Celebrities often earn millions, if not hundreds of millions of dollars annually, mostly due in part to their perception with the general audience and the connection they form. Whether it is through music or movies, these celebrities would not have the money they do today without an affliction formed by the audience and the desire to see and hear more from the particular individuals. While many of these celebrities due understand the importance of creating a bond with their fans, there are some who take it to the next level and donate, on a regular basis, to a charity, if not many. Charity donation is not something out of the ordinary though, as these different celebs often make millions in donations to the charities of their choice. So, while some people might not be the biggest fans of these celebs, it is impossible to deny the good the donate charity offerings do in order to help important causes. This is a list of eight celebs you might not have known donate to charity.
Jami Gertz and Antony Ressler
The actress and actor couple regularly donate to charity each in every year. In 2012, the couple donated over $10.5 million to the Ressler Gertz Foundation. This is a foundation that provides money to different, individual charities. During 2012, it included $1.7 million to the LA Country Museum of Art.
Mel Gibson might have run into trouble for things he has said while he thought he was speaking in confidence, a mistake many others have made, it has not stopped his desire to donate to charities. He has been one of the largest charitable actors throughout his career, both before and after his incidents. In 2012, he donated over $6.8 million to the A.P Reilly Foundation. A majority of the money he goes to support the Holy Family Church.
Many people love George Lucas for creating the works of Star Wars and Indiana Jones. However, many people also despise him for when he eventually did to Star Wars and the latest installment of Indiana Jones. No matter what side of the fence you are on, you can’t deny the passion he has to give to others. Due to the Star Wars franchise, he ultimately has more money than he could probably ever spend. In 2012 he donated over $4.2 million to the George Lucas Educational Foundation, which is designed to help young people become responsible citizens and compassionate leaders, and with the money it helps them go to college to move closer towards their dreams. Beyond this though, George Lucas sold the rights of Star Wars and Indiana Jones off to Disney for $4 billion. This came in $2 billion worth of stock in Disney and $2 billion in cash. George Lucas donated the entire $2 billion he received in cash to charities. So, for anyone who ever says Star Wars never did anyone any good, make sure to bring up the $2 billion George Lucas donated to charities for education, cancer research and other important charities.
Author Nora Roberts regularly donates money to her own foundation, the Nora Roberts Foundation, which is designed to help improve literacy in children and provide children’s programs, improve humanitarian efforts around the world and help start art organizations. In 2012, she donated $3 million to the cause.
The NFL defensive line star for the Detroit Lions has regularly been voted as the dirtiest player in all the National Football League. Despite this undesired rating he has received, the player also has a heart of gold, as the $2.6 million donation back to the Nebraska University, where he played college, suggests. $2 million went to the athletic department and $600,000 went to the College of Engineering in order to create additional scholarships for students who wish to pursue an education in engineering. It is actually the largest, single gift, the university has ever received from a former college football player.
Meryl Streep donated $2 million to the Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts, which is a foundation she established with her husband Donald Gummer. This foundation then donates money to other charities throughout the world.
You might not immediately recognize the name Sam Simon, unless you are a fan of the Simpsons. He co-created the show and donated $1.8 million in 2012 to The Sam Simon Foundation, which is designed to help save the lives of dogs in order to improve the lives of people. The foundation provides mobile vet units throughout the country, provide specially trained dogs for veterans and also dogs for individuals who suffer from hearing loss
Jerry Seinfeld continues to bask in the glory of his former show, which has now been off air for 14 years. Despite this, he is still as popular as ever and, in 2012, donated over $1.7 million to the Seinfeld Family Foundation, which supports education, child services, health associations and improve Jewish communities and organizations.