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Top 10 Philanthropic Celebrities

10 Celebrities that have proven themselves to be truly charitable.

1. What Is Philanthropy?

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Philanthropy means ’love of humanity.’ Philanthropists focus on enhancing the lives of others through donations or charitable aids. Basically, philanthropy is having a love of humankind, promoting human welfare. There have been many celebrities that have given back, helping those that have been less fortunate. The following displays the top 10 most philanthropic celebrities. These individuals have been generous and caring, impacting the lives of many.

2. Ten: Bono

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U2 is a massive band worldwide, and their frontman Bono is known for his humanitarian acts. He is highly passionate in terms of poverty and hunger. After his first charitable cause in 1986, he has continuously helped those in need. He has not only fought in the battle against poverty and hunger, but has been actively involved in AIDS, sexual abuse, debt relief in Africa, anti-racism, and so much more. He has put on various fundraising shows, providing support for millions. Bono has been nominated three times for a Nobel Peace Prize and was knighted in 2007. He has personally supported 36 charities around the globe.

3. Nine: Madonna

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Madonna is an American recording artist that is considered to be one of the most influential women in contemporary music. In 2006, she co-founded Raising Malawi which is a non-profit organization targeting children and caregivers that need; nutrition, clothing, shelter, education, psychosocial support, and medical care. Madonna matches every dollar donated to Raising Malawi. In addition, she personally supports 28 charities and actively gives money to numerous causes.

4. Eight: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

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Angelina Jolie is a well known actress who is known for being beautiful both inside and out. While filming Tomb Raider, Jolie became aware of humanitarian crises. Since 2001, she has met with refugees in more than twenty countries. Alongside her husband Brad Pitt, they created the Jolie-Pitt Foundation. They donated $1 million to Doctors Without Borders. This amazing organization provides medical care and aid within 60 countries. In 2006, this highly loved couple donated $8 million in that year alone. They have flown all around the world, personally supporting 39 charities.

5. Seven: George Clooney

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George Clooney is extremely passionate when it comes to human rights. Alongside Brad Pitt, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, and Jerry Weintraub, Clooney founded ’Not On Our Watch.’ The main goal behind this organization is to end the genocide in Sudan. He has personally visited this area, meeting with victims of rape and torture. He has also given large donations to homeless people, victims of 9/11, victims of poverty, and was named the ’United Nations Messenger of Peace’ in 2008. He has supported 33 charities including; Everyone Matters, Feeding America, UNICEF, and the World Food Programme.

6. Six: Elton John

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Sir Elton John is loved and respected by many. Over the years, he has lost many close friends to HIV and AIDS. In 1992, he created the Elton John AIDS Foundation which targets the destruction AIDS causes around the globe. Since he started the EJAF, Elton John has raised over $125 million to aid 55 countries around the world. These funds have provided support, preventative measures, and education to those in need. In 2004, he donated over $43 million to charities across the world. Following the death of Princess Diana, Elton John raised $40 million for charity through his single, ’Candle In The Wind.’

7. Five: Jackie Chan

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Jackie Chan is known for his action packed films. However, there’s a whole other side to Chan, one that is full of generosity. He supports hundreds of charities, including his own charity, ’Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation.’ His personal charity focuses on people within Hong Kong, providing scholarships, medical services, and aid for those exposed to natural disasters. He is well known for raising money for people around the world. Within the first 8 months of 2010, he raised $36 million. He personally donated 5 million RMB ($732,000 US) to Haiti victims, helped raised $29 million for drought relief in China, and is currently a UNICEF and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador. There is a long list of organizations, charities, and causes that Chan is involved in; making him a generous and inspiring being.

8. Four: Michael Jackson

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Jackie Chan is known for his action packed films. However, there’s a whole other side to Chan, one that is full of generosity. He supports hundreds of charities, including his own charity, ’Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation.’ His personal charity focuses on people within Hong Kong, providing scholarships, medical services, and aid for those exposed to natural disasters. He is well known for raising money for people around the world. Within the first 8 months of 2010, he raised $36 million. He personally donated 5 million RMB ($732,000 US) to Haiti victims, helped raised $29 million for drought relief in China, and is currently a UNICEF and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador. There is a long list of organizations, charities, and causes that Chan is involved in; making him a generous and inspiring being.

9. Three: Oprah

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Jackie Chan is known for his action packed films. However, there’s a whole other side to Chan, one that is full of generosity. He supports hundreds of charities, including his own charity, ’Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation.’ His personal charity focuses on people within Hong Kong, providing scholarships, medical services, and aid for those exposed to natural disasters. He is well known for raising money for people around the world. Within the first 8 months of 2010, he raised $36 million. He personally donated 5 million RMB ($732,000 US) to Haiti victims, helped raised $29 million for drought relief in China, and is currently a UNICEF and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador. There is a long list of organizations, charities, and causes that Chan is involved in; making him a generous and inspiring being.

10. Two: Bill Gates

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If there’s anyone that has enough money to spare, it is Bill Gates. Although he has the resources to help, he has gone above and beyond, helping millions. Gates and his wife have already given $28 billion to charity, including $8 billion to improve global health. Both Bill Gates and Warren Buffet introduced the campaign, ’The Giving Pledge.’ This pledge is a commitment that 127 billionaires have signed. They pledge to give at least half of their fortune to charities. He not only gives more money than most of us can dream of, he encourages others to give generously as well.

11. One: Mother Teresa

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Everyone mentioned thus far has put fourth incredible efforts and funding. The first nine celebrities reached celebrity status and then gave back. Mother Teresa however, is the ultimate philanthropist. She is a celebrity for her humanitarian efforts, truly touching the lives of millions both directly and indirectly. She may not have had a billion dollars to give, but she had a heart a gold that inspired many. She fed, washed, and cared for any human being that needed assistance. She was a Roman Catholic Sister and Missionary that sacrificed her own life to help others. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. She refused the ceremonial banquet, asking that the $192,000 be given to the poor throughout India. She passed away in 1997, but left a mark that will forever be remembered.

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