Celebrities Put Star-Power to Good Use



Celebrities Put Star-Power to Good Use

Celebrities Put Star-Power to Good Use

Charities cultivate relationships with stars for their ability to increase the public’s awareness of their charitable endeavors and thus stimulate more donations. Celebrities can be spokespersons, board members or even a founder of a charity. The following video highlights a number of celebrities and the causes to which they’ve pledged their support.

It is wonderful that celebrities have the power to make us aware of causes that need our support. But the onus is still on us to do our homework before making a contribution. A celebrity’s endorsement simply can not serve as a substitute for researching a charity. First of all, even if you are the number one fan of a particular celebrity, you two probably do not have exactly the same philanthropic interests. Second, the celebrity may not have thoroughly vetted the charity’s finances, commitment to accountability and transparency or its programmatic accomplishments — all steps that savvy donors take before making a donation.

Charity Navigator is pleased to present this list of celebrity-related charities to help you determine which may be worthy of a contribution from you. While this certainly isn’t an exhaustive list, it is an extensive list of celebrity-charity relationships.

Charity Name Rating
The 52nd Street Project 4 stars
Frances McDormand
A Place Called Home 4 stars
Al Roker
Africare 4 stars
Nelson Mandela
After-School All-Stars 4 stars
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kobe Bryant, Maria Shriver
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation 4 stars
Afleet Alex, Alex Gordon, Anna Gunn, Bailee Madison, Cindy Crawford, Jordin Sparks, Marc Summers, Peter Facinelli
Alliance for Lupus Research 4 stars
Woody Johnson
American Dance Festival 4 stars
Bill T. Jones
American Heart Association 4 stars
Andie McDowell
American Museum of Natural History 4 stars
Michael Bloomberg, Tom Brokaw
amfAR 4 stars
Elizabeth Taylor, Harry Belafonte, Kenneth Cole, Sharon Stone
Andre Agassi Foundation for Education 4 stars
Andre Agassi, Emeril Lagasse, Sir Elton John
The Aspen Institute 4 stars
Condoleezza Rice, David Gergen, David Koch, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Madeleine Albright, Michael Eisner, Queen Noor Al-Hussein
Baby Buggy 4 stars
Jessica Seinfeld
The Boomer Esiason Foundation 4 stars
Boomer Esiason
Boys & Girls Clubs of America 4 stars
Ashanti , Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, Courtney Vance, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Denzel Washington, Edward James Olmos, Gen. Wesley Clark, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Jimmy Rollins, John Mellencamp, John Singleton, Kerry Washington, Mario Lopez, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Queen Latifah, Ruben Studdard, Shaquille O’Neal, Smokey Robinson, Swin Cash, Usher
BRAC USA 4 stars
Mahabub Hossain
Careers through Culinary Arts Program 4 stars
Al Roker, Jacques Pepin, Marcus Samuelsson, Tim Zagat
The Carter Center 4 stars
Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn Carter
College Track 4 stars
Laurene Powell Jobs Laurene Powell Jobs
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 4 stars
Jack Hanna
Committee to Protect Journalists 4 stars
Arianna Huffington, Brian Williams, Christiane Amanpour, Dan Rather, Diane Sawyer, Gwen Ifill, Jacob Weisberg, Jane Kramer, Lara Logan, Tom Brokaw
Disabled Veterans’ LIFE Memorial Foundation 4 stars
Gary Sinise
DonorsChoose.org 4 stars
Stephen Colbert
Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation For Autism 4 stars
Doug Flutie
Dream Foundation 4 stars
Priscilla Presley
Drug Policy Alliance 4 stars
George Soros
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation 4 stars
Gloria Reuben, Neal McDonough, Nigel Barker
Elton John AIDS Foundation 4 stars
Elton John, Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg
Entertainment Industry Foundation 4 stars
Charlize Theron, Katie Couric, Pierce Brosnan
Environmental Advocates of New York 4 stars
Blythe Danner
FIRST 4 stars
Eric Schmidt
Fisher House Foundation 4 stars
Denzel Washington
Geffen Playhouse 4 stars
David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg
The Ghetto Film School 4 stars
David O. Russell, Mark Wahlberg, Steve Nash
Gilda’s Club Chicago 4 stars
Gilda Radner
God’s Love We Deliver 4 stars
Joan Rivers
The Goodman Theatre 4 stars
Brian Dennehy
Grassroot Soccer 4 stars
Ethan Zohn
Greenpeace Fund 4 stars
Bono
Habitat for Humanity International 4 stars
Jimmy Carter
Harlem RBI 4 stars
Mark Teixeira
Harlem Village Academies 4 stars
Hugh Jackman, John Legend, Katie Couric, Rupert Murdoch
Horizons National 4 stars
Brian Williams
Human Rights First 4 stars
Sigourney Weaver
InnVision Shelter Network 4 stars
Maya Angelou
Invisible Children 4 stars
Kristen Bell, Rachel Bilson, Sophia Bush
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 4 stars
George H. Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, Ronald Reagan
Keep a Child Alive 4 stars
Alicia Keys
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts 4 stars
Michael Bloomberg
The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research 4 stars
Jimmy Carter, Rupert Murdoch
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund 4 stars
Eva Longoria
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research 4 stars
Michael J. Fox
My Stuff Bags Foundation 4 stars
Michael Reagan
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund 4 stars
Thurgood Marshall
National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. 4 stars
Amy Grant, Bon Jovi, Donny Osmond, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire
National Inclusion Project 4 stars
Clay Aiken
Natural Resources Defense Council 4 stars
James Taylor, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Redford
New York Restoration Project 4 stars
Bette Midler
Oceana 4 stars
January Jones, Kelsey Grammer, Pierce Brosnan, Ted Danson
Partnership for Public Service 4 stars
Cokie Roberts
Pro Kids Golf Academy 4 stars
Ernest H. Wright, Sr.
