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Celebrities Using Their Celebrity For Good

Taylor Swift in 2012

For the last three years one star has outdone her peers with philanthropic work. Superstar Taylor Swift is Domething.org’s most charitable celebrity again.

Do Something is an organization started in 1993 with the stated purpose of encouraging young people to get involved in the community and charity. They run national campaigns and for community based projects.

One of Swift’s many acts of charity was donating all of the proceeds from her single, “Welcome to New York” to public schools in the city. This song was included on Swift’s chart-topping album, 1989.

Second place on the annual list is Laverne Cox who used her rise to fame on Netflix’s, Orange Is The New Black, to speak for the LGBT community.

Another notable celebrity on the top five is Miley Cyrus who infamously let a homeless teen speak on her behalf at the MTV Music Video Awards to highlight the problem of homelessness.

The first male celebrity doesn’t make the list until number 7, John Cena. Cena has been known to do a lot of work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Justin Beiber made the list which may be part of an effort to clean up his image after a string of high-profile tickets and arrests. He wasn’t always a saint.

In 2011, Justin Beiber’s publicity value was estimated $4.2 Billion. But unfortunately for the notorious pop star and his charity of choice, Pencils of Promise, which helps build schools in developing countries, he showed his age. The publicity he was able to garner for the charity resulted in $82,887 for the charity, a small fraction of his publicity value. In 2014 he granted over 200 wishes for the make-a-wish foundation.

Whether these celebrities are doing this to further their fame or truly because they want to help, it is great to see celebrities use their public persona to do good and inspire others to do the same.


Charities Aiming To Bring Water To Millions

Many experts are predicting water to become the most important resource in the next few years. Right now more than 10% of the world doesn’t have access to clean drinking water. Fortunately, there are organizations that are fighting to bring clean drinking water to these people.


Combining an emphasis on hygiene and clean drinking water, Water.org has seen a lot of success creating healthier communities along with local organizations. They also give provide micro-loans to people that want to build sustainable water systems like wells.

Columbia Water Center 

CWC focuses mostly on the research end of the water problem. By employing researchers and scientists in agricultre, hydrology and engineering to find region specific solutions to water management.

Waves For Water

Waves For Water believes that helping communities that struggle with getting clean water is easy, especially for the nomad surfer archetype. They have a large membership base and many in the surfing community sympathize with their efforts.


By trying to solve this problem with direct means, this charity takes existing technology to build sustainable wells and filtration systems in developing countries. 100% of the donations they recieve go to these efforts.


MIYA takes an interesting, innovative, and effective approach to water conservation. A large and previously underserved problem with water management in developing countries is the infrastrure already in place. With millions of cubic meters of clean water lost due to poorly maintained infrastructure, MIYA aims to solve a huge problem.


Water Is Life tailors each solution to the community they are trying to help. They combine short-term solutions like providing water filtration technology, with long-term solutions like hygiene education and other water management solutions.

Three Avocados

An interesting hybrid non-profit that sells fair trade coffee from the same regions it turns around and helps with building water conservation and management projects.


The Largest Charities In The United States


There are thousands of charities in the United States but very few can aspire to the size and scope of these organizations. With revenues that rival some large companies, these charities have become household names, but what do each of them do?


With $6.6 billion in revenues Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) is the largest on this list in terms of revenue. Also one of the oldest, “The Y” was established 1844 as a way for people to become healthy in mind, body and spirit.


A community organization that, in addition to operating thrift stores in every major city, provides job training for veterans and the disabled. Through clothing and other materials donated to Goodwill, the non-profit is an effective hybrid that has made a significant impact on America.

Catholic Charities USA

A collection of nationwide Catholic charities, the organization helps millions of poor get their basic necessities and empowers them to become self-sufficient. They are also heavily influenced by the Catholic Church.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army might have the biggest name recognition on this list, and has revenues of 4.3 billion in revenue per year. They serve as both a Christian church and a charity with over 1.5 million members. There are hundreds of Salvation Army shelters nationwide that provide shelter to the homeless.

United Way

United Way started as an American organization and eventually grew to become an international organization. It has over 1,200 local offices nationwide and works with community stakeholders in an effort to make positive measurable differrences in the community. Their revenues are 4.2 billion per year, allowing them to make a significant impact.

Feeding America

In a distant third, Feeding America with 1.8 billion in revenues, was formerly named America’s Second Harvest. Feeding America operates thousands of food banks, soup kitchens, and shelters with a goal of fighting hunger in the United States.




Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Goals For The Poor


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s mission is to help uplift those in extreme poverty. They have given millions in aid and have studied how their generous donations help achieve their lofty goals. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation released their annual letter on Thursday where they said there will be four breakthroughs for those living in extreme poverty in the next 15 years.

They believe the number of child deaths before age five will continue to decrease quickly. They point out that in just the last 25 years the number of child deaths was cut in half. They believe that feat can be accomplished in just 15 years this time around. This will be accomplished through a number of different factors. Increased vaccinations for common killers like diarrhea and pneumonia and better sanitation practices in the countries where this lack of sanitation causes the spread of disease.

Another one of their goals is getting Africa to be self-sufficient. As technology gets better and is spread throughout Africa the thought is that education in farming practices coupled with enhanced fertilizer will help farmers yield more crop. Once they are yielding more they will be able to sell the excess and buy other goods to improve and diversy their diets. Improved infrastructure will complement these positive changes.

Perhaps the most interesting change they foresee is the rise of mobile banking for the poor. Not having access to banking institutions can make it even more difficult to be poor. As mobile banking becomes a more common practice, people will be able to store assets digitally and other financial services like micro-loans will be made available to them.

Finally, the spread of technology will facilitate online education. The online education industry is nascent even in The United States so people in developing countries will be able to take advantage of the technology right alongside us. Education platforms that know when a child doesn’t understand something are already being built. This has the chance to be even more revolutionary abroad than it does in America.