Celebrities

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...

Clooneys Make $1M Donation to Fight Hate Groups
August 23, 2017 at 11:37 am

George and Amal Clooney have joined the fight against hate groups in the U.S. The couple, through the The Clooney Foundation for Justice, have made a $1 million donation to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) that will fund a joint initiative to combat hate groups. The move comes more than a week after an…

How Jerry Lewis Raised $2.6B for Charity With His Famous Muscular Dystrophy Telethons
August 21, 2017 at 10:37 am

Aside from starring in some of the classic comedy films of the past half century, Jerry Lewis will be remembered for his humanitarian work, especially the annual telethon he hosted for 45 years that raised money and awareness for muscular dystrophy. The telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, for which the comedian served as national chairman…

Taylor Swift Makes 'Generous' Donation to Charity for Sexual Assault Victims
August 17, 2017 at 10:07 am

After Grammy-winning singer Taylor Swift said she would be donating to charities that aid the survivors of sexual assault, she made good on that promise Wednesday by giving an undisclosed but "generous" amount to the Joyful Heart Foundation, the organization confirmed to E! News. "Joyful Heart is honored to be recognized by Taylor Swift for…

Kid Rock Announces He Will Create Nonprofit to Promote Voter Registration
July 27, 2017 at 12:16 pm

Kid Rock is diving deeper into politics and creating a nonprofit organization to promote voter registration among Americans, the musician announced in a statement on his website late Wednesday. "The one thing I've seen over and over is that although people are unhappy with the government, too few are even registered to vote or do…

‘Godmother’ of Fashion Takes on a Philanthropic State of Mind
June 28, 2017 at 11:46 am

Does the name Diane von Furstenberg ring a bell? Most known for her elegant fashion designs and hefty price tags, the Belgium-born American fashion designer turned in her creative director role last year to Jonathan Saunders and is entering her next phase of life with a philanthropic state of mind...