Project A.L.S. 4 stars
Ben Stiller, Julianna Margulies
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network 4 stars
Alice Sebold, Christina Ricci, Mick Foley
Riverkeeper 4 stars
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Ronald McDonald House Charities 4 stars
Al Roker, Billy Bush, Carl Lewis, Cindy Crawford, Hayden Panettiere, Mario Lopez
Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation 4 stars
George Schultz, Nancy Reagan, Rudolph Giuliani, Rupert Murdoch, Steve Forbes, T. Boone Pickens
Santa Barbara Zoo 4 stars
John Cleese
Scleroderma Research Foundation 4 stars
Bob Saget
Show Hope 4 stars
Steven Curtis Chapman
Stand for Children Leadership Center 4 stars
John Legend
The Sunlight Foundation 4 stars
Jimmy Wales
Tiger Woods Foundation 4 stars
Tiger Woods
Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation 4 stars
Tom Coughlin
Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation 4 stars
Tony La Russa
UCP Wheels for Humanity 4 stars
Ali MacGraw, Tim Allen
United Nations Foundation 4 stars
Ted Turner
United States Fund for UNICEF 4 stars
Alyssa Milano, Clay Aiken, India.Arie , Laurence Fishburne, Lucy Liu, Sarah Jessica Parker, Téa Leoni
United Way Worldwide 4 stars
Dolly Parton
The V Foundation 4 stars
Bill Cosby, Dick Vitale, Mike Kryzewski, Robin Roberts
V-Day 4 stars
Eve Ensler, Jane Fonda, Kerry Washington, Rosario Dawson, Salma Hayek
Vital Voices Global Partnership 4 stars
Diane von Furstenburg, Sally Field
Water.org 4 stars
Matt Damon
The Wild Animal Sanctuary 4 stars
Jessica Biel
WildAid 4 stars
Bo Derek, Harrison Ford, Leonardo DiCaprio, Yao Ming
XPRIZE Foundation 4 stars
Arianna Huffington, James Cameron, Larry Page
Adopt A Pet.com 3 stars
Drew Barrymore
Alaska Conservation Foundation 3 stars
Jimmy Carter
Alaska Wilderness League 3 stars
Jimmy Carter
ALSAC – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 3 stars
Marlo Thomas
American Academy in Berlin 3 stars
Henry Kissinger
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research 3 stars
Dick Cheney
American Film Institute 3 stars
Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck, Steven Spielberg
American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 3 stars
Itzhak Perlman, Zubin Mehta
American Humane Association 3 stars
Paula Abdul
America’s Promise Alliance 3 stars
Colin Powell
Apollo Theater Foundation 3 stars
Quincy Jones
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum 3 stars
Michael Gross
Best Buddies International 3 stars
David Caruso, Mark Montigny
Blue Ridge Broadcasting Corporation 3 stars
Billy Graham
Camp Boggy Creek 3 stars
Norman Schwarzkopf, Paul Newman
Camp Sunshine, Georgia 3 stars
Jeff Foxworthy, Julianne Chambliss, Saxby Chambliss
Canine Companions for Independence 3 stars
Dean Koontz
Center for Economic and Policy Research 3 stars
Danny Glover
The Center for Strategic and International Studies 3 stars
Henry Kissinger
The Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation 3 stars
Chi Chi Rodriguez
The Children’s Health Fund 3 stars
Paul Simon
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation 3 stars
Christopher Reeve
The Climate Reality Project 3 stars
Al Gore
Clinton Foundation 3 stars
Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton
Country Music Foundation 3 stars
Taylor Swift
Dignity U Wear 3 stars
Mark Wahlberg
DreamYard Project 3 stars
Parker Posey, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Eisenhower Fellowships 3 stars
Christie Todd Whitman, Colin Powell, George H.W. Bush, Henry Kissinger
Emily Krzyzewski Family Life Center 3 stars
Mike Kryzewski
Farm Aid 3 stars
Dave Mathews, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Willie Nelson
Free the Slaves 3 stars
Desmond Tutu
The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice 3 stars
Milton Friedman
Gilda’s Club New York City 3 stars
Emma Stone
Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association 3 stars
Betty White
Green Dot Public Schools 3 stars
Oscar De La Hoya
Harlem Stage 3 stars
Bill T. Jones, Claire Danes, Dulé Hill, Hugh Dancy, Ruby Dee
Healthy Child Healthy World 3 stars
Olivia Newton-John
The Hole in the Wall Gang Fund 3 stars
Alec Baldwin, Julia Roberts, Paul Newman
Hunter’s Hope Foundation 3 stars
Jim Kelly
International OCD Foundation 3 stars
Elizabeth McIngvale, Jeff Bell
International Tennis Hall of Fame 3 stars
Jim Courier, Pam Shriver, Patrick McEnroe
