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Celebrities Put Star-Power to Good Use

Celebrities Put Star-Power to Good Use

Charities cultivate relationships with stars for their ability to increase the public’s awareness of their charitable endeavors and thus stimulate more donations. Celebrities can be spokespersons, board members or even a founder of a charity. The following video highlights a number of celebrities and the causes to which they’ve pledged their support.

It is wonderful that celebrities have the power to make us aware of causes that need our support. But the onus is still on us to do our homework before making a contribution. A celebrity’s endorsement simply can not serve as a substitute for researching a charity. First of all, even if you are the number one fan of a particular celebrity, you two probably do not have exactly the same philanthropic interests. Second, the celebrity may not have thoroughly vetted the charity’s finances, commitment to accountability and transparency or its programmatic accomplishments --- all steps that savvy donors take before making a donation.

Charity Navigator is pleased to present this list of celebrity-related charities to help you determine which may be worthy of a contribution from you. While this certainly isn’t an exhaustive list, it is an extensive list of celebrity-charity relationships.

Charity Name Rating
A Place Called Home 4 stars
Al Roker  
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation 4 stars
Afleet Alex, Alex Gordon, Anna Gunn, Bailee Madison, Cindy Crawford, Jordin Sparks, Marc Summers, Peter Facinelli  
American Eagle Foundation 4 stars
Dolly Parton  
American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 4 stars
Itzhak Perlman, Zubin Mehta  
American Museum of Natural History 4 stars
Michael Bloomberg, Tom Brokaw  
amfAR 4 stars
Elizabeth Taylor, Harry Belafonte, Kenneth Cole, Sharon Stone  
Anthony Robbins Foundation 4 stars
Anthony J. Robbins  
The Aspen Institute 4 stars
Condoleezza Rice, David Gergen, David Koch, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Madeleine Albright, Michael Eisner, Queen Noor Al-Hussein  
Baby Buggy 4 stars
Jessica Seinfeld  
Blue Ridge Broadcasting Corporation 4 stars
Billy Graham  
The Boomer Esiason Foundation 4 stars
Boomer Esiason  
Boys & Girls Clubs of America 4 stars
Ashanti , Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, Courtney Vance, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Denzel Washington, Edward James Olmos, Gen. Wesley Clark, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Jimmy Rollins, John Mellencamp, John Singleton, Kerry Washington, Mario Lopez, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Queen Latifah, Ruben Studdard, Shaquille O'Neal, Smokey Robinson, Swin Cash, Usher  
BRAC USA 4 stars
Mahabub Hossain  
Camp Sunshine, Georgia 4 stars
Jeff Foxworthy, Julianne Chambliss, Saxby Chambliss  
Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) 4 stars
Al Roker, Jacques Pepin, Marcus Samuelsson, Tim Zagat  
The Carter Center 4 stars
Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn Carter  
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 4 stars
Jack Hanna  
Council on Foreign Relations 4 stars
Madeleine Albright, Tom Brokaw  
DonorsChoose.org 4 stars
Stephen Colbert  
Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation For Autism 4 stars
Doug Flutie  
Dream Foundation 4 stars
Priscilla Presley  
Elton John AIDS Foundation 4 stars
Elton John, Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg  
Emily Krzyzewski Family Life Center 4 stars
Mike Kryzewski  
Entertainment Industry Foundation 4 stars
Charlize Theron, Katie Couric, Pierce Brosnan  
Environmental Advocates of New York 4 stars
Blythe Danner  
Fisher House Foundation 4 stars
Denzel Washington  
Forever Young Foundation 4 stars
Steve Young  
The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice 4 stars
Milton Friedman  
The Ghetto Film School 4 stars
David O. Russell, Mark Wahlberg  
Gilda's Club Chicago 4 stars
Gilda Radner  
God's Love We Deliver 4 stars
Joan Rivers  
The Goodman Theatre 4 stars
Brian Dennehy  
Grassroot Soccer 4 stars
Ethan Zohn  
Happy Hearts Fund 4 stars
Petra Nemcova  
Harlem RBI 4 stars
Mark Teixeira  
Harlem Village Academies 4 stars
Hugh Jackman, John Legend, Katie Couric, Rupert Murdoch  
Human Rights First 4 stars
Sigourney Weaver  
InnVision Shelter Network 4 stars
Maya Angelou  
The Irish Repertory Theatre 4 stars
Liam Neeson  
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 4 stars
George H. Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, Ronald Reagan  
Keep a Child Alive 4 stars
Alicia Keys  
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts 4 stars
Michael Bloomberg  
The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research 4 stars
Jimmy Carter, Rupert Murdoch  
Magic Johnson Foundation 4 stars
Earvin "Magic" Johnson  
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research 4 stars
Michael J. Fox  
The Museum of Modern Art 4 stars
Michael Bloomberg  
National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. 4 stars
Amy Grant, Bon Jovi, Donny Osmond, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire  
National Coalition Against Censorship 4 stars
Judy Blume  
Natural Resources Defense Council 4 stars
James Taylor, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Redford  
Naval Aviation Museum Foundation 4 stars
George W. Bush  
The New York Center for Children 4 stars
Kate Spade  
New York City Center 4 stars
Joanne Woodward  
New York City Police Foundation 4 stars
Ivanka Trump  
The New York Public Library 4 stars
Bill de Blasio, George Stephanopoulos, Jessye Norman, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Princess Firyal of Jordan, Sila Maria Calderon, Toni Morrison, William H. Gray III  
Operation USA 4 stars
Julie Andrews, Rosario Dawson  
Pro Kids Golf Academy 4 stars
Ernest H. Wright, Sr.  
