As we all know, celebrities have a sense of power that us regular folk don’t always emulate. And as the saying goes, with power comes responsibility. These celebrities have all used their power for the greater good.
We already love them, but now that we know what they do to help others, we love them even more. Let’s start with Hollywood A-List actor, Leonardo Di Caprio and we’ll go from there.
Leonardo DiCaprio, One of Hollywood’s
Most Dedicated Activists
DiCaprio cares about the planet, that’s for sure. He started the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in an attempt to protect the earth from climate change, including vulnerable wildlife, ecosystems, and communities.
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In 2017, he also showed his support for Hurricane Harvey victims by making a $1 million donation to the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund. DiCaprio’s donation was the first the national fund received.
Sandra Bullock, Helping Humans and Animals Alike
Sandra Bullock also made a donation to help Hurricane Harvey victims. She made a $1 million contribution to the Red Cross. She said, “There are no politics in eight feet of water. There are human beings in eight feet of water.”
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Sandra also cares about our non-human counterparts. The lovely actress also donated $100,000 to help save animals from the deadly California wildfires.
Can you guess our next selfless celeb? His first name rhymes with Bonnie.
Johnny Depp aka Jack Sparrow Visits Sick Children
Johnny Depp is obviously a Hollywood celebrity that will never have to work a day again in his life. But he’s far from stuck up. He gave a much-appreciated warm gesture to the crew on the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
One rainy day, Johnny spent about $64,200 to buy a jacket for each crew member, and there were 500 of them. He actually gives back in quite frequently. He visited with patients at a children’s hospital dressed as Jack Sparrow last year.
Beyoncé, Helping Her Hometown
Beyoncé also showed her support for the Hurricane Harvey victims. As she said, “My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help.”
“I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor (Rudy Rasmus at St. John’s in downtown Houston) to implement a plan to help as many as we can.”
And Beyoncé’s husband is a good dude, too.
Jay Z, An Activist for Incarcerated Fathers
On Father’s Day, the incredibly successful rapper and producer donated to both Color of Change and Southerners on New Ground. They are organizations that raise money in an effort to bail out incarcerated dads every Father’s Day.
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Jay Z wrote, “As a father with a growing family, it’s the least I can do, but philanthropy is not a long fix. We have to get rid of these inhumane practices altogether.”
Bruno Mars: “We Need to Stand Together”
During a concert in Michigan, Bruno Mars told the audience that he donated $1 million to help victims of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
He said, “I’m very thankful to the Michigan audience for joining me in supporting this cause. Ongoing challenges remain years later for Flint residents, and it’s important that we don’t forget our brothers and sisters affected by this disaster. As people, especially as Americans, we need to stand together to make sure something like this never happens in any community ever again.”
Next up, a celeb that saved a life after taking a CPR course.
Ryan Reynolds Saves a Life
Ryan Reynolds wants everyone to know that he recently brushed up on his CPR skills, and that should do the same. On Instagram, the actor shared that the CPR skills helped him save a life.
“Years ago, I took a CPR course thru the Red Cross. And holy shit, I ended up saving my nephew’s life because I knew what to do! True story!” so sign up for CPR, people!
Kim Kardashian, Bringing Mental Health to Light
Kim Kardashian and her family donated $500,000 to Hurricane Harvey victims. She wrote on Twitter, “Houston we are praying for you! My mom, sisters & I will be donating $500,000.”
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Kim also cares about the mental health community. She produced a documentary about the intersection of mental illness and social media called Red Flag. She is using her fame to bring awareness to mental health.
The next unselfish celeb is a very successful singer/songwriter. Can you guess who?
Adele, Giving Thanks to Firefighters
Adele, the young and wildly successful British singer, brought cakes for the firefighters at Chelsea Fire Station in London. The station manager, said, “We opened the door to her and she took her sunglasses off and said, ‘Hi, I’m Adele.'”
She just wanted to have “tea and a cuddle” and to say thank you to the firefighters for their bravery during the Grenfell Tower disaster.
Jennifer Lawrence, Inspired by Children
Jennifer Lawrence is actually very well-known for her good deeds. She often visits with patients at a children’s hospital near her hometown in Louisville, Kentucky. And she recently donated $2 million to the Kosair Children’s Hospital.
And with that, the hospital established the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Lawrence said the children’s “strength and courage is inspiring.” She really does care and we’re grateful for celebrities like her.
Next, an amazing actor who took action after a school shooting.
Christian Bale, Went Out of His Way for a Sick Child
In 2012, there was a movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado that left 12 people dead and more than 70 people wounded during a screening of his Bale’s film The Dark Knight Rises. After that, he visited the local hospital where many of the victims were in recovery.
