Neil Gaiman Talks About The Gaiman Foundation

Earlier today I ran a piece based on a CBLDF press release about the Gaimain Foundation donating $60,000. Bleeding Cool commenters asked how this tied in with Gaiman’s previous charitable body, Marvels & Miracles which was funded by Gaiman’s work for Marvel and the court cases against Todd McFarlane and Image Comics.

Turns out, it ties in rather well. Gaiman told Bleeding Cool;

Every penny of the Marvels and Miracles money I received from the McFarlane case went straight into the Gaiman Foundation, where I cannot touch it or retrieve it. It’s all going to charitable causes (it has to, legally: that’s what a Foundation is and does), and is being added to with money from me and from other projects as they come in.

One of the reasons it’s there in the Foundation is it seemed saner and healthier to use it for years where it was needed on specific projects, to see results and to continue to donate annually, rather than to get it in and immediately give it all away in one lump. This year the GF has made about $115,000 in donations to a number of organisations: among other things, it’s funding a lecture series at MIT, giving money to a health centre in the Washington DC area, supporting a project to help disadvantaged kids in Birmingham Alabama, and another that brings a storytelling project to New York area High Schools to allow kids to tell their own stories, Moth-Style. The CBLDF is the only one that’s done a press release about it, which I was very happy with, as it encourages other people, I hope, to donate and to think about donating.