforts in Ethiopia, and donating $1 million to Jada’s alma mater, the Baltimore School for the Arts. As grantmakers, they established a fund at Associated Black Charities of Maryland, supporting local initiatives in Baltimore,” reports BlackGivesBack.
One of the issues the couple took on this year, especially Jada, was human trafficking. They even testified before the Senate. Jada stated, “Fighting slavery doesn’t cost a lot of money. The costs of allowing it to exist in our nation and abroad are much higher. It robs us of the thing we value most, our freedom.”