Race to Erase MS 4 stars
Avril Lavigne, Jack Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne  
Rainforest Foundation US 4 stars
Sting , Trudie Styler  
Riverkeeper 4 stars
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.  
Robin Hood Foundation 4 stars
Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer, Gwyneth Paltrow, Harvey Weinstein, Tom Brokaw  
Ronald McDonald House Charities 4 stars
Al Roker, Alex Rodriguez, Billy Bush, Carl Lewis, Cindy Crawford, Hayden Panettiere, Mario Lopez  
Room to Grow 4 stars
Uma Thurman  
Santa Barbara Zoo 4 stars
John Cleese  
Scleroderma Foundation 4 stars
Queen Latifah  
Scleroderma Research Foundation 4 stars
Bob Saget  
Show Hope 4 stars
Steven Curtis Chapman  
Stand for Children Leadership Center 4 stars
John Legend  
Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation 4 stars
Lee Iacocca  
The Sunlight Foundation 4 stars
Jimmy Wales  
Tiger Woods Foundation 4 stars
Tiger Woods  
Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation 4 stars
Tom Coughlin  
Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation 4 stars
Tony La Russa  
Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance 4 stars
Julianne Moore  
UCP Wheels for Humanity 4 stars
Ali MacGraw, Tim Allen  
United Nations Foundation 4 stars
Ted Turner  
United States Fund for UNICEF 4 stars
Alyssa Milano, Clay Aiken, India.Arie , Laurence Fishburne, Lucy Liu, Sarah Jessica Parker, Téa Leoni  
United Way Worldwide 4 stars
Dolly Parton  
The V Foundation 4 stars
Bill Cosby, Dick Vitale, Mike Kryzewski, Robin Roberts  
V-Day 4 stars
Charlize Theron, Eve Ensler, Jane Fonda, Kerry Washington, Rosario Dawson, Salma Hayek  
Vital Voices Global Partnership 4 stars
Diane von Furstenburg, Sally Field  
Water.org 4 stars
Matt Damon  
The Wild Animal Sanctuary 4 stars
Jessica Biel  
WildAid 4 stars
Bo Derek, Harrison Ford, Leonardo DiCaprio, Yao Ming  
Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program 4 stars
Don Browne, Jennifer Valoppi  
The 52nd Street Project 3 stars
Frances McDormand  
Actors and Others for Animals 3 stars
Betty White, Doris Day, Joanne Worley, Loretta Swit  
Adopt A Pet.com 3 stars
Drew Barrymore  
After-School All-Stars 3 stars
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kobe Bryant, Maria Shriver  
Alaska Conservation Foundation 3 stars
Jimmy Carter  
Alaska Wilderness League 3 stars
Jimmy Carter  
All Stars Helping Kids 3 stars
Emmitt Smith, Marcus Allen, Ronnie Lott  
Alliance for Lupus Research 3 stars
Woody Johnson  
ALSAC - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 3 stars
Marlo Thomas  
American Academy in Berlin 3 stars
Henry Kissinger  
American Dance Festival 3 stars
Bill T. Jones, George H. Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Laura Bush, Nancy Reagan, Rosalynn Carter  
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research 3 stars
Dick Cheney  
American Film Institute 3 stars
Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck, Steven Spielberg  
American Heart Association 3 stars
Andie McDowell  
American Parkinson Disease Association 3 stars
Muhammad Ali  
American Theatre Wing 3 stars
Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris  
America's Promise Alliance 3 stars
Colin Powell  
Andre Agassi Foundation for Education 3 stars
Andre Agassi, Emeril Lagasse, Sir Elton John  
Apollo Theater Foundation 3 stars
Quincy Jones  
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum 3 stars
Michael Gross  
Best Buddies International 3 stars
David Caruso, Mark Montigny  
Canine Companions for Independence 3 stars
Dean Koontz  
Celebrity Fight Night Foundation 3 stars
Muhammad Ali  
Center for Economic and Policy Research 3 stars
Danny Glover  
The Center for Strategic and International Studies 3 stars
Henry Kissinger  
Challenge Aspen 3 stars
Amy Grant, Vince Gill  
The Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation 3 stars
Chi Chi Rodriguez  
The Children's Health Fund 3 stars
Paul Simon  
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation 3 stars
Christopher Reeve  
The Climate Reality Project 3 stars
Al Gore  
Coalition for Clean Air 3 stars
Ed Begley, Jr.  
