- “Bored” Members
- Where the Money Goes
- How Do I, Steven Alan Green, Personally Benefit From The Laughter Foundation?
- What Are The Foundation’s Future Programs?
- How Can I Get Involved?
As we are a start-up, we are under the fiscal sponsorship of The Attic Theatre and Film Center in Culver City. The Attic charges us 5% of all monies received to process donations legally through The Network for Good, which is similar to The United Way.
The Attic has been a non-profit in good standing for 30 years. The late Patrick Swayze literally built the theatre brick by brick. The Attic’s Federal Tax ID Number is: 95-4473701. (A small part of the money raised will be used for our own 501(c)3 application.) James Carey, the Chairman and Producing Artistic Director, has a Masters in Non-Profit and acts as our Advisor. Without James’s help, we never woulda got this far. Thank you, James…!
As a start-up, we can’t have an actual board just yet. However; Comedian Friends of the foundation who have lent their name as potential board members include: Roseanne Barr*, Paul Provenza (creator The Aristocrats & Showtimes’ The Green Room), Kitty Bruce (daughter of Lenny and runs Lenny’s House & The Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation), Kelly Carlin (writer, performer, radio show host & daughter of George), Rain Pryor (performer & daughter of Richard), Andy Marx (daughter of…I mean, screenwriter & grandson of Groucho).
*Note: Roseanne has gone AWOL again, but I keep her name up here because to some people, it’s impressive.
Of every dollar raised through The Laughter Foundation…
- 30% goes to replenish The Heckler Fund
- 25% goes to COMEC
- 20% goes towards producing fundraising benefits featuring stand-up comedians
- 10% goes towards new program development
- 5% goes towards office & administration (printing, postage, phone, etc.)
- 5% goes towards our Fiscal Receiver, The Attic Theatre (this is actually “off the top” of every dollar)
- 5% goes to Non-Volunteer Staff.
TO BE CLEAR: We need a business plan. But, even that costs money.
The answer: Three ways…
- The great personal joy and satisfaction of being able to say I did something good for another comedian.
- Financially: Although we’ve been operating on a “Starbucks budget,” we’ve gotten a lot done. We’re basically an all-volunteer army. From the lovely Jenny, who is our web-master, to Leanne who is helping with social networking, to the fantastic Liz Leshin, our professional Fundraising Consultant, all of us are working for free and just the love of a good idea. When we are completely funded, then people will be adequately paid for their work, including myself, who will have a small salary as President of the foundation. In addition, since I am first and foremost a comedian, if there’s ever a situation where I personally need money for a medical emergency, then conceivably (after a proper internal vetting process) I could personally benefit. The one regular expenditure the foundation does provide me is my pay-as-you-go-phone, which is about $60/month.
- It’s fucking fun!
- National and International Laughter Day
- Clown Care Unit(CCU) – Clowns for kids in hospitals
- Senior Citizen Comedy Clubs – Comedy shows in retirement homes
- The Laughter Institution – Long-term plan and augmentation of The Comedy Museum, to study laughter as a science, as well as the social and geopolitical implications of comedy.
If you’re a stand-up comedian, and you have a joke or routine
- If you’re a stand-up comedian, and you have a joke or routine about Health Care, then email it to us and who knows…. Send link to: Vegas Joke
- If you’re not a professional comedian (more like the office comedian) we can always use “volunteers and new ideers!”
- If you’re Jerry Lewis, then just stay away this time please.