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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
The 52nd Street Project 4 stars
Frances McDormand  
A Place Called Home 4 stars
Al Roker  
Africare 4 stars
Nelson Mandela  
After-School All-Stars 4 stars
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kobe Bryant, Maria Shriver  
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation 4 stars
Afleet Alex, Alex Gordon, Anna Gunn, Bailee Madison, Cindy Crawford, Jordin Sparks, Marc Summers, Peter Facinelli  
American Dance Festival 4 stars
Bill T. Jones  
American Eagle Foundation 4 stars
Dolly Parton  
American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 4 stars
Itzhak Perlman, Zubin Mehta  
American Heart Association 4 stars
Andie McDowell  
American Museum of Natural History 4 stars
Michael Bloomberg, Tom Brokaw  
amfAR 4 stars
Elizabeth Taylor, Harry Belafonte, Kenneth Cole, Sharon Stone  
Andre Agassi Foundation for Education 4 stars
Andre Agassi, Emeril Lagasse, Sir Elton John  
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  
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  
College Track 4 stars
Laurene Powell Jobs Laurene Powell Jobs  
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  
Drug Policy Alliance 4 stars
George Soros  
Elton John AIDS Foundation 4 stars
Elton John, Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg  
Entertainment Industry Foundation 4 stars
Charlize Theron, Katie Couric, Pierce Brosnan  
Environmental Advocates of New York 4 stars
Blythe Danner  
FIRST 4 stars
Eric Schmidt  
Fisher House Foundation 4 stars
Denzel Washington  
Forever Young Foundation 4 stars
Steve Young  
The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice 4 stars
Milton Friedman  
Geffen Playhouse 4 stars
David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg  
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  
Habitat for Humanity International 4 stars
Jimmy Carter  
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 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  
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund 4 stars
Eva Longoria  
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research 4 stars
Michael J. Fox  
My Stuff Bags Foundation 4 stars
Michael Reagan  
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund 4 stars
Thurgood Marshall  
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  
National Inclusion Project 4 stars
Clay Aiken  
Natural Resources Defense Council 4 stars
James Taylor, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Redford  
Operation USA 4 stars
Julie Andrews, Rosario Dawson  
Pro Kids Golf Academy 4 stars
Ernest H. Wright, Sr.  
Project A.L.S. 4 stars
Ben Stiller, Julianna Margulies  
Rainforest Foundation US 4 stars
Sting , Trudie Styler  
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network 4 stars
Alice Sebold, Christina Ricci, Mick Foley  
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, 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 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  
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
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  
Adopt A Pet.com 3 stars
Drew Barrymore  
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 Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research 3 stars
Dick Cheney  
American Film Institute 3 stars
Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck, Steven Spielberg  
American Humane Association 3 stars
Paula Abdul  
America's Promise Alliance 3 stars
Colin Powell  
Apollo Theater Foundation 3 stars
Quincy Jones  
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum 3 stars
Michael Gross  
Best Buddies International 3 stars
David Caruso, Mark Montigny  
Camp Boggy Creek 3 stars
Norman Schwarzkopf, Paul Newman  
Camp Sunshine, Georgia 3 stars
Jeff Foxworthy, Julianne Chambliss, Saxby Chambliss  
Canine Companions for Independence 3 stars
Dean Koontz  
Center for Economic and Policy Research 3 stars
Danny Glover  
The Center for Strategic and International Studies 3 stars
Henry Kissinger  
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  
Clinton Foundation 3 stars
Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton  
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  
Country Music Foundation 3 stars
Taylor Swift  
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  
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  
Emily Krzyzewski Family Life Center 3 stars
Mike Kryzewski  
Exploring the Arts 3 stars
Tony Bennett  
Farm Aid 3 stars
Dave Mathews, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Willie Nelson  
Free the Slaves 3 stars
Desmond Tutu  
Gilda's Club New York City 3 stars
Emma Stone  
Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association 3 stars
