The Nimoy Foundation

"The Nimoy Foundation's goals are: 1) to fund organizations that support visual artists through direct fees and/or subsidies of space, supplies and services; 2) to connect artists with institutions that can advance their careers; 3) to support artists working in communities who have a goal of mentoring and teaching others, especially young and aspiring artists; 4) and to inspire other philanthropists to support the arts." (See Headlands Center for the Arts, & Headlands Center for the Arts List of Recipients)

Leonard Nimoy:

"We are delighted our program has funded hundreds of artists working in top visual arts centers. To support the highest level of artistic vision, creativity and free expression is most satisfying. Finally, knowing our investment has inspired other philanthropists to fund the arts -- and the work of artists -- is indeed rewarding."

Susan Bay Nimoy:

"I am thrilled that our philanthropy allows artists from around the world to come to the United States and work in both large and small institutions. Also, the artists we support in turn generously share their talents with the communities they visit, which is very important to us"


Every Child Foundation (2010)

Leonard Nimoy narrates a video for the Everychild Foundation that his wife Susan supports.


Film Icon Tops List of Biggest Givers (2009)

The media and internet love lists, and so here is one more: Film icon tops list of biggest givers:

Other listed celebrities included Mel Gibson, who came fourth with a donation of $6.5m, Leonardo DiCaprio, thirteenth, who gave $1.5m, and Leonard and Susan Nimoy, at number 29, who gave $510,000 (£308,000).

The minimum donation required to be on the list was £500,000.

CharityBuzz Offers Guided Tour Through Griffith Observatory by Leonard Nimoy (2009)

Winning bid for the tour for two people was $9,250.00. (more/close)

Description on the CharityBuzz web page:

The Griffith Observatory is an icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy, a beloved civic gathering place, and one of southern California's most popular attractions. Here is your chance to see it with the one and only Leonard Nimoy! The Observatory is located on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, just above the Los Feliz neighborhood. It is 1,134 feet above sea level and is visible from many parts of the Los Angeles basin.

Enjoy an exclusive tour of this iconic observatory with the one and only Leonard Nimoy!

Mr. Nimoy needs no introduction but for all of you who may not know, he is widely known as an actor, gaining international recognition for his Emmy-nominated role as Mr. Spock on the Star Trek television series and films, and has been featured in many other television, stage, and screen productions. He is also a highly regarded director, poet, and photographer.

Donated by: Leonard Nimoy

Terms: Includes: a private tour of Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California. Valid for two people, for one year, based on a mutually agreeable time.

Winning Bidder Amount Time
Piscean $9,250.00 Wed, 2 Dec 2009 12:10:43 PM EST

The HALLA GALA (2009)

Leonard and Susan Nimoy acted as the honorary hosts for the HALLA Gala on October 31, 2009. The motto for the Halloween event was to come dressed up as your secret self. Proceeds from the evening went to benefit the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Tickets ranged from $350-$25,000 with $ 5000 being the starting price asked for a photo session with Mr. Nimoy. (more/close)

Event recap on the Santa Monica Museum of Art page and slideshow :

At dusk on October 31, Halloween night, SMMoA and hosts Susan and Leonard Nimoy welcomed hundreds of fantastically-attired party-goers to The Halla Gala. SMMoA Trustees, donors, artists and featured designers, dressed as their secret selves, enjoyed a delectable feast in a magical setting and were treated to complimentary photographs in a surrealist photobooth. Costume contest winners Miriam Wosk, Olga Garay and Kerry English (i.e., the two Fridas and Trotsky) walked away with the grand prize—a private photo portrait session by Leonard Nimoy, who generously took photographs that evening of high-level package buyers. The Halla Gala raised over $400,000, thanks in part to a generous matching grant from Chora* - a direct charitable activity of The Annenberg Foundation.


