During this difficult time, celebrities have come together to help others amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Join Wonderwall.com as we take a look at the stars who've donated to COVID-19 relief efforts, starting with this royal couple… Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan arranged to donate $112,000 that was raised from the sale of their 2018 royal wedding footage, which was captured by the BBC, to Feeding Britain, an organization that's helping hungry children and their families amid the coronavirus pandemic, it was revealed on April 15. The charity's leader is Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who married the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Andrew Forsey, the charity's national director, called the funds a "godsend," explaining that they "will keep breakfast, lunch and dinner, so three square meals, on the table of many tens of thousands of children across our network." It also soon emerged that the couple, who are now living in Meghan's native Los Angeles, have been quietly — and personally — delivering food for the L.A. nonprofit Project Angel Food, which prepares and delivers medically tailored meals to chronically ill people, to ease the burden on the organization's overworked drivers. Executive director Richard Ayoub told People magazine the idea came from a conversation Meghan had with her L.A.-based mother, Doria Ragland, who'd learned that Project Angel Food needed help. "What Meghan said is she wanted to show Harry Los Angeles through the eyes of philanthropy. It's just beautiful," Richard told People. Keep reading to learn more…
On April 16, former NFL quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick announced that he was donating $100,000 to a coronavirus relief fund that will aid minority communities affected by the coronavirus health crisis. "Black and brown communities are being disproportionately devastated by COVID-19 because of hundreds of years of structural racism," Colin said in a video posted on Twitter. "That's why we've established the Know Your Rights Camp Covid-19 Relief Fund to help address these issues." A statement on the fund's website explained that "Black and Brown people are more likely to be infected, less likely to be tested, less likely to be treated, and more likely to die from COVID-19."
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Movie star George Clooney and his human rights attorney wife, Amal Clooney, donated more than $1 million to coronavirus relief efforts, his rep confirmed on April 8. The couple gave $250,000 each to the Motion Picture and Television retirement community home (George is on the board of directors there), the SAG-AFTRA Fund and the Los Angeles Mayor's Fund, Deadline confirmed. The Clooneys also donated $300,000 to international charities Lebanese Food Bank, Lombardo Italy Region and the National Health Service.
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Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander and his wife, model Kate Upton, took to Instagram on April 4 to announce that the will donate the weekly paychecks he's earning during the MLB shutdown to different COVID-19 relief organizations. That's quite a chunk of money: In March, Justin signed a two-year, $66 million contract extension with the Astros for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. "Recently the @mlb announced they will be continuing to send paychecks to players while the season is suspended. @kateupton and I have decided to donate those funds to a different organization each week so that we can support their efforts and highlight the great work they're doing during the COVID-19 crisis," the athlete wrote on Instagram. "Everyone around the world is affected by this virus, and we hope to contribute to the families and jobs affected, the healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines and the many others in need of basic necessities, medical supplies and support at home. As soon as the first paycheck is received we will be highlighting the first organization. We know everyone is impacted by this crisis, but for those who are able, we encourage you to stay home to help flatten the curve and look to those around you who need a helping hand."
On April 3, pop star Pink revealed that she and her 3-year-old son, Jameson, had tested positive for COVID-19. Rather than simply complain about her situation, she offered financial help, donating $1 million to health care workers. "In an effort to support the healthcare professionals who are battling on the frontlines every day, I am donating $500,000 to the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund in Philadelphia in honor of my mother, Judy Moore, who worked there for 18 years in the Cardiomyopathy and Heart Transplant Center," she said on Instagram. "Additionally, I am donating $500,000 to the City of Los Angeles Mayor's Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund. THANK YOU to all of our healthcare professionals and everyone in the world who are working so hard to protect our loved ones. You are our heroes!"
On April 2, Oprah Winfrey announced via Instagram that she'd be donating $10 million to contribute to coronavirus relief efforts. In partnership with Apple, $1 million of her donation will go to the Leonardo DiCaprio co-created food fund America's Food Fund. "I was struck by the work these organizations are doing and while everyone's priority right now is to stay safer at home, I know there are many of us looking for ways to help," she wrote. "I believe that America's Food Fund will be a powerful way to make a difference for our neighbors in need and am committing $1 million to this fund to support those facing food insecurity. I am donating $10 million overall to help Americans during this pandemic in cities across the country and in areas where I grew up."
