There are two major benefits of being a famous person. Some celebs find solace when they have thousands of adoring fans, while others focus on just becoming filthy stupid rich with all kinds of fun toys.
For as long as there have been charities, there have celebrities attaching their name to it. Celebrities and charities are often linked to each other. The celeb brings attention to the charity and its cause. The charity boosts the celeb’s public image and credibility. Everyone wins. It’s pretty essential for every famous person to be involved with at least one charity at one point or another. Many celebrities love to donate to charities and some are heavily involved, donating time, money, gifts, and even homes or clothes. They do not only give their money and name, but also give their time, dedication, and commitment. For some, they put their heart and soul into their cause and see it through to the very end. Then, there are the celebs that like to hang on to as much money as possible, thinking they can take it with them when they die. Even when these people are convinced to donate anything, they donate the minimum of what they could in reality. Either way, like all things in life, you’re either one way or the other. Here is a look at 8 Most Stingy and 8 Most Charitable Celebs.
16. Khloe Kardashian (Stingy)
Khole Kardashian is a member of the famed Kardashian family. She is best known for appearing in the reality series Keeping Up with The Kardashians, Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, and Khloe & Lamar. She is involved with a few charities, including PETA, Elton John AIDS Foundation, and Soles4Souls. However, she seems much more focused on her professional and personal life. Her marriage to Lamar Odom was highly publicized. During their marriage, they teamed up to spearhead a charity known as Cathy’s Kids. The charity was named after Odom’s mother who died of stomach cancer. The goal was to raise money for cancer research. However, just like their marriage, that’s not how things worked out. The charity raised over $2.2 million, but a good portion of that went to elite youth basketball teams. It’s not clear where the rest of the money went. The charity is now in severe debt.
15. Ian Somerhalder (Charitable)
Ian Somerhalder rose to fame with his role in the television series The Vampire Diaries. He capitalized on his fame by supporting a cause that’s near and dear to his heart. He supports various charities, including Elton John AIDS Foundation, United Nations Development Programme, and The Trevor Project. In 2010, Ian launched the Ian Somerhalder Foundation on his 32nd birthday. The purpose of the foundation is to educate people on protecting animals and the environment. He asked for a unique birthday present that year. He said, “Instead of gifts this year, my birthday wish is that we come together and raise funds to support projects that protect our habitat and nurture our furry friends.” Along with Vampire Diaries co-stars, Michael Trevino and Candice Accolo, he supports the It Gets Better Project. The project is associated with The Trevor Project and the goal is to prevent suicide among LGBTQ youth.
14. Bristol Palin (Stingy)
Bristol Palin is the eldest daughter of former Governor of Alaska and Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Bristol competed on two seasons of Dancing with the Stars and starred in the reality series Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp. Bristol was named Teen Pregnancy Prevention Ambassador for the Candie’s Foundation. The purpose is to educate youth on pregnancy prevention. Bristol is an advocate for abstinence and has spoken at great length about the subject. This is despite the fact that Bristol became pregnant during her mother’s Vice-Presidential run. Regardless, she made public service announcements and interviews declaring abstinence is the only way to go. In 2015, she became pregnant out of wedlock for a second time. In 2011, Bristol and Candie’s was heavily criticized for Bristol receiving a payment. The foundation brought in $1, 242,476 with $35,000 going to various charities. Bristol was paid $262,500 for her role as ambassador.
13. George Clooney (Charitable)
Critically acclaimed actor George Clooney has starred in numerous beloved films. However, he might be best known for his tireless dedication to several charities and his humanitarian work. He donates to various charities, including UNICEF, Red Cross, and Make-A-Wish foundation. He is known for his work in Sudan and the Darfur Conflict. He made several trips to Darfur to visit the refugees and to provide aid. In 2012, he was arrested for civil disobedience outside the Sudan Embassy after organizing and participating in a peaceful protest. He co-founded the Not On Our Watch Project along with Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, and Brad Pitt. The goal is to prevent human rights violations in Sudan. He starred in the play 8, which raised awareness and money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights. Recently, he has decided not to get involved with Syria politically and instead will focus on helping the refugees.
12. Lady Gaga (Stingy)
Technically, Lady Gaga is a very charitable celebrity. However, she’s been accused of some questionable spending habits. She supports various charities, such as It Gets Better Project, Red Cross, and Alzheimer’s Association. In 2011, Lady Gaga and her mother founded the Born This Way Foundation. The goal is to create “braver, kinder world” for youths. In 2011, she was accused of profiting from charity wristbands. The wristbands were sold through her website and profits went to the 2011 Japan earthquake relief effort. She denies the accusation. In 2014, the Born This Way Foundation was accused of misusing funds. It was reported that they brought in $2.5 million. $348,000 was spent on the Born Brave Bus Tour and $1.5 million went to costs related to web and social media. Only $5,000 in grants was given out. Gaga denied doing anything wrong and said, “A clear understanding of the differences between a grant-making organization and one that carries out its work directly would have made this a non-story.”
