From Oprah To Gaga

"oprah"When it comes to giving back with abandon, one person comes to  mind immediately: Oprah Winfrey.  Oprah is an extremely influential celebrity, and it’s terrific that she uses that influence to support those in need.

Whether you’re a fan or not, she is very popular, VERY wealthy, and she has donated millions upon millions of dollars to various charities and organizations.  Most of her donations stay with her own established charities:   1.  The Angel Network – Winfrey has said that  100% of any donation you give, goes directly towards funding a project. Some examples of the projects are The Oprah  Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa and Rebuilding the Gulf  Coast.  2.  The Oprah Winfrey Foundation is run exclusively by Oprah Winfrey.  3.  The Oprah  Winfrey Operating Foundation was initially created in 2007 to give money towards  the Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. Through these organizations, Winfrey has truly established herself as an altruistic person. She is committed to extending her support and influence far and wide throughout the world.

Besides these organizations, Oprah has volunteered her time and creative qualities to various charities. Oprah signed a wooden dog bone for an auction that will  benefit the Mississippi  Animal Rescue League. Oprah also gave 300 members of her audience $1000 each  to donate to a charity of their choice. Winfrey helped design and signed a pair  of shoes for the Stuart Weitzman charity shoe auction benefiting ovarian cancer  awareness and research.

On The Oprah Winfrey Show, she has talked about various issues including the  importance to donate to charity. Winfrey also created http://www.oprah.com, a website  that shows information related to her show, book club, and, of course, public  charity. On top of all this, Oprah also has a will that will donate 1 billion  dollars to charity.
Oprah Winfrey is, beyond all doubt, one of the greatest  philanthropists in the 21st century.

"lady gaga gives back"Two-time Grammy winner, songwriter, musician, and fashion artist, Lady Gaga  is a creative “win-win” philanthropist, who throws the weight of her popularity  behind donation projects.  As opposed to Oprah, Gaga’s fans are young and more reckless.  Lady G has great influence and uses it to make ordinarily self-centered, self involved Generation Y-ers sit up and take notice of those charities that need our support.  Gaga partnered with Virgin Mobile on her Monster Ball national tour offering  premium VIP tickets to fans who volunteer their time to homeless youth organizations, which raised more than $80,000 in proceeds to  support homeless youth, and generated 30,000 hours of community service for  hundreds of charities across the country.

Gaga is keen to harness entrepreneurial energy as evidenced by the  substantial sum her concert raised for Haiti. In the wake of the Haiti  earthquake, she dug deep and donated all of her proceeds from the January 24  show of her current tour, the Monster Ball (ticket sales, merchandise, etc.),  and from her online store; the total amount donated was over $500,000.

“We’ve raised over half a million dollars for Haiti already and we like to  work specifically with charities that are based in Haiti itself. I donated all  of the proceeds from one show worth of ticket sales as well as all the of the  merchandise from that show and for 24 hours we had a ‘Gaga for Haiti’ day where  everything that was bought on the Web site… every dollar went to Haiti,” Gaga  said. “We’re continuing to work on more projects and we’re supposed to go to  Haiti later this year for a show, which is very exciting.”

SO… whether you like Oprah or Gaga, realize that, although they are VERY different, they are committed to helping those in need.  Shouldn’t you be?

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