In this season of giving, there are plenty of impactful ways to give that don’t require fighting crowds at the mall. One is by celebrating National Philanthropy Day—a nationally recognized day to promote “the love of humankind.” Join in the movement this November 15th by hosting an event that draws attention to a charity of your choice or by volunteering your time to help raise awareness for a cause of you love. Looking for a little inspiration?
Check out what these philanthropic celebrities do to make a difference in our communities:
1. Taylor Swift – Taylor Swift’s album 1989 was just released last month and it is already breaking records. But Taylor is using those records to give back. For every purchase of her single Welcome to New York, Swift is donating the proceeds to New York City Public Schools.
Taylor was also named DoSomething.org’s “Most Charitable Celebrity of 2013” for the second year in a row. And when she’s not off making catchy records and winning lots of awards, Taylor also takes the time out to visit her fans in hospitals around the country singing some of their favorite songs.
2. Emma Watson – If you haven’t seen Emma Watson’s speech she gave to the UN back in September promoting the HeForShe Campaign, check it out. Emma is the new UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador promoting gender equality and calling for solidarity in support of women’s rights. She is a proud feminist and has supported many other charities in the past. She has even asked fans to not send birthday or Christmas presents but instead send donations to UNICEF.
3. Judy Blume – Judy Blume isn’t just a beloved author of children’s and young adult books, she is is an advocate for free speech and member of the Board of Directors for the National Coalition Against Censorship. Blume’s books are so popular that it’s hard to not to be familiar with them, however they touch on some mature themes that have been debated by some as too mature for their audiences. Blume’s efforts in fighting against censorship allow for open discussions and promote higher knowledge. Thankfully, Blume still makes time for writing among doing her advocacy work: it was announced in June that Blume is writing her first book in 10 years, set to release sometime next year.
4. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan – The Facebook inventor and his wife Priscilla were named the top philanthropists in 2013, having donated more than $970 million to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. $120 million of that was donated to the Bay Area schools for classroom technology and training principals. Chan said the couple is trying to “catalyze change by exploring and promoting the development of new interventions and new models.”
5. Angelina Jolie – We couldn’t end a list of philanthropic celebrities without listing one of the most giving celebrities of our generation, Angelina Jolie. Her philanthropic efforts are too large to even list here, but since 2001, Jolie has been on countless field missions across the globe lending a helping hand to disaster relief efforts and was named UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. Additionally, The Jolie-Pitt Foundation established in 2006 assists in humanitarian crises around the globe. Back in June, Jolie was awarded honorary damehood in the UK for her work on foreign policy and the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.
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