Meryl Streep donates to Viola Davis charities

Meryl Streep has more than a new golden Oscar trophy — she’s also got a heart of gold. The morning after winning her Best Actress award, Streep made a generous donation on behalf of her own charity, Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts, to two worthy causes in the name of fellow nominee and friend Viola Davis. The first was to the Segue Institute for Learning in Central Falls, Rhode Island, where Davis grew up. The school has been struggling to stay afloat after being forced to sell their building because of financial strains in the city. Streep’s $10,000 contribution will be a big driving force in implementing a plan to keep their doors open. Later that same day, a second $10,000 cheque was delivered to Rhode Island’s Upward Bound college prep program. It was the largest sum the organization has ever received.

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  1. Christie • March 1, 2012 @ 10:23 AM

    ONLY $10,000? I know it sounds like a lot but this woman has millions…thats like chump change to her. Definitely a publicity thing only

  2. Taffy06 • March 1, 2012 @ 11:38 AM

    I know we should appreciate ANy ammount but come on…$10000 from a woman that makes 15 million a picture..Like donating a chocolate bar!!!She should have presented this tiny amount anonamously

  3. TheTruth • March 1, 2012 @ 12:24 PM

    This is how some rich people gamble, and still get tax breaks.

  4. Lisa • March 1, 2012 @ 2:36 PM

    In all fairness. She also dontated the $1 million dollars she was paid that won her that Oscar. Can’t remember what charity but she did talk about it on the Ellen show.

  5. Alex • March 1, 2012 @ 2:52 PM

    Meryl does not get 15 million a picture. Check IMBD…a donation is a donation. Very generous. Viola will be pleased.

  6. LJ • March 1, 2012 @ 3:39 PM

    I agree with Alex. Who are any of us to complain about her donations? I’m sure the money is greatly appreciated by the charities.

  7. Tori • March 1, 2012 @ 3:57 PM

    Who are you all to decide what makes a good donation? At least she gave something! no one says it has to be a certain percentage of your earnings. Good for you Meryl!

  8. Lynn • March 1, 2012 @ 4:27 PM

    Her entire Paycheck from Iron Ldaywent to the National Women’s History Museaum.

  9. Velvet • March 1, 2012 @ 8:26 PM

    That’s wonderful that she gave the money. But I think she did it because deep down she knows that Viola was robbed of her well deserved Oscar for that riveting performance in The Help.

    Everybody knows that Meryl is a brilliant actress, but she doesn’t need 3 Oscars. Getting one is a crowning achievement, never mind two. Also, she is already in the record books for being the most nominated actress for an Oscar in history…a record 17 times!!!

    I truly believe in sharing the wealth. I saw her performance in The Iron Lady, and yes, it was good but in no comparison to Viola’s riveting performance.

    Oh well, say la vie. There’s always next year.

  10. Terry • March 2, 2012 @ 1:48 AM

    I don’t agree Velvet. I think Meryl’s performance in Iron Lady far exceeds Viola’s in The Help. Viola only needed to be a character that nobody knows. Meryl had to perform as the well known Margaret Thatcher to a ‘T’ & did a superb take of her. As far as not “needing” another Oscar, they aren’t given out as gifts, they are earned.
    I think Meryl donated generously, especially since it was to someone else’s cause other than her own. She didn’t have to do that. There’s noone more lovely or gracious than Meryl, nor any actor more talented & loved by so many. She earns every nomination & award she gets.

  11. ke • March 3, 2012 @ 8:20 AM

    Agreed, Velvet.

  12. JIM PERRIN • March 9, 2012 @ 3:41 PM

    what great person god bless you
    Merryl

  13. JIM PERRIN • March 9, 2012 @ 3:43 PM

    from jim perrin

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