Hugh M. Hefner Foundation

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"The Hugh M. Hefner Foundation was established to facilitate individual rights in our democratic society. The primary purpose of the foundation is to support organizations that advocate for and defend civil rights and civil liberties with special emphasis on First Amendment rights and rational sex and drug policies." [1]

Funding (2007)

"According to the non-profit’s 2007 tax form, the organization has provided more than $225,000 in grants to a variety of institutions, a number of them science and medicine-based. Several thousands dollars went to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the National Asthma Association, for example.

"The Hugh M. Hefner Foundation also lends financial support to the Guttmacher Institute, a sexual and reproductive health science research center, as well as progressive groups including NARAL Pro-Choice Foundation and Planned Parenthood. “We want to get good scientific information out to women so they can make reproductive health choices for themselves,” says Pakula.

"The foundation also tries to make sure that becoming Miss March isn't the only career path for women, supporting the Women's Business Development Center and Women Make Movies, a non-profit media arts organization promoting the making of movies about women by women (and no, not those kinds of movies).

"Hefner also supports the arts with donations to, among others, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, the Berklee College of Music, and the Multicultural Motion Picture Association." [2]



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  1. Home, Hugh M. Hefner Foundation, accessed November 20, 2011.
  2. Scientific American: Hugh Hefner as Patron of Masters and Johnson, Book Launch for "Masters of Sex" At NY Academy of Medicine, thomasmaierbooks, accessed November 19, 2011.