We are counting down the Hollywood’s #SocialGood celebrities.
Hollywood A-listers make most of their fortune under the spotlight. They are the hottest topics of most heated or passionate conversations, each and every move they make have the potential to make headlines, and millions of fans around the world queue to watch their latest offerings. As the most prolific Hollywood stars, it should be easy for them to feel that the entire world revolves around them, because everything they do catches the attention of people everywhere they go. It should be easy to think that they have omnipotence, as in a snap, they can have everything that the rest of the world only dreams of. They earn in seconds what some people work for in their entire lifetime, and it should be easy to save all their money up to secure the future of their children and of the family’s several succeeding generations.
It should be easy, but these 20 top-earning celebrities took the road less traveled, so to speak. Instead of drowning in fame and fortune, these Hollywood stars chose to open their eyes to the reality that there is more to the world of today than just the glitz, the glamour, and the pizzazz of show business. Instead of working for themselves, these celebrities chose to be conduits of blessings and to share the fruits of their labor to those who have less, if not none. They chose to use their power and influence not to amass more following and wealth, but to bring the world’s attention to issues bigger than themselves: poverty, violence, lack of education, faltering peace, hunger and thirst. They chose to believe that if their names, or faces, could launch a multi-billion dollar blockbuster, they could also start a social movement towards the alleviation, if not the eradication, of the most pressing problems plaguing the world today.
In this special report, we bring you the charity and humanitarian stories of the 20 highest-earning Hollywood celebrities.
ROBERT DOWNEY JR.
USD 75 million (Forbes 2013)
Charities & Social Causes: Cahonas Scotland, Clothes Off Our Back, Communities in Schools, DonorsChoose.org, Entertainment Industry Foundation, March Of Dimes, Midnight Mission, Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, Orca Network, Robin Hood, Stand Up To Cancer
Though Robert Downy Jr. is well known for his role as the Iron Man, Hollywood’s highest paid actor, raking in USD 75 million in the past year, has a soft heart for a variety of causes. Supporting charitable institutions and foundations such as Cahonas Scotland, Clothes Off our Back, Communities in Schools, DonorsChoose.org, Entertainment Industry Foundation, and Stand Up to Cancer, Downy Jr is an advocate of animal welfare, cancer prevention and cure, children’s welfare, environmental conservation, creative arts, economic and business support, education, health, and hunger and poverty alleviation. Other charities that he supports include March of Dimes, Midnight Mission, Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, Orca Network, and Robin Hood.
DWAYNE JOHNSON (THE ROCK)
USD 52 million (Forbes 2013)
Charities & Social Causes: Beacon Experience, Boot Campaign, Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation, I Have a Dream Foundation, Kids Wish Network, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Make the Difference Network, Parkinson Society Maritime Region, Red Cross, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Starlight Children’s Foundation, Until There’s a Cure
Dwayne Johnson’s meteoric rise to stardom started when he adopted his WWE in-ring persona, “The Rock”. Though exuding an air of ruthlessness, brutality and violence during his sports entertainment days, Johnson, in reality, has a soft spot for a wide array of charitable causes, particularly children’s welfare. Through the Dwayne Johnson Rock Foundation, he assists in the recovery and development of children hospitalized for various medical conditions. Since the foundation’s inception, in has expanded its charitable scope to include education and child obesity prevention. Johnson is also part of The Beacon Experience, which aims to encourage children to continue their education even after high school, through conducting special courses and mentoring sessions, and involving the parents in the process. Other charities and foundations supported by Johnson include Boot Campaign, I Have a Dream Foundation, Kids Wish Network, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Make The Difference Network, Parkinson Society Maritime Region, Red Cross, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Starlight Children’s Foundation and Until There’s a Cure.
