For those of us at IP who consider ourselves failed Freudian psychoanalysts, it’s always fun to theorize why celebrity funders feel compelled to give. It’s doubly fun when the funders have gotten rich by writing sadistic and terrifying books. Perhaps they’re trying to make up for all the bad-vibe Karma they’ve spewed into the universe.
More often than not, however, the philanthropic urge is simply rooted in the unpredictable developments of every day life. Stephen King, for example, set up the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation to help support artists who are unable to work due to health problems, like the one he suffered when he was hit by a car while out jogging one day.
Then there’s the Dean and Gerda Koontz Foundation, begun in 1994 by the best-selling suspense author Dean Koontz and his wife. The foundation supports charities that deal with people with severe disabilities and critically ill children. One of the main benefactors has been Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), a charitable organization that provides service dogs for people with disabilities.
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