20. Barbara Streisand
The a popular singer has given millions to education, women’s health, the environment, and other civic causes. She is known for raising awareness and donating to numerous charitable organizations by way of the Streisand Foundation.
15. Paul G. Allen
Paul G. Allen, 59, is the co-founder of Microsoft, the largest computer software manufacturer today. For the tenth consecutive year, he has been donating $372.6 million to his chosen charities, which include $295 million to the Paul G. Allen Foundation, $70 million to the Allen Institute for Brain Science, and $7.6 million to the Experience Music and the Science Fiction Museum. According to Forbes’ magazine, he is the 3rd biggest donor of 2011 when it comes to giving funds to charitable institutions.
10. Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter
As president of the United States, Jimmy Carter was deeply committed to social justice and basic human rights. He and his wife Rosalynn left the White House in search of meaningful ways to contribute in these areas. In addition to promoting peace and human rights through the nonprofit Carter Center in Atlanta, they lead the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project for Habitat for Humanity International one week each year.
5. Danny and Marlo Thomas
As a “starving actor,” Thomas had made a vow: If he found success, he would open a shrine dedicated to St Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes. Thomas never forgot his promise to St. Jude, and after becoming a successful actor in the early 1950s, his wife joined him and began traveling the United States to help raise funds to build his dream – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a hospital for needy children, where they would be cared for regardless of race, religion or ability to pay – a hospital where no suffering child would be turned away. Today, his daughter Marlo serves as the national outreach director.