- Assets: $191,187 (2009)
- Grants Received: $327,104 (2009)
- Grants Awarded: $318,250 (2009)
See also: George Gund III Iara Lee Caipirinha Foundation
Cultures of Resistance Peace and Security Funders Group
Established in 2004, the Iara Lee and George Gund III Foundation (ILGGF) is a private charity created by filmmaker Iara Lee and her husband, George Gund III, to funnel money to radical artists and activist groups. In 2007, 2008, and 2009, this foundation bankrolled such high-profile organizations as the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute, the American Friends Service Committee, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Greenpeace Fund, Human Rights Watch, the Institute for Policy Studies, the Institute for Public Accuracy, the International Crisis Group, the Middle East Children’s Alliance, the Middle East Studies Association, the Ploughshares Fund, the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, the Tides Center, and the William J. Clinton Foundation. Cumulatively in 2007 and 2008, Gund and Lee personally contributed $1,133,562 to ILGGF, which operates out of the same office and employs the same staff as the Caipirinha Foundation (created by Lee and Gund in 2006).
A major project of ILGGF is its “Conflict Zone Film Fund” (CZFF), which “provides seed funding for projects that bring together filmmakers from opposing sides of armed conflict situations worldwide,” in an effort to “bridge” various “divides” that “may be national, political, ethnic, and/or religious in character.” Among the films financed through CZFF are:
- Voices of A People's History of the United States, a 2009 documentary based on the works of the late Marxist historian Howard Zinn;
- Blood and Oil (2008), which “show[s] how concerns about oil have been at the core of American foreign policy for more than 60 years,” and warns that “unless we change direction, we stand to be drawn into one oil war after another as the global hunt for diminishing world petroleum supplies accelerates”;
- Iranian Films for Peace: A Series of Shorts (2008), which seeks “to use images and stories to continue building a cultural bridge between our two [American and Iranian] societies, even as our governments ratche[t] up their language of war”; and
- War Made Easy, a 2007 documentary narrated by Sean Penn and based on a Normon Solomon book, condemning “the strategies used by U.S. administrations, both Democratic and Republican, to promote their agendas for war from Vietnam to Iraq … [and] to promote and prolong a policy of militarism under the guise of the 'war on terror.'”
ILGGF has also supported the Pyongyang International Film Festival in North Korea.
Another major project of ILGGF is Cultures of Resistance, which is both a feature documentary and an activist network whose stated mission is to “explor[e] how art and creativity can be ammunition in the battle for peace and justice.”
ILGGF is a member of the Peace and Security Funders Group (PSFG), an unincorporated association of philanthropists and foundations that support anti-war and environmentalist causes.
(Information on grantees and monetary amounts courtesy of The Foundation Center, GuideStar, ActivistCash, the Capital Research Center and Undue Influence)