The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation is dedicated to funding innovative and compassionate organizations in the areas of education, health and the arts. Reflecting the values and unique experiences of the Lorre family, the foundation supports programs, services and opportunities for those struggling with less and striving for more.
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 is a prolific television writer and producer having created, executive produced or written over 1000 episodes of television spanning the past 3 decades. Lorre co-created and serves as executive producer of four series currently on the air, including the acclaimed, award winning hit CBS comedies “Young Sheldon,” “Mom,” the recently launched “Bob Hearts Abishola,” and he created/executive produces “The Kominsky Method,” which stars Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin, for Netflix. For its first season, “Kominsky” received three Golden Globe® Award nominations - winning two - including Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy for Lorre, as well as Best Performance by an Actor in a TV series – musical or comedy for Douglas. Plus receive three Emmy Award nominations.
Lorre also co-created and executive produced the global blockbuster comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” which concluded its highly successful 12-season run in May 2019, finishing as the longest-running multicamera comedy in television history. He also co-created/executive produced the comedy “Disjointed,” starring Academy Award® and Emmy® winner Kathy Bates, for Netflix. He previously was executive producer of the hit comedy “Mike & Molly” and co-created/executive produced the long-running hit comedy “Two and a Half Men.” Before that, he created hits such as “Cybill,” “Dharma & Greg” and “Grace Under Fire,” and also served as co-executive producer on “Roseanne.”
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 primetime script soon led to freelance work on the syndicated comedy “Charles in Charge” and, eventually, to a staff job 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 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 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. In 2012, he was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame, and in 2016, he was inducted into the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Hall of Fame.
In 2015, Lorre established “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 (TCLFF) combined with gifts from nearly 80 people associated with “The Big Bang Theory” — including producers, cast and crew — plus contributions from other industry partners and leaders in the years since, “The Big Bang Theory” Scholarship Endowment has raised more than $5.5 million as of May 2019 and will now fund 10 scholarships per year — in perpetuity (up from five initially). The Endowment’s initial class of 20 scholars graduated in 2019 from UCLA. In March 2019, in honor of the end of the series, TCLFF announced the establishment of The Big Bang Theory Graduate School Fund. This fund will provide four-year scholarships of up to $15,000 per year exclusively for graduating TBBT/UCLA scholars who will be continuing their STEM education in graduate school within the University of California system. TBBT/UCLA graduating scholars who will be pursuing their graduate studies outside of the UC system will be eligible for a one-time grant of $15,000.
In September 2018, continuing its commitment to fund innovative efforts in STEM education, TCLFF announced the creation of a new grant program — THE YOUNG SHELDON STEM INITIATIVE — inspired by the hit comedy series “Young Sheldon.” The program was created to foster excitement for learning in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), specifically in support of our nation’s public schools, teachers and students. Lorre enrolled fellow “Young Sheldon” executive producers Steven Molaro and Jim Parsons, Warner Bros. Television Group and CBS to co-fund two-year educational grants totaling more than $600,000.00 which are awarded to 19 select elementary, middle and high schools in Southern California, where the show is produced, and East Texas, where the show is set. In honor of Young Sheldon’s season three premiere this Fall, TCLFF partnered with DonorsChoose.org contributing over $200,000.00 to support public school teacher STEM projects for middle school students across the United States.
Lorre has become known for expressing his thoughts and views through personal messages in the split-second vanity cards which appear at the end of his shows. Select cards were compiled into a book, released in 2012, titled “What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Bitter.” All of Lorre’s proceeds from the sale of the book benefit many health care–related charities and educational efforts, including the Venice Family Clinic — the largest free medical clinic in the country dedicated to providing free, quality health care to people in need. Also, he previously established the Robert Levine Family Health Center, named for his father. For his charity work, Lorre has been honored with the Silver Circle Humanitarian Award.
A native of Long Island, N.Y., Lorre resides in Los Angeles.
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.
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.
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.
Young Sheldon STEM Initiative
This public school STEM initiative follows The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation’s collaborative establishment of The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment at UCLA in 2015. This unprecedented endowment and scholarship program was designed to assist undergraduate students in need of financial aid who are pursuing their higher education in STEM fields. The Big Bang Theory UCLA scholarship launched with a $4 million endowment, which included partner donations from the TBBT cast, producers, crew, CBS, Warner Bros. Television. The program supported an inaugural class of 20 TBBT/UCLA scholars for the 2015–16 academic year, adding five scholars each succeeding academic year — in perpetuity. To date, The Big Bang Theory endowment at UCLA has supported 35 TBBT/UCLA scholars. Each year, the scholars come to the set to be honored by the cast and crew, and the scholars have created an official UCLA on-campus club which provides mentorship and weekly study groups.
June 5, 2020
IN LOS ANGELES, BIG DONORS AND PUBLIC SCHOOLS TEAM UP ON FOOD INSECURITY
The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation, the philanthropy of the creator of the hit TV shows “The Big Bang Theory” and “Two and a Half Men,” donated $500,000 to LAUSD. (The foundation has given an estimated $1 million to COVID-19 relief for immediate needs, including grants to the Burbank Unified School District, Cedars-Sinai, Children Mending Hearts, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, DonorsChoose, Learning Lab Ventures, Midnight Mission, Saban Free Clinic, Venice Family Clinic, and more.)
April 27, 2020
CHUCK LORRE FAMILY GIVES $250K 'CHALLENGE GRANT' TO LAUSD FOR STUDENT TO-GO MEALS
February 28, 2020
RIPPLES OF IMPACT FROM "BIG BANG" SCHOLARSHIP SEEN IN STUDENT'S SUCCESS
When Jonathan Shi received his acceptance letter to UCLA, the moment was bittersweet. He wanted to attend, but he worried about how his mother would pay. “My mom really wanted me to have this experience, but I don’t know if I would have felt comfortable letting my mom take that on,” Shi said. “I was considering doing two years at community college first to save money.”
Then a scholarship letter arrived. It wasn’t just any scholarship – it was UCLA’s Big Bang Theory Scholarship, funded by the cast and crew of the hit TV show of the same name.
March 7, 2019
TO COMMEMORATE THE FINAL SEASON OF THE BIG BANG THEORY
After creating the first-ever university scholarship endowment — The Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment at UCLA — named after a television series four years ago, The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation (TCLFF) announced today that in honor of the show’s final season, it has doubled down on its support of The Big Bang Theory endowment for undergraduate scholars in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation proudly collaborates with the following organizations:
- Burbank Unified School District
- California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA)
- Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
- Children's Hospital Los Angeles
- Girls Who Code
- GRAMMY Foundation & Museum
- Healing California
- LMU/Women in Entertainment Scholarship (in partnership with The Hollywood Reporter and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles)
- One Voice
- Planned Parenthood
- United Friends of the Children
- Venice Family Clinic
- Young Eisner Scholars (YES)
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