Louis C.K. is not just hilarious, it turns out he’s pretty charitable too. The comedian who once participated in Komedy for Karma, a benefit for Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, has now made a large donation to a women’s organization.
Kate Grant, CEO of Fistula Foundation, recently wrote a Huffington Post piece about her complete surprise and excitement to hear of the comic’s big donation, calling him an “angel in disguise.” The organization helps impoverished women who have been injured during childbirth. Grant says the majority of their donors are women and the majority of the donations they receive are under $100.
So, it was a surprise when a male donor was trying to donate $20,000 online and ran into technical problems. Grant writes, “And here comes the fun part. The guy’s name was Louis C.K. Who? Someone in the office asks. Louis C.K., like the comedian Louis C.K. — the brilliant, hyperbolic, edgy, profane, hilarious Louis C.K. Yep. That Louis C.K.” He had decided to donate 25% of proceeds ($280,000) from a recent show at Beacon Theater to charities and the Fistula Foundation was one of the organizations he chose. Grant says she sent her very first tweet to the comedian to say thanks, typing “WOW Tks UR Amazn don’t ever change WOW,” but when she decided her tweet sounded “silly and forgettable,” she sent an email too. That’s when Louis C.K. emailed her back to say that he’s donating another $20,000.
Grant said later that same night, Louis C.K. talked about the donation on a television appearance. “That night, he’s a guest on the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and everything he said about his amazing donation was right, with one small exception. While some of our funds go to treat women injured by rape, we mainly help women injured just trying to bring a child into the world. And when you think beyond the presents, mistletoe and elves, Christmas celebrates a birth; Louis C.K.’s gift to help treat women injured in childbirth makes his huge donation to the Fistula Foundation even more incredible. As one of my missionary friends might say, it feels like the hand of God. Or like one of my atheist friends would say, it feels like the hand of a very talented guy with a heart as enormous as his brain.”
The show, which was also streamed and available for download for $5, brought in $1 million – and what did the comedian decide to do with the rest of the money? According to PC Magazine, his other donations were given to The Pablove Foundation, charity:water, Kiva, Green Chimneys, and Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, totaling $280,000. $250,000 went to costs, and another $250,000 went to a “big fat bonus” for his staff members. $220,000 went to the comedian himself, an amount he says is enough. “That’s a lot of money. Really too much money. I’ve never had a million dollars all of a sudden…That leaves me with 220k for myself. Some of that will pay my rent and will care for my children. The rest I will do terrible, horrible things with and none of that is any of your business. In any case, to me, 220k is enough out of a million.”