About

Helping People Shine like Diamonds

Founded in 2017, the Anton Yelchin Foundation’s mission is to empower and support young people engaged in creative arts who face career challenges due to debilitating disease or disability.

Our primary work involves three areas:

  • Awarding financial grants to eligible applicants in need.
  • Raising awareness about young artists with debilitating disease or disability.
  • Bringing the work of these young artists to a wider audience.

Our grant application period begins in early January and ends 30 days after the start.

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Volunteering

If you would like to volunteer your services, your time, or skills to the foundation, please let us know! We are interested in connecting with people with video editing skills. Also graphic designers and artists to help us design T-shirts, Posters, and foundation brochures!

Volunteer Sign Up  

Leadership

  • Victor Yelchin, CEO and Board President
  • Irina Yelchina, Secretary and Board Member
  • David Glowacki, Chief Financial Officer
  • Zoe Saldana, Board Member
  • Ogden Page, CPA, PhD, Board Member
  • Jennifer Allen, Board Member

Grant Committee

  • Ian Cripps
  • Andrea James

 

About Anton Yelchin

Anton Viktorovich Yelchin (1989–2016) was a creative spirit who left a beautiful legacy of timeless work in film, television, photography, and music.

Anton was born in the former Soviet Union to a family of artists. When Anton was six months old, he came to America with his parents as refugees.

Anton’s parents were both noted professional figure skaters and artists, and Anton took skating lessons before shifting to acting. His first film role came at age 9 and a half years old, and he worked steadily as a professional artist until his tragic and unexpected death.

When Anton’s life was cut short at age 27, his parents created the Anton Yelchin Foundation to honor his memory.

Anton did not share details about his medical challenges with the public, but he suffered from Cystic Fibrosis from an early age. Despite these significant challenges, Anton went on to excel in the arts. It is this spirit of resilience and strength that embodies the mission of the Foundation.

Our mission is to empower and support young people engaged in creative arts who face career challenges due to debilitating disease or disability.

The Foundation gives out annual grants to young artists in addition to other forms of support. By helping young artists shine, Anton’s genius and spirit will continue in those we support.

If you would like to honor Anton’s memory by supporting the Anton Yelchin Foundation, please contact us or make a donation