While some celebrities have grown accustomed to disseminating their wealth and excesses, others have devoted their time and considerable resources to contributing to the well-being of others.
Here are six of the most charitable celebrities.
1. Oprah Winfrey
The name Oprah Winfrey has become synonymous with celebrity benevolence and charity. She has donated millions to charities.
Every year Oprah donates huge amounts to educational foundations and institutions.
2. Angelina Jolie
Over the years the actress and director has been less involved in the Hollywood scene, and more into humanitarian work. Jolie has made a difference in the lives of children through charity work, humanitarian missions, and also adopting orphaned children from all over the world.
3. Mel Gibson
The actor has donated more than $6 million to the A.P Reilly Foundation, which he founded.
4. George Lucas
When George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney, he pledged the majority of the $4.05 billion proceeds to educational charities. Lucas is the chairman of Edutopia, which is part of the George Lucas Educational Foundation.
5. Morgan Freeman
He supports around 20 charity organizations and the same amount of causes. He is also on the board of directors for developing Biofuels, a clean source of energy.
Freeman established what was originally known as the Grenada Relief Fund in 2004, as a way to raise funds to help hurricane victims.
6. Taylor Swift
Since the start of her career, Taylor Swift has continuously donated money to a long list of causes ranging from orchestras to fans in need, and while it hasn’t been the smoothest of sailing for Swift in the public eye lately, the singer, 26, still literally puts her money where her mouth is and continues to support several causes.