Usually all you hear about in the news is what sort of drama celebrities are making for themselves. These celebrities have all put in the effort to use their fame and fortunes to create charities and foundations to help better the world.
Everyone loves Leo, and the foundation he started will only make you love him more. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has been around since 1998, but many people are not aware of it or what it does. This foundation works to preserve wildlife habitats, keep the oceans and the world's water supply clean, and help spread awareness of and prevent climate change.
Bill & Melinda Gates
Being one of the richest couples in the world gives these two a unique opportunity to give back to the world more than almost any other person on the planet. They founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which takes on numerous important projects around the world with an endowment over $38 billion, Bill Gates himself donating over $28 billion to the foundation.
In 2007, Grammy-award winning artist John Legend launched the Show Me Campaign, which works to break the cycle of poverty. In the United States, the Show Me Campaign works to give every child access to a quality education. The Show Me Campaign also works to promote education in Africa, currently working on giving scholarships to girls.
The Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2011 by Lady Gaga and her mother. Lady Gaga's eccentricities and her famous song by the same name put her in a great position to give back to her fans and others in need. According to their website, the goal of the foundation is to foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated.
Mariska Hargitay's experience playing the role of Detective Olivia Benson on "Law and Order: SVU" really opened her eyes to the realities of victims who suffer just like those on the show. She founded the Joyful Heart Foundation in 2004 to address the issues of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. The foundation has raised over $15 million, helped over 14,000 individuals directly, and reached over 2 million more through their website.
Justin Bieber has just been getting himself into trouble lately, and many people like to bash him for his songs and childish behavior. But even if you hate the guy, you have to give him credit for supporting numerous causes and over 15 charities and foundations, including the Red Cross and the GRAMMY Foundation, and uniquely used his birthday to support "Charity: Water."
Chris Brown became well known for his alleged abuse of Rihanna, but most people aren't as aware of his efforts to give back to the community through his not-for-profit foundation "Symphonic Love." Through Symphonic Love, Chris uses the creative arts to promote positive behavior, in addition to supporting other charities like the AIDS Project LA.
Ellen, who you could say is pretty DeGenerous, has a unique opportunity to spread awareness of other charities through her popular TV talk show. She often donates to charities on the show and has supported over a hundred charities. She also launched the "Small Change Campaign" with Ben Affleck to support "Feeding America."
Will.i.am founded the "i.am.angel Foundation" in 2009. The goal of the foundation is to fund scholarships to send more kids to college, help kids prepare for college, and improve people's financial literacy. He wants to invest in America's future, and so far the foundation has given out over $700,000 in scholarships.
The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation was created in Philadelphia originally to "combat issues that force families and individuals into economic despair," according to their mission statement. They have completed projects around the U.S. and Africa such as the creation of affordable housing.