Top Celebrity Fund-raisers
by Rob Garland
Hallmark's The Celebrity Good Life published a list of the top celebrity fund-raisers, which reveals what the amount of time a celebrity gives to charity is actually worth. This is based on newspaper interviews, blogs, website contributions, television appearances, commercials and other promotional work. The charities that benefit range from an animal rights organization to campaigns that fight global poverty, depending on each celebrity's preferred cause.
Justin Timberlake, $9.2 million for Shriners Hospitals for Children
Justin Timberlake raised $9.2 million for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The hospitals are an international health care system that provides pediatric specialty care to thousands of children each year. Timberlake gave his name to a PGA golf tour fund-raising event, hosting the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children 2008 Open in Las Vegas.
Madonna, $5.5 million for Raising Malawi
Madonna raised $5.5 million for the Raising Malawi charity in 2009, when she matched other people's donations. The money was used to combat disease and poverty, improve mental health and education, and provide care for the large number of orphans in Malawi.
Pamela Anderson, $4.8 million for PETA
Pamela Anderson raised $4.8 million for PETA, the animal rights organization. PETA, which is an acronym of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is the largest animal rights organization in the world. The organization focuses its attention on animal cruelty that occurs on factory farms, in experiments conducted in laboratories, and in the clothing trade, and on unethical treatment of animals in the entertainment industry.
Oprah, $3.9 million for Oprah's Angel Network
Oprah Winfrey's Angel Network has raised $3.9 million. The Network focuses on supplying teachers with educational material and encouraging school-based clubs to help young people become active in their communities. The Network also uses its resources to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina and build schools in South Africa.
Bono, $3.6 million for the ONE Foundation
The lead singer of the rock group U2, Bono has raised $3.6 million for the ONE Foundation, an organization he co-founded. ONE is an organization built around fighting poverty and preventable disease, especially in Africa. The organization is nonpartisan and works with African politicians and other activists.