The Secret Self $5,000
2 gala tickets
1 limited-edition portrait print by Barkley L. Hendricks or Mickalene Thomas
1 photographic portrait of your secret self taken that evening by Leonard Nimoy (no more than 2 people in portrait; final print delivered following event)
Print, online, and onsite recognition
1 priority parking pass
Invitation to SMMoA`s Vintage Clothing Cache on Sunday, October 4, noon to 4 p.m. RESCHEDULED: Sunday, October 18, noon to 4 p.m. (costume cost not included in ticket price)

La Dolce Vita $10,000
4 gala tickets
2 limited-edition portrait prints, one each by Barkley L. Hendricks and Mickalene Thomas
1 photographic portrait of your secret self taken that evening by Leonard Nimoy (no more than 2 people in portrait; final print delivered following event)
Costume concept, design, and creation for 1 with a noted fashion designer; see list below
Prominent print, online, and onsite recognition
2 priority parking passes
Invitation to SMMoA`s Vintage Clothing Cache on Sunday, October 4, noon to 4 p.m. RESCHEDULED: Sunday, October 18, noon to 4 p.m. (costume cost not included in ticket price)

The Gardeners of Eden $25,000
10 gala tickets
2 limited-edition portrait prints, one each by Barkley L. Hendricks and Mickalene Thomas
1 photographic portrait of your secret self taken that evening by Leonard Nimoy (no more than 2 people in portrait; final print delivered following event)
Costume concept, design, and creation for 2 with two noted fashion designers; see list below
Luxury Halloween night accommodations at Viceroy Santa Monica (1 ocean view room)
Sponsorship recognition on 1 upcoming museum program

The Beit T'Shuvah "Steps to Recovery" Gala (2009)

In the episode The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis of The Big Bang Theory one of the characters gets a very special gift for Christmas - a napkin with Leonard Nimoy's autograph on it. The napkin was later auctioned off at The Beit T'Shuvah "Steps to Recovery" Gala — Nimoy's charity of choice — for $ 1.100. (more/close)

TV Guide writes on Jan 23, 2009:

Although at the time the scene was shot, Nimoy hadn't actually put his "John Han-Spock" on the prop, the actor has since done so. In fact, in the video [at the 0:30 mark], Jim Parsons (Sheldon) tells the story of how the show sent Nimoy two napkins to sign, in case he made a mistake. (An illogical precaution, it turned out.) has a photo of Jim Parsons holding the autographed napkin.

Lightspeed Fine Art Celebrity Charity Auction (2007)

The auction was held in Lake Forest, California, on the weekend of December 1st and 2nd with Leonard Nimoy showing up as a "surprise" guest, auctioning off items from his private collection. (more/close) writes about the event:

A surprise guest at the auction was Leonard Nimoy, better known as Mr Spock from Star Trek. Nimoy, who is reputed to have a huge personal collection of Star Trek memorabilia, donated several items to the auction signed by himself and William Shatner, including a plaque awarded from NASA for “inspiring a generation of scientists and explorers”.

Nimoy’s contributions made over $14,000 of the total $40,000 raised during the auction, with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society and the Nimoy Foundation, an initiative that gives grants to artists-in-residence programs in museums and galleries around the US." Seefor more.



He contributed some special one-of-a-kind items such as a plaque from NASA thanking him "for inspiring a generation of scientists and explorers." That sold for $3100. Another plaque presented to him by Paramount on the occasion of Star Trek's 25th anniversary in 1991 went for $1500. An original piece of artwork — a caricature of Nimoy tethered to the Enterprise — created by his hometown newspaper, the Boston Globe, to accompany an interview with him in the late '60s went to a lucky bidder for $1700.

Nimoy brought several items signed by both himself and William Shatner, such as books and rare photos. One was a copy of Nimoy's book "I Am Spock," and on the inside cover Shatner inscribed: "I thought he wrote 'I Am Not Spock' — wish he'd make up his mind!" In another, a collection of Nimoy's poetry titled "A Lifetime of Love," Shatner was less glib, writing, "And I've loved him for a lifetime - Wm. Shatner." Those books brought in about $600 each.

More photos of the event can be found at the Lightspeed Fine Art website.

