Being a celebrity comes with a social and moral obligation to do good. Helping others is not just a tax deduction or a public relations ploy, for many public figures it’s also a matter of supporting causes that actually mean something, perhaps even on a personal level. Here are just a few personalities who are doing their part to try and make the world a better place.
Elton John supports over 60 charities. Because he has suffered the loss of many loved ones due to HIV and AIDS, he established the Elton John Aids Foundation (EJAF). He hosts fundraisers and white-tie galas to raise money for research and assistance. In addition to this cause that is close to his heart, year after year, he has been named the most generous singer in the world because of all his personal donations to various causes.
Bill Clinton is another famous person who supports multiple humanitarian causes. The Clinton Foundation works to make treatment for HIV/AIDS more affordable and helps to raise awareness about care, treatment, and prevention. The Clinton Global Initiative handles widespread problems such as global public health and poverty.
Ellen DeGeneres is called DeGenerous for good reason. She has won numerous awards for her charitable contributions. She has partnered with other celebrities to end world hunger through Feeding America and she tirelessly promotes nonprofit organizations using her celebrity status to promote awareness.
Bono, the lead singer of the band U2, is a pioneer in the fight against global poverty and hunger. He helped organize Amnesty International’s Conspiracy Of Hope tour, six concerts that raised awareness for human rights and were aimed at celebrating Amnesty International’s 25th anniversary. Bono also played a huge role in other projects including Live Aid and Band-Aid. He has received 3 nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize and was knighted by the Queen.
Sir Paul McCartney has also received a knighthood honorarium for his humanitarian efforts. A passionate believer in animal rights, he supports People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and carries on the work of his wife, Linda. He holds benefit concerts to raise money for cancer research and is a strict vegetarian, along with his two daughters.
Annie Lennox has been a patron of several causes, including Amnesty International and Greenpeace. She was the recipient of the Services to Humanity Award, given by the British Red Cross and spends a lot of time focused on HIV and AIDS prevention.