Since Ellen mentions the company Shutterfly a lot on her talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, many people have been wondering if Ellen owns Shutterfly.
Ellen doesn’t own Shutterfly, but it is the exclusive philanthropic partner of Ellen’s show. The company is owned by Apollo Global Management LLC and District Photo. Shutterfly is a photography and image sharing company based in Redwood City, California. They provide all the donations that Ellen gives to deserving guests on her show.
Continue reading to find out how Shutterfly and The Ellen DeGeneres show work together.
Shutterfly was founded in 1999. The company is currently led by CEO Hilary Schneider, but owned by shareholders Apollo Global Management and District Photo. The company was initially founded as an online personal publishing service, but has since expanded. Shutterfly also owns Kodak Gallery, Tiny Pictures, Wedding Paper Divas, Penguin Digital, BorrowLenses, and Lifetouch. Apollo Global Management has also acquired Snapfish and merged it with Shutterfly. Having all of these companies makes Shutterfly’s total assets $2.302 billion with Shutterfly’s revenue alone being $1.9 billion. Currently, their services include being able to create personalized photo gifts like phone cases, photo albums and décor. With this amount of money, it is no surprise that Shutterfly is able to make sizable donations to The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Shutterfly and The Ellen DeGeneres Show
As Shutterfly is the exclusive philanthropic partner for The Ellen DeGeneres Show, all donations she makes to charities, schools, people, etc. come from Shutterfly. They have donated over $10 million to the show as Ellen made a post in 2016 stating, “Shutterfly has given away over 5 million dollars on my show.” Only 4 years later, Ellen’s team wrote on the show’s website, “For the past seven years, Ellen has partnered with Shutterfly, and together they’ve changed the lives of deserving guests by giving away over $10 million.” In less than 5 years, the amount of donations Shutterfly has given have doubled.
On the show, Ellen refers to Shutterfly as “her friends” as she has been working with them for so long. There have been a lot of great donations made on the show, but Ellen names some of her favorites. The first was donating $25,000 to Jasmine Arellano, a 21-year-old mother, so she could go to school to be a teacher. Next, she donated a car to the Zezulka family who posted a viral video of their daughter when she found out she was going to be adopted. Shutterfly also donated $25,000 each to twin doctors Brittany and Brandi. They serve medically neglected communities in Chicago and co-founded an online community, Med Like Me, to support future healthcare workers through mentorship.
Shutterfly also helps Ellen donate to charities as she donated $25,000 to the charity Frontline Foods whose goal is to help support local restaurants by ordering food to feed medical professionals working to fight Covid-19. Similarly, Ellen and Shutterfly donated $25,000 to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in the name of Coco, a girl who did fourteen rounds of chemo and two surgeries to beat cancer. They also donated a whopping $100,000 to the Lisa Jarmon Foundation in Lisa’s name as she passed away from breast cancer. The foundation was created to help those in need who are in a similar situation as Lisa was.
In a similar vein, Shutterfly helps Ellen donate to celebrity causes as well. Ellen and Shutterfly donated $31,000 to Jason Momoa, Aquaman star, to donate to his environmental cause, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii. The organization educates locals on proper care for coastlines and organizes beach cleanups. Shutterfly and Ellen also donated to Bradley Cooper’s charity, One Family Foundation. The foundation’s goal is to rehabilitate ex-soldiers and support them.
So, Ellen DeGeneres does not own Shutterfly. But, she does work closely with them to help change people’s lives.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjcGVGmCb_c