Relativity Media approaches its philanthropic endeavors with the same dedication, passion and energy it devotes to financing, producing and distributing many of Hollywood’s most memorable films. The company is an active contributor to over 25 non-profit groups and sponsors numerous charity events throughout the year. Relativity supports organizations engaged in addressing a variety of timely and urgent needs, such as providing assistance to disadvantaged children, funding medical research, promoting social justice and civil rights and protecting the environment. We encourage our employees to participate in these and other charitable activities and are inspired by their enthusiasm for giving.
Youth-focused organizations Relativity supports include The Art of Elysium, which encourages actors, artists and musicians to volunteer their time and talent to leading workshops for children battling serious medical conditions; Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters, which helps underserved children achieve their potential through mentoring; and the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation, which provides at-risk Los Angeles County children with safe opportunities to develop life skills
Relativity contributes to several leading organizations promoting medical research into life-threatening and debilitating diseases. Among them are the National MS Society, which seeks to rid the world of multiple sclerosis, the March of Dimes Foundation, whose mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of birth defects, and AmFar, which supports HIV/AIDS research. Relativity is also a supporter of the Motion Picture & Television Fund, which for over 90 years has offered programs to meet the health and human services needs of Southern California’s entertainment community.
Other charities Relativity supports include the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a global Jewish human rights organization that confronts hate and terrorism and promotes human rights and dignity and . The Thirst Project, a nonprofit group which helps to create knowledge as well as access to clean, safe drinking water which empowers agriculture, education and micro-finance to impoverished communities around the world
Ryan Kavanaugh, Relativity’s founder and CEO, is the driving force behind the company’s extensive philanthropic involvement. He has been recognized for his charitable work by such esteemed organizations as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, whose Board of Governors honored him with its Hollywood Humanitarian Award; the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation, which presented him with its Community Champion Award in recognition of his outstanding dedication to inner-city young people; and by First Star for his dedication to improving life for child victims of abuse and neglect. Kavanaugh was also honored with the 2011 Entertainment Industry Award by the Anti-Defamation League, a group committed to fighting anti-Semitism and bigotry of all kinds. The award is given to individuals who demonstrate leadership and extraordinary innovation in the entertainment industry. Kavanaugh serves as the Chairman of the Board for The Art of Elysium.