USD 51 million (Forbes 2013)
Charities & Social Causes: Warren Easton Charter Foundation, American Foundation for AIDS Research, Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, Partner in Health, Red Cross, Tuesday’s Children
In the movie “Gravity”, Sandra Bullock, playing the role of Dr. Ryan Stone, was a pillar of strength, tenacity and hope. Amidst unspeakable challenges and myriad near-death experiences, she remained spirited and focused, driven to surmount the ordeal the she ever strongly endured alone. These traits transcends the silver screen, as Bullock spreads the spirit hope and resilience to the charities and foundations that she supports. A sponsor of the American Foundation for AIDS Research, Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, Partners in Health, Red Cross and Tuesday’s Children, Bullock advocates AIDS and HIV awareness, creative arts, disaster relief, education, family support, health and human rights. Among the highlights of Bullock’s philanthropic activities is her involvement in the Warren Easton Charter Foundation, formed to reconstruct the Warren Easton High School, which was damaged by a hurricane.
USD 46 million (Forbes 2013)
Charities & Social Causes: Alzheimer’s Association, Cancer Research UK, Clinton Global Initative, Entertainment Industry Foundation, Got Your 6, Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer, THORN and United Service Organization
Before joining the Board of Directors of the charity The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, “American Sniper” lead actor Bradley Cooper volunteered as a cabin counselor for children with immunology disorders in the summer of 2006. Amazed at how the “spirit of camp” was able to help the participants escape their illnesses, make friends and be reminded of what being a kid is all about, Cooper was excited to have a deeper involvement with the organization. In June 2014, it was formally announced that Cooper was part of the charity’s Board, and that the organization would be extending its scope to the Northeast, including Cooper’s hometown of Philadelphia. Aside from the Camp, Cooper is also a supporter of Alzheimer’s Association, Cancer Research UK, Clinton Global Initiative, Entertainment Industry Foundation, Got Your 6, Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer, THORN and the United Service Organization. He actively advocates further research on Alzheimer’s Disease and cancer, children’s welfare, education, environmental protection, human rights, poverty alleviation, and the abolition of slavery and human trafficking.
USD 39 million (Forbes 2013)
Charities & Social Causes: Cinema for Peace, Declare Yourself, Feeding America, Film Foundation, Global Cool, Global Green, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, Natural Resources Defense Council, Onyx and Breezy Foundation, Pediatric Epilepsy Project, Reef Check Foundation, SOS Children’s Villages, Stop Global Warming, The Gorilla Organization, TreePeople, Unite for Japan, WildAid, WWF
At the young age of 24, “The Wolf of Wall Street” star Leonardo DiCaprio established the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to carry out the mission of protecting the Earth’s wild places and of encouraging a more harmonious relationship between the humans and the world. By means of grant-making and launching public campaigns and media projects, the foundation achieved success in bringing attention and funding to protecting biodiversity, ocean and forest conservation and climate change. Over the last several years, the foundation has allocated over USD 70 million to various projects. DiCaprio’s fans, thanks to the power of social media and various digital platforms, are also gradually being active in the foundation’s initiatives, getting involved in several projects, including protecting sharks in California and elephants in Africa, and transitioning to clean and renewable energy. Aside from environmentally related causes, DiCaprio also advocates adoption, fostering, AIDS & HIV research, animal welfare, disaster relief, human rights, voter education, and poverty and hunger alleviation.
USD 37 million (Forbes 2013)
Charities & Social Causes: Australian Childhood Foundation
While Chris Hemsworth makes most of his fortune under a spotlight, he is determined to gather light to scatter. Among the causes that he resolutely supports is the eradication of child abuse. “I was lucky enough to grow up in a loving, supportive household,” said Hemsworth in an interview with www.childhood.org.au. “My parents have been social workers for more than 20 years, and from them, I know the lasting damage that abuse and neglect can cause.” Hemsworth has recently helped the Australian Childhood Foundation launch an exciting new partnership with Italian fashion house Gucci, which will allow the foundation to continue helping children recover from the devastating impact of child abuse and neglect. “The work that the foundation does quite literally has the power to transform lives. With Gucci’s generous support and commitment, they have shown that they also believe in the right of all children to laugh, play, dream, imagine and hope.”
