Giving Hearts of Hollywood
5.81. Oprah Winfrey
In 1998, Winfrey created the Oprah's Angel Network, a charity that supported charitable projects and provided grants to nonprofit organizations around the world. Oprah's Angel Network raised more than $80,000,000 ($1 million of which was donated by Jon Bon Jovi). Winfrey personally covered all administrative costs associated with the charity, so 100% of all funds raised went to charity programs.
In 2004, Winfrey and her team filmed an episode of her show, Oprah's Christmas Kindness , in which Winfrey travelled to South Africa to bring attention to the plight of young children affected by poverty and AIDS. During the 21-day trip, Winfrey and her crew visited schools and orphanages in poverty-stricken areas, and distributed Christmas presents to 50,000 children, with dolls for the girls and soccer balls for the boys, and school supplies. Throughout the show, Winfrey appealed to viewers to donate money to Oprah's Angel Network for poor and AIDS-affected children in Africa. From that show alone, viewers around the world donated over $7,000,000. Winfrey invested $40 million and some of her time establishing the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Henley on Klip south of Johannesburg, South Africa. The school set over 22 acres, opened in January 2007 with an enrollment of 150 pupils (increasing to 450) and features state-of-the-art classrooms, computer and science laboratories, a library, theatre and beauty salon.
In 2005, the queen of all media gave more than $50 million to the Oprah Winfrey Foundation in Chicago, which supports education and other programs for women and children in the United States and abroad.
In 2005 she became the first black person listed by Business Week as one of America's 50 most generous philanthropists, having given an estimated $303 million.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Oprah created the Oprah Angel Network Katrina registry which raised more than $11 million for relief efforts. Winfrey personally gave $10 million to the cause.
Winfrey has also helped 250 African-American men continue or complete their education at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
7.42. Angelina Jolie
In February 2001, Jolie went on her first field visit, an 18-day mission to Sierra Leone and Tanzania; she later expressed her shock at what she had witnessed. In the following months, she returned to Cambodia for two weeks and later met with Afghan refugees in Pakistan, where she donated $1 million for Afghan refugees in response to an international UNHCR emergency appeal. She insisted on covering all costs related to her missions and shared the same rudimentary working and living conditions as UNHCR field staff on all of her visits. Jolie was named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador on August 27, 2001 at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva.
In February 2010, following a $1 million donation to relief efforts combating the ravages of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Jolie visited Haiti and the Dominican Republic to discuss the future of relief efforts.
In September, she went to Pakistan and donated $100,000 to the United Nations for the Pakistan flood relief operations.
In 2006, Jolie announced the founding of the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which made initial donations to Global Action for Children and Doctors Without Borders of $1 million each.
In 2007, Jolie returned to Chad for a two-day mission to assess the deteriorating security situation for refugees from Darfur; Jolie and Pitt subsequently donated $1 million to three relief organizations in Chad and Darfur.
Pitt and Jolie donated $8.4 million in 2008 to their Jolie-Pitt Foundation. Five million of that went to build 150 green homes in New Orleans' Ninth Ward. This year the couple donated $1 million to Doctors Without Borders to provide emergency medical care in Haiti.
6.23. Barbra Streisand
Streisand has personally raised $25 million for organizations through her live performances. The Streisand Foundation, established in 1986, has contributed over $16 million through nearly 1,000 grants to "national organizations working on preservation of the environment, voter education, the protection of civil liberties and civil rights, women’s issues and nuclear disarmament."
In 2006, Streisand donated $1 million to the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation in support of former President Bill Clinton’s climate change initiative.
In 2008, Streisand gifted $5 million to endow the Barbra Streisand Women's Cardiovascular Research and Education Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Women's Heart Center. In September that year, Parade magazine included Streisand on their Giving Back Fund's second annual Giving Back 30 survey, "a ranking of the celebrities who have made the largest donations to charity in 2007 according to public records", as the third most generous celebrity. The Giving Back Fund claimed Streisand donated $11 million, which The Streisand Foundation distributed.
At Julien’s Auctions in October 2009, Streisand, a long-time collector of art and furniture, sold 526 items with all the proceeds going to her foundation. Items included a costume from Funny Lady and a vintage dental cabinet purchased by the performer at 18 years old.
7.24. Sandra Bullock
Bullock has been a public supporter of the American Red Cross, having donated $1 million to the organization at least four times. Her first public donation of that amount was to the Red Cross's Liberty Disaster Relief Fund. Four years later, she sent money in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunamis. In 2010, she donated $1 million to relief efforts in Haiti following the Haiti earthquake, and again donated the same amount following the 2011 Japan Earthquake.
Along with other stars, Bullock did a PSA urging people to sign a petition for clean-up efforts of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Bullock backs the Texas non-profit organization The Kindred Life Foundation, Inc. In late 2008, she joined other top celebrities in supporting the work of CEO and Founder Amos Ramirez. She shared this at a gala that raised money for the organization, "Amos has led many efforts across our nation that have helped families that are in need. Our country needs more organizations that are committed to the service that Kindred Life is.
4.45. Tiger Woods
The golfer (who has an estimated net worth of more than $600 million) may not be Husband of the Year, but he's a good human being in other regards. In 2006, he donated $9.5 million to the Tiger Woods Learning Center, Earl D. Woods Sr. Scholarship Fund, and other Tiger Woods Foundation programs. More recently, Tiger donated $3 million to Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti charity to build a mobile hospital following the earthquake earlier this year.
3.96. Rosie O'Donnell
This funny lady donated $5.7 million 2006 to Katrina Relief efforts, including Renaissance Village (a temporary shelter for Katrina victims), day care centers, a rehabilitation center in San Antonio, and a Habitat for Humanity subdivision in Baton Rouge.
3.57. Martha Stewart
When she isn't busy building her domestic empire, Stewart is writing checks to charity. In 2006 she donated $5 million to New York's Mt. Sinai Hospital for a center on healthy aging.
7.18. Jerry Seinfeld
In 2008 Jerry donated $3 million to organizations such as the American Red Cross, Autism Speaks, and Scholarship America. Jerry and his wife Jessica also use their star couple power for Jessica's Baby Buggy charity, which provides New York City charities with essential child care items.
5.99. Nicholas Cage
The "National Treasure" star may be bad at handling his own finances, but in 2006 he donated $2 million to Amnesty International for a fund to help child soldiers in Africa.
8.110. Denzel Washington
In 2006 Washington donated $1 million to "Save Africa's Children." Later that year, the A-lister gave back at home by donating $25,000 to a North Carolina charity that helps local folks pay their heating bills.
711. Drew Barrymore
In 2007, Drew became an Ambassador Against Hunger for the World Food Programme to help feed children in Africa. In 2008, she announced on Oprah that she was donating $1 million to the program.
Last year the R&B superstar pledged $1 million to create the youth grant project for his non-profit New Look. The project awards $500 grants to inner city kids looking to make a difference in their neighborhoods.
513. Britney Spears
In 2009, the pop princess donated $100,000 of the proceeds from her Circus tour to Miami Children's Hospital. The "Hit Me Baby One More Time" singer has been known to let the market dictate her charitable giving, frequently donating items like a signed portrait of herself and a dress she wore at the MTV VMAs to be auctioned off for charitable causes.
5.814. Lady GaGa
In 2010, Gaga donated $500,000 to Haiti earthquake relief, called for the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and helped raise millions to fight HIV/AIDS worldwide.
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