SEATTLE — Many know Tina Fey as one of the top players in the comedic world. Her work on Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, and a colorful jumble of movies made her a household name for her sense of humor. Her admirable and longstanding commitment to charitable work, however, has gone a little under the radar.
Since rising to fame in the mid-nineties during her time on SNL, she has made philanthropy a consistent part of her career. Many of the causes Ms. Fey supports are aimed at giving children and women, both in her home country and around the world, opportunities to build stable and successful lives.
One of her current charities is the Worldwide Orphans Fund (WWO), which aims to meet the needs of orphans around the globe. Her comedy-partner and friend Amy Poehler is an ambassador for the same organization, and the duo hosted a Golden Globes afterparty in 2013 to benefit WWO.
A mother herself, Tina Fey routinely places children’s welfare at the center of much her work to combat poverty.
She and her musician husband, Jeff Richmond, were both participants in the 2012 benefit concert for Children’s Health Fund. This organization, co-founded by fellow celebrity Paul Simon, works to provide much needed pediatric health services in underserved areas in the United States.
Other domestic causes benefiting children Tina Fey supports include Autism Speaks and Love Our Children.
Tina Fey also supports Stand Up to Cancer, which brings together worldwide activists, clinicians and researchers to make ending cancer a worldwide priority.
Moreover, Tina Fey has also been an outspoken advocate for gender equity in comedy, entertainment, and, more recently, in poverty work. She, along with many other stars and activists, signed onto a letter calling out poverty for being “sexist.”
The open letter, circulated by international advocacy organization ONE, asks lawmakers to put women and girls at the forefront of the fight against global poverty.