Launched in 2011, the foundation, which counts White as a member of its board of directors, was established to preserve vintage audio recordings, including pre-war vinyl, radio shows and other audio.
White's donation allows the not-for-profit charity to become fully operational, with the foundation's Executive Director Gerald Seligman extolling the gift. "[The donation] provides the welcome opportunity to go from talk about the needs and priorities of audio preservation to concerted action," Seligman said. "With this contribution we can now put up our basic structure, begin enacting the preservation plan – and give out our first grants. We're committed to doing that right away, and certainly within the coming months."
According to the Washington Post, White's gift will also help fund the National Recording Preservation Plan, a plan enacted by the Library of Congress to save important artifacts and documents of recorded sound.