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Leading celebrity philanthropists of 2012

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Biggest givers of the year so far

It's always better to give than to receive. Right? These celebrity philanthropists know what we mean and that's what makes them the leading philanthropists of 2012. Find out who the charitable celebs are!

Oprah Winfrey

Biggest givers of the year so far

While we all know this particular celebrity no longer has her own talk show, she's still ultra-charitable and -giving to the less fortunate. Oprah donates to multiple charities all over the world, but the top three she donates the most money to are The Angel Network, Oprah's charity that awards grants to U.S. charter school programs, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation, and the Oprah Winfrey Operating Foundation. The former talk-show host has many other charities that she donates to, and so can you by visiting her website to find out more about getting involved.

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Jami Gertz

Biggest givers of the year so far

This former actress who's known for her roles in Sixteen Candles, Ally McBeal and Entourage, has a super-generous side to her. In 2011, she and husband Tony Ressler donated more than $10.5 million to charities. Gertz and Ressler contribute much of their donations to their Ressler-Gertz Foundation, which is focused on technology and education and offers scholarships and financial aid.

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Lance Berkman

Biggest givers of the year so far

The St. Louis Cardinals MLB player is big on charity with his wife Cara Berkman. They established and donated to The Lord's Fund, a charity that donates to Christian organizations and churches with missionary or charitable programs.

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Herb Alpert

Biggest givers of the year so far

Legendary musicians Herb Alpert and his wife Lani Hall created the Herb Alpert Foundation and gave the first Alpert Award in the Arts in 1995. To this day, they are still giving. In the past few years, the foundation has focused on the core area of the arts, which includes a focus on jazz and arts education. The Herb Alpert Foundation has a clear vision where young people from all over the world will someday have the opportunity that will lead them to reach their full potential.

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Charlie Sheen

Biggest givers of the year so far

We know, he's not the first, second, 28th or even 100th celeb who comes to mind when you think of charity, but this actor did something that showed he has a generous side. The Anger Management actor recently donated $1 million to the United Service Organizations. This donation will go toward the USO's Operation Enduring Care, which is an ongoing campaign to support wounded, ill and injured troops and their families. We know there are many other celebs who have donated a crazy-generous amount, but this celeb in particular really surprised us.

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