Jazz at Lincoln Center 3 stars
Michael Bloomberg, Wynton Marsalis
Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation 3 stars
Joe Torre
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation 3 stars
Caroline Kennedy
Joslin Diabetes Center 3 stars
Ray Allen
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International 3 stars
Mary Tyler Moore, Nick Jonas, Sugar Ray Leonard
KICKSTART KIDS 3 stars
Chuck Norris
Literacy Partners 3 stars
Liz Smith
Livestrong Foundation 3 stars
Lance Armstrong
Magic Johnson Foundation 3 stars
Earvin “Magic” Johnson
Make-A-Wish America 3 stars
Chris Webber, Grant Hill, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Donnalley, Michael Johnson
Marine Toys for Tots Foundation 3 stars
Bob Hope, Michelle Obama, Ronald Reagan
MASS MoCA 3 stars
Meryl Streep
Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals 3 stars
Bernadette Peters, Mary Tyler Moore
Mitchell Institute 3 stars
George J. Mitchell
The Museum of Modern Art 3 stars
Michael Bloomberg
Museum of the City of New York 3 stars
Michael Bloomberg
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 3 stars
John Walsh
National Coalition Against Censorship 3 stars
Judy Blume
National Constitution Center 3 stars
Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Sandra Day O’Connor
National Kidney Foundation 3 stars
Rusty Wallace, Tina Fey
National Organization on Disability 3 stars
George H.W. Bush
National Women’s History Museum 3 stars
Meryl Streep
Naval Aviation Museum Foundation 3 stars
George W. Bush
New York City Ballet 3 stars
Michael Bloomberg
New York City Center 3 stars
Joanne Woodward
Operation USA 3 stars
Julie Andrews, Rosario Dawson
Peace First 3 stars
America Ferrera
Positive Futures Network (YES! Magazine) 3 stars
Danny Glover
Public Radio International 3 stars
Judy Woodruff
The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival 3 stars
Jimmy Smits, Kevin Kline, Liev Schrieber, Michael Bloomberg, Morgan Freeman, Nora Ephron, Sam Waterson
Race to Erase MS 3 stars
Avril Lavigne, Tom Arnold, Tommy Hilfiger
Rainforest Foundation US 3 stars
Sting , Trudie Styler
Refugees International 3 stars
Matt Dillon, Queen Noor Al-Hussein, Sam Waterson
The Roar Foundation 3 stars
Antonio Banderas, Betty White, Bo Derek, Loni Anderson, Melanie Griffith, Tippi Hedren
Room to Grow 3 stars
Uma Thurman
Save the Manatee Club 3 stars
Jimmy Buffett
Seeds of Peace 3 stars
Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Queen Noor Al-Hussein
Several Sources Shelters 3 stars
Stephen Baldwin
Southeastern Legal Foundation 3 stars
Edwin Meese
Special Olympics 3 stars
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bart Conner, Jackie Chan, Maria Shriver, Michael Phelps, Nadia Comaneci, Pierce Brosnan, Scott Hamilton, Timothy Shriver, Vanessa Williams, Yao Ming
Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation 3 stars
Lee Iacocca
Steadman Philippon Research Institute 3 stars
H.M. King Juan Carlos I of Spain
Sundance Institute 3 stars
Robert Redford
Symphony Space 3 stars
Alec Baldwin, Cynthia Nixon, Stephen Colbert, William Hurt
Tribeca Film Institute 3 stars
Jane Rosenthal, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro
Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance 3 stars
Julianne Moore
United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation 3 stars
Jack Black
United States Capitol Historical Society 3 stars
Cokie Roberts, Richard Burr, Tom Udall
USA Cares 3 stars
Dennis Miller
USA for UNHCR 3 stars
Angelina Jolie
Vassar College 3 stars
Lisa Kudrow, Meryl Streep
WITNESS 3 stars
Peter Gabriel
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts 3 stars
Michelle Obama, Tony Bennett, Trisha Yearwood
Women for Women International 3 stars
Rania Al-Abdullah
Youth For Tomorrow 3 stars
Joe Gibbs
Actors and Others for Animals 2 stars
Betty White, Doris Day, Joanne Worley, Loretta Swit
All Stars Helping Kids 2 stars
Emmitt Smith, Kristi Yamaguchi, Marcus Allen, Ronnie Lott
American Cinematheque 2 stars
Candice Bergen, Francis Coppola, Goldie Hawn, Martin Scorsese
American Friends of the Yitzhak Rabin Center for the Study of Israel 2 stars
Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright
American Parkinson Disease Association 2 stars
Muhammad Ali
American Tinnitus Association 2 stars
William Shatner
Amnesty International USA 2 stars
Bono , Nazanin Boniadi, Nicolas Cage
Baltimore Reads 2 stars
Cal Ripkin, Jr.
