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Posted: 8:04 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2013

Jane Fonda fires back after charity questioned 

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By Jennifer Brett

Actress and activist Jane Fonda has been known for years for her charitable endeavors, and her representatives responded with a wealth of information detailing her philanthropic work after the Smoking Gun web site posted documents showing her self-titled charitable foundation made no donations for years.

"For years, Jane has donated millions of her OWN money to various causes, including V-Day, GCAPP, the Women’s Media Center, and countless other causes relating to youth and adolescents," a statement from her representatives read. "From 2008 to the present time, The Fonda Family Foundation has given between 100K and 200k annually to the Jane Fonda Center at the Emory School of Medicine. 200K has already been given in 2013. She does not make any money from any of these foundations or the philanthropic work she does. She works with various causes and foundations, including GCAPP, the Jane Fonda Foundation, and the Fonda Family Foundation."

The organization in question in the Smoking Gun report is not the Atlanta-based Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential - which according to its 2012 annual report had revenues of about $5.8 million and spent 76 percent of that amount on programming that year - but rather the much smaller Jane Fonda Foundation, valued at less than $1 million.

Early on, Fonda's reps point to a paperwork glitch but later responded with a lengthy rundown of her charitable efforts, noting that the JFF has made contributions to organizations including Emory University (The Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health); Thomasville Community Resource Center;  Upaya Zen Center; Pecos Valley Cowboy Church; V-Day; PATH Foundation; Rosie's Theatre Kids; Chattahoochee Riverkeeper; Women’s Media Center; Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (name change in 2013 to Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential); Equality Now and Teen Services Program - Grady Health System.

Immediately after the Smoking Gun piece appeared, Fonda's attorney told the UK Daily Mail that the Jane Fonda Foundation made a larger donation at the start of this year to make up for past years, and that the foundation overpaid its contributions in 2004 "meaning there was nothing to pay until the 2010/11 tax year." 

Late Friday her representatives spelled out a number of Fonda's recent charitable donations, including a total of $450,000 in grants to organizations including Emory University School of Medicine and the  Henry W. Grady Foundation.

Both the Smoking Gun and Daily Mail note that the majority of the Jane Fonda Foundation's assets were contributed by Fonda herself, and her representatives noted that "contributions to GCAPP from Jane and her foundations from 1998-2012 has come to OVER $2 million."

Fonda was in Atlanta in September for a kickoff event preceding a GCAPP fundraiser and literally gave the dress off her back for the cause. She announced at a private reception that she'd donate the stunning canary yellow gown she wore to the Oscars as an auction item. 

She was back in Atlanta for the GCAPP fundraiser in October, was back in November for Thanksgiving. She chronicled her visit in this lively blog post.

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