The Bronx born-and-raised, Jennifer Lopez recently unveiled a giant billboard of her childhood self in looped-up braids in Times Square to launch the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s “Be Extraordinary” campaign.
With an entire Wikipedia page devoted to her humanitarian work and since she can’t single-handedly adopt all the earth’s needy children, Angelina Jolie pumps cash into humanitarian efforts through The Jolie-Pitt Foundation.
Salma Hayek is very active in raising awareness about violence against women. She testified before congress in support of the Violence Against Women Act, founded The Salma Hayek Foundation to bring aid to battered women.
Gwyneth Paltrow was honored with the 2009 Courage Award for her commitment to cancer prevention, and donated $500,000 to breast cancer research.
Sandra Bullock obviously gets the sympathy vote—but she’s already won hearts for her disaster relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina.
A Goodwill spokeswoman for The United Nations Development Fund for Women, Nicole Kidman was particularly affected by quality of life for women in developing countries.
Vanessa Williams serves on the Advisory Board of Hearts of Gold, which gives sustained support to homeless mothers and their children. She is also involved with Healthy Child Healthy World, I Want Peace and SOS Children’s Village.
A spirited fixture at the annual AmFar Cinema Against AIDS gala in Cannes (raising $290 million as their unblushing auctioneer), Sharon Stone has been commended for her outspokenness in promoting safe-sex education.
Julianne Moore donates her time to Save the Children, an organization that aims to improve children's quality of life through literacy, physical activity and nutrition.
To encourage voter registration among youth for the 2008 United States presidential election, Jessica Alba posed (bound, gagged and seemingly naked) in the bondage-themed print ad campaign “Declare Yourself.”
Cate Blanchett spoke at the World Business Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen last year, urging that the new global warming treaty in 2012 specifies dramatic cuts in carbon emissions.
Along with BFF Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox designed a charity tee to support women and children survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault for pal Mariska Hargitay’s non-profit organization, Joyful Heart.
Angela Bassett is an avid supporter of programs for the arts, especially for youth. She also annually attends events for children with diabetes and those in foster homes. Bassett is an active Ambassador of UNICEF.
Uma Thurman is on the board of directors of “Room to Grow,” a non-profit that provides clothing, gear, and developmental toys to children ages 0 to 3 who are living in poverty in New York City and Boston.
A Goodwill ambassador for UNIAIDS, Naomi Watts went to Zambia as part of a UNIAIDS-led fact-finding mission to help draw attention to the socio-economic impact of HIV on women.
Katherine’s brother, Jason, was killed in a car accident in 1986, and because of him, Heigl and her mother are deeply involved in raising awareness of organ donation through Donate Life.
An active campaigner for the American Civil Liberties Union, Maggie Gyllenhaal took part in “Artists United to Win Without War.” In 2003, the Gyllenhaal family was honored by the ACLU with "The Torch of Liberty Award.”
Susan Sarandon’s lent her time and energy to anti-war causes like TrueMajority and Code Pink and to gay rights groups like the Love is Love is Love Campaign and AIDs awareness organizations.
Michelle Obama takes action against many issues affecting Americans. Fighting against childhood obesity. Her desire to bring healthy, active lives to all American children, regardless of economic status.
An advocate for education and literacy in children, Jennifer Garner was named “West Virginian of the Year” in 2007 for her work supporting her home state.
Demi Moore heads the DNA Foundation (Demi & Ashton Foundation), which works to extinguish sex slavery.
Dedicated to the cause since her cousin died of cystic fibrosis in 1982, Celine Dion has been the national patron of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation since 1993, helping to raise public awareness for the disease.
J.K. Rowling, the mother of the Harry Potter mega franchise, is a notable philanthropist, supporting charities like the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain.
Jada and husband, Will Smith, distribute grants through the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation. The foundation focuses on youth and family support in inner cities, especially in Jada’s hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.
Barbra Streisand has personally raised $15 million for organizations through her live performances. Established in 1986, The Streisand Foundation has contributed grants to national organizations.
Halle Berry is an active supporter of The Jenesse Center, which assists families facing domestic abuse issues.
“If you empower women, you can change the world,” Meg Ryan told Oprah after touring northern India with representatives from the international aid organization CARE.