10 Celebrities Who Are Making The World A Better Place For All Of Us
It’s no secret that celebrities earn tons of money for their roles in movies or music albums. However, don’t think that all they do with that money is buy expensive sports cars or homes in the Hollywood hills. The truth is that a lot of them are avid philanthropists who donate their money to charities and people in need – it’s just that not all of them are vocal about it.
Today we have a small list of celebrities who are making the world a better place with their generous actions, and we can only wish there were more of them. Keanu Reeves, Dolly Parton, Benedict Cumberbatch, and more – read about the generous actions of your favorite celebrities below!
#1 Keanu Reeves Founded A Cancer Research Program That Helps Children’s Hospitals
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There’s a good reason why people love Keanu Reeves so much – and it’s not just because he’s a great actor. When filming The Matrix, the actor donated a large chunk of his earnings to the film’s special-effects and costume-design team. He also created a private cancer research foundation that helps children’s hospitals.
#2 Dolly Parton’s Foundation Takes Part In Global Philanthropy
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Singer Dolly Parton is the founder of The Dollywood Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers scholarships and awards to high school students, as well as provides free books for children up to five years old.
#3 Ricky Gervais Is A Long-Time Supporter Of Animal Rights, Receiving Awards For His Work
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Comedian and actor Ricky Gervais is an avid animal rights supporter, and has even pleaded to leave a part of his fortune to various animal charities. Throughout his career, the comedian raised money for animal rights groups around the world, and has even been awarded the Lord Houghton Award for Service to Animal Welfare back in 2017.
#4 Simpsons Co-Creator Sam Simon Dedicated His Fortune To Animal Charities
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Sam Simon, a co-creator of The Simpsons, created the Sam Simon Foundation, which consists of a mobile veterinary clinic that provides veterinary help for the animals of low-income families, as well as rescues and trains shelter dogs.
#5 Benedict Cumberbatch Advocates For Equal Pay And Encourages Others To Do The Same
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Actor Benedict Cumberbatch is an advocate for equal pay for both men and women, and has even been recorded saying “If she’s not paid the same as the men, I’m not doing it.”
#6 George Michael Quietly Donated To Charities For Years, Even Volunteering His Time
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George Michael was a long-time supporter of a Los Angeles-based charity called Project Angel Food (where he also used to volunteer), but was never public about it.
#7 Ashton Kutcher Founded A Non-Profit To Fight Human Trafficking
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Back in 2012, actor Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore co-founded Thorn, an international anti-human trafficking organization that aims to battle the human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children by utilizing the resources of various technology companies.
#8 Emma Watson Became UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador And Spoke Out About Global Issues
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UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson has traveled to Zambia, Bangladesh, and rural Africa with humanitarian efforts. She is also an ambassador of Camfed International, a non-profit organization that aims to eradicate poverty in Africa, and the creator of Our Shared Shelf, a book club that wants to empower women and encourage reading.
#9 Ian Somerhalder Founded An Organization Aiming To Preserve Wildlife
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Actor Ian Somerhalder is an avid environmentalist and has started his own foundation that aims to advance science, promote the conservation of natural resources, and support the underprivileged.
#10 Kesha Officiates LGBTQ Weddings As An Ordained Minister
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Singer Kesha is a supporter of the LGBTQ community and is actually an ordained minister. She has officiated two same-sex marriages of her friends in the past.