USD 36 million (Forbes 2013)
Charities & Social Causes: 10 x 10, 21st Century Leaders, American Foundation for AIDS Research, Bicycle for a Day, Clothes Off Our Back, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Helen and Douglas House, Ireland Funds, Make Poverty History, Medicinema, ONE Campaign, PeacePleayers International, UNICEF, Whatever It Takes
In the highly popular “Taken” movie franchise, Liam Neeson portrays a loving father willing to do and sacrifice everything, even his life, to protect his family. Outside of show business, Neeson espouses the same advocacy against violence, particularly when it involves children. In 2013, Neeson partnered with UNICEF to launch the “End Violence Against Children” campaign, an awareness initiative that aims to mitigate and eventually eradicate the bullying and abuse of children. Neeson believes that not seeing violence against children does not mean that it isn’t present. Therefore, he says, there is an urgent need to lift the veil on violence and make it disappear. With his involvement in the initiative, Neeson hopes to help in addressing some 3.3 million cases of abused and neglected children. In addition to this, Neeson is also supporting other causes, including AIDS and HIV research, parental support, human rights, poverty alleviation and the eradication of slavery and human trafficking, especially involving women.
USD 35 million (Forbes 2013)
Charities & Social Causes: ALS Association, Ante Up for Africa, A-T Children’s Project, Children Mending hearts, Declare Yourself, Eastern Congo Initiative, ENOUGH Project, Feeding America, GLAAD, International Medical Corps, Jimmy Fund, Music Rising, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Not On Our Watch, ONEXONE, Operation Gratitude, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Robin Hood, The Art of Elysium, UNHCR, Unite for Japan, Vital Voices
“Gone Girl” star Ben Affleck has always had a particular interest in the political, economic and social challenges of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He made several visits to the country, met with several government leaders and even produced a short film about the humanitarian crisis in the country. These ultimately led to the founding of the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI) in 2010. ECI, a grant-making and advocacy organization focused on investing in and working with the people of eastern Congo, espouses the belief that local, community-based approaches are vital to the creating of a sustainable and successful society in eastern Congo. In an interview with ABC News, Affleck said that one had to realize that when he sees images of people suffering, those were of people who were just in a different circumstance and were no different from the rest. Aside from the development of eastern Congo, Affleck is also involved in AIDS and HIV research, cancer research, children’s welfare, civil rights, education, LGBT support, poverty alleviation, eradication of slavery and human trafficking and voter education.
USD 35 million (Forbes 2013)
Charities & Social Causes: Gorilla Fund, Redwings Sanctuary, Fulfillment Fund, Greenpeace, Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Small Steps Project, WWF
The premier of Christian Bale’s movie “The Dark Knight Rises” was met with tragedy. Upon learning of the theatre shooting incident, Bale visited the survivors and also paid his respects to the 12 victims of the grim event. Eye witnesses recount that the actor kept a low profile throughout his visit that other people present did not even know who he was, if they even noticed his presence at all. Bale has always been known to champion humanitarian and animal welfare causes, albeit quietly, just as he did at the wake of the 12 victims. Carrying on his father’s legacy, Bale has aligned himself with the Gorilla Fund and the Redwings Sanctuary, an initiative geared towards the rescue of horses from slaughter. In addition to the aforementioned, Bale is also involved in the Fulfillment Fund, Greenpeace, Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Small Steps Project and WWF.
USD 34 million (Forbes 2013)
Charities & Social Causes: DoSomething.org, Feeding America, Screen Actors Guild Foundation, The Thirst Project, World Food Programme, The (Jennifer) Lawrence Foundation
During the promotion of the Jennifer Lawrence-starrer “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, major global entertainment company Lionsgate announced that Subway Restaurants, the world’s largest restaurant chain, will be partnering with the movie to support the Feeding America initiative, supported by Lawrence’s very own The Lawrence Foundation (TLF). TLF supports a variety of organizations, including DoSomething.org, Screen Actors Guild Foundation, The Thirst Project and World Food Programme. Aside from eradicating hunger in America, Lawrence is also a staunch advocate of initiatives against bullying, the promotion of creative arts, philanthropy, poverty alleviation and water conservation.
