Joan is a powerful activist for many worthy causes, including raising awareness of neuro health for the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery, and garnering support through her work on the Board of Directors of American Friends of the Hebrew University.

Other organizations that Joan has supported include:

The American Heart Association, The Multiple Sclerosis Society, The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, The Red Cross, The Farrah Fawcett Fund, The Network for Good, and The Fulfillment Fund.

Philantropy-2 The Rodney Respect Award

The Rodney Respect Award honors exceptionally talented individuals who have distinguished themselves as masters in entertainment.  The award celebrates the joy the honoree has brought to the community as well as UCLA neurosurgery patients.  

Past honorees include: Jay Leno, Tim Allen, Jim Carrey, Louie Anderson, Bob Saget, Chelsea Handler, and Chuck Lorre.

In simpler terms, she calls it rap, rhythm, and rhyme