College Track 3 stars
Laurene Powell Jobs Laurene Powell Jobs  
Committee to Protect Journalists 3 stars
Arianna Huffington, Brian Williams, Christiane Amanpour, Dan Rather, Diane Sawyer, Gwen Ifill, Jacob Weisberg, Jane Kramer, Lara Logan, Tom Brokaw  
Conservation International 3 stars
Harrison Ford  
Country Music Foundation 3 stars
Taylor Swift  
Desire Street Ministries 3 stars
Danny Wuerffel  
Dignity U Wear 3 stars
Mark Wahlberg  
Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation 3 stars
Gary Sinise  
DreamYard Project 3 stars
Parker Posey, Philip Seymour Hoffman  
Drug Policy Alliance 3 stars
George Soros  
Eisenhower Fellowships 3 stars
Christie Todd Whitman, Colin Powell, George H.W. Bush, Henry Kissinger  
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation 3 stars
Gloria Reuben, Neal McDonough, Nigel Barker  
Exploring the Arts 3 stars
Tony Bennett  
Farm Aid 3 stars
Dave Mathews, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Willie Nelson  
Geffen Playhouse 3 stars
David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg  
Generation Rescue 3 stars
Alexis Wineman, Chris Laurita, Jacqueline Laurita  
Gilda's Club New York City 3 stars
Emma Stone  
Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association 3 stars
Betty White, Slash  
Habitat for Humanity International 3 stars
Jimmy Carter  
Hamptons International Film Festival 3 stars
Alec Baldwin  
Harlem Stage 3 stars
Bill T. Jones, Claire Danes, Dulé Hill, Hugh Dancy, Ruby Dee  
HEAF 3 stars
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Neil deGrasse Tyson  
Healthy Child Healthy World 3 stars
Olivia Newton-John  
The Hole in the Wall Gang Fund 3 stars
Alec Baldwin, Julia Roberts, Paul Newman  
Horizons National 3 stars
Brian Williams  
Hunter's Hope Foundation 3 stars
Jim Kelly  
Institute for Humane Studies 3 stars
Charles G. Koch  
International House 3 stars
Fareed Zakaria  
International OCD Foundation 3 stars
Elizabeth McIngvale, Jeff Bell  
International Tennis Hall of Fame 3 stars
Jim Courier, Pam Shriver, Patrick McEnroe  
Invisible Children 3 stars
Kristen Bell, Rachel Bilson, Sophia Bush  
Jazz at Lincoln Center 3 stars
Michael Bloomberg, Wynton Marsalis  
JDRF 3 stars
Larry King, Nick Jonas, Sugar Ray Leonard  
Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation 3 stars
Joe Torre  
John F. Kennedy Library Foundation 3 stars
Caroline Kennedy, Conan O'Brien  
Joslin Diabetes Center 3 stars
Ray Allen  
Joyful Heart Foundation 3 stars
Mariska Hargitay  
Chuck Norris  
Last Chance for Animals 3 stars
Chris DeRose  
Make-A-Wish America 3 stars
Chris Webber, Grant Hill, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Donnalley, Michael Johnson  
Marine Toys for Tots Foundation 3 stars
Bob Hope, Michelle Obama, Ronald Reagan  
The Mario Lemieux Foundation 3 stars
Mario Lemieux  
MASS MoCA 3 stars
Meryl Streep  
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund 3 stars
Eva Longoria  
Mind & Life Institute 3 stars
Dalai Lama  
Miracle Flights for Kids 3 stars
Bruce Jenner, Wayne Newton  
Mitchell Institute 3 stars
George J. Mitchell  
Muhammad Ali Center 3 stars
Muhammad Ali  
Museum of the City of New York 3 stars
Michael Bloomberg  
My Stuff Bags Foundation 3 stars
Michael Reagan  
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund 3 stars
Thurgood Marshall  
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 3 stars
John Walsh  
National Guard Youth Foundation 3 stars
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jay Rockefeller, Jeff Gordon, Josh Gracin, JR Hildebrand, Julianne Hough  
National Inclusion Project 3 stars
Clay Aiken  
National Organization on Disability 3 stars
