Paul Newman may have passed away in 2008, but his foundation is leaving a charitable legacy that will continue on long after him. In total the Newman’s Own Foundation has donated over $300 million to charity since starting, and now they’re adding $510k to disaster relief charities in New Zealand.
The foundation’s president, Robert Forrester, made the announcement today on a visit to the disaster struck country. And said that funds will be divided up into donations toward community groups affected by the Christchurch Earthquake, donations to special projects, and addition grants to finance community partners programs.
“We recognise the needs of communities, especially following natural disasters and emergencies,” said Forrester. “Paul was committed to helping make the world a better place. He believed in sharing his good fortune with those in need. He donated to charity all net profits and royalties after taxes from the sale of Newman’s Own products. Newman’s Own Foundation continues this philanthropic tradition.”