Charity is one of the many acts of kindness we can show others. Usually, a person doesn’t have to be a billionaire to contribute to charity work; everyone is welcome to donate what they have. Here, we highlight some facts about charity and recognize some of the most famous charitable people, both past and present.

1. Charity isn’t Just About Donating Money

When the word “charity” is mentioned, money is the first thing that pops up in many people’s minds. Yes, money is one of the main types of aid that a person or organization can offer. However, charity projects are not usually limited to that. People can also donate clothes, food, and even their time. If anything, spreading awareness about charity or a campaign towards the same course is considered charitable.

2. Warren Buffet Has Donated the Most Money to Charity

Warren Buffett in 2015

Forbes identifies Warren Buffett, one of the most successful investors of all time, as one of the most philanthropic people. He has so far donated over $40 billion and continues to support such projects. Most of Buffett’s contributions have been made through other charitable organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. According to reports, the billionaire’s donations have been used to improve health and alleviate poverty worldwide.

3. Kids Wish Network is One of the Worst Charity Organizations in the US

When it started, the Kids Wish Network did a commendable job advertising itself as a charitable platform. However, in 2013, it was ranked as one of the worst charities in the US, as it spent only 3 cents of every donated dollar on helping the children. The rest was used to pay the charity’s founder and corporate solicitors.

4. Statista Ranks Myanmar as the Most Charitable Country

According to Statista, Myanmar is the most charitable country. In a survey published in November 2023, about 83% of Myanmar residents had donated to charity, which is way more than what most people contribute worldwide. Experts believe these high levels of charitable giving are attributed to Asian Buddhist teachings, considering Indonesia comes second. Other studies have ranked the United States as the most charitable country from 2009 to 2018.

5. Micheal Sheen Declared Himself a “Not-for-Profit Cator”

In 2021, Micheal Sheen, an actor known for his role in Midnight in Paris (2011), declared himself a “not-for-profit” entertainer. True to his word, Sheen donates the majority of his money to charity. In 2019, he sold his houses and gave the proceeds to the Homeless World Cup.

6. In 2015, Lil Wayne was Kicked Out of a Charity Match for Fighting with the Referee

During the 4th annual Celebrity Basketball Game hosted at the Chafitz Arena, Lil Wayne, a famous American rapper, was kicked out of the charity match after engaging in an altercation with the referee.

7. JK Rowlings Lost Billionaire Status Due to Charity Donations and Taxes

In 2012, JK Rowling, a British author known for her Harry Potter novels, was removed from the Forbes list of billionaires. There were two reasons for this: one, JK Rowling had some taxes to pay, and two, she had spent much of her money on charity donations the previous year. It is estimated that she gave around $160 million to charity.

8. Trump is One of the Least Charitable Billionaires

Of late, many billionaires have taken the initiative of sharing their fortunes with the rest of the world through charity. However, some, like Donald Trump, have contrasting opinions; they rarely contribute to such projects. Even though the Donald Trump Foundation started as a charitable organization, it was later discovered that the politician used it for self-promotion. Forbes mentions that “he would distribute the money as if it were his own.”

9. The Guinness World Records Recognized Michael Jackson as the Most Charitable Pop Stars

In 2000, Michael Jackson was awarded by the Guinness World Records as the most charitable pop star of all time. By that period, Michael had donated to 39 charities and contributed around $300 million to similar projects during his life. Other pop stars have also proven their generosity. Examples include Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton, John Legend, and Miley Cyrus.

10. John F Kennedy Donated All His Salary to Charity

Americans remember President John F. Kennedy for pushing for equal rights and opportunities. However, very few people know that the former head of state donated all his salary to charity when he was in Congress and the White House.

11. Apple Founder Never Donated a Cent to Charity

Talking of people with different opinions about contributing to charity, Apple founder Steve Jobs was one of them. There is no record of him ever contributing to charity or other philanthropy organizations. According to his daughter Lisa Brennan, Jobs was always strict with money and would account for every penny spent in his household.

12. John Cena Holds the Record for the Most Make-A-Wish Children Charities

John Cena signing an autograph for a young fan.

So far, John Cena has fulfilled 650 Make-A-Wish children visits, making him one of the world’s most charitable athletes/actors. Through this, the WWE superstar has also shown that it is not always about money when it comes to charity. He sacrifices a lot of his time to make the wishes of many children come true.

13. Women are More Charitable Than Men

Numerous studies show that women are naturally more generous than men. Scientists have discovered that the act of giving is more rewarding to women than to men. On the other hand, it is human nature for most men to be more “self-serving.”

14. Charity Has Been Around for Centuries

Contrary to popular belief, charity is not a modern thing. Charity dates back to 2500 BCE, during the era when Egyptians were building pyramids.

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Last Update: April 5, 2024