Giving back! It’s impossible not to take notice of the large number of stars who have shown their passion for being charitable.
Over the course of her career, Angelina Jolie has shown just how much she cares about the lives and well-being of others. After helping to support the efforts of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, she was named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in 2001.
In 2006, she launched the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation with now-estranged husband Brad Pitt. The organization provides aid in alleviating extreme rural poverty, protecting the environment and conserving wildlife in rural northwestern Cambodia. The nonprofit is seemingly named after the twosome’s son, Maddox, who was born there in 1995.
Jolie previously told The Telegraph in 2012 why being charitable makes her feel good. “What are we in this world if we can’t be of use to others in some way,” she explained at the time. “It’s a happier life. I had a wonderful mother and I learned a lot about women through her. I have great daughters who teach me a lot about the strength of women and little girls. And I’ve met amazing people around the world who’ve inspired me and taught me to be better.”
Beyoncé’s charitable deeds have also not gone unnoticed. She even has a BET Humanitarian Award win and DoSomething.org’s Most Charitable Celebrity title to prove her good will. Not only has the “Formation” singer used her platform to speak out against injustice and social issues, she has also founded BeyGOOD, a philanthropic initiative mission of economic equity and education.
Scroll down to see how stars have given back over the years.