Giving back! It’s impossible not to take notice of the large number of stars who have shown their passion for being charitable.
She has worked as a journalist throughout her career. Angelina JolieHer compassion for the well-being and lives of others has been evident. After supporting the efforts of United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees, she was able to MaleficentIn 2001, UNHCR named actress a Goodwill Ambassador.
She co-founded the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation in 2006 with her now-ex-husband. Brad Pitt. The organization aids in humanitarian crises around the world. Us WeeklyIn 2010, it was confirmed that the former couple had made a $1,000,000 contribution to Doctors Without Borders.
Jolie once told The TelegraphShe explained why she feels good about being charitable in 2012. “What are we in this world if we can’t be of use to others in some way,” she explained at the time. “It’s a happier life. I was fortunate to have a wonderful mother. I learned so much about women from her. I am fortunate to have two wonderful daughters who have taught and continue to teach me so much about women and girls. And I’ve met amazing people around the world who’ve inspired me and taught me to be better.”
Beyoncé’s charitable deeds have also not gone unnoticed. She even has a BET Humanitarian Award win and DoSomething.org’s Most Charitable Celebrity title to prove her good will. Not only has the “Formation” singer used her platform to speak out against injustice and social issues, she has also founded the BeyGOOD initiative.
Through BeyGOOD, the Grammy winner has worked alongside UNICEF to bring clean water and sanitation to the East African country Burundi and helped provide mobile coronavirus testing to Houston’s Black community. Her organization pledged in April 2020 to donate to mental healthcare charities during the coronavirus epidemic.
“BeyGOOD recognizes the immense mental and personal health burdens being placed on essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic,” a statement on her website read. “In our major cities, African-Americans comprise a disproportionate number of workers in these indispensable occupations, and they will need mental health support and personal wellness care, including testing and medical services, food supplies and food deliveries, both during and after the crisis.”
Shawn MendesFor his part, he has worked with DoSomething.org as well as the American Red Cross to combat global issues. He also founded the Shawn Mendes Foundation in 2019, a non-profit that aims to inspire his fans to create positive change.
“For a long time, I’ve wanted to find a way to amplify the causes that my fans and I care deeply about, and to help make the voices of our generation heard,” the singer said in a statement, per Rolling Stone. “My goal in launching the foundation is to work alongside my fans, and do everything I can to help provide them with a platform that inspires positive change, and empowers young change-makers.”
Scroll down to see how stars gave back over the years.