About Richard Gere
Richard Gere is an internationally renowned film actor, dedicated social activist, and committed philanthropist. For more than twenty-five years, he has worked to bring attention and effective solutions to humanitarian issues rooted in intolerance, injustice, and inequality.
Through the Gere Foundation, Mr. Gere has served as a longtime advocate of human rights and charitable causes. Since the early eighties, Mr. Gere has been at the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS where he began a personal campaign against stigma and discrimination associated with the disease. Recently he has worked with organizations such as the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Naz Foundation to raise awareness and galvanize societal leaders to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India. He launched the Heroes Project in 2002 in partnership with the Avahan AIDS Initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Mr. Gere has also worked vigorously to protect the human rights and cultural survival of the Tibetan people. He was the Co-Founder and Chairman of Tibet House and joined the Board of Directors of the International Campaign for Tibet to more effectively engage both national and international forums of influence. To bring awareness to the Tibetan crisis, Mr. Gere has addressed the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, the U.S. House of Representatives, the European Parliament, and the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva. He has also Co-sponsored four historic visits by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to New York City and will host His Holiness’ return in 2010.
Deepening his commitment to philanthropy, Mr. Gere founded the Gere Foundation in 1991. It is the mission of the Gere Foundation to alleviate suffering and advocate for the people of Tibet. As a small grant-giving organization, the Foundation supports groups which are dedicated to the cultural preservation of Tibet; to providing HIV/AIDS care, research and treatment and to those organizations addressing human rights violations throughout the world.
Mr. Gere has received honors from amfAR, Amnesty International, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, OnexOne and the Harvard AIDS Institute. He is also the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award, the Marian Anderson Award and the prestigious Humanitarian Award from CARE.