Betty White  
Green Dot Public Schools 3 stars
Oscar De La Hoya  
Hamptons International Film Festival 3 stars
Alec Baldwin  
Harlem Stage 3 stars
Bill T. Jones, Claire Danes, Dulé Hill, Hugh Dancy, Ruby Dee  
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  
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  
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  
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International 3 stars
Mary Tyler Moore, Nick Jonas, Sugar Ray Leonard  
Chuck Norris  
Last Chance for Animals 3 stars
Chris DeRose  
Literacy Partners 3 stars
Liz Smith  
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  
MASS MoCA 3 stars
Meryl Streep  
Mind & Life Institute 3 stars
Dalai Lama  
Miracle Flights for Kids 3 stars
Bruce Jenner, Wayne Newton  
Mitchell Institute 3 stars
George J. Mitchell  
The Museum of Modern Art 3 stars
Michael Bloomberg  
Museum of the City of New York 3 stars
Michael Bloomberg  
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 3 stars
John Walsh  
National Constitution Center 3 stars
Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Sandra Day O'Connor  
National Guard Youth Foundation 3 stars
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jay Rockefeller, Jeff Gordon, Josh Gracin, JR Hildebrand, Julianne Hough  
National Kidney Foundation 3 stars
Rusty Wallace, Tina Fey  
National Organization on Disability 3 stars
George H.W. Bush  
National Women's History Museum 3 stars
Meryl Streep  
Naval Aviation Museum Foundation 3 stars
George W. Bush  
New York City Ballet 3 stars
Michael Bloomberg  
New York City Center 3 stars
Joanne Woodward  
New York Restoration Project 3 stars
Bette Midler, Michael Kors  
Oceana 3 stars
January Jones, Kelsey Grammer, Pierce Brosnan, Ted Danson  
Partnership for Public Service 3 stars
Cokie Roberts  
Peace First 3 stars
America Ferrera  
Public Radio International 3 stars
Judy Woodruff  
The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival 3 stars
Jimmy Smits, Kevin Kline, Liev Schrieber, Michael Bloomberg, Morgan Freeman, Nora Ephron, Sam Waterson  
Race to Erase MS 3 stars
Avril Lavigne, Tom Arnold, Tommy Hilfiger  
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  
SOS Children's Villages-USA 3 stars
Sarah Ferguson  
Southeastern Legal Foundation 3 stars
Edwin Meese  
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  
Tribeca Film Institute 3 stars
Jane Rosenthal, Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro  
Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance 3 stars
Julianne Moore  
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.  
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  
Actors and Others for Animals 2 stars
Betty White, Doris Day, Joanne Worley, Loretta Swit  
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 Parkinson Disease Association 2 stars
Muhammad Ali  
American Tinnitus Association 2 stars
William Shatner  
Amnesty International USA 2 stars
Bono , Nazanin Boniadi, Nicolas Cage  
Baltimore Reads 2 stars
Cal Ripkin, Jr.  
Better World Fund 2 stars
Kofi Annan, Ted Turner  
The California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation 2 stars
Jay Leno, Joe Montana  
Celebrity Fight Night Foundation 2 stars
Muhammad Ali  
Coalition for Clean Air 2 stars
Ed Begley, Jr.  
College Summit 2 stars
Don Cheadle  
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International 2 stars
Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver  
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  
John Tracy Clinic 2 stars
Robert Wagner  
Los Angeles Opera 2 stars
Placido Domingo  
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  
Mourning Family Foundation 2 stars
Alonzo Mourning  
Muscular Dystrophy Association 2 stars
Jerry Lewis  
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, 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  
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  
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  
Spirit of America 2 stars
George P. Shultz  
Teammates for Kids Foundation 2 stars
Garth Brooks  
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  
Waterkeeper Alliance 2 stars
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.  
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 Society for the Protection of Animals 2 stars
Audrey Landers, Simon Cowell, Tiffani Thiessen  
Caucus Educational Corporation 1 stars
Steve Adubato  
CJ Foundation for SIDS 1 stars
Don Imus  
The Imus Ranch 1 stars
Don Imus  
The Larry King Cardiac Foundation 1 stars
Larry King  
National Council of Negro Women 1 stars
Maya Angelou  
Teachers Without Borders 1 stars
Jane Goodall  
California Police Youth Charities 0 stars
Brande Roderick  
Operation Lookout 0 stars
Dyan Cannon  
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