Some people believe that celebrities do charity work for the sake of publicity. But the fact is they don’t need this publicity, being already famous. Many of them seem to really care about the cause they fight for and they influence deeply international social issues or other problems.
Bono, the leader of the Irish band, U2, has 3 Nobel Peace Prize nominations and an honorary knighthood for his humanitarian work. His main activity resides in the fight against poverty, he talked to important world leaders to this end, including presidents of major states. He created ONE Campaign which is “a campaigning and advocacy organization of nearly 4 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa… because the facts show extreme poverty has already been cut in half and can be virtually eliminated by 2030, but only if we act with urgency now.”
Bono is also the founder of DATA (Debts, AIDS, Trade, Africa) which has as a purpose “obtaining equality and justice for Africa through debt relief, adjusting trade rules which burden Africa, eliminating the African AIDS epidemic, strengthening democracy ” etc.
These are just examples, but Bono’s humanitarian activity is indeed tremendous. The “National Journal” named him the “most politically effective celebrity of all time”.
Sean Penn is another celebrity renowned for his philanthropy, social activism and charity. He founded J/P Haitian Relief organization after the earthquake in 2010 and he has been helping ever since. For this and other humanitarian activities he earned the 2012 Peace Summit Award.
Oprah donated huge amounts of money to organizations and charities. George Clooney founded the organization “Not on Our Watch” trying to stop genocide in Sudan. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt created “The Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation” to help humanitarian crisis around the world . They donated $1 million to organizations for children and health. Angelina traveled and met with refugees in more than 20 countries.
Charlize Theron focused on violence against woman and on African AIDS. Elton John founded EJAF (Elton John AIDS Foundation) raising more than $125 million for supporting HIV programs in many countries.
Some other generous stars include Demi Moore, Ben Affleck, Mia Farrow and so on.