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December 30, 2013

NPO names Taylor Swift 2013’s most generous celebrity; One Direction in second place

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American NPO DoSomething.org has published its list of the top 20 celebrities who have given to charity. While the criteria are not given, it does appear restricted to celebrities who have made an impact Stateside.
   The site places Taylor Swift (above) in first place, with donations including US$100,000 to the Nashville Symphony out of her own pocket, and an event for Centrepoint, helping homeless youth.
   One Direction is in second place although their totals are more substantial—albeit not paid from their own net worth. The boy band’s Red Nose Day single raised over ÂŁ2 million to help charities, and a further US$784,345 in donations for cancer research.
   No figure was given for third-placed BeyoncĂ©, other than headlining the Chime for Change charity concert in London. Nor was an amount given to the late Paul Walker, who founded the Reach Out Worldwide charity, ‘a network of professionals with first responder skills,’ according to the website. Walker was killed in a car crash while aiding a charity raise funds for the Philippines’ disastrous Typhoon Haiyan.
   Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were placed fifth, while Sandra Bullock came sixth for her work in disaster relief and education. Kerry Washington was given seventh place, helping in the arts for low-income areas, Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries) followed for his work on the environment and animal rights, and Ryan Seacrest gave back through his foundation to children’s hospitals.
   Carrie Underwood made it into the top 10, donating US$1 million to the Red Cross, to help her home state, Oklahoma. One of our celebrity newsmakers of 2013, Jennifer Lawrence, was just outside the top 10, with her screening of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in Louisville, Kentucky, which raised funds for St Mary’s Center, helping those with intellectual disabilities.
   The remaining nine can be found on DoSomething.org’s website.

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