With the end of her daytime talk show coming next year, Oprah Winfrey is also shutting down her long-running charity that has been associated with the program since 1998 – the Angel Network.
Nearly 150,000 donors have given more than $80 million to the charity, helping to fund more than 200 grants and project in the United States and over 30 other countries.
As of May 24, the Angel Network stopped accepting donations and ended its grant making program for good.
“We plan to dissolve as a 501c3 public charity, after final disbursement of funds has been completed,” said a statement on the charity’s Web site. “Oprah remains deeply committed to philanthropy, and her new cable network – OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network – will continue to highlight charitable organizations in conjunction with its programming in the years ahead.”
The Angel Network said it has helped build more than 55 schools in 12 countries, provided school uniforms and supplies to 18,000 South African children, and helped more than 1,000 families get back into their homes after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
OWN, meanwhile, is set to be seen in 70 million homes and will start next January.