Singers, actors, wrestlers, comedians, and supermodels who are at the peak of their art make big money from these various professions on a daily basis. What they do with these money is entirely up to them to decide, as its their sole right. Some of these celebrities choose to acquire as much real estate as possible, wear the finest clothes, eat the coziest meals and not mind what happens to the people around them.
Some others decide to spend their money in the same manner and still manage to save some to help the needy around them. While some others live an average life so that they can help build the lives of people who are not privileged like them. The last two categories of celebs are the ones featured in this article; they are the celebs with a heart to give – the most generous of them all. Meet fifteen of them who made it on the list.
Zendaya has done a couple of charity works since she came to limelight. During the shoot of her music video “Swag It Out” she donated part of the video budget to buy toys for needy children of the association. She also joined forces with FeedOne to feed 150 kids from schools in Haiti, Tanzania and the Philippines for a whole year.
15. Miley Cyrus
Despite her extreme raunchy nature, Miley still has a little good left in her. In October 2014 at a charity auction, she gladly donated $500k, including $300k for a single portrait. When she won the Video of the Year Award, Jess Helt accepted the award on be half of her the 1.6 million homeless and runaway youths in the United States. The twenty-two year old then asked Miley’s fans to help an LA organization that helps homeless people find housing, health care, schooling and jobs. Hundreds of thousands were raised by this young boy and Miley a few days after the request. Miley is recording small concerts at her backyard to help grow awareness for 2015, and she invites most of her famous friends to come support.
The I.Am.Angel Foundation was founded by Will.i.am in 2009, to help provide college preparation, scholarships and improved opportunity in his hometown of Boyle Heights in east LA. The area is predominantly made up of low-class citizens and Will.i.am wanted to give these people a greater opportunity for higher education to help improve the community. In 2014 with his trans4m concert, Will.i.am raised $2.5 million with proceeds going towards youth education. He has strongly supported education, and has given over 500,000 people scholarships for higher education.
13. Justin Bieber
Irrespective of Justin Bieber’s extravagant spendings over the past few years, he has always taken time to help children. He was honored with the Champ of Charity Award for 2014, working with the Make-a-Wish Foundation granting 200+ wishes for sick kids. In May 2014 he pledged $545k for AIDS researched. Justin is involved with a clean water charity, he asked is fans to make donations for this course as a way of giving him a birthday gift.
12. George Clooney
George is a cofounder of Not On Our Watch, alongside his friends Matt Damon and Brad Pitt. Together they have donated millions in food and aid with a focus on grief-stricken areas in Darfur, Burma and Zimbabwe. George has used his fame to endorse products such as Nespresso and Omega, and every cent he earns from these endorsements goes to this causes. After his wedding in 2014, him and his wife, Amal Alamuddin, sold their wedding pictures to the highest bidder and donated millions to those in need.
11. Angelina Jolie
Angelina first became aware of the extent of global poverty while filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2001. It opened her eye to places that needed help on earth and to that effect she and her husband, Brad Pitt started The Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation in 2003, which is focused at eradicating rural poverty, protect natural resources and conserve wildlife in Cambodia. The couple donated the $5 million they received from their wedding photos in 2014 to the foundation, along with previous donations for photos of their children.
10. Seth Rogen
Seth’s mother-in-law was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s over 10 years, causing her to forget her family, how to speak & feed herself, all by the young age of 60. Now he has become a voice fighting for improved funding for Alzheimer’s disease. Seth co-founded Hilarity for Charity, an event with appearances from many famous faces with an annual performance to help raise donations and awareness on this deadly disease. So far they’ve helped raise over $1 million for Alzheimer’s care.
9. Demi Lovato
In 2014 the Disney singer joined The Mental Health Listening & Engagement Tour where she worked with some experts to speak on mental issues. In 2011 Demi sent money to Japan to help with the earthquake and tsunami they were experiencing. She also pledged $1 million from her fortune to help those recovering. After Demi Lovato was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2011, she has been a strong advocate for mental health issues.
8. Olivia Wilde
Olivia Wilde is not as popular as she should be probably because she has focused more on charities than growing her brand. She’s worked closely with poverty and women’s issues in developing countries. In 2009 she joined Artists for Peace and Justice, a charity started by director Paul Haggis, which has helped build schools in Haiti while providing food and clean water to those in need. She is also a co-founder of Conscious Commerce, a company to partner products with donations.
7. George Lucas
George Lucas is the creator of Star Wars and has pledged majority of his wealth to charity. He also announced that the $4 billion he earned from the sale of Star Wars to Disney would be used to fund education through the George Lucas Educational Foundation. Recently Lucas announced plans for a proposed 52 acre affordable housing project near his home in Marin County. This would be the largest affordable housing project in the San Francisco Bay Area. The project is expected to cost $200 million, and George plans to pay for the entire project from his pocket. If this plan is approved, he will build 224 new affordable homes in a region normally reserved for the rich.
6. John Legend
In 2007, John Legend launched“Show Me” campaign to promote higher education and reduce mass incarceration rates in the United States. To help promote his charity, John auctions off his services to sing at top donor’s weddings or birthdays. His 2014 music video “You and I” helping bring light to the #OperationGirl fundraising campaign raised about $495,000.
5. John Cena
When John Cena isn’t sweating in the ring, he is helping out a sick child. He is the Make-a-Wish foundations most requested celebrity. John holds the record for most wishes granted since 2012, with his 400th wish granted in February 2014. He’s worked with the organization for over 10 years, and as long as sick kids continued to request him, John always found a way to be there with them.
4. Emma Watson
Emma is a women’s right activist and has been working for the United Nations as a Goodwill Ambassador for Women. She launched her HeforShe movement to promote gender equality with equal pay and bring light to many forms of discrimination faced by women around the world. She is a strong supporter for UNICEF and has asked that any gifts from her fans should be donated to the charity instead.
3. Matt Damon
Matt Damon is the co-founder of H20 Africa Foundation and has been fighting to help impoverished nations for many years. The goal of the organization is to provide access to safe & clean drinking water for developing countries who don’t have easy access. Recently Matt teamed up with Stella Artois, for a new campaign “Buy A Lady a Drink”, a campaign focused to help over 100million women who need to walk long hours to get water supply for their households.
Beyoncé is a vocal advocate for social change and has launched her own #beyGOOD social campaigns. She’s worked with this foundation to help put people back to work, with food and housing services, provide medical assistance and much more. Since 2008 she has donated over $7 million to a Houston housing charity, providing living, food, counseling & healthcare for many homeless residents. Also, she dedicated $1 from each ticket for her recent ‘On The Run’ Tour to fund a higher education program.
1. Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is one of the most generous celebrities in recent years. She has remained in top spot on the Celebs Gone Good listing by DoSomething.org since 2012. Taylor pledged all proceeds from her 2014 hit ‘Welcome to New York’ to public schools in New York City, raising above $50,000. She is also a public figure for the group “Make The World Suck Less” which supports several grassroots efforts for social change.
Over the past few years Taylor has been significant financially to the American Red Cross, Feeding America, UNICEF and many more. With her generous nature, her fans expect her to continue helping those less privileged with her influence and contributions for years to come.
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