George Lucas to Donate Most of His $4 Billion from Lucasfilm Sale to Education Charity

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You know that Disney just bought Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion and all the star wars that come with it.  George Lucas was the sole owner of Lucasfilm, and so all 4.05 billion dollars go to him.  Lucas has spent the last four decades minting money with the Star Wars franchise, and so thankfully can afford to be generous.  A Lucasfilm spokesperson tells THR that Lucas plans to “donate the majority of the proceeds to his philanthropic endeavors.”

Lucas is the chairman of Edutopia, a part of the George Lucas Educational Foundation and likeliest candidate to receive the donation.  Lucas is staying true to his 2010 pledge: “I am dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education.  It is the key to the survival of the human race.”  More after the jump.

Here is the whole of Lucas’ mission statement as a philanthropist, as laid out in a 2010 letter in THR:

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Storytellers are teachers and communicators who speak a universal language. That was Homer’s primary role, and both Plato and Aristotle used narratives and dialogues as a means of educating. Good storytelling is based on truths and insights, and a good storyteller is ultimately a teacher – using the arts as a means of making education emotionally meaningful. These are all tools at our educational system’s disposal, but too often we aren’t making use of them.

When I was in high school, I felt like I was in a vacuum, biding time. I was curious, but bored. It was not an atmosphere conducive to learning. I was fortunate that I found my path and my language.

It’s scary to think of our education system as little better than an assembly line with producing diplomas as its only goal.  Once I had the means to effect change in this arena, it became my passion to do so – to promote active, life-long learning.  I believe in the artisan school of learning, through apprenticeships and Aristotelian questions and discussion. This level of engagement dates back to the beginning of human life, but it’s still the best way of doing things. There have to be universal standards – particularly in education – and while it seems unwieldy, there is a willingness among educators to share their best practices.

Ultimately, that is why I created Edutopia and the George Lucas Educational Foundation.

The focus of GLEF has been to share educational innovations – cooperative and project learning, mentorship, parental involvement, and technological advances. This all comes straight from those on the front lines, from teachers who are putting these methods into practice. We are the facilitators. Our goal has been to showcase bold successes and inspire others to further increase the appetite for education. Our hope is that administrators, teachers, and parents will see the power of these collective efforts and join the fight for wider reforms.

But reform is just the beginning. We need to build new foundations, fostering independent thought and a desire to keep learning. Our students need to come away with more than just survival skills, and more than just what is required to complete the program. We need to promote critical thinking and emotional intelligence. We need to focus on building an education system that promotes different types of learning, different types of development, and different types of assessment. We have an opportunity and an obligation to prepare our children for the real world, for dealing with others in practical, project-based environments. It’s about working together and building character – being compassionate, empathetic, and civil as a means to a greater end.

As technology changes, so do students. So should classrooms, and so should our methods of teaching. In a few short years, connectivity has gone from a technological novelty to a daily necessity. It’s how our culture communicates, and our children are at the forefront of its use. Understanding those tools – and how to integrate them into learning – is an integral step in defining our future.

My pledge is to the process; as long as I have the resources at my disposal, I will seek to raise the bar for future generations of students of all ages.

I am dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education.  It is the key to the survival of the human race.  We have to plan for our collective future – and the first step begins with the social, emotional, and intellectual tools we provide to our children.  As humans, our greatest tool for survival is our ability to think and to adapt – as educators, storytellers, and communicators our responsibility is to continue to do so.

Lucas made it clear with the prequels that his target audience is made up of wide-eyed children.  That may not have made him the greatest filmmaker, but it has probably made him a better person.  Obviously, Lucas still has plenty of money left for his leisure activities.  But to devote such vast resources to such a great cause is commendable in any circumstance.  God bless you, Mr. Lucas.

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  • Sathya Vijayendran

    I’m not a fan of Disney buying up every property there is (Marvel), but getting George Lucas away from Star Wars is the best thing that could happen to Star Wars.
    Even though Disney is a corporation, at least they’ll treat Star Wars like a real property and make films to continue the cannon. If what Disney is letting Marvel pull off is any indication, they care about making money and giving the fans what they want. Let’s just hope they pick the right directors to bring Star Wars back and leave George Lucas to giving away our hard earned cash.

    • Cuban R.

      You sir, are stupid. “Giving away our hard earned cash?” Did he not earn that cash as well? He’s “giving away” that money to charity, it’s not like he’s burning it out on the ranch and wiping his ass with crisp $100 bills. Get your head out of your ass. Also, it’s “canon” not “cannon”.

    • danny

      or how about “What a great thing George Lucas is doing”
      ass

    • DREDD

      What a douche!
      “Our hard earned cash” was spent on watching 3 of the greatest films of all time! If you overspent on them, then you need EDUCATING! Theres millions of resources/reviews etc on the internet/magazines etc that you could have read prior to seeing the prequels/blurays etc BEFORE spending your cash on seeing them, to have avoided spending anything on them. Sounds to me like its gonna cost more than 4Billion dollars to educate dumb asses like you!

      Sure I’m not saying Indy 4 was good, nor the first two SW films. And he shoulda left the OT alone IMO, but I can still put a disc in my dvd player and watch the OT un ultered, so why cant you?

      GL earned EVERY penny of that 4billion! From using his initiative, imagination and persistance in the face of adversity.

