Actor, Producer and Five Acres Supporter Matthew Lillard awarded “Celebrity Philanthropist” by Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

For Immediate Release


November 21, 2016 – [Altadena, Calif.] – Friend and supporter of Five Acres Matthew Lillard said during his recognition speech in a room full of charities and nonprofits, “Today, on National Philanthropy Day, I am not the hero, here, you are- all of you in this room. Thank you for the work that you all do.”

National Philanthropy Day is the day when people from around the globe come together to recognize the positive impact philanthropy has had on our communities. It is a celebration of giving, volunteering and charitable engagement. National Philanthropy Day highlights organizations and people who dedicate their lives to charitable involvement.

Since National Philanthropy Day was proclaimed official in 1986, communities have celebrated by hosting events to acknowledge philanthropic leaders, celebrities, volunteers, organizations and foundations for the important work they do, giving back.

Matthew Lillard, a veteran of both stage and screen, is well known for his performances in over 50 films and television shows over the last 20 years.  With titles like Scream, The Descendants and Scooby Doo 1 & 2, Lillard is associated with a number of Hollywood Box Office hits totaling over $800 million dollars in revenue worldwide. He received critical success with independent titles SLC Punk! and Ed Burn’s The Groomsmen and debuted three films at the acclaimed Sundance Film Festival.


A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles and New York’s prestigious Circle in the Square, the award winning actor has been an Artistic Director of theatre companies in both Los Angeles and New York City.   Lillard did the European premieres of Neil Labute and David Lindsay-Abaire work in Bash and Fuddy Meers respectively in London.


He currently stars in the Amazon show Bosch and can be seen next season on the AMC hit show Halt And Catch Fire.  He recently starred in the critically acclaimed film Match with Carla Gugino and Sir Patrick Stewart.

Matt and his wife Heather along with his in-laws have been a multi-generational family actively supporting Five Acres for many years. Most recently, Matt co-emceed the 2016 Five Acres Gala, along with fellow actor and co-emcee, Carla Gugino.


For additional information please contact Five Acres Director of Communications, Rebecca Haussling at or 626-773-3809.



About Five Acres

Five Acres is a child welfare agency ensuring every child has a safe, healthy and permanent family solution through advocacy, prevention and evidenced-based services. Established as an orphanage in 1888, today Five Acres offers an array of services including community – based mental health and deaf services, wrap around, therapeutic behavioral services, residential care, foster care, adoption and a nonpublic therapeutic school. In 2015 Five Acres served over 8,500 children and their families across five counties. Visit us at