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12 Inspiring Acts of Celebrity Kindness: From Taylor Swift’s Food Bank Donations to Beyoncé’s Beauty Scholarships

By LightWave Editors · June 19, 2024

In a world where fame and fortune often take center stage, it's heartening to witness celebrities using their influence and resources to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

From Taylor Swift's significant contributions to food banks nationwide to Dolly Parton's initiative to foster early literacy, the impact of celebrity philanthropy cannot be overstated. This article shines a spotlight on the remarkable humanitarian efforts undertaken by well-known figures such as Michael Jordan, Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and many others. Through their dedication to causes ranging from healthcare access and education to environmental conservation and social activism, these celebrities demonstrate the power of using one's platform to effect meaningful change.

As we delve into the inspiring stories of these charitable endeavors, we witness the transformative potential of compassion and generosity in uplifting communities and empowering the underprivileged. Join us as we celebrate the nobility of celebrity philanthropy and its far-reaching impact on our world.  Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK

Dolly Parton

Starting in June, every preschooler in Kentucky is eligible to receive free, monthly books from Dolly Parton's Imagination Library until age five. This initiative, aimed at fostering early literacy, provides age-appropriate books to children, ensuring they are ready for kindergarten. Dolly Parton’s program, which began in Tennessee in 1995, has recently expanded across Kentucky, significantly impacting early childhood education by helping kids develop crucial reading skills. Parents can enroll their children at

(Based on report by The State Journal)  Mark Zaleski / The Tennessean / USA TODAY

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan inaugurated the third Jordan Family Medical Clinic in Wilmington, North Carolina, providing essential care for uninsured and underinsured residents. At the event, Jordan expressed his inspiration from the success stories of patients benefiting from the clinics. Partnering with Novant Health, his $10 million donation supports comprehensive primary care services. Jordan emphasized the importance of accessible healthcare for all, reflecting his deep commitment to his hometown community.


Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep, a longtime performer for scores of charities, has joined the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s children’s literacy program, Storyline Online, lending her voice to read "The Three Questions" by Jon J. Muth. This timeless tale, adapted from a Leo Tolstoy story, explores big questions about life. Streep’s engaging narration aims to inspire young readers. Storyline Online, featuring celebrated actors, promotes literacy and is freely accessible to educators, students, and families. Visit to watch.

(Based on report by Look to the Stars)  Robert Hanashiro / USA TODAY NETWORK

Leonardo DiCaprio & Jeff Bezos

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jeff Bezos are launching a $200 million fund to protect - what else? - the Amazon rainforest. Through the Protecting Our Planet (POP) Challenge, the fund will support the Brazilian government's efforts to preserve Amazon wildlife and Indigenous communities. DiCaprio, co-founder of Re:wild, and Bezos, via the Bezos Earth Fund, aim to eliminate deforestation and safeguard 145 million acres of public lands, strengthening Indigenous rights and promoting sustainable development.

(Based on report by People)  Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY

Matt Damon

Matt Damon recently discussed his nonprofit,, at Columbia's World Leaders Forum, highlighting how it has funded over twelve million loans for safe drinking water and sanitation projects. Partnering with CEO Gary White, Damon emphasized using micro-financing to empower communities rather than relying on traditional aid. With 90% of borrowers being women and a 98% repayment rate,'s innovative approach has benefited 58 million people worldwide.

( Based on report by Columbia University Magazine)  Jenna Watson/IndyStar

Rick Ross

Rapper Rick Ross is auctioning off his personal collection of sneakers, clothes, art, and more for charity. The "Push It to the Limit—Luxury & Lifestyle" sale will take place on June 25 and 26 at Julien’s Auctions of based in Beverly Hills, CA, featuring over 800 items, including rare Air Jordans and designer outfits. Proceeds will benefit the Boss Up Grant, supporting Black creatives and entrepreneurs. Ross aims to give back to the community that has supported him throughout his career.

(Based on report by Robb Report)  Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie, acclaimed actress and humanitarian, exemplifies the power of using celebrity influence for good. With over 20 years of service to the UNHCR and ongoing efforts through her Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, Jolie has provided unfailing assistance to the nation of Cambodia. Her foundation, inspired by her son Maddox, focuses on landmine clearance, environmental conservation, education, and women's empowerment. Jolie’s initiatives continue to improve the lives of Cambodia’s rural communities, demonstrating her dedication to global humanitarianism.

(Based on report by Borgen Magazine)  Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey and his wife, Camila, announced the Greenlights Grant Initiative to help school districts nationwide secure $1 billion in federal funding for safety improvements. Launched through their Just Keep Livin’ Foundation, the initiative will assist schools in applying for funds for mental health services, security systems, and more, available under the federal Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. The effort aims to enhance school safety by providing grant writing support and resources.

(Based on report by Axios)  Aaron E. Martinez/American-Statesman / USA TODAY NETWORK

Harry Styles

Harry Styles’ ‘Love on Tour’ raised $6.5 million for charity, benefiting organizations like Planned Parenthood, Black Voters Matter Fund, REVERB, and Every Town for Gun Safety. Spanning nearly two years and 173 shows, the tour encouraged over 5 million fans to support vital causes. Styles also helped register 54,000 voters and invited Ukrainian refugees in Poland to a special show. Styles celebrated fans' kindness and community throughout the tour.

(Based on report by Axios)  Robert Hanashiro / USA TODAY NETWORK


Queen Bey is bestowing her benevolence on the realm of beauty. As her tressed-focused venture Cécred takes flight, Beyoncé's BeyGOOD foundation is joining forces to support cosmetology pupils and salon proprietors nationwide. The Cécred x BeyGOOD Fund will annually fund a special $500,000 endowment to provide scholarships for beauty academies and business grants for local salons across five major metropolitan hubs. The act of generosity aims to nurture talent, promote professionalism, and empower entrepreneurship within the hair industry.

(Based on report by People)  Robert Hanashiro / USA TODAY NETWORK

Tim Tebow

Gridiron star Tim Tebow turned guardian angel as he and a group of sports veterans joined forces to whisk 59 highly vulnerable, disabled youths from Haiti's brutal political unrest. The philanthropic former NFL quarterback and his Tim Tebow Foundation united with The Sentinel Foundation on this merciful mission. Tebow trumpeted their triumphant evacuation, lauding the "frontline heroes" who liberated these "incredible image-bearers" from danger to safety in the US. An inspiring act spotlighting the power of collective compassion in the midst of crisis.

(Based on report by Christian Post Reporter)  Andrew West/The News-Press / USA TODAY NETWORK