Female Entertainers Making A Big Difference
From ending world hunger to enriching children?s lives with STEM education ? read below to see what your favorite celebrity is doing to make the world a better place.
Think of Beyonce?s Beygood as a sort of rotating slate highlighting work from various charitable organizations. Since its launch in 2014, Beyonce has lent her very famous face and celebrity endorsement to help out homeless charities, unemployment charities and children?s charities, as well as scholarship efforts and disaster relief housing. At Beygood?s official site, Beyonce?s organization highlights an ever-changing selection of charitable groups and offers direct links to donation opportunities.
Emma Watson: HeForShe
Alongside HeForShe mastermind Elizabeth Nyamayaro and Executive Director of U.N. Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, actor Emma Watson serves as the charity?s Global Goodwill Ambassador for U.N. Women. HeForShe has performed 1,303,415,938 actions for gender equality ? and that number grows by the minute. This U.N. Women program provides a systematic approach to mobilizing the drive for gender equality around the world.
Lady Gaga: Born This Way Foundation
Alongside her mom, Cynthia Germanotta, Lady Gaga founded the Born This Way Foundation in 2012 with the noble goal of ?creating a kinder and braver world.? To achieve those means, Lady Gaga?s foundation focuses on empowering youth through mental health resources and providing other services that bestow a more positive environment for young people.
Jennifer Lopez: Lopez Family Foundation
In partnership with the Children?s Hospital Los Angeles, Montefiore and the United Nations Foundation, Jennifer Lopez?s family-oriented charity opened its first telemedicine center in 2010 and has since established seven more. In addition to the centers, the Lopez Family Foundation makes charitable donations toward policy and programs that enrich healthcare and health education for underserved women and children.
Charlize Theron: Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Program
When she?s not Imperator Furiosa on the big screen, Charlize Theron is a hero in the real world. Established in 2007 by the South African actor and UN Messenger of Peace, the Africa Outreach Program connects community organizations throughout the continent with the tools they need to thrive. Past program grantees include WhizzKids United, Life Choices, Drama for Life and the Department of Social Responsibility.
Eva Longoria: Eva Longoria Foundation
The Eva Longoria Foundation?s mission is to help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. The group serves that purpose by offering mentorships, parent engagement events, Latina-focused educational entrepreneurship and even extracurricular STEM courses.
Shakira: Barefoot Foundation
For the Colombia-born Shakira, the Barefoot Foundation hits close to home. Her impressive nonprofit group currently supports six schools in the Colombian regions of Altos de Cazuc?, Quibd? and Barranquilla ? positively affecting more than 30,000 vulnerable children and their families. Shakira has her eyes set on making education universal for children, and she certainly has the resume to do so. Her philanthropic efforts began with the creation of another charity when she was just 18 years old, the Pies Descalzos Foundation.
Bette Midler: New York Restoration Project
In 1995, Bette Midler paid her success forward by establishing the New York Restoration Project, a foundation dedicated to creating and maintaining green spaces and healthier environments for Big Apple residents across all five boroughs. By 2015, Bette and her crew had revitalized 52 community gardens and planted one million trees alongside MillionTreesNYC. If you want to get in on the eco-friendly action, you can sponsor your own tree with the New York Restoration Project?s website.
Oprah Winfrey: Oprah?s Angel Network
Oprah might be the queen of a media empire, but she hasn?t let her staggering $3.2 billion net worth go to her head. This is evident by the wingspan of Oprah?s Angel Network, which reaches far and wide. Some highlights of the network include building hundreds of homes for Habitat for Humanity, and 55 schools across 12 countries. In her own words, Oprah says, ?you get from the world what you give to the world.?