Headquartered at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading, diversified, international entertainment and media enterprise. The company was originally founded in 1923 by Walt Disney and his brother, Roy, as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio.
Disney’s Burbank studio, built in 1939, remains one of the largest and best-known studios in American cinema, and today, the studio’s entertainment business unit includes Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Entertainment, and Lucasfilm Ltd.
Through its philanthropic arm, Disney supports environmental conservation, and programs aimed at bringing “comfort, happiness, and inspiration to kids and families around the globe.” The company does this through collaboration with nonprofit organizations, in-kind and product contributions, and public service announcements. Some of the organizations Disney supports include Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Make-A-Wish® Foundation, Feeding America, and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF).
The Walt Disney Company began its partnership with HSF in 1998, supporting HSF Scholarships and programs, including the Media and Entertainment Summit, an annual conference that exposes HSF Scholars interested in the field, to diverse career opportunities and specialized knowledge gleaned from industry insiders.
Disney employees have also volunteered at HSF events, through the corporation-wide VoluntEARS program, which encourages the company’s employees to contribute their personal time and expertise, in order to have “a positive impact on…[the] community, while furthering the traditions and ideals of The Walt Disney Company.”