10+ Times Celebrities Put Their Money Where Their Mouth Is

When it comes to charitable celebs, a few names are bound to come to mind.

People like Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, and Bon Jovi. While these celebs enjoy their riches, they're also super generous with their money, too.

Whether they donate their money to various charities or make their own, here are 10+ celebs who put their money where their mouth is.

1. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

Shortly after the couple tragically suffered from pregnancy loss, the parents teamed up with Ronald McDonald House Charities to support families with sick and injured children.

They provided resources for these families to be together during treatment.

Since they're big on social media, they also called on their Instagram followers to help raise money for the cause.

They said that any Instagram user who posts the RMHC heart and the hashtag #HereForRMHC, McDonald’s will give $100 in the person's name as part of a $100 million initiative.

2. Mindy Kaling

The actress used her 40th birthday for good by donating $1000 to 40 different charities.

This included End Rape on Campus, Trans Lifeline, and Planned Parenthood. She got a lot of the names by asking fans to suggest names on Twitter.

3. Keanu Reeves

Just when we thought we couldn't love him anymore, we go and find out that he's been quietly donating money for years.

"I have a private foundation that's been running for five or six years, and it helps aid a couple of children's hospitals and cancer research," Keanu once said, according to Snopes.

4. Oprah Winfey

It wasn't just her audience members that benefited from the media mogul's charitable side. It was many charities, too!

For example, she donated $10 million to relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina and has spent $50.2 million on helping women and children.

5. Sandra Bullock

The actress has a long history of giving away millions.

Since 2001, she has donated over $5 million to the Red Cross to provide relief to various disasters. And the best part is? She does it all without seeking media attention.

6. Barack and Michelle Obama

The former president and first lady did a lot more in the White House than just politics.

They also donated over $1 million to various charities, with 54 percent of that money going to organizations that help children.

7. Elton John

Losing friends to HIV and Aids has affected the legendary singer in two major ways: first, he quit drinking, and second, he formed his own Elton John AIDS Foundation.

He gave almost £26.8 million to the charity in 2016 alone.

8. J.K. Rowling

When the Harry Potter author fell off the Forbes billionaire list, it was for a good reason: she donated an estimated $160 million to charity.

She's also the founder of the Volant Charitable Trust, a charity that helps women and children.

9. Bill and Melinda Gates

Gates is one generous billionaire.

He and his wife have given over $45.5 billion over the years. Their Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation even raised their initial donation from $10 million to $105 million to help with global relief efforts for the COVID-19 pandemic.

10. Meryl Streep

Like Sandra Bullock, the acclaimed actress has made a habit of donating money without all the fanfare.

Through their Silver Mountain Foundation of the Arts, she and her husband, Don Gummer, have donated $1 million per year to various organizations.

11. Selena Gomez

As someone who has been impacted by mental health issues over the years, the singer wants to help fellow strugglers.

That's why she created the Rare Impact Fund which, according to Billboard, has a goal of donating $100 million over the next 10 years.

12. George Michael

The star's generosity was mainly revealed after his passing in 2016.

"Over the years he gave us millions..." Childline founder Esther Rantzen said. She added that Michael was adamant that no one knew how he gave to these vulnerable children."

13. Chance the Rapper

His generous donations over the years are giving young folks a new "chance" at life.

In addition to his own charity called SocialWorks, the proud Chicagoan has raised over $3.2 million for public schools there.

14. Angelina Jolie

The actress's name is basically synonymous with charity at this point.

In 2001, she was appointed UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for all her charitable work. Over the years, she has donated millions to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

15. Gary Sinese

In case you don't know who Gary Sinise is, he played the iconic Lt. Dan Taylor in Forrest Gump.

Since then, he's used his fame for good by raising 30 million annually for veterans through his Gary Sinise Foundation.

Giving back to veterans and active military members is a huge life focus for him.

He once treated over 1,000 kids of fallen soldiers to a trip to Disneyland!

He arranged for 15 planes to take all of the kids and one surviving family member each with them. So sweet!

