Celebrate National Philanthropy Day with Inspo From Our Favorite Charitable Celebs

In this season of giving, there are plenty of impactful ways to give that don’t require fighting crowds at the mall. One is by celebrating National Philanthropy Day—a nationally recognized day to promote “the love of humankind.” Join in the movement this November 15th by hosting an event that draws attention to a charity of your choice or by volunteering your time to a cause that’s close to heart. Looking for a little inspiration?

Check out what these philanthropic celebrities do to make a difference:

1.     Taylor Swift – Taylor Swift’s album 1989 was just released last month and it is already breaking records. But Taylor is using those records to give back. For every purchase of her single Welcome to New York, Swift is donating the proceeds to New York City Public Schools.

Taylor was also named DoSomething.org’s “Most Charitable Celebrity of 2013” for the second year in a row. And when she’s not off making catchy records and winning lots of awards, she’s taking time out to visit her fans in hospitals around the country.

2.     Emma Watson – Back in September Emma Watson gave a speech at the UN to promote the HeForShe Campaign. If you haven’t already seen it then check it out…NOW.  The HeForShe Campaign is a facet of UN Women and strives to eradicate gender inequality in our lifetime. They have bestowed the honor of UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador to Emma who is calling for mass solidarity in support of women’s rights. She is a proud feminist and has asked fans not to send birthday or Christmas presents this year but instead to send donations to UNICEF.


3.     Judy Blume – Judy Blume isn’t just a beloved author of children’s and young adult books, she is also a staunch advocate for free speech and on the Board of Directors for the National Coalition Against Censorship. Blume’s books are widely known to touch on some mature themes that some feel is inappropriate for the intended audience. However, Blume has always fought against such censorship, instead promoting the idea of open dialogue to educate about such topics. Thankfully, while Blume dedicates a significant amount of time to her advocacy work she still makes time for writing: it was announced in June that her first book in ten years is set to be released sometime next year.

4.     Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan – The Facebook inventor and his wife Priscilla were named the top philanthropists in 2013, having donated more than $970 million to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. $120 million of the donation was given to the Bay Area schools for classroom technology and training principals. Chan said the couple is trying to “catalyze change by exploring and promoting the development of new interventions and new models.”

5.     Angelina Jolie – We couldn’t end a list of philanthropic celebrities without listing one of the most charitable celebrities of our generation, Angelina Jolie. Her philanthropic efforts are too large to list, but since 2001, Jolie has been on countless field missions across the globe lending a hand to disaster relief efforts and was named UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. Additionally, The Jolie-Pitt Foundation established in 2006 assists in humanitarian crises around the globe. Back in June, Jolie was awarded honorary damehood in the UK for her work on foreign policy and the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.

To find out ways you can participate in charitable giving check out our article here.