Celebrities

The Philanthropic Side of Elvis Presley
November 3, 2017 at 8:52 am

Do you have a bucket list? For many years, going to Graceland, the home of the late Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tenn., has been at the top of my bucket list. I spent many hours creating excuses why I could not go on this visit...

Stephen Colbert Announces $1M #PuberMe Donation to Puerto Rico
October 6, 2017 at 11:13 am

Stephen Colbert and Nick Kroll have found a million reasons why that awkward puberty stage everyone goes through is a great thing. Last week, the duo encouraged celebrities to share their most embarrassing photos from their teenage years with each one resulting in a $1,000 donation to Hurricane Maria relief in Puerto Rico. On Thursday’s…

Jorge Posada, Wife Laura Launch Fundraising Campaign for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief
September 22, 2017 at 12:13 pm

Former Yankees great Jorge Posada and his wife, Laura, are spearheading a fundraising campaign to aid hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. The fundraising page on YouCaring has raised over $68,000 of its $100,000 goal from 408 donors in less than 24 hours. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and his wife, Wanda, have launched a similar campaign,…

Salma Hayek Is Helping Raise Money for Mexico's Earthquake Victims
September 21, 2017 at 12:19 pm

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Central Mexico on Tuesday, crumbling infrastructure and killing more than 230 people so far, including at least 25 school children. Families are still searching for their loved ones as rescue teams dig through rubble to uncover survivors. And hospital staff are doing their best to treat the hundreds of people…

JJ Watt Raised $33M for Harvey Relief (But Where Will it Go?)
September 14, 2017 at 10:21 am

If you're one of thousands of Harvey-ravaged Houstonians who could use a handout from Houston Texan J.J. Watt's hurricane relief fund, you're going to have to wait a little longer. While the J.J. Watt Foundation raised a mindblowing $33 million in two weeks, a foundation spokesperson said there's currently no long-term plan in place for…

An Army of Hollywood Stars Teamed Up for a Huge Hurricane Harvey, Irma Relief Fundraiser
September 13, 2017 at 11:15 am

A cadre of Hollywood celebrities gave passionate speeches, moving performances and hit the phones on Tuesday at a live televised telethon to raise funds for the survivors and victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Celebrities including George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Hanks, Beyonce, Justin Bieber and Demi Lovato came together at…

Watt: I Can Balance Fundraising and Football
September 7, 2017 at 1:12 pm

Just days before the Houston Texans regular season opener with the Jacksonville Jaguars and mere moments after HEB chairman Charles Butt donated $5 million to Watt’s Hurricane Harvey relief fund—bumping the total to nearly $27 million—Watt said he has more than enough energy to take manage both responsibilities. “It’s a balance,” Watt said. “I’ve had…

JJ Watt's Fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey Relief Surpasses $4M
August 30, 2017 at 12:44 pm

One of Houston's most famous athletes is doing what he can to help the city recover from the effects of Hurricane Harvey. Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt announced Tuesday his fundraising effort to help victims of the hurricane surpassed $4 million. Earlier Tuesday, Watt announced the $2 million goal was met, which came after donations…

Jeff Bezos Thanks for Philanthropy Suggestions, Promises ‘More to Come’
August 29, 2017 at 10:44 am

Two months after he asked the Twitterverse to suggest short-term options for future philanthropy, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos passed along his appreciation for the tens of thousands of responses that were sent in. “I’m really glad I asked—the responses have been very helpful and have already [changed] my thinking about how to approach this,” said…

What We Can Learn From Jerry Lewis’ MDA Legacy
August 25, 2017 at 10:05 am

Many fundraising techniques have been tied to technology. Jerry Lewis was fortunate to make the most of television as a venue for his telethon. The world thanks you, Lewis, for enhancing philanthropy through your celebrity and encouraging others to join you...