16. Bon Jovi

Don't let the rock & roll persona fool you — this celeb is all about being sweet and sensitive.

Through his JBJ Soul Foundation, he has raised millions of dollars to help those struggling with homelessness in the United States.

17. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

As if they couldn't be perfect enough, we learn how charitable these two are!

They've donated to various causes, such as when they donated $500,000 to the Covenant House in Vancouver and Toronto to help young people struggling with homelessness.

18. Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio is known as much for his philanthropy as he is for his acting.

Last year, he helped raise a combined $15 million dollars to launch America's Food Fund, which is designed to provide aid to families in financial hardship due to the pandemic.

19. Rihanna

Rihanna founded the Clara Lionel Foundation all the way back in 2012.

Last year, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, she distributed more than $5 million in grants for local food banks, helped accelerate testing in destressed countries like Haiti, and provided PPE for frontline workers.

20. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold helped co-found a crowdfunding page called the Frontline Responders Fund, designed to keep frontline workers safe and properly equipped with PPE.

The former governor helped raise nearly $3 million dollars and then proceeded to donate an additional $1 million all on his own.

21. Chris Evans

One of the most valuable gifts we can bestow upon someone is the gift of our time.

In order to help provide kids a fun, productive at-home learning experience, Chris recently partnered with #SaveWithStories to help encourage a love of reading in young children. He also has been donating steadily to a number of social causes like Black Lives Matter.

22. Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba's The Honest Company is doing their very best to help impoverished families affected by lockdown restrictions and COVID-19.

“We’ve donated 3 million diapers, 20,000 wipes, 20,000 personal care products,” Jessica said during a recent interview with People.

21. Elon Musk

Elon Musk is fast on his way to becoming the wealthiest man on the planet.

In 2012, he signed what's known as "The Giving Pledge," stating that he planned to give half of his fortune away to charity.

22. Miley Cyrus

Miley made an impassioned plea to her fans to follow her example and donate to their local foodbanks.

She explained that many families rely on before/after school programs to provide nutrition for their children and that due to closures many children were going hungry.

23. Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton is one of twelve children born to illiterate parents. She grew up in a small cabin in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and is the definition of a self-made woman.

Her upbringing led her to found the Imagination Library, which provides free books to kids all over the globe.

24. Ciara and Russell Wilson

The Quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks and his R&B superstar wife are known throughout the city of Seattle for their incredible generosity.

Last year, they donated 1 million meals to the community via Food Lifeline and Feeding America.

25. Taylor Swift

Taylor's generosity is truly limitless and knows no bounds.

Just this month, Taylor and her mother donated a combined $50,000 to a fan's GoFundMe page, designed to help ease the financial burden from COVID-19 as well as the unexpected loss of her husband.

26. Matt Damon

One of Matt's biggest endeavors over these past decades has been creating water.org.

It's a global non-profit organization that works tirelessly to help provide safe drinking water, as well as sanitation to displaced peoples and countries all over the world.

27. Edward Norton

Edward Norton is the co-founder of CrowdRise: a for-profit platform that helps raise money for a number of different causes.

So far, Edward has helped raise well over $1 million for a variety of crowd-sourced causes and events.

28. John Cena

The biggest muscle in John Cena's body isn't his bicep — it's his heart.

The former WWE Champion-turned-actor has worked closely with the Children's Make-A-Wish Foundation for years. To date, John has helped make over 600 kids' wishes come true.

29. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith

They say that real G's movie in silence, like lasagna.

In a similar vein, Will and Jada have quietly donated millions of dollars over the years to a variety of causes within the city of Philadelphia and abroad.

30. Richard Branson

Richard takes things incredibly seriously when it comes to the climate crisis our planet currently faces.

He's pledged to donate more than $3 billion dollars to help in the fight against global warming. That's nearly all of the profits from his travel firms.

31. Matthew McConaughey

Matthew and his wife Camilla founded the Just Keep Livin Foundation.

They're all about empowering high school students, giving them the proper necessities for an active lifestyle, and equipping them with the tools to make healthy choices.