Astonishing numbers from our favourite 5 Celebrity Givers…


Say what you like about the cult of celebrity in the modern world, there’s a lot of good going on. From Nicki Minaj offering to pay off the student debt of her Twitter followers to the more robust and long-term charitable projects that have been created and supported… Let’s explore the relationship between celebrity and charity.

Here are our 5 favourites… And if you just want to skip to Beyonce, she’s down there at the end of the list. Wouldn’t forget the 🐝 😉

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Oprah Winfrey

The goddess of giving! Oprah mostly supports educational causes, including charter schools, programs that support African-American students and the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa. Here are some numbers:

  • $400 million in grants to educational causes by 2012
  • 400 scholarships to Morehouse College
  • $40 million in operating support for the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. If you want to read more, check out Oprah’s Angel Network and her work through the Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation (which according to Inside Philanthropy has already been endowed with over $240m in assets).


The Obamas

During their time in the White House, the Obamas donated over $1 million to various Causes. 54% of the money donated went toward causes for children. The Obamas continue their work at The Obama Foundation.

I’m asking you to believe. Not in my ability to create change — but in yours.

– President Barack Obama.


Elton John

The Sunday Times Giving List, reported that Elton donated most of his money to fighting HIV/Aids. His own Elton John AIDS Foundation has over 24 years of expertise in the fight against HIV. Focus is everything…

Want an idea of the scale? In 2016 alone, Elton donated an estimated $38 million!


J.K. Rowling

When you get onto the Forbes Billionaire List, what do you do? Get right off it by donating to charity, yeah? This recently happened to the Harry Potter author after donating an estimated $160 million in charitable donations. Go big or go home.

You have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently.”

– J.K. Rowling



Queen Bee co-founded the Survivor Foundation with Kelly Rowland as her first structured move into charitable donations. More recently, she has made various donations through the BeyGOOD Foundation (which went toward relief efforts around the world and toy giveaways for children in need over the holidays).

Recently, Queen Bee targeted South Africa, not just through the Global Citizen concert but by opening up fellowships for 10-15 South African youth through BeyGOOD. These fellowships are designed to identify and empower promising local youth with the skills and work ethic to support Global Citizen in achieving its goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030

She’s sassy, she’s digital and she’s using the power of her enormous communities to affect social change across the world. Like giving away concert tickets to go Vegan. When you have 112 million Instagram followers, this new approach to impact might just work.

Who said charity was boring?

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4 thoughts

  1. Erm, you’ve left off two of the biggest charity donors of all time… Madonna and Ellen DeGeneres. A glaring omission.

    1. Take that one on the chin 🙂 I’m sure we’ve actually left a BUNCH out. And of course, celebrity giving changes picture depending on which country you’re looking at. We’d love to do a post on South African celebrity giving – but oddly enough our crop of celebrities don’t often boast about that (yet).

  2. Hi everyone. thankyou very much for your support and help not everyone will notice that .But keep it up .

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