While some celebrities have been in the habit of spreading their wealth and excesses, others have devoted their time and considerable resources to improving the well – being of others.
Among the high-profile gifts of Ellen DeGeneres and the secret philanthropy of Nicki Minaj, here are the 23 most generous celebrities whose altruism has changed people's lives.
The name Oprah Winfrey has become synonymous with benevolence and charity for celebrities.
Oprah Winfrey, a former TV broadcaster and billionaire in the media, has taken advantage of her fame – and the wealth that flows from it – to channel hundreds of millions of dollars to various charities and organizations.
Here's a quick look at her philanthropic resume: she donated US $ 10 million to Hurricane Katrina's relief efforts; she argued in favor of the National Child Protection Act, which created a national database of convicted child molesters and was known as the "Oprah Bill" ; and in 2007 alone, it spent US $ 50.2 million on education, health care and advocacy for women and children around the world.
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Barack and Michelle Obama donated more than a million US dollars during their stay at the White House.
During their White House years, Obama has donated more than $ 1 million to various charitable organizations – and 54% of the money donated was spent on children's issues.
The largest amount, $ 392,000 over six years, went to the Fisher House Foundation, which supports veterans' families.
The Obama also announced that they would donate $ 2 million to summer job programs in Chicago in May 2017.
Elton John led the Sunday Times Giving List in 2016 for donating US $ 38 million to various charities.
According to the Sunday Times Giving List, the musician has donated the bulk of his money to the fight against HIV / AIDS. His own Elton John AIDS Foundation has 24 years of experience in the fight against HIV.
Author J.K. Rowling has fallen from Forbes billionaires list after making an estimated $ 160 million donation to a charity.
J.K. Rowling became the first author to appear on the Forbes billionaires list, largely thanks to her Harry Potter empire, which was a resounding success.
Rowling was dropped from the list after making charitable donations estimated at about $ 160 million, combined with the UK's high tax rates.
"You have a moral responsibility when you have received far more than what you need: do wise things with that and give smartly," said Rowling.
George and Amal Clooney co-founded the "Clooney Foundation for Justice" for marginalized and vulnerable communities targeted by hate.
Amal, a renowned human rights lawyer, spent her career defending the rights of refugees and other marginalized people, but after meeting her husband George at a charity evening in In 2013, the two founders of the Clooney Foundation for Justice fought the rights of individuals unjustly targeted by oppressive governments through the courts. "
The pair recently donated $ 500,000 to support the March for Our Lives campaign.
The magnanimity of British pop star George Michael emerged after his passing in 2016.
George Michael, an iconic British pop star who died in 2016, has often donated to Childline, a counseling service that helps children recover from various traumas, provided his contributions remain anonymous.
"Over the years, he has given us millions …" said Childline founder Esther Rantzen, adding that Michael was adamant that no one knows "how much he gave to the most vulnerable children in the nation.
Michael was also known for secretly donating to strangers in need, including US $ 21,307.80 to a "Deal or No Deal" competitor who needed money for IVF treatment.
Angelina Jolie has carried out nearly 60 field missions for her role as UNHCR's goodwill ambassador.
Angelina not only created the Jolie-Pitt Foundation with her ex-husband in 2006 with the goal of helping humanitarian causes around the world. She was also appointed as Special Convoy of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2012, after years of dedicated service to the refugee program and cause.
Chance The Rapper has not only launched the new Chance Arts & Literature Fund, but has also raised more than $ 2.2 million for the Chicago Public Schools in 2017.
Chicago musician Chance The Rapper – named one of the most influential personalities in the world – won first place on Dovers' annual "Celebs Gone Good" list in 2017.
In addition, Chance, a three-time Grammy winner, has been awarded the 2017 BET Humanitarian Award by Michelle Obama.
Beyoncé regularly uses her platform to advance both feminist and charitable causes.
All eyes are on each Beyoncé public movement – and she uses her platform not only to present an intersectorial (and unapologetic) idea of feminism to a global audience, but also to promote charitable causes.
From the Survivor Foundation that she co-founded with Kelly Rowland to various donations made through her Beygood Foundation (which has been used to support causes such as relief in the world and gifts distributed to children in need during the holidays), Beyoncé's feeling of altruism is truly flawless.
The Colin Kaepernick Foundation's mission is "to fight against oppression of all types on a global scale, through education and social activism".
Athin sports activist Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice, but his activism extends well beyond the field.
"I'm going to donate$ 1 million plus all proceeds from jerseys sales of the 2016 season to organizations working in oppressed communities, US $ 100,000 per month for 10 months, "promised Kaepernick in September 2016.
With the help of some famous friends, Kaepernick completed his promise in January 2018.
Ellen DeGeneres' charitable efforts have changed the lives of humans and animals.
Fans of the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" know that the talk show superstar often surprises her audience in the studio with exorbitant gifts – but her generosity does not end with her fans.
DeGeneres' Oscar-winning film generated $ 3 million, so she donated $ 1.5 million to St. Jude's Children's Hospital and the Humane Society; she is a strong supporter of animal rights; and in 2016, she received the presidential medal of freedom from Barack Obama.
Portia de Rossi is equally philanthropic and has launched a Wildlife Fund with 10 million US dollars for the sixtieth birthday of his wife DeGeneres.
De Rossi participated in "The Ellen DeGeneres" in 2018 and surprised his wife with the Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund, a foundation that focuses on wildlife conservation.
The actress is currently in Rwanda to begin construction of the Ellen DeGeneres campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, which will support endangered gorillas.
