Dolly Parton is no stranger to charity work, having previously been awarded a $1 million check by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the Children’s Hospital at Children’s National Medical Center.
However, the actress has since taken a step back from the spotlight by focusing on her work in the arts.
Parton, who has made over 70 films, was the recipient of a $25 million check from the Gates Foundation last year for her “Fahrenheit 9/11” series of documentaries.
The $25M check was the largest single donation to a film or TV project ever made by the foundation.
In 2018, the Parton Foundation announced a $10 million grant to the Smithsonian Institute for its “A Guide to African-American Women in Film and Television,” which will include “a screening of the award-winning documentary “Poverty Is Not an Option,” which explores the lives of black women filmmakers.”
In addition to donating to the PBS documentary series “Black Women of America,” Parton also recently released a book, “Living the Dream,” which is set in her hometown of New Orleans.
According to the Foundation, the award comes from a combination of the “poverty and inequality” that Parton described in her film, “Fahsrenheit 9-11,” and the “welfare reform” that was enacted in the United States in 1996.
The Foundation also notes that Partons “Dolly Partons World War II Hero” award, which has been awarded annually since 1979, “comes from her contributions to women’s empowerment and cultural enrichment through her philanthropic endeavors.”
“Fahrenthold, Parton’s most celebrated film, is widely considered to be one of the most important movies of all time, and it has inspired a new generation of artists to come forward with original work and engage with our audiences through art,” said Helen G. Pankhurst, CEO of the Foundation.
“We are grateful for her vision and for the great work she has done to promote and protect women and girls through film, music, and television.”
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