A good number of people in the current world are living in extreme poverty. On the contrary, a small number of people are filthy rich. Who have more should donate more and in such a way, most of the charitable organizations have been established. Money and power tend to corrupt. But there are some powerful moneyed people have proved that this law is not always true. Here are 20 people who are well known for their philanthropic works.
Here Are 20 Celebrities Who Donate To Charity
1. Aung San Soo Yi
Aung San Soo Yi is the chairperson of a Burmese political party named National League for Democracy (NLD). She is the opposition leader and by spending almost the last 20 years under house arrest she has proven herself to be one of the world’s most famous political prisoner. Her great sacrifice for her fellow countrymen earned him recognition from different government around the world.
2. Barbara Streisand
Barbara Streisand is not only a popular single but also a famous philanthropist. For the welfare of others, she established Streisand Foundation and donated millions for the education, women’s health, environment, and other causes. Her organization also works to raise awareness of the mentioned issues.
3. Danny and Marlo Thomas
At the beginning of his career, Thomas was struggling to keep his body and soul together. Most of the time he had to starve. One day he promised to St Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes that if he got the success he would open a shrine. In 1950, when Thomas is already a successful actor joined his wife and they began to raise fund to make his dream true. They together built a hospital named St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where needy children would be looked after regardless of race and religion.
4. Esther Rantzen
Mostly famous for her BBC television show ‘That’s Life!‘ English journalist and television presenter Esther Louise Rantzen is a philanthropist too. She established Childline for children’s protection. Silver line, a charity organization for the older people, is currently on the process by her to combat loneliness.
5. Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter
During his term as president, Jimmy Carter wanted to establish human rights and social justice. After leaving the white house he and his wife wanted to contribute more in these areas and so they founded the nonprofit Carter Center in Atlanta to promote peace and human rights.
6. Kofi Annan
Kofi Annan was the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations. A Ghanaian diplomat Annan served his term from 1997-2006. He established the Global AIDS and Health Fund to help and support developing countries. For his credit, he got Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.
7. Lord Wolfson
8. Margaret A. Cargill
Margaret A. Cargill was listed number 1 as Forbes’ magazine’s ‘The Most Generous People in America‘. Her father established Cargill Corporation in 1865 and later it became one of the largest private companies. Margaret died in 2006 at the age of 85. She left all of her shares amounting $6 million dollars for the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and the Anne Ray Charitable Trust.
9. Margaret Thatcher
Known as ‘Iron Lady‘ Margaret Thatcher was a British politician. She served her term as a Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990. She founded the Margaret Thatcher Foundation for charitable works. Her foundation worked to promote democracy, free trade, and education.
10. Marianne Cope
A German-born American nun Marianne Cope was a member of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Syracuse, New York. She is famous for her philanthropic works and glorious deeds. In 1883 with 6 other sisters she went to Hawaii to care for lepers. She spent many years with the patients but it’s a matter of great astonishment that Cope did not contract the disease.
11. Mia Farrow
Mia Farrow, an American actress, a former fashion model, and a singer, was famous for her philanthropic works. She raised her voice for the rights of the children of Africa’s war-torn region. She adopted Gandhi’s non-violent resistance to meet her demands and once she went on a hunger strike to object the removal of aid groups from Darfur by the Sudanese government.
12. Paul G. Allen
The co-founder of the largest software manufacturer, Microsoft, Paul G. Allen is famous for his charitable works. He has been donating $372.6 million to his chosen organization for the tenth year in succession. Among this $372.6 million Paul G Allen Foundation got $295 million, Allen Institute for Brain Science got $70 million and Experience Music and the Science Fiction Museum got $7.6 million. According to Forbes’ magazine, he is the 3rd biggest donor for charitable works of 2011.
13. Pierre Toussaint
A former slave from the French Colony of Saint Dominique, the Venerable Pierre Toussaint came to New York city in 1787 with his master. in 1807 he became free. After that Toussaint got involved in humanitarian works. He built a shelter for the orphans, established a credit bureau and employment agencies for the poor travelers and founded shelter for the homeless immigrants.
14. Richard Branson
An English business magnate and the founder and chairman of Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson is famous for his humanitarian works. Along with Nelson Mandela, he helped to initiate a small dedicated group of leaders named Elders that work to solve difficult global problems.
15. Sir Roger Wilbraham
Sir Roger Wilbraham was a famous English lawyer and a Solicitor-General for Ireland under Elizabeth l. He is also famous for his different charitable activities. He founded numerous almshouses for the poor people and he distributed financial provisions on a weekly basis. This work brought his philanthropic reputation for himself.
16. St. Elizabeth Romanova
A German princess, St. Elizabeth Romanova was the Grand Duchess of Russia. She was famous for her glamour and humanitarian works among the poverty-stricken people in Russia. In 1905 she lost her husband Sergei who was murdered with a dynamite bomb by the Socialist Revolutionary Party’s Combat Organization. She forgave her husband’s murderer and campaigned for his forgiveness.
17. Stella Vine
A British Artist, well-known for donating a number of her paintings to charity, Stella Vine shows us that one doesn’t need to be extremely rich in order to give. Whatever skill you have can be effective here.
18. Tetsuko Kuroyanagi
Tetsuko Kuroyanagi is a very well known Japanese actress, talk show host, and an authoress. She founded the Totto Foundation according to the name of the protagonist of her book- The Little Girl a the Window. She visioned for bringing theater to the deaf and so her organization trains deaf actors. For her charitable work, she became a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.
19. Tony Blair
Tony Blair served his term as a Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007. During his regime, he wanted to do something about global climate change and reduce harmful gas emissions. He founded the Tony Blair Sports Foundation to ensure childhood participation in sports and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation to challenge global poverty and conflict.
20. Yang Yuanqing
Yang Yuanquing, the CEO of Chinese computer corporation Lenovo is well-known for his charitable work. He caught the glimpse of everyone when he distributed his $3 million personal bonus among 10.000 employees worldwide.