      Also, I was thinking initially, if he put that money into helping out the Economy it woulda been better spent, but then I thought about that, its not a good idea. Because sooner or later the government would blow that cash on the wrong things and we would not see any change. So good on GL! A true Jedi Master.

  • Nate

    Maybe Lucas is not the prince of darkness after all……

    • strider

      Wow seriously you think he’s worse than murderers/ pedophiles/ rapists etc.

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  • Lance

    That’s awesome of George. I know education has been a passion for him, so it’s great to see him put his money where his mouth is. Over a billion dollars to education could go a long way…

    • Anon

      Just hope it doesn’t go to liberals, bcus it wont go very far at all

      • Gary

        God damn you. Leave this banter in the Fox News forums, not here. Can’t you just be happy for the collective country without having to point fingers at others?

  • ScaredForMovies

    Episode 3 was for wide-eyed children? That’s kind of demented. This should at least get George some respect back amongst jaded Star Wars fans. Maybe.

  • Leo

    Say what you want about Lucas, but selling the defining creation of your life and then just giving the money to charity is a true class act

  • SandyKilledPrequelFansWooooHooooo!

    The only way Lucas can contribute positively to society is if he kills himself as he should have done if his stupidly absurd and insane delusion that he deserved to live after bringing the greatest travesties to the human race since the Holocaust. His arrogance is disgraceful and evil. If I were education I would spit on his 4 billion dollars. If someone is so stupid as to eulogize him instead of defiling his body with urine and feces as it should be–must be–then we deserved to lose the World Trade Centers in 2001. It probably took out some prequel fans, so it’s hard to be too upset about that.

    • Diana

      To: SandyKilledPrequelFansWooooHooo –
      You’re obviously a sociopath who never did a damn thing for anyone and is a miserable person!! Go lock yourself in the basement with your delusions.

      • Steve

        And….. troll has been fed as troll desired.

    • strider

      I’ll pay to your family if you kill yourself.

  • easternlethal

    disney, lucas, mgm, sony, what..ever. who really cares.
    when we gonna see darth vadar whip ironman’s ass??

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  • GeoffTate

    “… It is the key to the survival of the human race.”

    No. Eliminating religion and greed is.

    • tarek

      Eliminating your comment will help also… ^^

      How could you eliminate the greed without an educated population ?
      Plus, forget it, people cannot leave without religion. your body need to feed as much as your soul.
      the problem isn’t the religion, it is its egoistic interpretation meant to dominate people minds. Religion is here to free your mind by giving you the choice to believe or not. Up to you. Some believe in God, others in the $… ^^

  • tarek

    Good move George. I will remove the $ from your name. From now on you will be Lucas.

    • Judson

      Hilarious!

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  • JIM

    YOU BETTER NOT GIVE MY MONEY TO CHARITY, YOU VILE, EVIL, PIECE OF SHIT THIEF!!! IF YOU GIVE MY MONEY TO CHARITY I WILL KILL YOU AND THE PEOPLE YOU GIVE IT TO!!!!

  • Chris “Super Fraud” Nolan

    This is the best news ever. Now Chris Nolan can assume his rightful mantle as the most hated villain in cinema for ruining a beloved franchise through idiocy. Can’t wait till his next movie is released and sucks bad so you nolanites can eat crow!

  • Frank

    Awesome of him to do this and inspiring. Where I grew up, I was a peer counselor toward the end of high school. There were so many kids that could have benefited from this type of charity and to this day, I still see their faces and they’re in my prayers. I’ve always vowed that if I ever achieved success in my field, I would go back to that school and help. To hear Lucas is doing this reminds me of what it means to be a true Jedi.

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  • Ganesan Rajaram

    Best wishes to George Lucas- the philanthropist. From the mission statement it is apparent he or his team has understood the malice in the present education system all over the world. It is true that children are curious but bored with class room lectures. They have to learn by practical training. No substitute for learning by “‘do-it yourself ”
    Good luck Mr. Lucas to your new war series for education reform.

    Ganesan Rajaram
    (Head, Commerical, CoolJunk)
    http://www.cooljunk.in

  • Ganesan Rajaram

    Best wishes to George Lucas- the philanthropist. From the mission statement it is apparent he or his team has understood the malice in the present education system all over the world. It is true that children are curious but bored with class room lectures. They have to learn by practical training. No substitute for learning by “‘do-it yourself ”
    Good luck Mr. Lucas to your new war series for education reform.

    Ganesan Rajaram
    (Head, Commerical, CoolJunk)
    http://www.cooljunk.in

  • Ganesan Rajaram

    Best wishes to George Lucas- the philanthropist. From the mission statement it is apparent he or his team has understood the malice in the present education system all over the world. It is true that children are curious but bored with class room lectures. They have to learn by practical training. No substitute for learning by \"\’do-it yourself \’\’
    Good luck Mr. Lucas to your new war series for education reform.

    Ganesan Rajaram
    (Head, Commerical, CoolJunk)
    http://www.cooljunk.in

  • Ganesan Rajaram

    Best wishes to George Lucas- the philanthropist. From the mission statement it is apparent he or his team has understood the malice in the present education system all over the world. It is true that children are curious but bored with class room lectures. They have to learn by practical training. No substitute for learning by \\"\\\’do-it yourself \\\’\\\’
    Good luck Mr. Lucas to your new war series for education reform.

    Ganesan Rajaram
    (Head, Commerical, CoolJunk)
    http://www.cooljunk.in

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