15 Greatest Philanthropists In Hollywood

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3. Herb Albert

Herb’s own charity the Herb Albert Foundation received a sizable $9.1 million in support of compassion, well-being and the arts. This charity allowed the foundation to build new centres, provide food and resources to those in need and support the less fortunate.

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4. Mel Gibson

Mel isn’t just an icon in the movie industry, he’s quite the philanthropist behind the scenes. His recent donation of $6.8 million to the AP Reilly Foundation provides overseas support to the Holy Family Church and their followers.

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5. George Lucas

The George Lucas Educational Foundation received a huge $4 million sum from the award-winning director, writer and producer last year. The charity supports young people in need and provides them with the opportunity to follow their dreams.

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6. Meryl Streep

Meryl and her husband donated over $2 million to the Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts, including over $100,000 to Oxfam.

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7. Sam Simon

When he’s not writing great new Simpson’s episodes, Sam’s a very charitable man and recently provided over $1.75 million to his own foundation the Sam Simon Foundation, a group that strongly supports re-homing dogs to veterans in need on companionship.

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8. Jerry Seinfeld

A strong supporter of Jewish events, children’s charities and much more, Jerry donated $1.75 million to his own foundation in the hopes of improving the general well-being of children and people around the world.

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9. Barbra Streisand

Barbra donated $1.5 million to her own Barbra Streisand Foundation, which focuses on cardiovascular research and more medical illnesses that effect men and women across the globe.

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10. Matthew McConaughey

Matthew set up the Just Keep Livin’ Foundation over half a decade ago and it’s been a huge success. He gave $1.5 million last year to support communities and schools in Los Angeles and Texas.

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11. Alec Baldwin

Alec kindly donated just over $1 million to his own charity the Alec Baldwin Foundation in 2013 to support Cancer Research, water resources and music

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12. Sandra Bullock

She’s always been a hugely charitable actress and Sandra added to her donations last year with over $1 million towards the Haiti fund. She also visited locals to help with re-homing and support.

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13. Will Smith

Will and his lovely wife Jada have their own foundation and gave over $900,000 last year to support the Make-A-Wish group, the Lupus Foundation and the arts and humanities.

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14. Hugh Heffner

When Hugh heard that the legendary Hollywood sign was due to have its surrounding area flattened for new homes, he signed a petition and provided $900,000 towards the Trust for Public Land group to stop the planned demolition.

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15. Lance Armstrong

The award winning cyclist donated to a charity that is very close to his heart, the LiveStrong Foundation, to support those suffering with cancer and long term illnesses. He sent over $700,000 their way for new equipment, resources and research materials.

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