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"Brillanten" by Mario Sarto - Self-photographed. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

George Clooney showed his true nature. He had the world fooled into thinking he cared about the children in impoverished Darfur. Then he gave a $650,000 diamond ring to a women as an engagement ring. This is one reason some people dislike celebrities supporting causes. Because sometimes, like George Clooney, they are so selfish and two faced, that it shows their actions are really to promote themselves. His fiance should sell the ring, and give the money to support the people of Darfur. As it stands,
Clooney has no credibility, and is not worthy of respect.

(Celebrities are in no particular order.)

Lady Gaga has been a driving force in raising money to end HIV/AIDS, working with groups like the-MAC AIDS Fund.

Matthew McConaughey started the j. k. livin Foundation.

Alyssa Milano supports a variety of causes, and has used social media like Twitter to get others involved. For her 37th birthday she asked people to donate to charity:water. The effort raised over $75,000.

Natalie Portman is a spokesperson for FINCA International, which focuses on microloans in developing countries.

Selma Hayek has teamed with the Avon foundation to support the Speakout Against Domestic Violence. Hayek also started the Selma Hayek Foundation.

Matt Damon with kids in Ethiopia

photo: water.org

Matt Damon co-founded water.org. He is also a prominent advocate for one.org.

Ashton Kutcher used his twitter account in a challenge with CNN. As a result, Kutcher donated 10,000 mosquito bed nets to Nothing But Nets.

Hugh Jackman posted on his twitter page that he would donate to one individual's favorite non profit organization. He ended up contributing to two charities: Charity Water and Operation of Hope.

CNN anchor Betty Nguyen established Help the Hungry with her family.

Lucy Liu is an ambassador for the US Fund  for UNICEF

Maria Sharapova supports people affected by the Chernobyl disaster.

Tyra Banks started the TZONE Foundation.

Petra Nemcova started the Happy Hearts Fund.

Jimmy Carter

Sir Richard Branson has been involved with several charities; some are centralized at VirginUnite.


Charlize Theron

Sir Sean Connery

Sting started Rainforest Foundation with his wife.

Pierce Brosnan (Planet Ark)

Roger Daltry is a patron of Teenage Cancer Trust

Sir Paul McCartney

Gary Sinese and Laura Hillenbrand started Operation Iraqi Children

Muhammad Ali

Edward Norton supports the Enterprise Foundation, which has headquarters in Columbia, MD

Prince Charles

Sir Elton John

Meryl Streep

Tom Hanks

Darrell Greene

Celine Dion

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Michael Bolton

William Shatner

Bill Clinton

Jimmy Smits co-founded The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts

Leonardo DiCapprio


Paul Newman started Newman's Own; they've given away over $175 million to charity.  "It started as a joke and got out of control."

Derek Jeter started the Turn 2 Foundation

Phil Collins (Little Dreams Foundation)

Sharon Stone

Rosie O'Donnell

Garth Brooks

Princess Grace of Monaco

Jane Seymour

Chris Evert

Dolly Parton

Doris Day  Doris Day Animal Foundation  Doris Day Animal League (both located in Washington DC)

Audrey Hepburn

Sarah Jessica Parker

Jennifer Aniston

Denis Leary

Carlos and Deborah Santana

Bill and Melinda Gates The Gates have given away over $20 billion.

photo copyright Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bearing the traditional Indian greeting of 'tika,' Bill Gates visits with HIV positive patients in New Delhi. Bill Gates arrived on Monday, November 11, 2002, to announce a $100 million commitment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to slow the spread of HIV/AIDS in India.

Richard Gere

Michael Douglas

Dame Elizabeth Taylor: AMFAR and Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation

Princess Diana

Paul Simon co-founded The Childrens Health Fund

Edward James Olmos

Whitney Houston








Sarah McLachlan formed the Lilith Fair music fair to promote women musicians. She set a precedent in the world of music videos with her World on Fire video. It was made for $15; the remainder of the $150,000 budget was given to charities.


Ashley Judd is a spokesperson for YouthAids.

video highlights of Ashley Judd's trip to Asia

Ashley Judd's journal of her trip to Africa

Kevin Bacon's sixdegrees.org is a great site that you can participate in to support causes that are important to you.

Olivia Newton John promotes planting trees.


photo credit Mike Newling, courtesy of the Australian Women's Weekly

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