Together with Apple, Ford Foundation and Laurene Powell Jobs (the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs), Leonardo DiCaprio helped launch America's Food Fund to provide food to local communities. The fund launched with $12M on GoFundMe. Organizations benefiting from it are World Central Kitchen and Feeding America. "In the face of this crisis, organizations like World Central Kitchen and Feeding America have inspired us all with their unwavering commitment to feed the most vulnerable people in need," Leonardo said in a statement. "I thank them for their tireless work on the frontlines, they deserve all of our support."
On March 21, Rihanna's non-profit organization the Clara Lionel Foundation announced that it had donated $5M to provide communities with proper prevention, preparation and protective gear amidst the coronavirus crisis. "When we first began this year, never could we have imagined how COVID-19 would so dramatically alter our lives," read the foundation's statement. "It doesn't matter who you are or where you're from, this pandemic will affect us all. And for the world's most vulnerable, the worst may be yet to come." The foundation contributed to Direct Relief, Partners In Health, Feeding America, International Rescue Committee, World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solitary Response Fund, and more organizations. Then Rihanna did even more: Through their charities, she and JAY-Z awarded $2 million in grants to COVID-19 response efforts that support undocumented workers, children of frontline health workers and first responders and incarcerated, elderly and homeless populations in New York City and Los Angeles. On April 15, RiRi, Jay and Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey teamed up to announce still more aid: Their charities are giving $6.2 million in grants to a number of organizations funding COVID-19 rapid response efforts protecting vulnerable populations with a focus on New Orleans, New York and Puerto Rico.
On April 8, Taraji P. Henson announced via Instagram that she'd be raising money with her Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, which she founded in 2018 and named after her late father, to provide free virtual therapy to African Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic. "The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation is launching the COVID-19 virtual therapy campaign to raise money for mental health services provided by licensed and culturally competent clinicians listed in our online resource guide," she said in the video. "This campaign is for underserved communities experiencing life changing events related to or triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic."
On April 7, Jack Dorsey, CEO of both Twitter and digital platform Square, announced he'd be donating $1 billion of equity in Square to his Start Small Foundation to assist coronavirus relief efforts. "Why now? The needs are increasingly urgent, and I want to see the impact in my lifetime," he wrote on Twitter following his announcement. "I hope this inspires others to do something similar. Life is too short, so let's do everything we can today to help people now." On April 15, Jack, Rihanna and JAY-Z's foundations announced that they'd teamed up to give $6.2 million in grants to a number of organizations funding COVID-19 rapid response efforts protecting vulnerable populations with a focus on New Orleans, New York and Puerto Rico.
Socialite, reality TV star and DJ Paris Hilton's family's Hilton Family Foundation is donating $10 million to coronavirus relief efforts in their hometown of Los Angeles as well as in Africa, it was announced on April 9. The family charity was started by Paris and sister Nicky Hilton Rothschild's great-grandfather, Conrad N. Hilton. About half is going "toward protecting the homeless population in Los Angeles, with the other half focused on helping African countries prepare for a pending outbreak," the foundation explained. Organizations receiving the funds include the nonprofit Brilliant Corners, the California Community Foundation, the United Way of Greater Los Angeles's Pandemic Relief Fund, the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa in partnership with the King Baudouin Foundation United States, Shining Hope for Communities Inc. and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
On April 2, Jessica Alba called in to speak with Jimmy Fallon for "The Tonight Show: At Home Edition." During the segment, she shared that the Honest Company, which she co-founded, has made a donation to aid "families who are out of work" that are needing "to choose between diapers and a meal" when they shouldn't have to. "We've donated 3 million diapers, 20,000 wipes, 20,000 personal care products," she revealed. "That is the No.1 need for families right now who are living in poverty but also families who are out of work."
On April 2, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos took to Instagram to announce that he'd be making a $100M donation to Feeding America. "Even in ordinary times, food insecurity in American households is an important problem, and unfortunately COVID-19 is amplifying that stress significantly," he wrote. "Non-profit food banks and food pantries rely in large part on surplus food from a range of food businesses. For example, many restaurants donate excess food. But during this time of social distancing, restaurants are closed, and many other normal channels of excess food have also shut down. To make matters worse, as supply is dwindling, demand for food bank services is going up." Leonardo DiCaprio and Rihanna are among the other celebrities that have donated to Feeding America.
