Celeb scandals abound. But you rarely hear about celebs' good deeds. Read about 4 charitable FOF stars, and then vote on which one has the biggest heart.
Her good deeds:
-In 2005, Oprah gave $50 million to the Oprah Winfrey Foundation in Chicago to support education and other programs for women and children in the United States and abroad.
-Oprah's Angel Network,
which she launched in 1997, has raised more than $80 million and touched lives in more than 30 countries around the world. Oprah personally covered all administrative costs associated with the charity, so all funds raised could help others. Among other accomplishments, Oprah's Angel Network worked with Free The Children to build more than 55 schools in 12 countries, providing education for thousands of children in rural areas. The network provided more than $1 million worth of school supplies for 18,000 impoverished South African children and helped more than 1,000 New Orleans families get back on their feet after Katrina.
-In 2007, Oprah invested $40 million and her own time establishing the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls
in South Africa. The school originally enrolled 150 pupils and has state-of-the-art classrooms, computer and science labs, a library, theater and beauty salon. Oprah teaches a class at the school via satellite. "For many years, people always asked me why didn't I have children?... Now I know why I didn't have children," Oprah said in an interview with CNN
. "Because I have all of these daughters...These girls are a reflection of me, and I'm 100 percent certain that this school will produce the leaders of tomorrow."
-Oprah's lifetime charitable donations estimate: $303 million
Her good deeds:
-While serving time in jail, Martha Stewart, an animal lover, created a video
on behalf of fur-bearing animals after being approached by PETA
. "I used to wear real fur, but, like many others, I had a change of heart when I learned what actually happens to the animals," said Martha in the video.
-In 2006, she gave $5 million to New York’s Mt. Sinai Hospital for a center on healthy aging
. Martha said the donation was inspired by the death of her mother, Martha Kostyra. "About a year after she died," said Stewart in an interview with ABC NEWS/Nightline
, "I was cleaning my shelf where I keep my pocketbooks. And I remember being handed this brown pocketbook. I looked inside, and written in gold inside was a beautiful message from my mother telling me how proud she was of my accomplishments. I'd never seen it before. I'd never thanked her."
Her good deeds:
-In 1997, Rosie O'Donnell used the $3 million advance from her memoir to found her organization "For All Kids." Since it's inception, the foundation has awarded more than $22 million in early childhood care and education program grants to over 900 nonprofit organizations. The opening of The Children's Plaza and Family Center in Renaissance Village, a FEMA
trailer park in Louisiana, was another initiative of Rosie's foundation.
-Listerine donated more than $350,000 for charity on behalf of Rosie's "Unkissable" campaign. Every time a guest on Rosie's show would kiss her, Listerine execs would donate $1,000 to charity.
-In 2003, Rosie founded "Rosie's Broadway Kids," (Now "Rosie's Theater Kids")
, an organization dedicated to providing free music and dance instruction to New York City public schools or students. She donated all profits made from her 2007 book, Celebrity Detox,
to the cause. The organization serves more than 4,500 teachers, students and their family members at 21 schools.
-Rosie's lifetime charitable donations estimate: $100 million
Her good deeds:
-Through her live performances, Barbra has raised and donated $25 million to different organizations.
-Barbra has donated more than $11 million to her charity, The Streisand Foundation
to benefit the environment, women's issues, nuclear disarmament, civil rights, AIDS research and advocacy.
-In 2006, she donated $1 million to the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation
to support former President Clinton's climate change initiative.
-In 2008, she gave $5 million to fund the Barbra Streisand Women's Cardiovascular Research and Education Program
at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Women's Heart Center.
-Barbra sold 526 items at Julien’s Auctions
in October 2009. Items included a costume from Funny Lady
, a vintage dental cabinet she bought at 18 years old and a painting by Kees van Dongen. She donated the $573k in proceeds to her foundation.
Images via The Telegraph, Martha Stewart, Broadway World and Life