20 Stars Who Are Making a BIG Difference in the World: From Angelina to Aishwarya Rai

Here at Babble we recently celebrated 25 bloggers who are making a difference in the world, who are fighting for the underdogs – those who are struggling with health, social, and financial issues. Each and every one of them is an inspiration. And in the interest of becoming even more inspired, here are twenty celebrities who use their fame and fortune in order to make the world a better place.

From helping kids get an education, from aiding those struck with cancer to putting a roof over someone’s head, these twenty amazing celebrities have shown that they care through their very generous donations, actions and organizations.

Check out these 20 awesome celebrities – all of them parents – who care right here:

  • Gwyneth Paltrow 1 of 20
    Gwyneth Paltrow was recently one of the producers of the Stand up to Cancer telethon. This is a cause close to her heart, she lost her father Bruce Patrow to cancer.
    Find out more about Stand Up to Cancer
  • Bono 2 of 20
    U2's Bono has lways had a generous heart and has been very involved in various charity organizations like (RED) and Amnesty International. But recently he has been focusing on ONE, the organization that he co-founded that "fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa."
    Find out more about One here
  • Angelina Jolie 3 of 20
    Angelina Jolie or Saint Angie as some call her is known for her charitable deeds from adopting children from poverty stricken third world counties to generously giving large sums of money to charities to working as a her work as a Goodwill Ambassador recently meeting with Syrian refugees as part of a UN envoy.
    Find out more about the UN Goodwill Ambassadors here.
  • Brad Pitt 4 of 20
    Brad Pitt's Make it Right Foundation has done a phenomenal amount of work for the hurricane Katrina ravaged city of New Orleans. Even seven years after disaster struck, there is still much work to be done and Brad Pitt keeps the working on restoration work on the city he loves.
    Find out more about Make It Right here
  • Matthew McConaughey 5 of 20
    Matthew McConaughey's j.k. livin foundation's mission is "dedicated to helping teenage kids lead active lives and make healthy choices to become great men and women." He has been very active of late, visiting schools and helping out teens in trouble.
    Find out more about j.k. livin here
  • Rosie O’Donnell 6 of 20
    Rosie O'Donnell has done a staggering amount of work for the community, especially the kids. Over time she has given over $100 Million to charity. Her For All Kids Foundation supports early childhood care and education and her Rosie's Broadway Kids provides free instruction in music and dance to New York City public schools and students.
    Find out more about Rosie's Theater Kids here
  • Aishwarya Rai Bachchan 7 of 20
    In late September, Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was named International Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS. "Her main focus will be on issues related to the elimination of new HIV infections among children and advocate for the global plan on keeping their mothers alive. She said that she will do her utmost to every baby born free from HIV."
    Source: Examiner
  • Sandra Bullock 8 of 20
    A couple of years ago Sandra Bullock made headlines when she donated $1 Million dollars to support Doctors Without Borders. Her generous donation came right after the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
    Find out more about Doctor's Without Borders
  • Ben Affleck 9 of 20
    Ben Affleck recently made a presentation with Hilary Clinton, he's working side by side by the biggies in politics, to address the issues of childhood mortality rates. He founded the Eastern Congo Initiative which works with women and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo (it has one of the highest mortality rates in the world with 15% of the country's kids dying before they turn five.)
    Find out more about his quest here
  • Jennifer Garner 10 of 20
    Jennifer Garner does much in the name of philanthropy. Her newest endeavor is joining forces with LYFE Kitchen where she will "serve as charitable and strategic advisor and a member of LYFE Kitchen's ambassador panel, in an effort to spread awareness to active moms and families and to further the brand's commitment to practice social and environmental responsibility."
    Source: Sacramento Bee
  • Beyonce 11 of 20
    Beyonce and her family started the "Our mission is to assist families and individuals whose lives have been affected by disasters, natural or otherwise, and have been displaced. We also help those in need by providing assistance to individuals suffering from HIV/AIDS and homelessness." Beyonce said of her charity work, "Reaching out and touching lives is incredibly empowering. That's why I want my fans to experience the joy of making a difference by helping someone else."
    Find out more about Survivors here
    Source: Seventeen
  • Lance Armstrong 12 of 20
    Lance Armstrong may have become famous for his numerous Tour de France wins but his true legacy is his LiveStrong Foundation that tries to, "find new ways to raise awareness, increase outreach and facilitate collaboration in an effort to improve the cancer experience."
    Find out more about Livestrong heres
  • Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith 13 of 20
    This power couple joined forces to create the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation, a organization that focuses on inner-city youth and family support and works with such as organizations like YouthBuild and the Lupus Foundation of America.
    Find out more about YouthBuild here and Lupus Foundation here
  • Matt Damon 14 of 20
    Matt Damon along with Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, David Pressman, and Jerry Weintraub banded together to form Not on Our Watch, an organization that aims to "focus global attention and resources towards putting an end to mass atrocities around the world," like what is happening in Darfur and the Sudan.
    Find out more about Not on My Watch here
  • Katie Holmes 15 of 20
    Katie supports various causes but has done much for Dizzy Feet. She sits on the board for the dance scholarship program that helps a slew of hopeful dancers.
    Find out more about Dizzy Feet
  • Heidi Klum 16 of 20
    Heidi Klum has been very involved with the German based DKMS which is the world's largest bone marrow donor center and organization dedicated to fighting blood cancers.
    Find out more about DKMS here
  • Alec Baldwin 17 of 20
    The Alec Baldwin Foundation exist to support, "the arts and artists, amateur and professional." In July the actor gave $1 million to the New York Philharmonic, where he also sits on the board.
    Find out more about New York Philharmonic here
  • Alicia Keys 18 of 20
    Before she had a child of her own, she was trying to keep other children alive via her Keep a Child Alive charity. Her organization is "dedicated to providing life-saving AIDS treatment, care, nutrition, support services and love to children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India by directly engaging the global public in the fight against AIDS."
    Find out more about Keep a Child Alive Here
  • Meryl Streep 19 of 20
    Meryl Steep's Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts is a low-key charity that has given "$1 million to Vassar College and a generous amount to a number of other organizations including, Oxfam America, New York's Meals on Wheels, the Coalition for the Homeless, and the National Women's Museum."
    Find out more about one of the charities they support - Oxfam America here.
  • David Letterman 20 of 20
    It may have a silly name, but David Letterman's American Foundation for Courtesy and Grooming is up to some very serious business, helping disadvantaged children.
    Find out more about American Foundation for Courtesy and Grooming here.

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