11. Emma Watson (Charitable)
Emma Watson is best known for her role as the fearless Hermione Granger in the critically acclaimed Harry Potter franchise. She actively supports several causes, such as human rights, poverty, and disaster relief. However, she is best known for her work with women’s rights and gender equality. In 2014, she was named UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. She’s traveled the world promoting education for women including in Zambia and Bangladesh. She was universally praised for a speech she gave at the UN headquarters when launching the HeforShe campaign. During the speech, she discussed feminism and gender equality. She feels the idea that feminism is “man-hating” needs to stop. She received several death threats after the speech but it only motivated her to continue. Later, she visited Uruguay where she gave a speech on women in politics and gave a speech on gender equality at the World Economic Forum.
10. Lance Armstrong (Stingy)
At one time, former cyclist Lance Armstrong was an inspiration and a hero to many. He won an outstanding seven consecutive Tour de France titles. In 1996, he was diagnosed with cancer but was able to beat it before returning to cycling. He even founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation, which supports people with cancer. They also released the famous yellow Livestrong bracelet. The charity and Armstrong became internationally known. However, Armstrong’s world came crashing down when he was found guilty of doping. He was stripped off of his titles and banned from the sport for life. The scandal not only affected him but also the foundation. However, the foundation has been in some questionable situations. The foundation once raised $103 million but only $5 million went to cancer research. The rest either went to Armstrong or to pay other fees. Due to the doping scandal, Lance resigned from the foundation, which was renamed the Livestrong foundation.
9. Miley Cyrus (Charitable)
Miley Cyrus went from being the sweet and innocent girl next door to one of the most controversial celebs. However, she is also one of the most charitable celebs. She once said, “If you pick up a guitar when you’re eight, you’re really good at it by the time you’re 20. It’s the same with giving back. My family has been visiting Kentucky coal-mine towns since I was little. We take clothes, gifts, and school supplies. It’s an eye-opener for me, seeing families here in America living in Third World conditions.” Miley supports roughly 31 different charities. Among them are Blessings in a Backpack, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Red Cross. In 2008 and 2009, during her world tours, she donated one dollar from every ticket sold to the City of Hope National Medical Center. She also launched the Get UR Good On campaign. It’s an online campaign designed to encourage young people to “do good” in their communities. In 2015, Miley was the second most charitable celebrity, losing to Taylor Swift.
8. Kanye West (Stingy)
Kanye West once said, “My greatest pain in life is that I’ll never be able to see myself perform live.” So it should come as no surprise that Kanye isn’t the most charitable guy. Kanye West has created great music and intense controversy. He has released critically acclaimed albums and produced for some of the greatest musicians. Additionally, Kanye is one of the best-selling artists of all time. Just ask him, he’ll tell you. To be fair to Kanye, he does support several charities, including Doctors Without Borders, Red Cross, and Habitat for Humanity. In 2003, Kanye and his mother founded the Kanye West Foundation. The purpose was to fight illiteracy and dropout rates. In 2011, the charity suddenly shut down. It was revealed that none of the money went to battling illiteracy, dropout rates, or even the poor. The charity brought in $570,000, but it was used to pay for “administrative costs.”
7. George Lucas (Charitable)
In 2012, George Lucas sold Lucasfilms to Disney for a whopping $4 Billion, which includes rights to the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. At first, he didn’t know what to do with all the money. In 1991, he founded The George Lucas Educational Foundation, which motivates innovation in schools. After selling Lucasfilms, he decided to donate much of the money. He said, “For 41 years, the majority of my time and money has been put into the company. As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy.” In 2015, he suggested a low-income housing development on parts of his vast land. Lucas has committed to giving away half of his wealth to charity in support of The Giving Pledge. The Giving Pledge is a campaign led by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to convince rich people to donate a majority of their wealth to charity.