George H.W. Bush  
National Women's History Museum 3 stars
Meryl Streep  
New York City Ballet 3 stars
Michael Bloomberg  
New York Restoration Project 3 stars
Bette Midler, Michael Kors  
Oceana 3 stars
January Jones, Kelsey Grammer, Pierce Brosnan, Ted Danson  
Overtown Youth Center 3 stars
Alonzo Mourning  
Partnership for Public Service 3 stars
Cokie Roberts  
Peace First 3 stars
America Ferrera  
The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival 3 stars
Jimmy Smits, Kevin Kline, Liev Schrieber, Michael Bloomberg, Morgan Freeman, Nora Ephron, Sam Waterson  
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network 3 stars
Alice Sebold, Christina Ricci, Mick Foley  
Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation 3 stars
George Schultz, Nancy Reagan, Rudolph Giuliani, Rupert Murdoch, Steve Forbes, T. Boone Pickens  
Save the Manatee Club 3 stars
Jimmy Buffett  
Seeds of Peace 3 stars
Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Queen Noor Al-Hussein  
SeriousFun Children's Network 3 stars
Paul Newman  
Several Sources Shelters 3 stars
Stephen Baldwin  
SOS Children's Villages-USA 3 stars
Sarah Ferguson  
Steadman Philippon Research Institute 3 stars
H.M. King Juan Carlos I of Spain  
Sundance Institute 3 stars
Robert Redford  
Symphony Space 3 stars
Alec Baldwin, Cynthia Nixon, Stephen Colbert, William Hurt  
Teachers College, Columbia University 3 stars
Cory Booker  
Teammates for Kids Foundation 3 stars
Anthony Munoz, Garth Brooks, Larry Walker, Troy Aikman  
Tribeca Film Institute 3 stars
Jane Rosenthal, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro  
United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation 3 stars
Jack Black  
United States Capitol Historical Society 3 stars
Cokie Roberts, Richard Burr, Tom Udall  
USA Cares 3 stars
Dennis Miller  
Vassar College 3 stars
Lisa Kudrow, Meryl Streep  
Walden Woods Project 3 stars
Ed Begley, Jr.  
Waterkeeper Alliance 3 stars
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.  
WITNESS 3 stars
Peter Gabriel  
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts 3 stars
Michelle Obama, Tony Bennett, Trisha Yearwood  
Women for Women International 3 stars
Rania Al-Abdullah  
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 3 stars
Hillary Rodham Clinton  
XPRIZE Foundation 3 stars
Arianna Huffington, James Cameron, Larry Page  
Youth For Tomorrow 3 stars
Joe Gibbs  
Youth Orchestra of the Americas 3 stars
Placido Domingo, Yo-Yo Ma  
American Cinematheque 2 stars
Candice Bergen, Francis Coppola, Goldie Hawn, Martin Scorsese  
American Diabetes Association 2 stars
Donovan McNabb, Elliott Yamin, Gladys Knight, Greg LeMond, Joan Allen, Lovie Smith, Tony Dungy  
American Friends of the Yitzhak Rabin Center for the Study of Israel 2 stars
Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright  
American Humane Association 2 stars
Paula Abdul  
American Tinnitus Association 2 stars
William Shatner  
Amnesty International USA 2 stars
Bono , Nazanin Boniadi, Nicolas Cage  
Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation 2 stars
Ara Parseghian  
Better World Fund 2 stars
Kofi Annan, Ted Turner  
Branch Brook Park Alliance 2 stars
Cory Booker  
Bridges from School to Work 2 stars
Richard E. Marriott  
California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation 2 stars
Jay Leno, Joe Montana  
Camp Boggy Creek 2 stars
Norman Schwarzkopf, Paul Newman  
Chess-in-the-Schools 2 stars
Neil deGrasse Tyson  
College Summit 2 stars
Don Cheadle  
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International 2 stars
Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver  
DIFFA 2 stars
Whoopi Goldberg  
