Most charitable celebrities of 2010

By Alexandra Heilbron on December 27, 2010 | 7 Comments

According to an organization called, Lady Gaga was the most charitable celebrity of the year. She earned the accolade for a number of good deeds she did this year, including hosting the Hands Up for Marriage Equality event, with 100% of the proceeds going to prevent HIV/AIDS worldwide. The runner-up was Keep a Child Alive founder Alicia Keys, who launched the celeb-packed Digital Death Campaign, raising $1.1 million dollars. She and her husband have also adopted a South African village where they will build schools and provide support for the residents. Taylor Swift, who donated $500,000 to the Nashville flood relief effort came in third. She also  joined Scholastic to promote literacy. Others on the list were Matt Damon, who co-founded to provide safe drinking water & sanitation in developing countries; Leonardo DiCaprio, who launched Save Tigers Now with the World Wildlife Fund, and donated $1 million for tiger conservation; Oprah, who donated $40 million to various charities; and Justin Bieber, who raised $150,000 for a children’s hospital and works with Pencils of Promise to help build schools. Animal lover Betty White is co-founder of the Betty White Wildlife Rapid Response Fund and released a Betty White 2010 calendar, with the proceeds going to the Morris Animal Foundation. Sandra Bullock also made the list by funding a scholarshp program at Warren Easton Charter School in New Orleans and helping to open the school’s full-service medical and dental clinic.

Comments & Discussion

  1. Rita • December 27, 2010 @ 2:15 PM

    Betty White is just amazing, I love her. Kudos to all the other celebrities too; when people who have give to those who don’t have, it makes the world a better place.

  2. C-Dub • December 27, 2010 @ 3:05 PM

    Those that donate their own money or use their talents to raise money and donate ALL 100% of it, are worth being on the list. The worst ones like the one where the celebrities were to stop using their electronic devices to raise money was a flop.

    Lady GaGa I didn’t know she did what she did, and the rest chose very good worth while causes. I’m impressed.

  3. Lou • December 27, 2010 @ 7:51 PM

    The Jolie-Pitt Foundation makes huge donations to a variety of causes, as well as A. Jolie donating time through her UN efforts and B. Pitt for his New Orleans green housing project. I’d be surprised if they’re not among the top ten celebrities each and every year.

  4. Katie • December 28, 2010 @ 10:25 AM

    Maybe DoSomething realized everyone knew about the Jolie Pitts and decided to focus on the celebrities who make their donations quietly, without a bunch of publicity to make sure everyone knows how wonderful they are.

  5. Terrence • December 28, 2010 @ 11:45 AM

    Good one Katie! haha

  6. Jo-Anne • December 28, 2010 @ 12:32 PM

    hahaha Katie! s w e e t !!!

  7. Germain • December 29, 2010 @ 2:13 PM

    The one thing I don’t like is celebrities going on TV and asking regular people to donate. Celebrities giving out their time is bull*/%t. When you have millions, it’s easy to write a cheque but who among them actually care about the cause exept for the free publicity it brings them and tax they save when donating? Those charities can use all the money they can get though and it’s good when they give money provided that it goes to the right people and not people managing the funds.

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