USD 32 million (Forbes 2013)
Charities & Social Causes: 46664, Dream Foundation, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Entertainment Industry Foundation, Feeding America, Florida Marlins Community Foundation, Fulfillment Fund, Livestrong, Living Classrooms Foundation, Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation, Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, PACT, Red Cross, Stand Up to Cancer, Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation, Youth Health Empowerment
Similar to his role in “After-Earth” and “The Pursuit of Happyness (sic)”, Will Smith is a loving father, a family man and an altruist beyond the silver screen. With his wife, Jada Smith, Will founded the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation, aimed at promoting inner-city community development, implementing youth educational projects and benefitting under-privileged children and economically depressed families. The foundation is a member of the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers. Aside from working on projects spearheaded by his foundation, Smith also reportedly dedicated a considerable amount of money to aid suffering families and children in South Africa, and of his time to take part in the charity telethon for victims of the 9/11 attacks. In addition to family- and children-centric initiatives, part of Smith’s advocacy are cancer research, the promotion of creative arts, disaster relief, human rights, eradication of hunger, empowerment of people with different abilities and poverty alleviation.
USD 32 million (Forbes 2013)
Charities & Social Causes: A Place Called Home, Elevate Hope Foundation, Felix Organization, Livestrong, Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation, Red Cross, Saban Community Clinic, St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters, The Art of Elysium, The Gentle Barn, The Gentleman’s Fund, The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, Tony Hawk Foundation
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” and “Lone Survivor” star Mark Wahlberg established the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation in 2001 with the premise that “anything is possible, but success comes from hard work, dedication and doing the right thing”. Wahlberg, together with his brother James, instituted the foundation off their lifelong membership and advocacy of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. It is primarily dedicated to helping inner city youth reach their full potential in life. Motivated by Wahlberg’s juvenile experiences, the foundation funds the same types of programs that helped him conquer challenges during his youth. The projects of the foundation include youth summer camps, afterschool programs, school support initiatives and graduate-to-go campaigns. Wahlberg’s personal causes also comprise adoption, fostering, cancer research, economic support, education, environmental protection, health, human rights, eradication of hunger, senior citizen support and sports.
USD 20 million (Forbes 2013)
Charities & Social Causes: AmeriCares, Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Clothes Off Our Back, Declare Yourself, EB Medical Research Foundation, Entertainment Industry Foundation, Feeding America, Friends of El Faro, GLAAD, Habitat for Humanity, Lili Claire Foundation, Luke Neuhedel Foundation, Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, OmniPeace, Project ALS, Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, Stand Up to Cancer, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, US Campaign for Burma
True to her image as America’s Sweetheart, former “Friends” star Jennifer Aniston is an epitome of generosity and support for non-profit organizations. Since 2008, she has been actively involved in campaigns of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and of Friends of El Faro, an initiative geared towards improving the lives of children housed in the Casa Hogar Sion in Tijuana, Mexico. In 2010, Aniston reportedly created the “Farita” doll, designed and crafted by local artisans, which sales proceeds were all donated to Friends of El Faro. Other advocacies of Aniston include the prevention of slaughter of dolphins and disaster relief for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. For the latter, Aniston donated USD 500,000 to Doctors Without Borders, Partners in Health and AmeriCares, and took part in the Hope for Haiti Now telethon. In a separate but related event, Aniston sustained the continuing support drive for Haiti by purchasing a piece of art for reportedly USD 450,000.
USD 19 million (Forbes 2013)
Charities & Social Causes: Act Green, American Cancer Society, Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, Entertainment Industry Foundation, Environmental Media Association, Every Mother Counts, Food Bank for New York City, Healthy Child Healthy World, Hoping Foundation, Keep A Child Alive, Kids Company, National Woman’s History Museum, Prince’s Trust, Raising Malawi, Stand Up to Cancer, The Lunchbox Fund, UNICEF, White Ribbon Alliance
One of Gwyneth Paltrow’s main advocacy is breast cancer research. In fact, several of the brands that she endorses get themselves involved in her initiatives as well. For instance, Estee Lauder, a global cosmetics manufacturer, donates a minimum of USD 500,000 to breast cancer research from the sales of items from the Pleasures Gwyneth Paltrow collection. Saks Fifth Avenue, on the other hand, launched the Key to the Cure campaign against breast cancer, with Paltrow as its Ambassador. In addition to breast cancer research and awareness, Paltrow is also active in aiding Food Bank for New York City and is part of the Board of the Robin Hood Foundation, an organization geared towards the alleviation of poverty in New York City. Other advocacies of the “Mortdecai” and “The Avengers” star include the promotion of creative arts, environmental stewardship, human rights, hunger and poverty eradication, and the abolition of slavery and human trafficking.
