When you are as famous as Bono or Oprah Winfrey you can offer much more than just dollars to help a charity organization. Stars also support charitable initiatives by their presence. And according to a recent study, this is a very successful way of attracting more and more people donating to the cause.
But who are the famous names that tend to lend their name to good causes? The Daily Beast magazine gives us the answers with their chart of the most generous stars of 2013.
Paul McCartney ranks 10th because of his constant participations in charity initiatives. He has already joined 35 campaigns and proven to the world he has a big heart.
Before him in the chart is George Clooney who has joined 32 campaigns. Ranked number 8th is the great actress Susan Sarandon – she is an ambassador for UNICEF, and also often supports different causes fighting hunger and poverty.
Brad Pitt comesnext in the ‘good chart’. He is well known for his support for New Orleans following hurricane Katrina. He founded the Make It Right Foundation, which financed 150 sustainable houses for people living in New Orleans.
Actor Michael J. Fox is ranked 6th because of his great involvement in good causes. From 2000 on he has been actively participating in the work of the Michael J. Fox Foundation to support research seeking cure for Parkinson’s. Fox himself was diagnosed with the disease when he was 30.
TV host Ellen DeGeneres also supports lots of organizations and is well known for her charitable efforts. When Paul Walker was found dead, she donated $10,000 to his favourite charity initiative.
Another legendary TV host – Oprah Winfrey – holds 4th place. Her name is first to come to our minds when it comes to charity. She has joined more than 30 charitable causes. Thanks to Winfrey, hundreds of American children have received scholarships. Oprah’s Angel Network helped the establishment of 60 schools in 13 countries.
Next in the chart is Bono – he is such a great example of philanthropy. The U2 frontman can often be seen networking among world leaders and lawmakers to fight world poverty.
Beautiful Angelina Jolie ranks 2nd. She has supported 29 charity campaigns, which are mostly focused on refugees and women’s rights. In 2012 Jolie was appointed Special Envoy of UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres. She was also a Goodwill Ambassador, and visited more than 40 refugee camps around the world.
According to The Daily Beast, Sir Elton John is the most charitable person among the world- popular celebrities for 2013.
In 1992 he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) to support services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Over the years the music icon has organized charity events for hundreds of celebrities, in order to raise money for his foundation. Also, he supports as many as the impressive 48 charity campaigns!