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The Emperors of Benevolence



Doug Morris
Chairman and CEO, Universal Music Group
One of the board’s music men, Morris helped persuade Beyoncé to sing at the 2006 Robin Hood Foundation gala; in 2001, he brought in the Who.

John Sykes
President, Network Development, MTV Networks
Music connections. Sykes booked Sheryl Crow to play a 2006 Robin Hood benefit at Radio City.

Robert Pittman, Chair
Partner, Pilot Group
The “father” of MTV and onetime chief operating officer of AOL Time Warner, Pittman represents downtown on a board dominated by Park Avenue financiers. In 2005, his family foundation gave $400,000 to Robin Hood. He also persuaded Tom Brokaw to join the board.

Harvey Weinstein
Co-chairman, The Weinstein Company
Harvey brings, well, Harvey. On the board for more than a decade, he recently got the Rolling Stones to play a 2006 Robin Hood benefit at Radio City.


Maurice Chessa
Director, Bedford-Stuyvesant I Have A Dream Program
Chessa gives the board a presence in Bed-Stuy, another neighborhood of historically intense philanthropic interest. Chessa met Robin Hood founder Jones while the latter was volunteering with Brooklyn sixth-graders.

Geoffrey Canada
President and CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone
Canada gives Robin Hood street cred in its favorite location of charitable largesse—Harlem. Also a third-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Marian Wright Edelman
President, Children’s Defense Fund
Edelman brings diversity to a board composed mostly of white men and is famously tight with Bill and Hillary.

Mary McCormick
President, Fund for the City of New York
Another board member for whom philanthropy is a profession and not a hobby, McCormick has seen it all; she taught at Brooklyn’s P.S. 6 when it had the third-worst reading scores in the city.


Gwyneth Paltrow
Robin Hood has plastered her face on the front of fund-raising mailings, on which she does her best to look beautiful and serious at the same time. Interestingly, the foundation’s most recent filing lists her as Gwyneth Martin.

Tom Brokaw
Former Anchor, NBC News
Along with $75,000 in donations over two years, Brokaw brings the board the Voice of God, albeit retired.

Diane Sawyer
Co-host, Good Morning America and Primetime Thursday
A major draw at the foundation’s annual gala for donors seeking a name to drop at work the next day.


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