USD 18 million (Forbes 2013)
Charities & Social Causes: Afghanistan Relief Organization, Alliance for the Lost Boys of Sudan, Cancer Schmancer Movement, Care to Learn, Cinema for Peace, Clinton Global Initiative, Daniel Pearl Foundation, Direct Change, Doctors Without Borders, Global Action for Children, HALO Trust, Human Rights Watch, Jolie-Pitt Foundation, Kids in Need of Defense, Millennium Promise, Millennium Villages, Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, Muhammad Ali Center, ONE Campaign, Peace One Day, Reporters Without Borders, Sophie’s Gift, SOS Children’s Villages, UNHCR, UNICEF, UN Millennium Project, Vital Voices, Women in the World Foundation, Yele Haiti Foundation
When one talks about Hollywood stars supporting humanitarian causes, one will never miss the name of “Maleficent” star Angelina Jolie. During the filming of Tomb Raider in Cambodia, Jolie’s eyes were opened to the truth of humanitarian crises around the world. With the help of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Jolie gained more information on the most critical areas around the world. She, then, embarked on field missions around the world, going to more than 20 countries, including Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Pakistan, Thailand, Cambodia, Kosovo, Ecuador, Sri Lanka, Jordan and Iraq. Together with husband, Hollywood A-lister Brad Pitt, she instituted the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, an entity dedicated to the eradication of extreme rural poverty, protection of natural resources and the conservation of wildlife. One of the foundation’s major beneficiaries is Doctors Without Borders, an international humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists, which reportedly received USD 1 million from the Jolie-Pitt Foundation. Jolie is a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, and a recipient of the Citizen of the World Award and the Global Humanitarian Award. She was also awarded an honorary Cambodian citizenship for her conservation work in the country.
USD 18 million (Forbes 2013)
Charities & Social Causes: 4REAL Foundation, Act Green, AIDS Project Los Angeles, Centre for Environmental Education, Children’s Defense Fund, Conservation International, Declare Yourself, Environmental Media Association, Food Bank for New York City, Green Treks, Hillsides, Make Poverty History, Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, Natural Resources Defense Council, Oceana, ONE Campaign, Pangea Day, Racing for Kids, Red Cross, The Lunchbox Fund, Unite for Japan
Her role in “Annie” does not seem to reflect what Cameron Diaz does in real life. While she was a mean foster mother in the movie, outside the set Diaz is an avid supporter of children’s welfare and of the eradication of crimes and abuse against children, to name some. In 2001, Diaz created her own foundation, Begin Today for Tomorrow, which has donated to allied organizations such as the Children’s Dental Health Clinic, AIDS Project Los Angeles, African Wildlife Foundation, Children’s Defense Fund, Pathways to Independence and Roar Foundation. In addition to this, Diaz is also a member of the advisory board of Pangea Day, an organization geared towards the creation of a worldwide network of citizens who believe that film can change the world. Other causes that Diaz supports include AIDS and HIV research, disaster relief, environmental protection, eradication of hunger, poverty alleviation, voter education and water conservation.