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Later that year, Christian decided to fly a 4-year-old boy who was suffering from leukemia and his family from their home in Ohio to Disneyland. And he and his even joined the boy’s family for lunch in the park.
Taylor Swift, Known For Giving Back
Swift is known for her good deeds. She is constantly giving back in many ways, big and small. Most recently, she gave $250,000 to singer Kesha in a show of support during a legal battle with her record label and producer.
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She also writes checks often for hundreds of thousands of dollars to causes that she supports, from cancer research to school music education. Taylor also likes to visit her fans in hospitals. We’re happy to see that Taylor’s heart is in the right place and that she uses her fame for the right reasons.
Our next selfless celeb is considered the best actress of all time. Can you guess who she is?
Meryl Streep, Not Just a Talented Actress
Our favorite actress and lovely lady, Meryl Streep takes likes to give back to those in need. She donates to causes and organizations that she supports.
Streep has donated about $1 million to Vassar College and a generous amount to other organizations such as Oxfam America, New York’s Meals on Wheels, the Coalition for the Homeless, and the National Women’s Museum. We love you, Meryl!
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie, Not Together But Still Helping Others
Forget the fact that they are no longer together, the power couple did a lot of good when they were together. They care about making a change for good in this world.
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They’ve donated millions of dollars over the years to various causes. Apparently, they gave the $14 million they earned for the release of the first photos of their twins Knox and Vivienne to fund the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation. Brad Pitt has also done a lot for the climate change movement, and built dozens of homes after Hurricane Katrina hit.
Did you know that Justin Bieber actually has done many positive and helpful things for others?
Justin Bieber: The Biebs Loves to Help
Justin Bieber is another hugely famous and incredibly rich celebrity that puts his money where his mouth is. He has done things such as flying a cancer-stricken fan to visit him before her passing away in 2012.
He did a really selfless act, in which they had a fake marriage ceremony. ‘Beliebers’ named her “Mrs. Bieber” and it meant the world to her. Bieber once bought pizza for fans waiting in a blizzard to see him perform on Saturday Night Live. He also helped build a school in Guatemala when he was there for a concert. Oh, and he gave 200 concert tickets to students whose schools were ruined by tornadoes in Oklahoma in 2013.
Sacha Baron Cohen & Isla Fisher: Huge Supporters of Major Causes
The cute as can be couple donated $1 million in support of Syrian refugees to help with children with their vaccinations, shelter, and other necessities.
Sascha Baron Cohen is also in support of many other causes, including AIDS & HIV, Disaster Relief, Voter Education, Human Rights, and many more.
The next selfless star is one we all know from watching her in our living rooms.
Oprah Winfrey – What Doesn’t She Do?
Oprah is one of the wealthiest self-made billionaires. Her net worth is over $3 billion, believe it or not. Oprah has given more than $351 million to a variety of worldwide causes.
Oprah’s Angel Network raised $3.5 million, which provided 150 $25,000 scholarships. And it also got 15,000 volunteers to build homes for Habitat for Humanity. She also donated $12 million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and $1 million to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The National Council of Negro Women got $2.5 million, and Millennium Park in Chicago has received $1 million. Wow.
Gisele Bündchen: The Selfless Supermodel
In 2010, after earthquake in Haiti, the ridiculously beautiful supermodel donated $1.5 million to relief efforts. Gisele is a passionate supporter of environmental charities. She donates a percentage of her income to them every year.
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She also donated millions to crisis funds. One of them being Brazil’s Zero Hunger initiative and the Japanese Red Cross Society during their devastating earthquake. In 2003, Gisele designed a necklace for Harper’s Bazaar US to raise money for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Talk about brains and beauty.
We all know our next Good Samaritan celebrity. And she’s one of the sweetest stars you’ll ever see.
Ellen DeGeneres: America’s Favorite Host Never Stops Giving Back
Ellen is another ridiculously famous and rich star that never stops giving back to others. At the 2016 People’s Choice Awards, she was awarded the People’s Choice Humanitarian Award, and with good reason.
The talk show host donated $12.5 million for breast cancer, over $10 million for those affected by Hurricane Katrina, and more than $21 million to individuals and families who have shared their stories on her show over the years. She inspires us all.
Michael J. Fox, Aims to Cure Parkinsons
Dealing with Parkinson’s disease, Michael J. Fox decided to start The Michael J. Fox Foundation, which is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease. In the past 16 years, they funded more than $450 million to speed a cure for the devastating disease.
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He’s also one of the most public advocates for Parkinson’s research, proving that some celebrities can take a horrible situation and make life-changing gestures for less fortunate people struggling with the same illness.
Try to guess the next one, her name rhymes with Jady Maga…or is that too easy?
