Thursday, December 8, 2011

How Much Did Celebrities Give? Please Ignore Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin is internationally famous for his rage and entitlement problems, in part due to an emotionally abusive phone message to his 11-year-old daughter. She was a pawn in a custody battle, and sadly for Alec, the recording went viral. Now he's fighting with American Airlines because he raised enough of a fuss --when instructed to stop playing a video game-- that he was escorted off the plane.  Check and you'll find headlines about this kerfuffle, lots of them. He has a long list of the ways he's been mistreated on planes (presumably in First Class).

To clear my palate, I went looking for celebs who give a lot of money away.  You can say they did it for the publicity or the glory, I don't care.  They gave it.  I'm interested in good behavior, whatever the motivation. Besides, all motivations are mixed.  Also besides, I haven't seen many headlines about these gifts, except maybe for Oprah, and Brad and Angelina. Take a look. It made me feel good.  I don't know if any of these folks have read the Second Precept, but they are certainly observing it.

RankingDonorAmount DonatedPledged Recipients
1Oprah Winfrey$58,300,000Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, Oprah's Angel Network, and other groups
2Geoffrey Beene
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
3Jack and Marie Lord
Hawaii Community Foundation
4Barbra Streisand$11,750,000Barbra Streisand Foundation, numerous civil liberties, environmental, and civil rights organizations "dedicated to democratic values"
5Tiger Woods$9,500,000Tiger Woods Learning Center, Earl D. Woods Sr. Scholarship Fund, and other Tiger Woods Foundation programs
6Rosie O'Donnell$5,700,000Katrina Relief efforts including Renaissance Village (a temporary shelter for Katrina victims), day care centers, a rehabilitation center in San Antonio, and a Habitat for Humanity sub division in Baton Rouge
7Martha Stewart$5,000,000New York's Mt. Sinai Hospital for a center on healthy aging
8Carmelo Anthony$4,282,000CAF Youth Center in Baltimore, AAU Basketball, Syracuse University Recreational Center, and other charities
9Pat and ShirleyBoone$3,000,000Pepperdine University for the Graduate School of Education and Psychology Center for the Family
10LeRoy Neiman$3,000,000The School of the Art Institute of Chicago to
support a Master's class in figure drawing
11Angelina Jolie
and Brad Pitt
School and Community Center in
Swakopmund in Namibia, Daniel Pearl Foundation, Namibian hospitals, Doctors without Borders, Global Action for Children and others
12Nicolas Cage$2,000,000Amnesty International for a fund to help child soldiers Dwayne "the Rock" and Dany
13Garcia Johnson$2,000,000University of Miami to name new Alumni Center living room
14Paul McCartney$2,000,000Adopt-a-Minefield
15Arnold Palmer$2,000,000Pledged to the Arnold Palmer Foundation ultimately to benefit the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
16David Geffen$1,600,000David Geffen Foundation
17Susan Saint James and Dick Ebersol$1,300,000The Gunnery to help pay for a new dormitory in memory of their son Teddy killed in a plane crash
18Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg$1,250,000Boston University to renovate facilities
19Andre Agassi$1,070,000Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation
Tiki and Ronde
Barber and family

$1,000,000University of Virginia to support the McIntire School of Commerce, the Virginia Athletics Foundation, Children’s Hospital, a scholarship fund for African American students, the Young Alumni Council, and to
challenge young alumni to participate in the capital campaign
21Bob Barker$1,000,000Georgetown University to endow a fund at its law school that will focus on the study of animal rights
22Gloria Estefan$1,000,000Miami Paralysis Project
23Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw$1,000,000Dr. Phil Foundation
24George Steinbrenner
and family
$1,000,000University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for Boshamer Stadium for baseball
25Tony Stewart$1,000,000Victory Junction Gang Camp
26Denzel Washington$1,000,000Save Africa's Children
27Mike Sexton$560,000Special Olympics, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, Children Inc., Wounded Warrior Project, Ohio State University, and other
28Lance Armstrong$500,000Lance Armstrong Foundation
29Dolly Parton$500,000Fort Sanders Medical Center
30Elizabeth Taylor$500,000New Orleans AIDS Task Force to purchase mobile medical unit for AIDS sufferers in New Orleans