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Celebrity Mindsets: How Do Celebrities Give Back?

Celebrity Mindsets: How Do Celebrities Give Back?

These celebs may be rich and famous, but they still find the time to give back to others. Find out if you share these karmic mindsets.

Sean Penn

In 2015, Sean Penn raised $6 million to rebuild Haiti after the disastrous earthquakes. But not only did he fund the disaster relief, he was there. Penn steps into disaster zones and helps to rebuild communities like Haiti after the disastrous earthquake in 2010 and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. 

‘I think if you want good things to happen for a country like Haiti, then you need to provide the circumstances where the Haitians can do that.’

- Sean Penn 


She is part of a $7 million housing project called Knowles Temenos Place Apartments in collaboration with St. John’s United Methodist Church in her hometown of Houston, which has housed almost 50 homeless men and women since it opened in 2009.

‘Spread positivity, no matter how big or how small.’

- Beyonce

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie has worked for ten years as a Goodwill Ambassador and in April 2012 was appointed Special Envoy for the UN’s refugee agency. She has visited refugees all over the world, having carried out over 50 field missions in countries like Syria, Thailand and Iraq. She is passing on this ethic to her son who is adopted from Cambodia. They are working together to direct an adaptation of Cambodian author and human rights activist Luong Ung’s book First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers.

‘Apart from my children, spending time with refugees was the greatest gift, the greatest life lesson I could ever receive.’

- Angelina Jolie

 Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock works with the Red Cross, Partners in Health and Tuesday’s Children and supports like disaster relief causes, family and parent support charities, and human rights campaigns.

‘I’m a true believer in karma. You get what you give, whether it’s bad or good.’

- Sandra Bullock


In 2002, the rapper founded a charity that bears his birth name: the Marshal Mathers Foundation. Taking inspiration from his own difficult childhood in the Detroit area, the foundation provides help to disadvantaged and at-risk youth. Eminem clearly feels strong ties to his home as he has given back to ten charities in Detroit through his foundation, including health services and arts charities.

‘I don’t care if you’re black, white, straight, bisexual, gay, lesbian, short, tall, fat, skinny, rich or poor. If you’re nice to me I’ll be nice to you. Simple as that.’

- Eminem

 Emma Watson

Aged just 24, Emma Watson was appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and is using this role to fight for equality on a global scale.

‘We really need to support each other, we really do. So, I guess I would say be brave enough to acknowledge that things are not there yet and support each other.’

- Emma Watson


Bono is well-known for his humanitarian efforts and we can see why from this long list of achievements. Bono has participated in many charity concerts for different organisations including his band’s Conspiracy for Hope tour for Amnesty International, the Hope for Haiti Now Album on which he collaborated with Jay-Z and Rihanna, and Bob Geldof’s first ever Band-Aid single that has become memorable as one of the music industry’s first collaborative philanthropic efforts. Bono was awarded the TED Prize and Man of Peace Prize, he founded ONE, which encompasses the nonprofit DATA, and has also worked with Project Red, EDUN, among many other charitable organizations.

‘As a rock star I have two instincts, I want to have fun and I want to change the world. I have a chance to do both.’

- Bono

Katy Perry

Last year Perry was given the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award for her work with children, and activism around breast cancer and HIV. This year she received the Human Rights Campaign Award for her advocacy of the LBGT community. After Perry burst onto the scene with her hit song ‘I Kissed A Girl’ in 2008, she has proved her dedication to the cause of equality by speaking out and sharing her own experiences of homophobia and oppression.

‘I really believe in love, integrity and respect.’

- Katy Perry 

Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx saved a man from a burning car moments before it was engulfed in flames. Alongside an off-duty paramedic, Foxx pulled the man from the vehicle after it crashed near his house in Southern California. Despite his career and fame, he was willing to risk it all in a moment of crises for a stranger.

‘I don’t look at it as heroic. I just look at it like, you know, you just had to do something.’

- Jamie Foxx talks about the incident. 

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is involved with 26 different charities (which covers bullying, homelessness and human rights), she donated $50,000 to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, promoted literacy and bullying prevention with children’s book publisher Scholastic, and threw a benefit concert in 2001, which raised more than $750,000 for a tornado in the South. That’s a lot of karma!

‘No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.’

- Taylor Swift

 Drew Barrymore

Here we have another ambassador, this time for the UN World Food Program. Barrymore’s charitable work focuses on children’s issues, including Safe Kids Worldwide and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Every mother’s day Drew Barrymore does philanthropic work in her daughter’s names and writes them a card telling them what she did in her honour. It’s perhaps not as large a donation as some of the other celebs on our list but it’s a regular and generous way to give back that anyone can take part in, including you.

‘Every morning I stay in bed for 10 minutes to ponder my place in the universe. Then I wash my face and check my karma.’

- Drew Barrymore

Al Gore

Al Gore was vice president from 1993 to 2001 but is just as well-known for his environmental activism. In 2007, Al Gore won the Nobel Prize for his environmentalist work and chose to share the prize with Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, donating his share of the 1.6 million to a new nonprofit organization, now known as the Climate Reality Project. Since then he has co-founded Generation Investment Management with David Blood, and backed numerous philanthropic ventures. The famous movie, An Inconvenient Truth, is a documentary that follows Al Gore on the lecture circuit as he warns audiences about the dangers of global warming.

‘Each and every one of us can make changes in the way we live our lives and become part of the solution.’

- Al Gore

Many celebrities find themselves involved in philanthropic work during their career, but the most impressive celebs are the ones who incorporate it into their life’s work. These are only twelve examples of celebs who put good things out into the world and live their daily lives by following the karmic rules of giving and helping others.

You don’t need to donate millions to charity or save a man from a burning car to live a karmic lifestyle. Anyone can try Drew Barrymore’s tradition of spending one day a year volunteering with a charity. Small acts of kindness will add up and have a large influence on the world around you, and as more and more people are becoming aware of their own power to change lives, the world is become a kinder and more generous place.

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