Founded in 2012, the Katie McGrath and J.J. Abrams Family Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle for left-of-center film producer and director J.J. Abrams and his wife, CEO and former political aide Katie McGrath. 
With a combined net worth of approximately $120 million, Abrams and his wife are among the biggest political donors in Hollywood.   A large part of the couple’s philanthropy moves through the Foundation, which distributes millions of dollars annually to nonprofits located in Los Angeles and within the United States. 
Before meeting his wife, who had worked in politics, Abrams was reportedly not particularly fond of politics.  Abrams has spent his career in the film industry, working as a director, writer, and producer. Some of his works include Lost, Star Trek, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 
Unlike her husband, however, McGrath started her career in Washington, D.C., working as a legislative assistant for then-U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA). She then helped start a political media company in Los Angeles and served as an executive at two public relations firms. Today, McGrath is Co-CEO at film production company Bad Robot Productions. 
Abrams and McGrath have three children and live in Los Angeles, California.  In 2012, the couple began conducting a portion of their philanthropy through their private family foundation, the Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams Family Foundation. 
Abrams and his wife are the sole contributors to the Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams Family Foundation and have pumped millions into the organization every year. In 2016 alone, they contributed more than $16.8 million to the foundation. 
The Katie McGrath and J.J. Abrams Family Foundation disbursed over $8 million in total grants during 2018, backing numerous nonprofits in Los Angeles and across the United States. Some of its grantmaking has gone to nonpartisan causes, especially organizations dedicated to addressing children’s issues. However, the foundation has also financed many left-of-center organizations with large gifts including the Feminist Majority Fund, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the media outlet ProPublica. 
One area that has been a focus of the foundation’s philanthropy has been children’s organizations. In 2016, grantees included the left-leaning Children’s Defense Fund, Children’s Action Network, and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. 
Both individually and through the foundation, Abrams and McGrath have been big donors to left-of-center causes and organizations. For instance, during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Abrams and McGrath were among the top individual contributors to the candidacy of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  While nonprofits are prohibited from contributing to political candidates, Abrams and his wife have used their private foundation to fund outlets that share and promote the liberal ideology.
Abortion clinics and advocates funded by the Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams Family Foundation include the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, and the NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation. 
The foundation has also supported left-of-center advocacy groups, including the Community Coalition, Bend the Arc, Advancement Project, Demos, People for the American Way, Liberty Hill Foundation, and The Ally Coalition.  
In addition, there is a small board of directors which helps manage the couple’s foundation. Beginning in early 2018, Michelynn Woodard is currently the executive director of the board. Other board members include Joe Philipson, Abrams, and McGrath.