6. Kim Kardashian (Stingy)
Socialite and reality star Kim Kardashian is one of the wealthiest reality personalities. Kim stars in the reality series Keeping Up with The Kardashians and the many spin-offs. Kim often finds herself at the center of controversy and giving to charity is no different. To be fair to Kim, she does actively participate in several charities, such as Generation Rescue, The Salvation Army, and Alzheimer’s Association. She’s also traveled to Africa and Armenia. In 2012, she auctioned off her clothes through Ebay’s charity auctions. However, she received a major backlash after it was revealed that 10% of the proceeds go to charity while 90% goes into Kim’s pocket. That might seem like a little but 10% adds up to $19,975. However, she ended up making roughly $179,775. Additionally, a majority of the money went to Life Change Community Church which was co-founded and funded by Kim’s mother, Kris Jenner.
5. Taylor Swift (Charitable)
Taylor Swift sells out stadiums, releases chart-topping albums, and feuds with other famous celebs. Somehow, she manages to find a great deal of time to dedicate to several charities and her fans. Taylor is by far one of the most charitable celebs of all time. She donated $100,000 to victims of the Iowa flood, $50,000 to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and $100,000 to V Foundation for Cancer Research. Additionally, she often visits her young fans at the hospital to lift their spirits up. She is also an advocate for promoting literacy. She finds ways to repay many of her loyal fans. She has sent them Christmas gifts, crashed a fan’s bridal shower, and even visits some fans at home. She once helped pay off a fan’s student loan. In 2015, profits from her “Welcome to New York” song went to New York Public Schools. In 2016, she donated $1 million to the Louisiana flood relief.
4. Donald Trump (Stingy)
Donald Trump is a business mogul, reality TV star, and President of the United States. He’s been highly successful, but the reason might be that he’s kind of stingy. In 1988, Trump founded the charity the Donald J. Trump Foundation. The foundation has generated a great amount of controversy and criticism. It has been accused of using funds for political reasons. It failed to donate money to a 9/11 pledge it made and was accused of using funds to pay for Trump Organization legal fees. Since founding the charity, Trump has donated between $3.7 million and $5.5 million. He has not donated to the foundation since 2008. A majority of the money comes for outside donors. The biggest contributors are Linda and Vince McMahon of the WWE. Recently, it was reported that he moved money donated to children from the charity into his own business. In late 2016, Trump promised to close down the foundation but has yet to do so. The Smoking Gun named Donald Trump “the least charitable celebrity.”
3. Beyoncé (Charitable)
In 2016, Beyoncé was named the Most Charitable celebrity of the year. Just like her fame and fortune, she earned that title of Most Charitable the hard way. Beyoncé is involved with several causes, including AIDS, bullying, and r*pe/s*xual abuse. Along with Kelly Rowland, she founded the Survivor Foundation, which supports the victims of Hurricane Katrina. It includes various events and concerts. The foundation put on the Music World Cares Christmas Carnival for low-income households. It included a visit from Santa Claus and free toys. In 2006, she held food drives before her concerts to aid the victims. She also teamed up with several anti-hunger organizations, including The Global Food Banking Network, Feeding America, and The Houston Food Bank. Additionally, she co-founded Chime For Change, which is to empower women and girls through education, health, and justice. She has donated items and money to several charities, such as Women’s Fund for Scotland, Global Poverty Project, and Miss A Meal.
2. Wyclef Jean (Stingy)
Grammy Award-winning artist Wyclef Jean is best-known for his time with hip-hop group, the Fugees. In 2001, he founded the charity Yele Haiti. The goal was to educate and provide aid to the people of Haiti. In 2010, a devastating earthquake struck Haiti causing severe damage and loss of life. Wyclef claimed that Yele raised roughly $1 million in 24 hours. Wyclef and George Clooney organized the Hope for Haiti Telethon. It was the most watched telethon and aired on almost every network. The charity raised around $16 million to provide aid to Haiti. However, Wyclef used $410,000 to cover costs of the production. He also took $100,000 for performing and it’s been reported that several of his family members were also paid. Only about $5.1 million was sent to help with the relief effort in Haiti. The charity was investigated and accused of misusing the funds. Wyclef denies any wrongdoing on his part.
1. Angelina Jolie (Charitable)
Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie is well-known for her extensive humanitarian work. She has been praised for her work involving third world countries, refugees, and war-torn regions. She served as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for a decade before being promoted to Special Envoy. She traveled all over the world visiting refugees and providing aid. She has adopted three unfortunate children from around the world. She created the Maddox Jolie-Pitt foundation in Cambodia, which is named after her first adopted child. It protects Cambodia’s parks and forests against deforestation. It also provides healthcare and education. She purchased a land in Cambodia, which she later turned into a wildlife reserve. The Maddox foundation also protects and funds Cambodia’s Samlout national park. She co-chaired the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, launched the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant children, and donated $1 million to Afghan refugees in Pakistan. She has lived in many poor villages among the refugees and villagers.
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