Ten of the Most Giving Celebrities

Posted on 07/14/2010

They’re actors, actresses, athletes and talk show hosts, but they’re also great givers. These ten celebrities may be best known for their contributions to the entertainment industry, but they should also be recognized for their massive contributions to various charities. Here are ten of the most giving celebrities… Hopefully, they’ll inspire you to give back to your community!

Oprah Winfrey - Oprah is not only the talk show queen—she’s also the reigning champion of giving. Recent statistics show Oprah donated more than $50 million in just one year. That’s five times more than any other celebrity and about one-fifth of her entire salary. Most of her donations go to her foundations: The Oprah Winfrey Foundation and Oprah’s Angel Network which support projects ranging from building schools in South Africa to rebuilding areas hit by hurricanes.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt - They may not be married, but Angelina and Brad are united in their giving. They lavishly support the Jolie-Pitt Foundation with millions of dollars each year, at times giving as much as one fourth of their entire income to charity. The money mostly supports building homes in New Orleans.

Michael Jordan - Michael Jordan is known for helping out the area he came from—Chicago. The athlete donates millions of his income to schools in the Chicago area.

Bono - Bono doesn’t just support charities with his wallet. The Irish front man of U2 has organized dozens of charity events over the past 25 years. He’s worked directly with world leaders to figure out ways to end poverty.

George Clooney - Few actors in Hollywood have become as personally attached to a charitable cause than George Clooney. These days Clooney’s main focus is on stopping the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. Clooney’s visited the impacted areas, met with victims and donated millions of dollars to the cause.

Barbra Streisand - Barbra Streisand consistently ranks among the most generous celebrities. She regularly gives big bucks to her foundation, as well as environmental, civil rights and civil liberties organizations.

Bill Gates - Microsoft CEO Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have broken records when it comes to giving. They made the largest charitable donation ever made-- $3.3 billion—and continue to support causes around the world through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Gates is encouraging all of the world’s billionaires to be big givers. He and Warren Buffet recently challenged all billionaires to donate half their wealth to charity.

Lance Armstrong - Lance Armstrong is not only one of the world’s best athletes, but he’s also one of the most giving. The cyclist and cancer survivor donates millions each year, much of it going to his LiveStrong Foundation. The organization’s mission is to improve the lives of people affected by cancer, a cause that Armstrong is personally connected to.

Lady Gaga - Lady Gaga is using her talents as a singer and songwriter to help others. She’s organized and participated in many charitable events including a concert to raise money for Haiti. She’s also helped raise millions for those infected with HIV and AIDS.

James Cameron - James Cameron may have directed some of the most successful movies of all time, but he still makes time to give back. Cameron gives millions to organizations including the Earth Day Network and Global Green, groups focused on promoting green living, eliminating weapons of mass destruction, and providing clean drinking water to those who currently live without it.

By Alison Storm

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ernesto juarez jr

Posted on 07.14.10 at 4:28 PM

These in my mind would be considered ppl who never forget about the ones in need.

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