Wealthy Women Giving Back

There are many rich and famous women giving away money to help people in need of assistance.  Some are actresses, some are singers, and others are just wealthy and looking for ways to assist others in need of aid.   Some of the millionaires or billionaires do so for philanthropic reasons while some, I suppose, do it for publicity or a tax write-off.  Regardless of the reasoning, it’s important to note how much of a difference they are making in communities all over the world, not just the US.  In this article, I’d like to give some props to those females in business or entertainment that are giving away money to make the world a little better place.  Here are some of the top members of the philanthropy club giving back.

Barbra Streisand

She gives away money to help people in need.  This celebrity multimillionaire gives back by providing aid to those less fortunate through The Streisand Foundation.  Since 1986, when the foundation was founded, it has given over $16 million to help with environmental issues, civil rights and women’s issues.  This is a great way to give back to those that need aid.  It’s rare to find people that give back to the community and to those that need it the most, but Ms. Streisand is willing and able to put her wealth to good use for other people.

Rosie O’Donnell

She is one of the most famous people in the world, and also one of the most charitable philanthropists in the world, male or female.  The For All Kids Foundation, Ms. O’Donnell’s organization, has donated more than $22 million in the form of grants to early childhood development and nonprofit groups.  This millionaire entertainer has received multiple award for her charitable work over the course of a decade and a half of giving back to her community.  The free money grants the nonprofit groups receive go to good use and help out those in need the most.

Mary J Blige

This singer is famous not only for her work with the microphone and dance moves, but also for her philanthropic work.  She is well-known to give free money to help people less fortunate.  For example, she has done lots of work, including donating proceeds from concerts to raise awareness for AIDS.  In addition, in 2008 FFAWN was born.  It’s the Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now and it gives money in the form of scholarships to help women reach their full potential in career development and other areas.  It’s a great charitable cause that assists that need it to reach their fullest.

Jennifer Lopez

J-Lo is an active supporter of the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.  She was even presented with the Children’s Humanitarian Award from the hospital.  In addition, she also works with March of Dimes to spread awareness of vaccination for childhood diseases.  She is a true humanitarian that deserves recognition as a millionaire that gives back through philanthropy.  This wealthy activist is using her finances to give hope to those in hopeless situations.


 Shakira founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation in 1995 to help with special schools for poor children in Columbia.  She is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and has performed several concerts to provide aid for poor and needy children and families.  Shakira founded the ALAS Foundation, which gives help to children in Latin America.  It’s great nonprofit organization that provides for those that need it.  She is known to give free money and time to others that need it the most and should be recognized for her charitable work.  She is one of the most active philanthropists there is.

Charlize Theron

This activist has done a lot of charitable work over the years.  CTAOP, the Charlize Theron African Outreach Program has aided many in the area that needs it the most.  In 2009, this organization gave out 10,000 pairs of shoes to African children, so they wouldn’t have to go barefoot.  In addition, she is active in both women’s rights and animal rights, giving up much of her time and fiancés to provide funding to raise money for the worthy causes like this.  She is a famous millionaire who is willing to use her wealth to assist others in need.

I hope you enjoyed this list of rich and famous women giving away money to help others.