Free the Slaves 2 stars
Desmond Tutu  
Freedom Alliance 2 stars
Oliver North  
The Fresh Air Fund 2 stars
Mariah Carey, Tiki Barber  
George Bush Presidential Library Foundation 2 stars
Andrew H. Card, Jr., Jeb Bush  
The Gorilla Foundation 2 stars
Betty White  
Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment 2 stars
Teresa Heinz Kerry  
Helen Woodward Animal Center 2 stars
Diane Keaton  
In Defense of Animals 2 stars
Elaine Hendrix  
International Campaign for Tibet 2 stars
Richard Gere  
Japanese American National Museum 2 stars
Ann Curry, George Takei  
John Tracy Clinic 2 stars
Robert Wagner  
Los Angeles Opera 2 stars
Placido Domingo  
The MacDowell Colony 2 stars
Michael Chabon  
March of Dimes 2 stars
Denny Hamlin, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson, Nicole Kidman, Sherri Shepherd  
Marijuana Policy Project Foundation 2 stars
Adam Carolla, Bill Maher, Jack Black, Jesse Ventura  
Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals 2 stars
Bernadette Peters, Mary Tyler Moore  
Muscular Dystrophy Association 2 stars
Jerry Lewis  
National Constitution Center 2 stars
Ben Sherwood, Bill Clinton, Dikembe Mutombo, Edward G. Rendell, George H.W. Bush, Joseph Torsella, Marc E. Platt, Sandra Day O'Connor, Slade Gorton  
National Kidney Foundation 2 stars
Rusty Wallace, Tina Fey  
The Nature Conservancy 2 stars
Michael Douglas  
The Paley Center for Media 2 stars
Kim Cattrall  
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals 2 stars
Alec Baldwin, Alicia Silverstone, Pamela Anderson, Pink , Woody Harrelson  
The Planetary Society 2 stars
Bill Nye, Carl Sagan, Louis Friedman, Neil deGrasse Tyson  
Positive Coaching Alliance 2 stars
Barry Zito, Bart Conner, Bill Bradley, Dean Smith, Doc Rivers, Dot Richardson, Herm Edwards, Kerri Strug, Larry Brown, Nadia Comaneci, Phil Jackson, Ronnie Lott, Summer Sanders, Tony Dorsett  
Positive Futures Network (YES! Magazine) 2 stars
Danny Glover  
Project A.L.S. 2 stars
Ben Stiller, Julianna Margulies  
Public Radio International 2 stars
Judy Woodruff  
Pujols Family Foundation 2 stars
Albert Pujols  
Refugees International 2 stars
Matt Dillon, Queen Noor Al-Hussein, Sam Waterson  
The Roar Foundation 2 stars
Antonio Banderas, Betty White, Bo Derek, Loni Anderson, Melanie Griffith, Tippi Hedren  
Southeastern Legal Foundation 2 stars
Edwin Meese  
Special Olympics 2 stars
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bart Conner, Jackie Chan, Maria Shriver, Michael Phelps, Michelle Kwan, Nadia Comaneci, Pierce Brosnan, Scott Hamilton, Timothy Shriver, Vanessa Williams, Yao Ming  
Speedway Children's Charities 2 stars
Jeff Hammond  
Spirit of America 2 stars
George P. Shultz  
Tibet House US 2 stars
Philip Glass, Uma Thurman  
USA for UNHCR 2 stars
Angelina Jolie  
VH1 Save The Music Foundation 2 stars
Wynton Marsalis  
Victory Junction Gang 2 stars
Kyle Petty  
Women's Sports Foundation 2 stars
Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Dominique Dawes, Geena Davis, Holly Hunter, Laila Ali, Martina Navratilova, Mia Hamm, Sheryl Crow  
World Animal Protection 2 stars
Audrey Landers, Simon Cowell, Tiffani Thiessen  
Caucus Educational Corporation 1 stars
Steve Adubato  
The Citizenship Education Fund 1 stars
Reverend Jesse L. Jackson  
CJ Foundation for SIDS 1 stars
Don Imus  
The Imus Ranch 1 stars
Don Imus  
The Larry King Cardiac Foundation 1 stars
Larry King  
Mourning Family Foundation 1 stars
Alonzo Mourning  
National Council of Negro Women 1 stars
Maya Angelou  
Teachers Without Borders 1 stars
Jane Goodall  
California Police Youth Charities 0 stars
Brande Roderick  
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