Give Like a Rock Star: Celebs’ Favorite Charities

Here we go. The Black Friday emails are flooding our inboxes; everyone wants us to spend money on holiday gifts. I love the spirit of giving, but I don’t love supporting companies and products that don’t align with my values. And most of the people in my life don’t need more stuff.

This year, I’m following the lead of Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Summer Rayne Oakes and Robert Redford, whose pet causes are featured in the November/December issue of Organic Spa Magazine. The folks on my gift list will help refugees and people in developing nations, protect the planet from global warming, and help build the country’s largest, greenest neighborhood in New Orleans.

Give like the stars do. Send a donation to these excellent causes in your loved ones’ names. It beats the heck out of a Shake Weight.

Angelina Jolie: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR works in more than 120 countries to assist the world’s 10.4 million refugees, forced out of their communities by conflict, oppression or environmental disaster. The organization provides food, water, shelter, health care and education and advocates for tangible long-term solutions to help displaced citizens rebuild their lives.

Brad Pitt: Make It Right

Brad Pitt’s pet cause is building the country’s largest, greenest neighborhood of single-family homes in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The organization has built 75 green homes and plans to build a neighborhood of 150 houses with the most technologically advanced and eco-friendly playground in the nation.

Robert Redford: National Resources Defense Council

Not surprisingly, this environmentally active superstar uses NRDC’s “Green Gifts” program to support causes such as the Buffalo Babysitter gift, which protects Yellowstone’s buffalo hers. Redford is a longtime trustee of NRDC, which has been protecting wild places and wildlife for more than 40 years.

Summer Rayne Oakes: charity:water

This model and environmental activist is a big fan of charity:water, which donates 100 percent of all gifts to fund new wells, water filters for natural springs, rainwater harvesting systems and other freshwater projects across the globe.

Happy shopping! I’m personally thankful that I can put my gift dollars to good work this season. My friends and family will be, too.

Check out Care2′s holiday charity gift guide.

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Past Member
Past Member 3 years ago

not very informative. but give to the charity that appeals to you, whatever the cause may be.

Holly Lawrence
Holly Lawrence3 years ago

WHO cares...??? I agree..about about me and the common folk????

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson3 years ago


Belinda Mirage
Belinda Mirage3 years ago

This is horrible. Why do we care more about celebrities' favorite charities than, say, plumbers' or teachers' or anyone's? Celebrity worship is disgusting.

Do the right thing because it's the right thing, for God's sake!

Alicia N.
Alicia N.3 years ago

this is very cool!

Naomi M.
Naomi Miskimins3 years ago


Kath R.
Kath P.3 years ago

Save up your Care2 butterfly points....use them to help a number of really worthwhile charities.

rene davis
rene davis3 years ago


Vasu M.
.3 years ago

Robert Redford supports the National Resources Defense Council. And Bill Maher is on the Board of Directors for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

One of Robert Redford's first roles on television was in a Twilight Zone episode: an old woman, fearing death might claim her, is living in a remote snow-covered home in the dead of winter. Robert Redford plays a young and handsome but severely injured police officer, whom she brings inside - nursing him back to health.

At the end of the episode, it's revealed: he IS the angel of death. But he says to her in kind words that she's seen him, talked to him, allowed him into her home. Why should she fear death? And with that, he leads her outside her boarded up reclusive home, and takes her into the afterlife.

Antinuclear Ploughshares activists have met with Operation Rescue activists, and even pro-choice and pro-life activists have met to find common ground. I can't help but wonder if fears dissolving (like in that Twilight Zone episode) might occur should pro-lifers and animal activists engage in serious discussion...

Chelsea M.
Chelsea M.3 years ago