Matthew Perry foundation launched to help others struggling with addiction


Shafi Musaddique


A new foundation has launched following the death of the actor Matthew Perry.  

Matthew Perry, Friends actor

The 54-year-old, best known for his role in US hit sitcom ‘Friends’ in the 1990s and 2000s, was found dead in his Los Angeles home in late October.

He struggled with alcohol and drug addiction, publicly acknowledging his battles in his 2022 memoir.  

A statement on the Matthew Perry Foundation’s website, launched on Friday, says “the realisation of Matthew’s enduring commitment to helping others struggling with the disease of addiction.” 

The Matthew Perry Foundation was launched by the National Philanthropic Trust (NPT), a nonprofit that works with donors, foundations and financial institutions. On its website, it is self-described as “a leader in donor-advised funds (DAFs) and one of the largest grantmaking institutions in the United States.”

Matthew Perry’s foundation is already taking public donations, though it is unclear as to how much the NPT or other institutions may have provided. Some $25 billion has been granted to organisations worldwide by the NPT.

Matthew Perry reportedly received $20 million a year in syndication and streaming revenue generated from ‘Friends’. That income, considered residual payments, are considered the actor’s personal property. His residual cash flow stream is now presumably owned by his estate, according to CNBC International.

Charlie Douglas, a certified financial planner and president of HH Legacy Investments in Atlanta, told the American-based broadcaster that Perry may have named a trust — and not an individual — as the beneficiary of his residual payments. The payments would flow to the trust and the trust would stipulate who received them.

Trusts are private and therefore public information is difficult to obtain, meaning the wider public may never know who inherits Perry’s ‘Friends’ income.

US media reports also suggest that the Friends actor had hoped to continue helping people who suffered from substance abuse during his lifetime. According to People, he was making plans to establish a foundation to help those with addiction issues, a decade after he founded Perry House, a facility for men wishing to become sober, which ran for two years. 

Perry joins other celebrities to have had foundations set up in their name following a life of addiction. The family of British singer Amy Winehouse established the Amy Winehouse Foundation after the pop star died from alcohol poisoning in 2011. After US actor Heath Ledger died from an accidental overdose in 2008, his mother created the foundation ScriptWise.

Shafi Musaddique is a news editor at Alliance magazine.  

Comments (0)

Larry Backersly

Whilst it’s great that he set up a foundation, how do people actually get help from it? If you go onto the website it just says how to donate. What about the people that need the help?

Sandy Rutledge

As I have recently read from others the foundation is asking for donations but how do people access the financial help so they can get the help they need? I have AUD, and I live near one of the most prestigious rehab facilities and I have tried for too many years to count, to get the help I know would benefit me from them but either I had the wrong insurance, my credit wasn’t good or whatever reason they decided to enforce! That’s why I have always been confused about the issue that it doesn’t matter whether you’re rich, poor, or bad credit , you can always find the drink or drug! Try to find a good and reputable rehab and all of a sudden you can’t get quality help because you don’t “Qualify !” I think our system of “ recovery “ leaves a lot to be desired!!!

Jennifer L DeCort

I just wanted to know how to recieve help from Matthew. I’ve been struggling for my lifetime. I really do need help finically I am very hard working person I worked all my life I tried writing Bradley cooper years ago to ask him for help but I never got a response so now sadly without ever meeting or ever getting the chance to im asking Mr Perry’s foundation for help to get to A GOOD CREDIBLE space to beat my demons that I’ve been trying to conquer for decades. Thank you for at least letting me reach out.


How can someone addicted to alcohol can get the foundation to help with rehab?

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