Angelina Jolie in Kenya in 2009. (Source: http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/blogs/suzannah-ramsdale/543046/angelina-jolie-how-she-s-become-an-inspiration.html)
Some wonder whether celebrities are actually taking the initiative to use their large fortunes to give back to those who are in need. It makes sense to question these people and their philanthropic actions. There are many charities, organizations, and service groups that need assistance and resources in order to make this world a better place. Celebrities have so much money and success, it wouldn’t make sense for them to not contribute to the community. It would be a small feet for them to overcome. So the truth about celebrities? They DO donate.
Sports players, musicians, comedians, actors/actresses, directors, hosts and many more have contributed large amounts to charities. Some of these celebrities include: Taylor Swift, Michael Jordan, Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey, George Lucas, Mel Gibson, Bono, Sandra Bullock, and Ellen DeGeneres. Many celebrities donate millions each year.
In fact, there are numerous celebrities who are founders of their own charity organizations. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis began the 30/30 Project, Ian Somerhalder founded the IS Foundation, Beyonce created the #BeyGood Campaign, and Carrie Underwood started the C.A.T.S. Foundation. And this is just the beginning. Many celebrities even take on 20-50 charities at the same time.
According to Forbes, the record-breaking donation was $10,569,002 from actress Jami Gertz and entrepreneur husband, Anthony Ressler to their charity, the Ressler-Gertz Foundation, in 2012. The Ressler-Gertz Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides education, scholarships, and financial assistance to organizations and individuals in need. Their organization provided an abundant amount of help focused on medical treatments and research.
“Any time you’re helping someone is very important and, of course, when children are involved. I feel like your celebrity is not about the fortune or the fame. But if you can’t help anyone then it’s in vain, it’s pointless.”