Lady Gaga: Fully Committed
Lady Gaga is another celebrity that loves to support organizations help out vulnerable communities. She started the Born This Way Foundation which is “committed to supporting the wellness of young people and empowering them to create a kinder and braver world.”
Gaga is also an advocate for gender and LGBT equality, especially among young people. Back in 2012, like many others on this list, she donated $1 million to the American Red Cross after Hurricane Sandy in New York.
George Clooney: Uses His Celebrity For the Right Reasons
George Clooney is passionate about using his celebrity for a greater good. In 2006, Clooney and his father, a journalist, smuggled cameras into refugee camps in Darfur to document the crisis. He also started a non-profit called Not on Our Watch with Ocean’s 11 friends Brad Pitt and Matt Damon.
He said, “I’ve been honored to be able to lend my celebrity to help wherever I can, especially on behalf of the United Nations, but in the case of Darfur it’s been the greatest failure of my life.” Clooney was in a protest in front of the Sudanese embassy in Washington DC about the ongoing violence in the country and was even arrested, along with his 78-year-old father. Now that’s dedication.
The next celeb is so selfless that he prefers not to be known for his good deeds.
Keanu Reeves Likes to Remain Anonymous
Keanu Reeves once overheard a crew member on the set of one of his movies panicking because her partner had been seriously injured in an accident and was unable to work, and so her family was in a state of financial crisis.
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Reeves’ assistant reached out to the crew member and “arranged to pay the outstanding house payments as well as all of their partner’s outstanding medical costs.” The actor has also supported PETA, Stand Up To Cancer, as well as other, and started a private cancer foundation. Apparently, Reeves prefers not to be credited for these acts.
Ashton Kutcher, Dedicated and Committed to Changing the World
Ashton Kutcher has done lots for the greater good of this world. Once he used his social media presence to start a campaign for more diaper-changing stations in men’s restrooms.
Kutcher also donated money to fund projects in 132 Iowa schools. The money helps buy musical instruments in some schools and will go to STEM class materials in others. And on a more serious note, Ashton founded an international human rights organization, Thorn. It protects children around the world from sexual exploitation, including trafficking and child pornography.
Next up, one of your favorite singers. His first name is Ed…
Ed Sheeran, Helping Out a Friend
The English songwriter revealed that he co-wrote the “Thinking Out Loud” with his childhood friend, Amy Wadge, as a way to help her financially. The song sold over 1,000,000 copies in the UK.
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“She was going through financial troubles about a year ago,” Sheeran said. “She drove to my house—my album was nearly done—and she asked if I could put a song from when I was 17 on the deluxe album, so she could get a little bit of money and pay the mortgage and bills and stuff. While she was there, we wrote ‘Thinking Out Loud.’ Now she never has to worry about money again.”
Bono, Famous for Giving to Charities
Bono is famous for giving to charities, aside from his major celebrity status. He has spent his entire career using his fame in a positive way. In 2006, The New York Times used the term “the Bono activism conglomerate” to describe his charity work.
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In 2015, Bono co-founded DATA, EDUN, the ONE Campaign, and Product Red to raise money and awareness for the fight against AIDS in Africa.
If you like Sean Penn, as most of us do, you might want to know his well-doings.
Sean Penn, Outspoken and Passionate
One of Sean Penn’s most well-known protests was against the 2003 Iraq invasion. The Oscar winner dished out $56,000 in 2002 for an ad in the Washington Post ridiculing George W. Bush’s policy in Iraq.
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Sean also advocated for gay rights, and participated in reconstruction efforts after Hurricane Katrina. When the 2010 Haiti earthquake hit, he established a relief organization to help and even ended up staying and enlisting as a manager at one of the refugee camps.
Ted Danson, Saving the Oceans
Ted Danson is much more than just an actor, he’s also a passionate environmental advocate. For more than 25 years, he’s worked hard to inform the world about the state of the Earth’s oceans.
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He’s the co-founder of the American Oceans Campaign, which aims to protect the Earth’s oceans and coastal waters. Story goes that he has even chases senators into elevators in order to get them to listen.
Our next unselfish star, is a beautiful and talented singer.
Alicia Keys: On a Mission
The Grammy Award winner advocates in the fight against AIDS and HIV, and has for many years. In 2003, she co-founded the organization called Keep a Child Alive after her first trip to Africa. She has raised millions of dollars to provide AIDS medicine and care to AIDS patients in India and Africa.
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The organization helps increase access to HIV treatment and care, nutritious food, and support for children and families affected by HIV. She said, “Helping keep a child or mother or father or brother or sister alive means turning the worst epidemic of our lifetime into the greatest victory of our generation.”
