It is no secret that there are celebrities in the world who donate their money to charities. Oprah Winfrey, Jane Seymour, Angelina Jolie or Bono from U2 come to mind when it comes to donating time and money to worthy causes. If one has the resources, it is easy to just write a check and say that you are a philanthropist, but there are many famous people who are doing more than just sending money and not boasting about it. Sending money to help charitable causes is great if you have it, but there are so many celebrities that are helping out different causes and communities, and we do not necessarily hear about it. While David Hyde Pierce is helping fight the cause for Alzheimer’s, Betty White is working to help homeless animals and Dan Marino even started his own charity for Autism when he found out his son was diagnosed with the disease, back in 1992. It is refreshing to hear about celebrities using their fame and fortune to help those who are less privileged.
6 Mario Lopez
Mario Lopez grew up in San Diego, California and spent most of his youth in wrestling tournaments, due to his acceptance into the Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA). He is known for his role in the television show, Saved by the Bell back in the early 1990s and as the host of Extra. What most people don’t know is the work he has done with the Boys and Girls Club charities, to which he owes much gratitude. Mario has appeared in the film, The Stream which was created to raise money for the charity, in which the majority of the revenue for the movie was donated to the BGCA.
Mario has also helped numerous amounts of other charities. He has donated money and his time to many animal charities that help strays, Children’s Hospital, DoSomething.org (an organization to encourage young people get out and help others), Feeding America, GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), Hillsides, Hole in the Wall Gang, Leeza’s Place, Muhammed Ali Parkinson Center, Padres Contra el Cancer, the Ronald McDonald House Charities and The Rescue Train.
5 Jon Bon Jovi
Rock star and actor, Jon Bon Jovi (born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr) was born in 1962 in New Jersey. After achieving great success, he thought he would “give back” to the community. Jon has been active with several charitable causes, most of which help out those in need of housing. This includes Habitat for Humanity and Covenant House. He has also assisted with the Special Olympics, The American Red Cross and The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
In 2011, Jon opened the JBJ Soul Kitchen in New Jersey, where customers can eat for free. The prices are not listed on the menu, and people simply give what they can afford, or even volunteer to work in exchange for their meal. The meal includes organic fruits and vegetables (when they have them available) and is a three-course dinner, so customers get their nutrients. The restaurant is run by those willing to donate their time to a righteous cause.
4 Cindy Crawford
Supermodel Cindy Crawford is not just another pretty face. Although she has been seen in the commercials for Meaningful Beauty, a product designed to help keep a youthful appearance, Cindy is much more caring than people might realize. When she was just ten years old, her little brother Jeff ended up dying of leukemia, which now encourages Cindy to delve deep into the charities helping to cure cancer. She can remember what her own mother went through and inspires others to help join causes to end this horrible disease.
Cindy works with St. Jude Children’s Hospital, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Little Star Foundation, a place that helps out “families with children who need long-term care” and University of Wisconsin Foundation, a charity that raises funds for the university, itself. She correspondingly works with the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, where she is an “honorary board member.”
3 Alec Baldwin
The oldest of four brothers, Alec Baldwin started his acting career at the age of 21, when he appeared in a soap opera, The Doctors, which lasted for two years. He has been seen in many television series, award shows, movies, commercials and even been in many Broadway performances over the last 34 years. Alec is very belligerent when it comes to his work for the Americans for the Arts, an organization that helps people understand how important it is to have music and art in their lives. Alec appears in commercials for Capital One and he plans to donate all of the money that he makes to the Americans for the Arts. Capital One has also decided to match donations from consumers to that charity, as well.
The outspoken actor is also an animal rights advocate, with work and donations going towards PETA and D.E.L.T.A. Rescue, a large animal sanctuary. He has also contributed to several human rights organizations including, The Doe Fund, Habitat for Humanity, GLSEN and Habitat for Humanity. Alec Baldwin supports so many causes in which he does not brag about, and a lot of people have not even heard of; including Carol M. Baldwin Cancer Research Fund, which is his mother and her charity, showing her fight against breast cancer, The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, FilmAid International and The Nature Conservancy, which helps protect the Earth and its resources.
2 Taylor Swift
When Taylor Swift isn't writing about her breakups, she is extremely busy helping out others by volunteering for causes such as, The Red Cross, and helps out children in need. She has raised money in efforts to help children, sang in benefit concerts and even donated money and her own prom dress in order to support those in need.
Some of Taylor’s charities include a lot of music-inspired organizations that tend to help out children, low-income families or those who need housing. ACM Lifting Lives, Children in Need, Feeding America, Unicef and Habitat for Humanity are only a few charities that she is involved in.
1 Matt Damon
Matt Damon has appeared in many movies, written several screenplays and has used his voice in many films. Matt is reportedly worth $75 million, and appears to use his money to help others and reach out to those in need. He appears to be one of the most generous actors in Hollywood, helping create water.org (alongside co-founder, Gary White), which is an organization that helps create clean water to people in Africa. Not only does he help by donating and helping to raise money, he goes the extra step by actually travelling the country and helping to install water faucets and to describe to people what they need to do to obtain clean water.
Matt Damon is an exceptionally “good sport,” known for his sense of humor and the jokes made against him (all in good humor), but should also be known for the long list of charity work. He works with the ONE Campaign, that is trying to help people in third world countries that are living with diseases or are impoverished. He is against the war in Darfur, and has shown many efforts to help the fight against it. Not On Our Watch is another one of his many efforts to help those around the world that he created along with several other well-known actors. He previously played in a poker tournament that raised money for the organization.