Contribution to Art (2006)

In 2006 Leonard Nimoy gave $425,000 to 21 U.S. art organizations. (more/close)

Nimoy transports to Ohio arts center (2006)

Leonard Nimoy and his wife beamed up for a visit to the contemporary arts center at Ohio State University, which will receive $40,000 from their charitable foundation.

The gift to the Wexner Center for the Arts is the largest share of the $425,000 being distributed to 21 U.S. art organizations.

The actor, best known for his role as Spock on "Star Trek," is also a movie director and art photographer. The Nimoy Foundation, founded in 2003, has given the Wexner Center $90,000 in grants for artist residencies.

Nimoy, 75, and his wife, Susan Bay-Nimoy, 63, who serves as vice chairwoman of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, toured the center Tuesday. In an interview with The Columbus Dispatch, Nimoy said contemporary art leads to the exploration and expansion of one's mind.

"And to go to that rather than run away from it is where the excitement is - to explore it, ask questions about it, research it, talk to people about it," he said.

Nimoy, who enjoys black- and-white photography, said it allows him to create an object.

"I love the idea that I can get up in the morning with an idea and by the end of the day have something that I can give to you, hang on the wall or give to a gallery," he said.

Source: OC Register

Nimoy Concert Series (2005)

A series of concerts sponsored by Leonard Nimoy to "reflect the best of multicultural Israel today." (more/close)


Even during the tensest days of the intifada, the four Jewish and four Arab musicians of the SheshBesh ensemble performed before mixed -- and appreciative -- audiences.

The ensemble's fusion of western and Asian music and instruments can be heard Sunday, June 26, at Temple Israel of Hollywood, as part of the temple's Nimoy Concert Series.

"This unique group of classical artists from the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), and their equally skilled colleagues from the Arab musical tradition, reflect the best of multicultural Israel today," said actor Leonard Nimoy, who with his wife, Susan, is sponsoring the series.

More here.

Kulture Klub Collaborative

Leonard and Susan Nimoy are listed as benefactors for the organizastion. They visited in 2005.


Kulture Klub Collaborative is an independent nonprofit arts organization that brings together artists and homeless teens at YouthLink/Project OffStreets, a crisis drop-in center- located in downtown Minneapolis. Through workshops, open mics, cultural presentations, and "art views," homeless teens develop their creative expression, receive exposure to artistic excellence, and enter into a group of peers, supportive adults, and diverse social communities.


Theo! The First 80 Years (2004)

A 90 min stage show to raise money for the Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center. (more/close)

The 80th birthday of actor, singer, Soviet Jewry champion and Yiddish language true believer Theodore Bikel was marked by more than 1,300 well-wishers with the June 6 concert, "Theo! The First 80 Years," at Brentwood's Wadsworth Theater.

The fluid 90-minute show was directed by Milken Community High School middle school drama director Rachel Leah Cohen, who expertly included collages of Bikel from his 2,000 stage performances as Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof," plus memorable film roles in, "My Fair Lady," "The African Queen" and his Academy Award-nominated Southern sheriff performance in "The Defiant Ones."

With actors Leonard Nimoy, Larry Miller and Mare Winningham, plus the Stephen S. Wise Temple's elementary school chorus, the $50-$350 tickets filled the Wadsworth seats as "Theo!" raised funds for Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

Source: Jewish Journal, The Circuit


Nimoy Honored for Commitment to Art (2003)

Leonard Nimoy was honored for contributing $1 million to a new fund for emerging artists at MOCA. (more/close) reports that

"The Nimoys were the honorees at the MOCA's gala opening of a retrospective exhibition of British artist Lucian Freud's work Friday night. According to the Los Angeles Times, the memorable event boasted fan-dancing women in python costumes and an impressive multimedia display. Painter David Hockney, who served as one of Freud's portrait subjects, played host. The Nimoys' arrival was greeted by "a small storm of flashes," according to the Times, as the pair was honored for their commitment to the museum and for contributing $1 million to a new fund for emerging artists."

