biggest celebrity philanthropists

Biggest Celebrity Philanthropists Ever

Kathryn Whitworth| September 30, 2014

Have you ever wondered who among your favorite celebrities gives the most to those who are in need? Of course, the real-life couple “Brangelina” is quite popular for giving millions to different charities. However, there are other Hollywood royalties who have always been equally generous to the needy. Now, Explore Talent presents you a list of celebrity philanthropists who have donated a large sum of money to charities and other organizations.

1. Jami Gertz

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Jami Gertz landed the first spot on the list for giving $10,569,002 to the Ressler Gertz Foundation. She generously donated such amount to show her support for the arts. Even if she is not that popular in Hollywood, she is already making a name in the world of philanthropy. The aim of the foundation is to support the LA County Museum of Art.

2. Herb Alpert

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Herb Alpert donated $9,104,829 to Herb Alpert Foundation. It is a group that he established, which aims to help individuals in the field of arts and well-being.

3. Mel Gibson

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The award-winning American actor and filmmaker, Mel Gibson just gave $6,850,000 to the A.P. Reilly Foundation to support a program for the Holy Family Church.

4. George Lucas

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The American film director, George Lucas, contributed $4,250,000 to the Lucas Film Foundation. The foundation helps young individuals to do their best to become good leaders and citizens. He also donated a $175 – 180 million to his alma mater in order to expand the film school.

5. Nora Roberts

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The famous author Nora Roberts gave $3,000,000 to her foundation, Nora Roberts Foundation. The foundation’s aim is to promote literacy and to push humanitarian efforts. She has been repeatedly included on Giving Back Fund’s annual list of most philanthropic celebrities.

6. Ndamukong Suh

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The National Football League player reportedly funded Nebraska University’s athletic program with $2,600,000. $2 million was given to Nebraska Athletics for their Strength and Conditioning Program and the rest was used to create a scholarship program for the UNL College of Engineering.

7. Lance Berkman

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The Major League Baseball player contributed $2,412,245 in a foundation called To The Lord’s fund. It is a group established by him and his wife, Cara Berkman. In 2001, he started the charity where 50 underprivileged kids are given the chance to meet him. In April 2012, Forbes recognized him as one of the most generous celebrities.

8. Meryl Streep

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Along with her husband, Meryl Streep donated $2,000,000 to Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts. It is a foundation that the couple established together. Streep also established two scholarships for the students at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

9. Marcy and John Carsey

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The producer for The Cosby Show, 3rd Rock and Roseanne, Marcy Carsey, together with her husband, gave $1,870,000 to the Carsey Family Foundation. The aim of the foundation is to provide grants to organizations, including, Institute for America’s Future, Progressive Talent Initiative and Media Matters for America. In 2013, she reportedly gave $20 million to the University of New Hampshire to show her support to the New Carsey School for Public Policy.

10. Sam Simon

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The co-creator of The Simpsons generously gave $1,800,000 to the Sam Simon Foundation. The group focuses on the use of dogs to help others. They conduct programs with the help of dogs to help the veterans and the deaf. He also gave much of his fortune to different charitable causes, telling “The truth is, I have more money than I’m interested in spending. Everyone in my family is taken care of. And I enjoy this.”



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