Most people know Ryan Kavanaugh as the man behind Relativity Media and Proxima Media. The legendary producer and entrepreneur originated several first-of-a-kind deals including Marvel Studios’ creation. Aside from his entertainment career, he is also a recognized philanthropist and volunteer. His charitable donations and fundraising efforts were notable. He was able to add up to hundreds of millions of dollars to plenty of non-profit organizations. Forbes 40 Under 40 even included him on the Most Influential People list.
Being a grandchild of Holocaust survivors, he showed remarkable efforts in fighting anti-Semitism. The Anti-Defamation League, a global leader fighting anti-Semitism, acknowledged his efforts. He received the Entertainment Industry Award in 2011. The award is for individuals who show leadership and extraordinary innovation in the entertainment industry. He also worked with the Jewish Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
His work and dedication to the inner-city youth of Los Angeles is also celebrated. He earned the Community Champion Award from The Sheriff’s Youth Foundation. First Star, a charity focusing on improving the lives of foster youth, recognized his work with abused and neglected children. The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center presented him with the Board of Governor’s Hollywood Humanitarian Award in 2010.
Ryan Kavanaugh does not only help people but also animals in need. His passion for them led to his acquisition of FreeHand, a pet food company. The proceeds of this company help save the lives of homeless dogs. Each pound of dog food sold gets matched in a donation of food to a local animal shelter or rescue organization.
The Art of Elysium pairs volunteer artists with communities in Los Angeles. The organization aims to support medically fragile children, teens, and adults in times of illness and crisis. Ryan Kavanaugh served as Chairman of the Board of that organization.
Not a lot of people may know about his volunteerism and philanthropy but his continued efforts are still remarkable.