One of the greatest satisfactions of Chuck Lorre's successful career has been the opportunity to give back. His commitment to philanthropy began in the 1990's when he established the Dharma Grace Foundation. In 2013, he expanded his philanthropic endeavors with The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation, as a way to fund and more deeply engage with select forward thinking charitable organizations and institutions. TCLFF supports philanthropic partnerships and programs with organizations and institutions that inspire hope, leadership, creativity, and productivity, primarily in the Los Angeles area.

Chuck Lorre Bio

Chuck Lorre has co-created and executive produced blockbuster comedies including, "The Big Bang Theory," the hit series "Young Sheldon," and the critically acclaimed comedy "Mom," which was named one of the honorees at the Seventh Annual Television Academy Honors in 2014. He is currently working on the upcoming comedy series "The Kominsky Method" starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin. He previously co-created and executive produced the long-running hit comedy "Two and a Half Men," and produced "Mike & Molly." Before that, Lorre created hits such as "Cybill," "Dharma & Greg" and "Grace Under Fire," and served as co-executive producer on "Roseanne."

In 2015, Lorre spearheaded the establishment of "The Big Bang Theory" Scholarship Endowment at UCLA to support undergraduate students in need of financial aid who are pursuing their higher education in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). With an initial donation from the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation combined with gifts from over fifty people associated with "The Big Bang Theory" — including producers, cast and crew — plus contributions from other industry partners and leaders, "The Big Bang Theory" Scholarship Endowment has raised more than $4 million.

Lorre was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2012. Additionally, he won the BMI Crystal Award for co-writing the "Two and a Half Men" theme song, was named an honorary member of the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science for his work on "The Big Bang Theory" and he received the David Angell Humanitarian Award on behalf of the American Screenwriters Association for demonstrating charitable efforts at the Venice (Calif.) Family Clinic. In 2009, Lorre received the NATPE Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award, was named Television Showman of the Year at the 46th Annual ICG Publicists Awards Ceremony and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

A native of Long Island, N.Y., Lorre got his start as a guitarist/singer, touring the country and writing pop songs, including Debbie Harry's Top 40 hit "French Kissin' in the USA." After more than a decade on the road, Lorre turned his attention to television. He began writing animation scripts for DiC and Marvel Productions, as well as writing and producing the themes and scores for several animated series, including "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." A spec script led to work on the comedy "Charles in Charge" and to a staff position on "My Two Dads." Lorre's big break came in 1991, when he became a supervising producer, and later a co-executive producer, on the groundbreaking comedy "Roseanne."

Lorre became known for expressing his thoughts and views through personal messages in the split-second vanity cards that appear at the end of his shows. In 2012, he curated some of his favorite vanity cards into a book titled "What Doesn't Kill Us Makes Us Bitter" with all of the proceeds from the sale of the book benefitting many health care–related charities and educational efforts, including the Venice Family Clinic, where he established the Robert Levine Family Health Center named after his father.

For his philanthropic work, Lorre has been honored with the Silver Circle Humanitarian Award by the Venice Family Clinic; the Golden Heart Award by the Midnight Mission; and with Variety’s Creative Leadership Award.


The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation proudly collaborates with the following organizations:


UCLA/The Big Bang Theory STEM Scholars

In 2015 The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation, with support from The Big Bang Theory cast, producers, studio, and network, created the first-ever TV series scholarship endowment with UCLA. The scholarship was established to support undergraduate students with promising academic merit in need of financial aid who are pursuing higher education in the fields of STEM. With an initial gift from the foundation, and generous donations from over fifty individuals and corporations, including Warner Bros. TV and CBS, the scholarship and endowment fund has raised more than $4 million. In its inaugural year twenty scholarships were awarded for the 2015-2016 school year, and five new scholars have been added each school year since, and will continue in perpetuity. The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation is proud to support these outstanding scholars and will be celebrating the first graduating class in Spring of 2019.

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Venice Family Clinic/Robert Levine Family Health Center

A long-time supporter of the Venice Family Clinic, TCLFF’s contributions have helped VFC offer comprehensive health services to communities throughout Los Angeles. In 2004, the Robert Levine Family Health Center - named after Mr. Lorre’s late father – was established to expand pre-natal and teen services. In early 2017 TCLFF funded major interior and exterior renovations of RLFHC creating additional exam rooms, counseling rooms, and expanding health education activities. The renovations include a beautiful new lobby, community room, and inviting courtyard, and can now accommodate an additional one thousand patients per year.

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GRAMMY Signature Schools

In partnership with the GRAMMY Museum, TCLFF supports the GRAMMY Signature Schools Enterprise Award program, which offers grants to eight public high school music departments in communities throughout Los Angeles. The award recognizes U.S. public high schools that make an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year. Grants are determined by submissions from teachers that include a compelling plan and a video showcasing their teaching in the band class of their choice. TCLFF recently expanded their commitment to this program in recognition of teachers, and the importance of advancing the arts and music in public schools.

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Young Sheldon STEM Initiative

Details on this innovative collaboration coming soon.



April 29, 2017


The GRAMMY Museum® announced today that seven economically underserved U.S. schools have been selected as GRAMMY® Signature Schools Enterprise Award recipients for 2017 and have been awarded cash grants totaling up to $101,000 for their quality music programs. Created in 1998, the GRAMMY Signature Schools program is a GRAMMY in the Schools® initiative that recognizes U.S. public high schools that make an outstanding commitment to music education during an academic school year.

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May 28, 2015

'The Big Bang Theory' creates scholarship fund for STEM students at UCLA

A co-creator and the cast and crew of the hit television show "The Big Bang Theory" have endowed a scholarship fund at UCLA to provide financial aid to undergraduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

The sitcom, which recently completed its eighth season, follows the lives of a group of young physicists.

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  • Natalie George, Program & Office Coordinator
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