““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”
Giving Back: Pajama Program
BJT readers—who represent one of the highest-net-worth magazine audiences anywhere—clearly have the means to contribute to a better world. To help you do that, we’re spotlighting one deserving organization per issue. All of them have received a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator (charitynavigator.org), which evaluates philanthropic institutions based on their finances, accountability and transparency.
Pajama Program (pajamaprogram.org)
Pajama Program provides new pajamas and books to needy children, many of whom have been abandoned, abused or neglected and are waiting to be adopted. These children are frequently shuffled through group homes, shelters and temporary housing and many have never enjoyed clean, warm pajamas or a bedtime story. Since 2001, Pajama Program has provided more than two million pajamas and books to such children via 62 locations in 32 U.S. states.
The group also offers literacy programs tailored for kids of all ages. For example, during “Reading Round-Up” volunteers read to pre-kindergarten-aged children in small groups. Middle school and high school students can partake in programs that focus on topics ranging from expression through poetry to online technology. There’s also a class called “Money Matters,” which helps to educate teens about smart financial practices.