Susan Sarandon, Advocating a Death Row Case
After playing a nun based on Sister Helen Prejean in the movie Dead Man Walking, Susan Sarandon got involved with an Oklahoma case that’s been going on for decades. The seasoned actress is advocating for a man to be taken off death row so they can examine the evidence in the case.
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“Sister Helen Prejean called me and convinced me that this guy, Richard Glossip, was innocent and needed another chance to have better representation to present new information that would establish a reasonable doubt as to his guilt and save him from being executed,” Sarandon stated. She’s petitioning the release for Glossip and review of the case. Good luck Susan!
Our next celeb played Wolverine, and he has helped children who are sick.
Hugh Jackman, Surprised a Young Fan
Domenic, a 9 year old Wolverine fan, is an Australian boy suffering from cystic fibrosis. The Make a Wish Foundation granted him a wish to join a radio show to talk about his favorite actor, Hugh Jackman.
When they announced to the young boy that Hugh would be calling in to talk with him, Domenic got super excited. He had no idea that Jackman was actually in the studio. He then surprised the boy showing up in the room. You can only imagine how the boy reacted.
Chrissy Teigen, Here to Support
Mercedes Edney of Charlotte, North Carolina started a fundraiser to raise $5,995 for aesthetician school. A few days later, she managed to raise $300, and then Teigen stepped in and paid off the rest.
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“I’ve seen this be your passion for such a long time now,” Teigen said in a note with her donation. “So excited to see you fulfill your dream!” How kind!
Justin Bieber’s ex love interest is an advocate and supporter as well. See the next photo.
Selena Gomez Wants to Put an End to Her Disease
Selena gave a passionate speech about her personal health struggles at the American Music Awards, and she’s making another statement to bring more awareness to the autoimmune disease lupus.
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Gomez made a donation to USC’s Keck School of Medicine as part of the start of her Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research. She’s been battling lupus since she first took a career hiatus in 2015. She hopes that her foundation will find a cure for the disease.
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, A Power Couple
The shiny couple spent their time over the holidays visiting patients at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. They were seen in many social media posts posing for selfies and spent time with patients.
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Cyrus has a non-profit organization, The Happy Hippie Foundation. Rady’s Children Hospital noted on their Facebook page, “Thank you to Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth and The Happy Hippie Foundation for bringing joy and laughter to our patients!”
Next up, a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador as well as talented actress.
Emma Watson – Fighting For Human Rights
In 2014, after graduating from college, Emma Watson was named a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador. And a few months later, she changed the conversation about feminism as part of the “HeForShe” campaign at the U.N. Head Quarters in New York.
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Her speech was about the issue of gender inequality and the importance of making it a human rights issue that affects everyone, and not just women alone.
Matt Damon, Making a Point About Clean Water
Remember the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? Well, Matt Damon used the challenge to talk about water scarcity. In a way to show how millions of gallons of clean water were tossed out for the challenge, Matt dumped toilet bowl water over his head to make his point.
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He co-founded water.org and is dedicated to bringing awareness and education to the issue. He said, “780 million people in the world don’t have access to clean water, and 2.4 billion are without adequate sanitation.”
The next goodwill story might make you tear up…
Katy Perry, Went Above and Beyond for a Fan
Katy Perry surprised Tony Marrero, who was a survivor of the Orlando nightclub shooting, by paying for his first year of film school. Before that, Tony appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and told her that Perry’s song “Rise” helped him through his recovery process.
Katy surprised Marrero live on the show, emotional and with tears in her eyes. “I heard that you’re creative just like me and you have dreams,” she said to him. “And I heard that you want to go to film school so I personally want to pay for your first year at film school.”
Charlize Theron, Keeping African Youth Safe
In 2007, the gorgeous and talented actress founded the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project. Their mission is to keep African youth safe from HIV.
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She became a United Nations Messenger of Peace in 2009, focusing on HIV prevention and eliminating violence against women. Moreover, she supports ovarian cancer research and awareness. She even helped with the design of shoes for the Stuart Weitzman shoe auction, which supported the cause.
Gigi Hadid: A Real Life Angel
Gigi Hadid is a Victoria’s Secret Angel and real-life angel. She visits terminally ill children at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
She stated in her posts, “Got to spend this afternoon with all my new heroes at @chocchildrens thanks to @ryanfoundation.” “These kids are so inspirational in their ability to find and show positivity, sense of humor, and personality regardless of their circumstances.” She added: “My heart is so full today because of them. So much love.”
Jessica Alba – A Love for Babies
Jessica Alba founded an eco-friendly baby company, The Honest Company. She wants to make the world a better place by providing healthy and clean products to babies.
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Her company’s affordable products are sustainable and safe to use on babies. She also supports numerous charities such as US Doctors for Africa, V-Day, Baby2Baby and Feeding America.