"The Ellen Fund is honored to support the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund in its dream of finding a permanent home in Rwanda. The new campus will help the gorillas and the surrounding community, "said de Rossi. "Dian Fossey was Ellen 's hero who was growing up and I like very much the idea that these two powerful women are working for the same purpose – protecting one of our closest relatives, the mountain gorillas. "
Nicki Minaj has been donating to an Indian Indian village for years – and her generosity does not stop there.
Not only did Nicki Minaj voluntarily commit to repaying some of her Twitter subscriber's student loans (and other education-related expenses) in 2017, but she also sends money to Indian villages for the first time. His pastor, Lydia Woodson-Sloley.
"It's the kind of thing that makes me most proud," Minaj wrote to her Instagram account. Through her efforts, she was able to create a computer center, a reading program, two water wells and more infrastructure for different villages in India.
John Legend has launched a multi-year cultural campaign to transform the US criminal justice system.
After reading "The End of Poverty" by Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute, musician and activist John Legend would have gone to Ghana to learn more about the issues facing African countries.
Legend then created the Show Me campaign, which "aims to give every child access to quality education," in partnership with Millennium Promise Alliance to serve African villages in need, and launched FREEAMERICA, a multi-year cultural campaign aimed at transforming the criminal in America's judicial system.
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Emma Watson is both a goodwill ambassador for women in the United States and a key member of the HeForShe initiative.
This year alone, Emma Watson donated about $ 1.4 million to the UK's Sexual Harassment Campaign, the UK Justice and Equality Fund – but her story of generosity and activism is just beginning here.
Watson, a US women's goodwill ambassador and member of the HeForShe campaign, launched an ethical clothing line with PeopleTree in 2009, encouraging her fans to spend her birthday and donating to the charity fund. UNICEF, and to support charities such as the Small Steps Project.
Rihanna has helped make drinking water more accessible to children around the world through her role as UNICEF ambassador.
The singer, who founded the Clara Lionel Foundation's Global Scholarship Program, which supports students from Caribbean countries wishing to pursue graduate studies in the United States, has received the Humanitarian Award from the United States. 2017 year of Harvard University for his efforts.
Rihanna also supports the Global Partnership for Education project and Global Citizen, which aims to provide millions of young students around the world with access to education.
Meryl Streep and her husband, Donald Gummer, created the Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts.
According to Perbes Huffington Post, Forbes never received a salary; Streep and Gummer donated $ 1 million a year to organizations such as Oxfam America, New York Meals on Wheels, the Homeless Coalition, the National Women's Museum, Vassar College, etc. .
The actress Laverne Cox uses her visibility to alter the narrative around the LGBTQ + community and reduce violence against marginalized people.
Cox is heavily involved in the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), which strives to "prevent, combat and end all forms of violence against and within LGBTQ communities".
In 2015, she helped "Broadway Bares" raise US $ 1.6 million for Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA), one of the largest fundraising organizations and grants in the field. HIV / AIDS.
Mark Ruffalo received the Humanitarian Award for his work with Water Defense.
Actor and social activist, Mark Ruffalo is a recognized ecologist. He supports green campaigns, such as "The Solutions Project", which advocates for a transition to the use of 100% clean energy for all, and his status as a member of "Artists Against Fracking". "Helped him to win the Humanitarian Award in 2014 for his work with Water Defense at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards.
Barbra Streisand has raised more than $ 20 million for Cedars Sinai's cardiovascular program and donated $ 10 million herself.
Barbra Streisand, whose net worth is approximately US $ 390 million, established a private charity foundation in 1986 that provides grants to a number of causes, including "national organizations working for the preservation of environment, education of voters, protection of civil society civil rights and freedoms, women's issues and nuclear disarmament ".
Streisand also raised more than $ 20 million for the Cedars Sinai Cardiovascular Program, which was renamed the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center – and she donated $ 10 million US.
Rosario Dawson co-founded an organization in 2004 to strengthen Latinx's participation in politics.
Dawson co-founded Voto Latino, an organization that encourages Latinx to get involved in politics; in 2016, Voto Latino registered 100,000 Latinx voters in the 2016 elections.
Actress "Luke Cage" also co-founded a start-up in the field of ethical fashion, Abrima Erwiah, fashion executive, called "Studio 189", which allows Ghanaian poor communities to take advantage of global fashion market.
Ariana Grande organized a benefit concert to support and honor those affected by a suicide bombing in May 2017.
After a suicide bomber attack at his concerts in May 2017, twenty-two people were killed and 116 wounded. The singer organized a benefit concert entitled "One Love Manchester" to raise funds for the victims of the attack.
The concert raised approximately US $ 3 million (£ 2.35 million) in three hours.
Miley Cyrus has supported 43 different associations and foundations.
Miley is also the founder of the Happy Hippie Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to "rally young people to fight against the injustices faced by homeless youth, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable populations" .
Recently, Miley also billed the security deposit and rent for the first six months of a two-bedroom apartment for one of her "The Voice" team members.
Dolly Parton recently donated her 100 millionth book from her Imagination Library to the Library of Congress.
Dolly Parton, a country music icon, launched his Imagination Library program, which aims to send free books to children aged zero to five in 1995.
On February 27, 2018, Parton donated his 100 millionth book to the Library of Congress. To date, his Imagination Library has sent books to Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Matt Damon worked to provide clean water to impoverished communities and co-founded Water.org in 2009.
The actor "Good Will Hunting" has merged its former foundation, the H20 Africa Foundation, with Water.org and its co-founder Gary White. The Damon Foundation hopes to eradicate poverty by creating clean water for disadvantaged communities in 13 countries, including Brazil, Uganda and Indonesia. Until now, Water.org has helped provide drinking water to more than 17 million people.
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