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Seven Celebrities Doing Great Humanitarian Work

Celebrities often have humanitarian causes they truly believe in and step up to the plate for making a difference for a better world.

Celebrities who’ve been doing humanitarian work

Many compassionate celebrities put in the effort for creating a better world for those who need it most by fighting for the improvement of human rights and global health, solving environmental issues and decreasing poverty. Listed below are celebrities who’ve been active humanitarians throughout the years and made a difference for the better.

María de Lourdes "Mia" Villiers Farrow (born February 9, 1945) first gained notice for her role as Allison MacKenzie in the television soap opera Peyton Place and gained further recognition for her subsequent short-lived marriage to Frank Sinatra. During her career, she’s been active as an actress, activist, humanitarian and former fashion model.

She serves as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and has been especially active in drawing attention to the genocide in Darfur. She's not afraid to go out in the field, as she also worked to assist victims in the Central African Republic, Chad, and Sudan. By raising funds and awareness, she’s helped children whose lives have been affected by violence in developing countries. Along with her son, Ronan, a UNICEF Spokesperson for Youth, she has visited Darfur several times to highlight the devastating impact of continued violence on women and children.

Charlize Theron (born 7 August 1975) is a South African and American actress, film producer and humanitarian. She has starred in several Hollywood films, such as The Devil's Advocate, The Italian Job and Mad Max: Fury Road. She received critical acclaim for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003), for which she won the Academy Award.

She was appointed messenger of peace for the United Nations, with a special focus on the prevention of HIV and the elimination of violence against women. In 2007 she founded the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, designed to reduce the spread of AIDS among African youth. In March 2012, Theron was honored for her advocacy work earning the Ally Equality Award at the Human Rights Campaign gala. She’s been active fighting for the acceptance of gay marriage.

Angelina Jolie is a critically acclaimed American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards. Jolie made her screen debut as a child alongside her father, Jon Voight, in Lookin' to Get Out (1982).

Angelina Jolie and ex-husband Brad Pitt established The Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation in 2006 to assist with humanitarian crises worldwide. To launch the foundation, they donated $1 million to Doctors Without Borders and Global Action for Children. In 2001 Jolie was named a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador, and since then she has been on field missions around the world meeting with refugees in more than 20 countries, including Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Cambodia. During the years, she’s been increasingly active in the political scene discussing legislation.

Sean Justin Penn (born August 17, 1960) is an American actor, filmmaker, humanitarian and political activist. He has won two Academy Awards, for his roles in the mystery drama Mystic River (2003) and the biopic Milk (2008).

He’s well known for his political and social activism, philanthropy and humanitarian work. Especially regarding the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake in 2010. He has been helping relief efforts ever since disaster struck the nation. He earned the 2012 Peace Summit Award for his efforts in Haiti at the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, accepting the award from former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who was joined onstage by his Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Oprah Gail Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey; January 29, 1954) is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, humanitarian and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011.

Oprah Winfrey has donated millions to charities and organizations. Education, women rights and children are particularly important to her. Winfrey received an honorary Oscar for her outstanding humanitarian work in 2011.

Chan Kong-sang (born 7 April 1954), known professionally as Jackie Chan, is a jack of all trades. The Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, singer and humanitarian is most known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons and innovative stunts, which he typically performs himself. He has been acting since the 1960s and has appeared in a jaw breaking 150 films.

Chan announced in 2011 that he would donate half of his assets to charity when he dies. He was denied formal education in his youth, so he launched the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation in 1988, which gives scholarships and other assistance to young people. Its services have expanded through the years and now include medical services and disaster response.

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (born November 11, 1974) is an American actor, film producer, political activist and humanitarian. DiCaprio began his career by appearing in television commercials in the early 1990. In 1993, he began his film career by starring as Josh in cult-classic Critters 3. He has been nominated for no less than six Academy Awards. In 2016, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Revenant.

He climbed inside an animal carcass, vomited up raw bison liver and risked hypothermia for his Oscar-winning role in The Revenant. He used his acceptance speech for best actor to urge a global audience to reject the "politics of greed," and the importance of acting on climate change. A noble effort. The Oscars was probably the biggest audience to date for DiCaprio’s activism and gained worldwide attention and acclaim. One of his most notable acts regarding humanitarian work is the release of Before the Flood, a documentary which debuted on October 30, 2016, on the National Geographic Channel. As part of National Geographic's commitment to covering climate change, the documentary was made widely available and free of charge on various platforms

At Raptim, we devote our energies to serving the people who help those who need help most. Compassionate people are needed at various places around the world to help mitigate the effects of natural calamities, deadly diseases, and other stressful situations through humanitarian acts. Next to humanitarian individuals, we also regularly highlight humanitarian organizations and projects. Look at the News & Community section on our website to learn more about our inspirations.