The Eisner Foundation was started in 1996 by Michael D. Eisner, then-Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and his wife Jane in order to focus their family’s philanthropic activities.
The Eisner Foundation continues a long tradition of family philanthropy that dates back to Sigmund Eisner, Michael’s great-grandfather, and Milton Dammann, his maternal grandfather. The Sigmund Eisner Company in Red Bank, New Jersey, — at the time, the largest uniform manufacturer in the United States — provided all of the official uniforms for the Boy Scouts of America for decades.
It was this line of work that helped inform and solidify Sigmund’s interests in the needs of children. Milton Dammann was the president of American Safety Razor and founded the Dammann Foundation. Almost a century later, Michael has continued to utilize his professional success to fulfill his family’s desire to help those in society who are at-risk.
The Eisner Foundation gives roughly $7 million per year to non-profit organizations exclusively in Los Angeles County. As of December 31, 2011, the fair market value of the Foundation’s assets total approximately $130,000,000.more » « less