Which Celebs
Donate Millions?

Which celebrities do you think give the most to charity? Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been in the headlines recently for having each given over $4 million to various charities -- but there are many others out there who have been equally generous. Here's a peek at the people behind the checkbooks (although this does not include anonymous donations) and who benefited from their support.

The Giving Back Fund (GBF), an organization that tracks celebrity philanthropy, says that Oprah Winfrey topped their first "Giving Back 30," a ranking of the celebrities who have made the largest personal public donations to charity in 2006.The Giving Back Fund, established in 1997, seeks to cultivate and nurture a new group of philanthropists within the sports and entertainment communities and to help establish role models who will inspire others to give back.

Celebrity donor/s
Amount Recipients
1 Oprah Winfrey $58,300,000 Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, Oprah's Angel Network and other groups
2 Geoffrey Beene $44,000,000 (bequest) Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
3 Jack and Marie Lord $40,000,000
Hawaii Community Foundation
4 Barbra Streisand $11,750,000 Barbra Streisand Foundation, numerous civil liberties, environmental and civil rights organizations "dedicated to democratic values"
5 Tiger Woods $9,500,000 Tiger Woods Learning Center, Earl D Woods Sr. Scholarship Fund and other Tiger Woods Foundation programs
6 Rosie O'Donnell $5,700,000 Katrina Relief efforts including Renaissance Village (a temporary shelter for Katrina victims), day care centers, a rehabilitation center in San Antonio and a Habitat for Humanity subdivision in Baton Rouge
7 Martha Stewart $5,000,000 New York's Mt Sinai Hospital for a center on healthy aging
8 Carmelo Anthony $4,282,000 CAF Youth Center in Baltimore, AAU Basketball , Syracuse University Recreational Center and other charities
9 Pat and Shirley Boone $3,000,000 Pepperdine University for the Graduate School of Education and Psychology Center for the Family
LeRoy Neiman $3,000,000 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago to support a Master's class in figure drawing
11 Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt $2,415,000 School and Community Center in Swakopmund in Namibia, Daniel Pearl Foundation, Namibian hospitals, Doctors without Borders, Global Action for Children and others
12 Nicolas Cage $2,000,000 Amnesty International for a fund to help child soldiers
Dwayne "The Rock" and Dany Garcia Johnson $2,000,000 University of Miami to name new Alumni Center living room
Paul McCartney $2,000,000 Adopt-a-Minefield
Arnold Palmer $2,000,000 Pledged to the Arnold Palmer Foundation, ultimately to benefit the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
16 David Geffen $1,600,000 David Geffen Foundation
17 Susan Saint.James and Dick Ebersol $1,300,000 The Gunnery to help pay for a new dormitory in memory of their son Teddy killed in a plane crash
18 Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg $1,250,000 Boston University to renovate facilities
19 Andre Agassi $1,070,000 Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation
20 Tiki and Ronde Barber and family $1,000,000 University of Virginia to support the McIntire School of Commerce, the Virginia Athletics Foundation, Children's Hospital, a scholarship fund for African-American students and the Young Alumni Council, and to challenge young alumni to participate in the capital campaign
Bob Barker $1,000,000 Georgetown University to endow a fund at its law school that will focus on the study of animal rights
Gloria Estefan $1,000,000 Miami Paralysis Project
Dr Phil and Robin McGraw $1,000,000 Dr Phil Foundation
George Steinbrenner and family $1,000,000 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for Boshamer Stadium for baseball
Tony Stewart $1,000,000 Victory Junction Gang Camp
Denzel Washington $1,000,000 Save Africa's Children
27 Mike Sexton $560,000 Special Olympics, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, Children Inc, Wounded Warrior Project, Ohio State University and other charities
28 Lance Armstrong $500,000 Lance Armstrong Foundation
Dolly Parton $500,000 Fort Sanders Medical Center
Elizabeth Taylor $500,000 New Orleans AIDS Task Force to purchase mobile medical unit for AIDS sufferers in New Orleans


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Is there any way that every day people can get a little help with bills when they are struggling.

anonymous August 17, 2011 | 9:53 PM

Geri. That comment is dumb and ignorant. I feel that other countries need money more than our country does. At least some of the people in this country have a voice and have the opportunities other countries don't. Our country offers welfare for those who need it. In other countries, they don't even have that kind of help! In America, homeless people have homeless shelters, orphans have orphanages where they can be taken care of and etc! In other countries, children have NO WHERE to go. If their parents die, they basically have to help themselves. how can you say we need the money more than they do???? I feel that they need it more.

geri June 16, 2011 | 8:32 AM

cheers to rosie o'donnell for giving to america....as for brad and angie tell them to give to this country not only where brad is from....all those millions they say they send to other countries should be going here for the starving people and homeless then you could get the attention they seek for doing for other countries.....I hope they read this...she wants to live in france because of her nasty reputation in this country

Ida June 16, 2011 | 3:41 AM

What about the Paul Newman charities. All the money from his products go to charity.

Mary Helen June 16, 2011 | 12:46 AM

You have neglected to list Michael Jackson, who gave over 300 million plus to various charities, paid for funerals for those who couldn't afford it, gave to schools, hospitals, Burn Units, and the list goes on. Michael has passed on but his generosity has not stopped, as he left money to charities in his will, that will keep on giving !

Cristy Lovie October 04, 2010 | 5:44 AM

what's about Michael Jackson?

George August 20, 2009 | 7:44 AM

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Rebecca July 01, 2009 | 5:08 AM

I lost my job several months ago, and having moved less than a year ago, I do not qualify for any sort of assistance from the state of Nevada, and while I am trying desperately to find another job, bills are piling up and I am looking at having utilities shut off. Can you offer any advice or point me into the right direction? I'm very desperate and have tried all the local and state people I can think of, with no help.

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