Celebrity Services/Endorsements

The Legacy of Alex Trebek’s Philanthropy
October 12, 2021 at 12:19 pm

Alex Trebek and other celebrity nonprofit ambassadors can have a profound and lasting impact on the causes they choose to support. While not an easy relationship to cultivate, it can be well worth the effort. Here's how four nonprofits have benefited from the generosity of the late game show host and "Jeopardy!" guest hosts LeVar Burton and George Stephanopoulos.

Bruno Mars Surprises Fans With $1M Donation to Flint Water Crisis
August 14, 2017 at 11:22 am

Singer Bruno Mars had a surprise at his sold-out concert in Michigan—telling the crowd he was donating $1 million to help Flint residents deal with the ongoing contaminated water crisis. During a performance at the Palace of Auburn Hills for his 24k Magic World Tour, Mars told the crowd that he and the show's promoter,…

Rita Ora Doesn’t Hesitate to Jump in to Give Philanthropic Causes a Boost
August 9, 2017 at 9:38 pm

Rita Ora, the 26-year-old British pop star and fashion icon, is this year’s recipient of the Variety + H&M Conscious Award for her outstanding philanthropic work, but she’s been involved with charity organizations for years. Her most recent cause is the London Fire Relief Fund, a division of the British Red Cross that helps rehabilitate those who…

Selena Gomez Donates to Lupus Research at USC Medical School
March 14, 2017 at 1:32 pm

Selena Gomez is using her fortune to help a cause that hits close to home. The singer/actress—who revealed that she was diagnosed with lupus in a Billboard cover story in October 2015—donated to the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, which fired up the Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research, People first reported. The…

Harvard University Names Rihanna Humanitarian of the Year
February 24, 2017 at 6:20 am

Rihanna is Harvard-bound—not to study, but to pick up the university's prestigious Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award. The Barbados-born singer will receive her award next Tuesday at the university. "Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados,"…

Mystery Donor: Did Prince Secretly Give Big for Oakland?
July 25, 2016 at 11:12 am

The world stood still when news of pop icon Prince’s death began to flood the headlines on April 21, 2016. Months later, Prince is still making news, but now for something entirely different. Rumor has it that Prince may have donated $34 million to the San Francisco Foundation, a major local force in racial and…

Why Britain's Rich Are Getting Richer, Giving Less to Charity
April 27, 2016 at 12:01 pm

The annual Sunday Times Rich List is a reminder that, for a select number of our fellow citizens, money seems to fall like confetti. The chance to compare the wealth of billionaires with plain old multimillionaires doesn’t come along that often. It is a strangely compelling reading. My eye, however, is quickly drawn to the…

Super Service Challenge: A Wonderful Concept for Corporate Philanthropy!
January 30, 2015

I was recently invited to a reception called the Super Service Challenge through The Salvation Army's involvement with DEFENDER. This outstanding Indianapolis-based company provides a model example of philanthropy for others to follow. It believes in having its employees engage with a variety of charities, providing much needed services to the communities they serve. Employees are encouraged to be philanthropic and are given four days off each year with pay, as long as time off results in volunteerism.