Cause Celebs: The Hall of Fame of Celebrity Humanitarians

We celebrate these celebs for their years of inspiring good works (15 Photos)

Kimberly Potts on Jan 23, 2012 at 12:31PM

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Cause Celebs: The Hall of Fame of Celebrity Humanitarians

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Oprah Winfrey

Do-gooder resume: Her charitable endeavors are legendary -- the woman built her own school. And in 2010 alone, Oprah Winfrey far outdistanced her fellow do-gooding celebs by donating $41 million. The recipient of the major drop: The Oprah Winfrey Foundation in Chicago, which is devoted to educating women and children nationally and abroad. She also gave more than $1 million to Oprah's Angel Network, which she created to encourage other celebs and citizens to do good works of their own. She was the first black American named as one of the 50 most generous philanthropists by Business Week magazine, in 2005; she has helped more than 250 men complete their educations at Morehouse College; she has given away cars, vacations and millions of dollars worth of goodies on her now-defunct daytime talk show; she was the first recipient of the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award, at the 2002 Emmys, for services to television and film; and she has given away nearly $500 million to charitable projects throughout her career.

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