USD 17 million (Forbes 2013)
Charities & Social Causes: American Humane Association, Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, Blessings in a Backpack, Broadway Cares, Equity Fights AIDS, Cancer Research UK, Clothes Off Our Back, Declare Yourself, Entertainment Industry Foundation, Feeding America, First Book, Hero in Heels, Hope North, Keep A Child Alive, Make Poverty History, Michael J. Fox Foundation, Music Rising, Neurofibromatosis, Inc., Not On Our Watch, Oxfam, Project HOME, (RED), Soles4Souls, Stand Up to Cancer, The Art of Elysium, USA Harvest, Wish Upon a Hero Foundation, World AIDS Say, World Vision
“Lucy” star Scarlett Johansson is a living proof that being in show business is not all about the glitz and glamour. In 2007, Johansson skipped the Oscars to carry out here role as an Oxfam ambassador. Instead of attending the awards night, she toured India and Sri Lanka to visit Oxfam-funded schools and to get involved with healthcare projects and initiatives fighting violence against women. In an interview with USA Today, Johansson said that she found charity work very rewarding. “It was nice to feel part of the community. Your vanity is the last thing on your mind when you’re travelling in a place like [where I have gone],” she said. Johansson is also involved in increasing awareness of people with AIDS in African nations by working alongside charity workers for (RED), is an avid supporter of Soles4Souls, to which she has donated 2,000 of new shoes in the past.
USD 13 million (Forbes 2013)
826 National, Afghanistan Relief Organization, Artists for Peace and Justice, Declare Yourself, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Everyone Matters, FINCA, Food Bank for New York City, Legacy of Hope Foundation, Listen Campaign, Live 8, Milo Gladstein Foundation, PETA, Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Shoe4Africa, Small Steps Project, The Lunchbox Fund, Tony Blair Faith Foundation
“Black Swan” actress Natalie Portman is indeed more than just a pretty face. In 2004, the then-22-year-old newly grad paid a visit to the Capitol Hill to talk to Congress on behalf of the micro-finance organization Foundation for International Community Assistance, or FINCA. Eye witnesses recount that lawmakers saw Portman to be more than simply a young woman; to them, she was actually Padme from the “Star Wars”. The “magic” of her beauty helped launch FINCA, which mobilizes people and resources needed to bring financial services to one million of the world’s lowest income families – the bottom of the pyramid, as they are called. The organization has now reportedly built more than 100,000 village banks. In addition to micro-financing, Portman also supports adoption and fostering of orphans, children’s education, disaster relief, environmental protection, human rights, eradication of hunger, increases literacy, peace keeping, poverty alleviation, voter education and water conservation.
USD 13 million (Forbes 2013)
Charities & Social Causes: Actors Fund of America, Declare Yourself, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Felix Organization, GLSEN, Motion Picture and Television Fund Foundation, The Trevor Project
A heart-warming anecdote about Amy Adams, the adorable Giselle of the movie “Enchanted”, will surely make the Hollywood actress more endearing. In 2014, Adams was reported to have traded her first class seat for one in coach. For whom? Adams was said to have requested members of the cabin crew to give her seat to an American soldier on a flight from Detroit to Los Angeles. Extending good will and kindness to more than one person, Adams is also an avid supporter of various other causes, including adoption and fostering of orphans, AIDS and HIV research, children’s education, promotion of civil rights, LGBT empowerment and voter education. Adams is also a recipient of Variety’s Lifetime Impact Honor, in recognition of her charity efforts and philanthropic endeavors. Other recipients of the award include Jennifer Garner, Katie Holmes, Diane Lane, Suzan Bymel and Eva Mendes.
USD 12 million (Forbes 2013)
Charities & Social Causes: Oxfam, Red Cross, Shoe Revolt
Though she may have portrayed damsels in distress in her movies, like “Twilight” and “Snow White and the Huntsman”, Kristen Stewart definitely knows how to stand behind causes she believes in. For instance, Stewart appeared at the 12-12-12 Concert at the Madison Square Garden, where she asked her fans to donate towards the relief operations for the victims of the Hurricane Sandy. She even donated her Zuhair Murad dress, the same she wore to the “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2” Los Angeles premier, to the Robin Hood Foundation. The gown was put up for auction. Stewart is also involved in Shoe Revolt, an organization that seeks to raise money for victims of sex trafficking by selling donated shoes online. Other causes that Stewart supports include AIDS and HIV research, promotion of human rights, poverty alleviation, and the abolition of slavery and human trafficking.
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