See how these 7 celebs use their power for good

The celebrity label comes with power, privilege, influence, and more money than any regular person can imagine. Financial freedom enables some celebs to give weird and lavish holiday gifts, but as Uncle Ben said in Spider-Man, “with great power comes great responsibility.”

Today we’re celebrating 7 female celebs who use their power for good through philanthropic efforts both in and out of Hollywood.

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Beyoncé
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Bey is truly a queen, both on and off the stage.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama presented Beyoncé with the Humanitarian Award at last year’s BET Awards.

During an unprecedented year filled with hardships for many Americans, Beyoncé used her privilege and platform for good by teaming up with the NAACP to launch a Black-owned small business impact fund. The goal was “to expand economic opportunity by awarding grants of $10,000 on the 15th of each month through the end of 2020.”

 
 
 
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We could write all day about Beyoncé’s philanthropic efforts, but we already did that––read it here.
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Jada Pinkett Smith
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Jada Pinkett Smith’s “entanglement” put her in the entertainment news spotlight for weeks––the Red Table Talk host ended up being one of the most searched celebs on Google in 2020.

Today, we’re here to talk about something that doesn’t always get the spotlight: her philanthropic entanglements.

Jada and her celeb family established the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation (WJSFF) in 1996 with a mission to make the world “better because we touched it.” Since then, the non-profit has worked to improve lives and uplift humanity through programs, grants, partnerships, and impactful media focused on arts and education, empowerment, health and wellness, and sustainability.

WJSFF’s most recent initiative is a global fundraising campaign to fight the two pandemics facing our planet: the coronavirus and racial injustice. You can learn more about the fund and donate here.
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Taylor Swift
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Taylor Swift’s music may not be for everyone, but the country-turned-pop-turned-folk superstar has always been charitable.

And no, I’m not talking about how she blessed us with the gift of two incredible albums––Folklore and Evermore––that became a respite for so many of us during a challenging year.

I’m talking about her countless charitable moments––so many that Billboard created a timeline marking all of the times she chose to give back to fans and others in need.

Taylor Swift makes both small and large donations, and each one makes a meaningful impact.

After the devastating Tennessee tornado, she donated $1 million to the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund. At the beginning of the pandemic, she gave ‘stimulus checks’ via Cash App to individual fans via Twitter.

The celeb used her enormous social platform for good, too. She spoke out in support of the removal of racist Confederate monuments in Tennessee and was clear in her plan to vote for President Joe Biden.

 
 
 
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Angelina Jolie
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Angelina Jolie is often described as one of the most compassionate human rights activists in Hollywood. This A-list celeb and humanitarian has always moved us, both on and off the screen.

20 years ago, the actress was named a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency. Since then, she has traveled the world to put the plight of millions of refugees in the spotlight, all while having her own family and successful acting career.

While married to fellow actor Brad Pitt, the couple donated millions to various organizations working to support refugee families around the world. In 2006, the then-couple established the Jolie-Pitt foundation in order to make significant donations to organizations worldwide.

In 2007, Jolie traveled to Sudan and Chad, where she met countless refugees affected by the crisis in Sudan’s Darfur region. The trip inspired the couple to donate $1 million to several agencies. At the time of the donation, Jolie said “it’s always hard to see decent people, families, living in such difficult conditions.”

More recently, Jolie called upon all of us to rethink our approach to humanitarian aid in her December 2020 piece published in the Financial Times:

“The pandemic offers an opportunity to reimagine our entire approach to foreign policy and humanitarian assistance and how we can achieve a more stable, equal world. If you are in a position to give, my advice would be: give direct to local organisations wherever possible, listen to them about what support is most needed, and prioritise education and the protection of women and children.”
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Oprah
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Oprah Winfrey has always used her platform for good, even giving her talk show guests a car in that iconic 2004 episode that is still repurposed for memes and jokes.

More than 16 years after her charitable gesture, Fast Company columnist Joe Berkowitz wrote about the story behind Oprah’s memorable episode, saying how we could all apply her logic more when thinking about charitable giving: “Winfrey’s car moment suggests that when one is determined to give people what they need, the How Are We Going to Pay for It issue practically resolves itself.”

In 2020, Oprah singlehandedly donated $10 million to coronavirus relief, according to Forbes.

The philanthropic celeb shared the news in an Instagram post, saying “I am donating $10 million overall to help Americans during this pandemic in cities across the country and in areas where I grew up.”

 
 
 
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Miley Cyrus
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Party in the U.S.A. singer Miley Cyrus is a philanthropist, too.

In 2014, Miley established the Happy Hippie Foundation with a mission to “rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable populations.”

Miley believes that it’s essential for all of us to use our lives to do good for others, and all donations are directly used to help fund programs that support vulnerable populations. In addition to monetary donations, you can support Miley’s non-profit by copping Happy Hippie merch here.

Her foundation is just one of the ways the Plastic Hearts pop-turned-rock star gives back. In November, she sent donations directly to several fans in need of financial support.
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Chrissy Teigen
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In addition to entertaining us with her raw and vulnerable stream-of-consciousness tweets, Chrissy Teigen is a model, a bestselling cookbook author, a mother, and a wife to John Legend.

Honestly, what can’t she do?

The celeb power couple is known for their charitable efforts, too. Over the holidays, the duo partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities to surprise the Jao family. Justine Jao was born with a seizure disorder, requiring her to stay in the NICU for 40 days after her birth. Since the family lived over an hour away from the hospital, the Ronald McDonald House gave the Jao family a place to stay. Since then, Justine’s father Joey has become a huge supporter and fundraiser for the non-profit.

In a video to the Jao family, Chrissy Teigen said, “if you guys aren’t at your best, then how are you supposed to be best for your daughter?” Considering Chrissy recently suffered from a miscarriage, we can imagine this cause is close to her heart.

 
 
 
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This is just one example of Chrissy’s charitable efforts––a few years back, she and John donated $288K to the ACLU on the birthday of a former president who we no longer talk about on Hollywood.com.

This list skims the surface of celebs using their stardom for good––comment and let us know if we missed one of your faves and we might feature them in a future article!

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