12 Celebrities That Actually Care About Charity Activism

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Celebrities have an advantage when it comes to doing good in the world. Their status can bring attention to many worthy causes. While some stars can appear insincere, others are definitely worthy of praise. You often see Keanu Reeves, for example, as one of the most highly praised celebrities doing good in the world, but what about some others? Here are 12 others that the internet believes are utterly genuine.

1 – Elton John

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 The English rock star is known worldwide for his bling and music, but he’s also shown he genuinely cares. According to one person, “He has raised millions over the years” for HIV and AIDS charities. “Don’t forget drug addiction,” added another, referring to his personal support of other stars battling their own war on drugs.

 2 – Dolly Parton

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The 77-year-old is best known as the Queen of Country Music, but her philanthropic side is also a big part of her life. Amongst other charities, “Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Program has distributed over 100 million books total to around 850,000 children,” said one fan. 

3 – Jane Fonda

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The Academy Award-winning actress is probably also remembered for bringing aerobics into homes via video in the 80s. Besides this, she’s a well-known activist and supports several causes. One person commented, “Iconic anti-war activist Jane Fonda was recently arrested again for continuing to protest climate change at age 81.”

4 – Kendrick Lamar

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“Kendrick Lamar gives back to his old hometown with no publicity,” said an admirer. Plus, the Grammy Award-winning rapper often puts socially-aware messages in his lyrics, showing us where his heart lies. 

5 – Jon Stewart

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The Daily Show host and comedian now presents AppleTV’s The Problem with Jon Stewart. Fans praise him for “fighting for the vets” and “the 911 responders.”

6 – Shailene Woodley

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The Divergent series star has wowed several fans with her stance on native causes. “I know she’s been arrested several times while protesting the misuse of native lands,” said one person. “I met her at Standing Rock,” said another, “She sat and talked with my auntie for over an hour after my auntie and her horse were hit with rubber bullets.”

7 – Hozier

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One person pointed out that the Irish folk and blues singer’s lyrics “call out political, environmental, and religious nonsense. He is also a powerful LGBTQ ally. He also donates earnings from some of his songs to really good causes. Cherry Wine and Jack Boot Jump are two I know of.”

8 – Will Poulter

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Emmy nominations don’t stop this English actor from supporting worthy causes. One fan said he notably supported “mental health and antibullying causes.” “He’s constantly participated in BLM, too,” added another.

9 – Angelina Jolie

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Nepo babies tend to get a lot of hate, but if they can use it to do good in the world, why not? “The endless work she has done for women in war-torn countries for the last 18 odd years is humbling. And she donates a third of her salary to charity as well,” one enthusiast said.

10 – Mark Ruffalo

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One commenter said, “Mark Ruffalo is very interested in keeping the earth clean and healthy.” The “Hulk” star supports several charities, plus he is the founder of Water Defense, which aims to educate people about clean water and has worked to “ban hydraulic fracturing in New York as well as Colorado.”

11 – Kristin Davis

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“Kristin Davis is so passionate about saving the elephants; she fought so hard for her movie to raise awareness,” one commenter said, referring to the Netflix film, In Holiday in the Wild. The actress also adopts orphaned baby elephants.

12 – Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union

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The celebrity couple recently came into the spotlight for their advocacy of trans rights. One person praised the former NBA star saying, “Dwayne Wade spitting statistics on trans youth and their mental health on the Met Ball red carpet was a moment for me.”

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