Better World Fund 2 stars
Kofi Annan, Ted Turner
The California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation 2 stars
Jay Leno, Joe Montana
Celebrity Fight Night Foundation 2 stars
Muhammad Ali
Coalition for Clean Air 2 stars
Ed Begley, Jr.
College Summit 2 stars
Don Cheadle
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International 2 stars
Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver
Forever Young Foundation 2 stars
Steve Young
Freedom Alliance 2 stars
Oliver North
The Fresh Air Fund 2 stars
Mariah Carey, Tiki Barber
George Bush Presidential Library Foundation 2 stars
Andrew H. Card, Jr., Jeb Bush
The Gorilla Foundation 2 stars
Betty White
Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment 2 stars
Teresa Heinz Kerry
Helen Woodward Animal Center 2 stars
Diane Keaton
The Imus Ranch 2 stars
Don Imus
In Defense of Animals 2 stars
Elaine Hendrix
International Campaign for Tibet 2 stars
Richard Gere
John Tracy Clinic 2 stars
Robert Wagner
Los Angeles Opera 2 stars
Placido Domingo
March of Dimes 2 stars
Denny Hamlin, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson, Nicole Kidman, Sherri Shepherd
Marijuana Policy Project Foundation 2 stars
Adam Carolla, Bill Maher, Jack Black, Jesse Ventura
Mind & Life Institute 2 stars
Dalai Lama
Mourning Family Foundation 2 stars
Alonzo Mourning
Muscular Dystrophy Association 2 stars
Jerry Lewis
The Nature Conservancy 2 stars
Michael Douglas
The Paley Center for Media 2 stars
Kim Cattrall
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals 2 stars
Alec Baldwin, Alicia Silverstone, Pamela Anderson, Pink , Woody Harrelson
The Planetary Society 2 stars
Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson
Positive Coaching Alliance 2 stars
Barry Zito, Bart Conner, Bill Bradley, Dean Smith, Doc Rivers, Dot Richardson, Herm Edwards, Kerri Strug, Larry Brown, Nadia Comaneci, Phil Jackson, Ronnie Lott, Summer Sanders, Tony Dorsett
Pujols Family Foundation 2 stars
Albert Pujols
SOS Children’s Villages-USA 2 stars
Sarah Ferguson
Spirit of America 2 stars
George P. Shultz
Teammates for Kids Foundation 2 stars
Garth Brooks
VH1 Save The Music Foundation 2 stars
Wynton Marsalis
Victory Junction Gang 2 stars
Kyle Petty
Waterkeeper Alliance 2 stars
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Women’s Sports Foundation 2 stars
Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Dominique Dawes, Geena Davis, Holly Hunter, Laila Ali, Martina Navratilova, Mia Hamm, Sheryl Crow
World Society for the Protection of Animals 2 stars
Audrey Landers, Simon Cowell, Tiffani Thiessen
American Diabetes Association 1 stars
Donovan McNabb, Elliott Yamin, Gladys Knight, Greg LeMond, Joan Allen, Lovie Smith, Tony Dungy
Caucus Educational Corporation 1 stars
Steve Adubato
CJ Foundation for SIDS 1 stars
Don Imus
The Larry King Cardiac Foundation 1 stars
Larry King
Last Chance for Animals 1 stars
Chris DeRose
Miracle Flights for Kids 1 stars
Bruce Jenner, Wayne Newton
National Council of Negro Women 1 stars
Maya Angelou
Teachers Without Borders 1 stars
Jane Goodall
California Police Youth Charities 0 stars
Brande Roderick
Operation Lookout 0 stars
Dyan Cannon