Anne Hathaway has often been considered a sweetheart of an actor, but now her kindness is being used for a greater purpose: working as a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations. Hathaway was nominated in 2016 and announced that her platform would include putting “the spotlight on the issue of the unequal burden of care work in the home as one of the key barriers to gender equality, working internationally to advance the adoption and implementation of policies that will bring measurable change,” the U.N. website says. “These include affordable childcare services and shared parental leave at both government and corporate levels.”
As if winning an Oscar and stealing our hearts every week in How to Get Away With Murder wasn’t enough, Viola Davis is also dedicated to helping end childhood hunger. Davis has worked as an ambassador for Hunger Is, an organization “designed to build awareness and raise funds in an effort to eradicate childhood hunger in America.”
Shakira has been operating charitably and as a humanitarian since she was a teenager. She founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation in 1997, which began her career as a philanthropist and humanitarian. According to its website, the Pies Descalzos Foundation works to “implement a comprehensive intervention strategy, with five axes: provide quality & public education, improve the nutrition of our children, promote personal growth & sustainable development, building top-notch schooling infrastructures and finally establishing supported schools as community centers via ‘open-door school strategy.'”
Additionally, Shakira has worked with the ALAS Foundation to create “integrated early childhood public policies” for Latin American children. These strategies are aimed at eradicating malnutrition and access to education. Shakira has also worked as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
Charlize Theron is on a mission to end the spread of HIV and AIDS in African youth. Through the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP), Theron and her foundation have worked tirelessly to protect African children and teens from on the most far-reaching and devastating diseases in modern history.
The CTAOP website says that the project’s approach to affecting change is as follows: “For young people, the ability to protect themselves from HIV is encompassed in their overall empowerment and ability to invest in their own futures as well as the future of their peers and communities. Providing knowledge and support leads to changes in attitudes and increases self-efficacy. This change influences behavior, empowering young people to make healthy decisions with regard for their futures. CTAOP supports programs that align with this theory of change.”
Goldberg has popped up all over the charitable giving scene for some time. She has long been a part of the Comic Relief effort, performing and helping to raise money for a variety of causes. Goldberg was also part of the Give a Damn initiative, which worked to create an alliance of strength and advocacy for LGBTQ persons between straight-identifying people and the LGBTQ community.
For the former, Poehler has traveled on mission trips and participated in awareness-raising events as part of an effort to protect and bring vulnerable children, including orphans, to safety.
Her own foundation is focused on “helping young people cultivate their authentic selves. We emphasize intelligence and imagination over ‘fitting in.’ We celebrate curiosity over gossip. We are a place where people can truly be their weird and wonderful selves. We are funny first, and informative second, hosting the party you want to attend.”
Working mama Kerry Washington has dedicated her time to a variety of causes focuses on helping disenfranchised communities: people of color, women and LGBTQ people all have a special place in Washington’s heart.
Of course Beyoncé has worked on behalf of those in need of assistance. That’s exactly what you’d expect Queen Bey to do.
Beyoncé has given of her time and herself in great quantity over the course of her career. She has begun a variety of #BEYGOOD initiatives, focused on “putting people back to work, restocked clothing donation centers and provided counseling, housing, food and medical assistance to the homeless.”