Norton serves on the Board of Trustees of the Enterprise Foundation, which works to move families up and out of poverty and transform low-income communities through the development of decent affordable housing and social service networks. Enterprise works in over 250 American cities and is one of the largest non-profit developers of affordable housing in America with well over 100,000 new affordable homes created in the last two decades. Edward is the Co-Chair of Enterprise's ongoing $125 million capital campaign. Enterprise was created by his grandfather, James Rouse, the celebrated developer and philanthropist.
Solar Neighbors Program
Norton also recently conceived and negotiated a groundbreaking arrangement with BP Solar to provide solar power technology to low-income homeowners in Los Angeles. Through the Solar Neighbors program, each time a celebrity or public figure buys a home solar system, BP will donate a full system to a low-income family, eliminating most or all of their electricity costs for as long as they own their home. BP has committed to donate 25 systems before the end of 2003 and to a significantly expanded program through 2004. The selection of the families and administration of the fund will be handled by the Enterprise Foundation's Los Angeles office. The program will also initiate an ongoing conversation about ways to integrate solar into low-income development models through the first Low-Income Solar Consortium. More detailed information can be received through Cara Eisenberg at BP Solar. 410-981-0268.
Middle East Peacemakers Fund
Another of Norton's recent projects is the Peacemakers Fund at Yale University. As a response to the events of September 11th and the increasing conflict in the Middle East, Norton contributed $100,000 to establish a fund that will provide travel study grants that give college undergraduates opportunities to study in the Middle East. In the interests of increasing our understanding of the people and cultures of that region, the fund will provide a minimum of five grants a year for the next five years and as many as the endowment can support thereafter. Fundraising for the fund's endowment is ongoing. Information can be received through Robyn Nickerson at 213 434 1121.
Norton has been on the Board of New York's Signature Theater Company since 1994. Signature is the only theater in the country that devotes an entire season each year to the work of one living American playwright. Edward Albee, Arthur Miller, Sam Shepard, Horton Foote, John Guare, Lanford Wilson are just a few of the playwrights who have spent a season in residence with Signature. In its thirteen years Signature has been repeatedly recognized as one of the most important and outstanding new theaters in America, winning every award available to an Off-Broadway theater.
Norton is also on the Board of Friends of the High Line, an advocacy group working to convert an abandoned freight rail line into a unique and spectacular park. Running over two miles through Manhattan's industrial West Side, the High Line would be one of the largest additions of public space in the history of New York City. Norton has hosted FoHL's gala fundraisers for the last two years and been a major financial supporter of the effort.
In addition to these efforts, Norton is a major financial supporter of the
Conservancy's Yunnan Great Rivers conservation project,
the Grand Canyon Trust,
the Wilderness Society,
the Southern Center for Human Rights,
American Museum of Natural History,
Credit Where Credit is Due,
the American Visionary Arts Museum and the
Neuro-oncology Research Lab. The benefit premieres of his films at the historic
Senator Theater in Baltimore have raised over $750,000 for a variety of Baltimore organizations and causes.
This information was taken from AMC's Edward Norton bio associated with his Oct 2003 appearance on Sunday Morning Shootout
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