With Friends Like These... (2003)

A dinner to raise money for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. (more/close)


The American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO)'s Los Angeles benefit raised $300,000, via a benefit dinner/recital held at the Beverly Hills home of producer Irwin Winkler ("Goodfellas," the "Rocky" series) and his wife, Margo. Pianist Lang Lang, 20, performed the private recital. For an encore, he was joined by his father, Er-hu master Guo-Ren Lang. More than 70 guests caught the exclusive show, including Donna and Lalo Schifrin, Edyeand Eli Broad, Susan Bay and Leonard Nimoy, Joyce Eisenberg and Mel Keefer and Annette and Peter O'Malley

Source: Jewish Journal


Appetite for Art (2002)

A series of fundraising dinners at private homes, with a focus on arcitecture, benefitting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (more/close)


The Art of the Palate fundraising dinners will occur all over Los Angeles on Sept. 26 -28 and over five nights in October. This year's dinners will focus will be on architecture.

Among the featured homes: The Bilgers, Joyce and Saul Brandman, Linda and Maynard Brittan with special guest Frank Ghery, The Corwins, The Davidsons, The Beckmens, The Greenbergs, Michael Bay, Annie Kelly and Tim Streetporter with Diane Keaton, The Lainers, Mark Selwyn with special guest Leonard Nimoy and The Simons.

"We have a lot of architectural gems that we're featuring and a lot of wonderful beautiful art collections," Rothenberg said. "What's special about this year it the gathering at people's homes. The kick-off was really fabulous. It's going to be a real intelligent evening." (more)

Proceeds from Art of the Palate, which is mounted every two years, benefits the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). (more)

Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater at the Griffith Observatory (2001)

In 2001 the Griffith Observatory received a donation of $ 1 million for the renovation and expansion of the observatory. (more/close)



In an interview Susan Bay-Nimoy explaines how they got involved and how that helped with the observatory's goal of raising $ 63 million:

When we gave to the Griffith Observatory, I read a little blurb in the L.A. Times that said the observatory was reaching completion on a $63 million renovation and expansion. They had raised $43 million under our radar screen. After we gave our gift for the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater, their phones rang off the hook with all these "Star Trek" fans. They gave money like mad.


In return Leonard Nimoy had a lecture hall at the Griffith's named for him. On the observatory's website the donors state:

By observing the sky and pondering our place in the universe, people gain a new perspective on their daily lives," said Leonard Nimoy. "Griffith Observatory gives its visitors that opportunity. It is a Los Angeles icon, one which we need to ensure will be here for generations to come."

"Like so many people in this area, we recognize what a powerful resource the Observatory is for the community," added Susan Bay-Nimoy. "When we learned of the plans for renovation and expansion, Leonard and I agreed that we wanted to make a substantial commitment, both personally and financially, to the project. I hope that our participation will encourage others to become involved.


To read the press release from 2001 go here. A report and photos of the gala re-opening event can be found on the website . And here is a Q&A with Leonard Nimoy on the subject.

Chabad Telethon

New Year greetings from Leonard Nimoy speaking on behalf of a organization devoted to help people in need. (more/close)




The Telethon was started in 1980 after a fire burnt down one of the organizations buildings:

"We were putting our crew together, meanwhile a Chabad house burned down and three men were killed in the fire," Jeff Cutler said. "Rabbi Shlomo Cunin called my husband and asked if we could put something together across the street in a tent. We put together a one-act play, Arthur Hiller directed it, Ed Asner and Leonard Nimoy were in it, and it made a million dollars. We were rehearsing it during the day, and Rabbi Cunin asked us 'Have you ever produced a telethon?' We said 'no,' and he said, 'Well, you're going to!'" In six weeks we put together a four-hour telethon with Jan Murray as the host, and we made another million dollars. It was a very successful, amazing time, and we made it an annual show."

More here.

March of Dimes (1968)

Leonard Nimoy appeared along with Roger Miller (singer of “King of the Road”), James Drury (“The Virginian”), and Minnie Pearlon on the March of Dimes Telerama, benefiting programs preventing birth defects. Source: