Celebrity Involvement In Philanthropy- Here’s Where The Highest Donors Stand

Did you know that Many producers, writers, directors have made significant strides in setting up foundations to involve charity and philanthropy? When people think about charity or philanthropy they often attribute this to organizations like the Ford Foundation or the Red Cross, and although these bodies do address humanitarian efforts with generous donations, celebrities and people in the film industry also have their own strong-standing in philanthropic contributions

Forbes online reports that Authors, actors, artists, comedians, and supermodels were among the celebrities who made this year’s list, which takes into account the largest donations to charity made by them in 2010, according to public records and interviews with charities known for their celebrity affiliations. The data was also compiled by interviewing publicists, attorneys, agents, agencies, and managers for information about their clients. An interesting point to note is lack of records on donations made by a celebrity’s foundation. Most celebrity foundation donations are not taken into account because of the discrepancy in the source of funding, which sometimes proves to be inaccurate or even controversial.

One example of a celebrity who has donated generously is Jami Gertz. In 2014 actress Jami Gertz and her husband, Anthony Ressler, topped the list of the 30 Most Generous Celebrities compiled by The Giving Back Fund, a non-profit organization that tracks philanthropic giving worldwide. Their record donation of more than $10,000,000 to their own foundation is exemplary. Jami Gertz is not an actress who is incredibly well known in the mainstream space, but it is important to note that, Gertz’s deep-pocketed donation has much to do with the fact that her husband Anthony Ressler is the co-founder of Ares Capital, a Los Angeles investment firm that controls more than $40 billion in assets, which has also recently expressed interest in buying the Dodgers. As a team, their contribution adds to the generous offer many celebrity or entrepreneurial couples have made to philanthropy and charity.

Forbes online writes that in second place is Herb Alpert who gave $9,104,829 to his own foundation, aptly named the Herb Alpert Foundation. The Herb Alpert Foundation focuses on the arts, compassion and well being of students and intellectuals alike. This donation is followed by Actor/Director Mel Gibson, who signed a check of $6,853,020 to the AP Reilly Foundation, which he started to support the Holy Family Church. We see celebrities like George Lucas and famous writer Nora Roberts, donating to their own funds as well. The Nora Roberts Foundation is known to support literacy in the local community, with it’s additional areas of philanthropic focus on children’s programs, arts organizations, and humanitarian efforts.

Here is a list following the donations of celebrities in generous amounts.

1. Actress, Jami Gertz and her husband Antony Ressler — $10,569,002

2. Musician, Herb Alpert –$9,104,829

3. Actor, Mel Gibson — $6,853,020

4. Director, Producer, Writer, George Lucas — $4,250,000

5. Writer, Nora Roberts — $3,000,000

6. NFL Player, Ndamukong Suh — $2,600,000

7. MLB Player Lance Berkman and his wife Cara — $2,412,245

8. Actress Meryl Streep and her husband Donald Gummer — $2,000,000

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