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Meryl Streep Quietly Gives Away Millions Through Silver Mountain Foundation For The Arts

Meryl Streep Charity

First Posted: 03/ 1/2012 9:46 am Updated: 03/ 1/2012 2:52 pm

Soon after taking home the Oscar Sunday, Meryl Streep was recognized for a quieter role she's been playing -- donating millions to those in need, without taking much credit.

After investigating the tax filings of Streep and her husband's charity, the Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts, Forbes reported that no one at the organization takes a salary.

It also found that "The Iron Lady" star's foundation has, in the last three years, donated about $1 million to Vassar College and a generous amount to a number of other organizations including, Oxfam America, New York's Meals on Wheels, the Coalition for the Homeless, and the National Women's Museum.

Streep decided to keep her recent giving in line with the Oscar buzz when she wrote two checks of $10,000 to Rhode Island organizations with which "The Help's" Viola Davis is involved. She gave the contributions to Segue Institute for Learning, a charter school, and Upward Bound, which prepares low-income students for college, according to TheWrap.

"We've just been screaming from the rooftops," Segue founder and director Angelo Garcia told Reuters.

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Filed by Emily Heinz  |