Personal passion: Bob and Harvey Weinstein
The Max Family Foundation was created by Bob and Harvey Weinstein to honor and continue the legacy of their father, Max Weinstein. The foundation will contribute 100% of its funds to benefit a variety of charitable causes focusing on helping underprivileged children, New York-based poverty initiatives, children with serious illnesses and AIDS research, including supporting the Robin Hood Foundation and the Assn. of Hole in the Wall Camps.
“We were taught to give at an early age by our dad,” says Harvey Weinstein. “It’s part of the family’s tradition. Even though we had modest means, we always gave. One of my fondest memories is watching the Jerry Lewis telethon with my dad. Even though he didn’t have a lot, there was no question that he would give. Normally, he would let us get on the phone with the telethon, hoping we’d talk to some movie star and do the giving for him as boys. So we grew up with the tradition of that.
“The work we’ve both been closely associated with is amfAR. Last time in Cannes with Sharon Stone, we raised over $4 million. I’m really pleased with that.
“Bob’s on the board of Hole in the Wall, and I’m on the board of Robin Hood. AmfAR, Robin Hood and Hole in the Wall have been the crux of our work in the charitable area. With more success and estate planning, I think these charities will be well looked after.
“At Robin Hood, we build schools and libraries. It’s very hands-on in terms of the way we do it and the way we manage it. I would like to build a couple of more camps with Paul Newman.
“I’m glad that my children go to privileged schools. We’re building schools that are equal to the schools my kids go to. We’re now going to give underprivileged children in the city the same opportunity and the same education and put to rest the lie that these kids can’t do as well because, given the same circumstances, they’re going to do better because they’re hungrier for it.”