With The Academy Awards just two days away, all eyes are on Hollywood’s A-list celebs. Who will win the most coveted Oscars? Who will show up newly coupled (or single) on the red carpet? Which designers’ frocks will they will they wear?
Here at Repair the World, we’re eagerly awaiting the answers to these burning questions as well. Meanwhile, we’re also captivated by another aspect of celebrity living: service. As it turns out, lots of famous Hollywood actors spend their off-set hours getting involved with all kinds of service and philanthropic activities. Here are just a few examples:
- Brad Pitt launched Make it Right, a foundation helping to rebuild New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward.
- George Clooney famously helped found Not On Our Watch (along with Pitt, Matt Damon and Don Cheadle) – an organization working to curb genocide in Sudan.
- Gwyneth Paltrow serves on the board of the Robin Hood Foundation, an anti-poverty organization in New York City, and gave a $75,000 donation to the Food Bank of NYC.
- Natalie Portman helped launch FINCA’s Village Banking Campaign to bring financial services to one million of the world’s lowest-income families.
- Ashley Tisdale has volunteered with the Make a Wish Foundation.
- Adam Sandler made a million dollar donation to the Boys and Girls Club.
Do-gooding is such an embedded part of Hollywood life, there’s an organization solely dedicated to star-studded service. The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) “harnesses the collective power of the entire industry to raise awareness and funds for critical health, educational and social issues in order to make a positive impact in our community and throughout the nation.” The Foundation’s programs, which have garnered involvement from stars like Rachael Ray and Zac Efron, include Stand Up 2 Cancer (see the video below), The Africa Outreach Program, and iParticipate – EIF’s Hollywood-backed service opportunity database.
During this season of awards, we’re psyched to see so much support for good causes coming from Hollywood. Find out how your favorite celebrity gave at Look to the Stars: The World of Celebrity Giving.