September 30, 2022
Hasbro has announced the launch of the Brian Goldner Center for Transforming Futures to honor the life and legacy of Brian D. Goldner, chairman and chief executive officer, Hasbro, who passed away one year ago in October.
The Center, funded by a $2.5 million contribution from the Hasbro Foundation, will provide multiyear social impact investments with a singular mission of transforming and uplifting lives.
Goldner was a play, entertainment and storytelling visionary, and he also championed Hasbro’s business as a force for good. Goldner’s tenure leading Hasbro expanded the company beyond toys and games into entertainment, digital gaming and more – building essential touchpoints with Hasbro’s fans worldwide. He was particularly passionate about lifting others through mentorship and opportunity and improving care systems for vulnerable members of society.
“Brian’s generous, charismatic and passionate leadership made him beloved by the Hasbro community and beyond,” says Kathrin Belliveau, chief purpose officer, Hasbro. “We feel privileged to continue to honor his incredible legacy through the Brian Goldner Center for Transforming Futures and uphold his strong belief in building opportunities for all.”
Grants made by the Hasbro Foundation focus on its philanthropic mission to empower generations of storytellers, create sustainable impact and spark joy through play.
“My husband Brian put so much heart into his role leading Hasbro, and what he loved most was the opportunity to bring joy and laughter to children and families around the world. He was always looking to help those who might need to be lifted up in life,” says Barbara Goldner. “Our family is truly touched that Hasbro is launching the Brian Goldner Center for Transforming Futures to honor his legacy and continue advancing the causes that were most important to him.”
The Center’s investments will support three nonprofit organizations benefitting causes that were significant to Goldner, including:
The Brian Goldner Student Support Fund with Year Up provides young adults ages 18-29 job training and corporate internships to connect them with meaningful careers. Year Up works to close the Opportunity Divide for thousands of young adults across the U.S. The Brian Goldner Student Support Fund will play a role in aiding year Up students who need emergency assistance with medical bills, rent, car repairs and other expenses to ensure they can remain enrolled in the program. The Hasbro Foundation will make multiyear gifts to the Student Support Fund, the Year Up Endowment and the Brian Goldner Alumni Community Impact Award, an annual recognition for an outstanding Year Up graduate.
The Brian Goldner Storytelling Fellowship at the Ghetto Film School provides underrepresented artists in Los Angeles, New York and London the opportunity to enter the film industry through a 30-month visual storytelling course. Inspired by Goldner’s passion for film and entertainment, funding will support underserved young artists, particularly female artists, to participate in the program and pursue a career in entertainment. The Hasbro Foundation investment will provide annual fellowships, support employee engagement opportunities at Hasbro, and establish an endowment through the California Community Foundation to ensure Goldner’s legacy lives on for future generations.
The Brian Goldner Flights of Hope with Angel Flight Northeast provides free air and ground transportation for children and adults to receive lifesaving medical treatment across the U.S. The Hasbro Foundation will provide annual support for five years to Angel Flight Northeast, flying patients in Goldner’s honor.
To learn more about the Hasbro Foundation and the Brian Goldner Center, visit Globalphilanthropy.hasbro.com.
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