Celebrities

Muhammad Ali's Charitable Legacy
June 6, 2016 at 9:20 am

As we say goodbye to the Champ, the legacy he left outside of the ring remains just as important as the one inside. Muhammad Ali dedicated his life, both locally and globally, to help those in need and to work towards gender, economic and racial equality. Ali traveled the world to learn about its people,…

Livestrong Adjusts to Life Without Lance Armstrong
May 10, 2016 at 10:12 am

Sometime after they divorced in 2012, the Livestrong cancer foundation received an unusual request from Lance Armstrong, the charity’s founder and biggest donor. He wanted his name back. Livestrong officially changed its name more than three years ago, dumping its original name—the Lance Armstrong Foundation—in favor of Livestrong, its popular nickname. But the foundation still…

Prince's Charity Legacy
April 22, 2016 at 9:31 am

Music legend Prince has passed away, leaving a massive hole in music and the lives of people around the world. As well as being a legend in the pop world, Prince was known as a generous and kind man. In 2007, he launched his 3121 fragrance with a concert and 24 hours of charity fundraising,…

Top 3 Most Charitable Baseball Teams
April 13, 2016 at 9:32 am

It may not feel like it for those of us in the Northeast quite yet, but summer is right around the corner. How do I know? Because baseball is back! I love going to the ballpark. Even if you don’t really like baseball, most people can admit that going to a major league game is…

Bracelet That Contains Mount Everest Water, Dead Sea Mud Raises Money for Charities
April 11, 2016 at 10:18 am

The latest celebrity-approved accessory is a silicon bracelet called the Lokai. Like the iconic yellow Livestrong bands of years past, this one promises to distribute a portion of its profits to charity—10 percent, in this case. Like the Livestrong bands, you can wear it 24/7 without worrying about it tarnishing or falling off. But unlike…

Troy Aikman Dissolving His Foundation, Moving $1M Into Donor-Advised Fund at United Way
April 8, 2016 at 9:56 am

Dallas Cowboys legend Troy Aikman has overseen the Troy Aikman Foundation for Children ever since establishing it in 1992. Now, however, the NFL Hall of Fame quarterback has decided to dissolve his foundation and transfer its $1 million in assets to the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas' Unite Forever Campaign. That campaign, an effort announced…

Lucasfilm Launches New 'Star Wars' Charity Fundraising Effort
April 8, 2016 at 9:47 am

After raising more than $10 million for charity in the run-up to the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" last year, Lucasfilm has relaunched the "Star Wars: Force for Change" fundraising campaign for a four-week push that will see the studio matching fan donations—and making fun of Mark Hamill's role in the film. Launched April…

Real Housewife Foundation Barely Gives Out Any Money
April 4, 2016 at 10:36 am

On Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Potomac,” cast member Katie Rost is identified as a model-turned-philanthropist who runs her family’s charitable foundation. In the world of reality TV, that means attending glittery events and planning fundraisers. Aside from conveniently supplying opportunities for drama-laden plot points, the not-quite-a-job provides Rost’s raison d’etre. "I’m a ball and…

Bill, Melinda Gates Explain Their Charitable Priorities for 2016
February 24, 2016 at 10:13 am

Since 2009, Bill Gates has written an annual open letter setting out priorities for the charitable foundation he leads with his wife, Melinda. Some have highlighted specific causes—the first picked out reducing child mortality, improving agricultural productivity and raising the standard of education in America. Others have tackled big themes, such as how innovation could…

Broncos vs. Panthers: Scoring the Generosity Bowl
February 5, 2016 at 10:50 am

The Carolina Panthers are favored to win Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, with the team’s star quarterback, Cam Newton, picked by Las Vegas oddsmakers to win the game’s MVP award. But do Newton and his team hold the edge in charitable giving? The Chronicle of Philanthropy took a look at both the Panthers and the…