2. Ian Somerhalder
An avid environmentalist and animal lover, Ian was born in Louisiana. At a young age he was already exposed to the diversity of nature in their own backyard. It’s how he became the kind-hearted and generous man that he is. And here’s a peak of what he had contributed.
- He started his own foundation in 2010, the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. The organization’s goal is to protect the environment and animals.
- When the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling disaster happened in April 2010, he contributed and played a big role in cleaning up the Gulf after the tragedy.
- He had rescued pets and took care of them in his own home.
- Ian built the ISF Animal Sanctuary, a center that teaches compassion to children. They work alongside animal to help them deal with behavioral problems and to avoid bullying.
- To get animal protection on the global agenda, he participated in the #MovetheUN campaign.
- He also owns the ISF Emergency Medical Care Grant for Animals. A shelter for rescued animals.
“I don’t want to protect the environment, I want to create a world where the environment doesn’t need protecting.”
3. J.K. Rowling
The best-selling Harry Potter author fell from Forbes’ billionaire list. The reason? She lost her billionaire status because she donated too much (that and Britain’s high taxes). But there’s no too much donating for Rowling. Here’s what she’d done for charity, just a piece of the whole thing.
- The One Parent Family is close to the novelist’s heart and often gives aids to the organization. It is a Scotland-based organization that is helping single parent homes.
- She also founded Lumos or the Children’s High-Level Group, a charity dedicated to helping disadvantaged or institutionalized children in Eastern Europe.
- She also made contribution to the Multiple Sclerosis Society
“You have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently.”
4. George Lucas
The man behind the hit Star Wars is still reaping the financial rewards of his creation. For a short period of time, he became one of the wealthiest film directors until he gave it away to philanthropy. Now he is using his good fortune and fame to help charity.
- In 2012, he sold Lucasfilm, with the rights to Star Wars and Indiana Jones) to Disney for $4 billion and build the George Lucas Educational Foundation and Edutopia. An organization that deals with educational issues.
- In 2010, he signed the Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s Giving Pledge. It is a promise to give away half of his fortune
- Some of his lands was proposed for a low-income housing development.
- He donated $175 million to the University of Southern California, his alma mater.
“For 41 years, the majority of my time and money has been put into the company. As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy.”