Taylor Swift has been donating to fans who are enduring financial struggles amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The "Lover" singer has reportedly been donating $3K to lucky fans who need help paying their bills. "I was so speechless. I couldn't believe someone I had looked up to and love and respected for so long has reached out with such generosity," Samantha Jacobson, one of the fans who received a donation from the singer told People. According to another fan who received a donation, Taylor reportedly sent $3K and wrote, "Holly, you've always been there for me. I want to be there for you right now. I hope this helps. Love, Taylor."
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively took to Instagram and Twitter on March 16, to share that they'd be donating $1M to two food banks — one in Canada and the other in the United States. "Covid-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low income families," the "Deadpool" actor wrote. "Blake and I are donating $1 million to be split between FEEDING AMERICA and FOOD BANKS CANADA." On March 24, Ryan also announced that Aviation Gin, his spirit company, would be donating 30 percent of its online proceeds to the United States Bartender's Guild throughout May 1 as part of their new program, "Tip Your Bartenders." "Until May 1st, for every bottle of Aviation ordered online, we'll donate 30% of proceeds as a tip to your bartenders – who REALLY miss you btw," he wrote on Twitter. The beloved duo hasn't stopped there, though — on March 30, it was confirmed that Ryan and Blake also donated $100K each to four New York hospitals including NYU Hospital, Mount Sinai, Elmhurst, and Northern Westchester.
On March 25, Kylie Jenner donated $1M to help provide healthcare professionals with protective gear. Dr. Thaïs Aliabadi, Kylie's OB-GYN at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, took to Instagram to share his gratitude for the kind donation. "I am speechless, my eyes are filled with tears of joy and my heart is overwhelmed with gratitude," she wrote. "I made a wish to the Universe to gather protective masks for our brave healthcare workers and today my dream came true. One of my patients, a beautiful Living Angel just donated $1,000,000 to help us buy hundreds of thousands of masks, face shields, and other protective gear which we will have delivered directly to our first responders, as too many masks at hospitals are disappearing before making their way onto the faces of our front line heroes." According to TMZ, Dr. Aliabadi also delivered Kylie's daughter Stormi.
On March 26, TMZ reported that Ariana Grande has been sending fans monetary donations through the mobile payment app Venmo as a means of helping them through this crisis. The singer has been in touch with fans who've shared their struggles to make upcoming rent and bill payments due to having recently lost their jobs. Fans told TMZ that they've received Venmo payments from the singer that range from $500 to $1,500.
The Shawn Mendes Foundation made a $175K donation to Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) to provide emergency medical resources to aid in the fight against COVID-19. "The @shawnfoundation & I have been working to find ways to best support COVID-10 relief efforts, and to direct our resources to where we can make a difference," he wrote in a statement. "We've made a donation to @sickkidssvs hospital this week to help support the urgent screening and prevention of COVID-19 in my hometown of Toronto. For the next month, all donations to The Shawn Mendes Foundation will go towards SickKids Hospital & relief efforts around the world by the @WHO." SickKids CEO Ted Garrard then responded to Shawn's pledge in a heartfelt statement. "We are so grateful to Shawn and The Shawn Mendes Foundation for their continued support of SickKids Foundation and our hospital here in Toronto," he wrote. "This generous and timely donation will assist our hospital with increased efforts in prevention and screening of COVID-19."
On March 17, Ciara and Russell Wilson took to social media to share that they'd be donating 1 million meals to a local food bank in Seattle. "The world needs us ALL. These are unprecedented times. We are supporting our community in Seattle by donating 1 million meals with Seattle @FoodLifeLine," the singer wrote. "Rally with us and support your local food bank @FeedingAmerica We can all make a difference together. Let's all keep the Faith during this difficult time."
On March 26, Ralph Lauren announced that the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation would be making a $10M donation to coronavirus relief efforts across various relief causes including the World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solitary Response Fund and Emergency Assistance Foundation. "Now more than ever, in this time of need, supporting each other has become our mission. Together we move forward with patience and optimism in the face of uncertainty," read the company's statement. To provide further support, the foundation will also be "starting production of 250,000 masks and 25,000 isolation gowns" with their manufacturing partners in the United States.
On April 3, JAY-Z and Meek Mill's REFORM Alliance, a celebrity-backed organization dedicated to criminal justice, announced that they'd be donating nearly 100,000 masks to jails and prisons around the country — 50,000 to the Rikers Island jail complex in New York City, 40,000 to the Tennessee Department of Correction, and 5,000 to the Mississippi State Penitentiary. But that's not all Jay has done: On April 15, he, Rihanna and Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey teamed up to announce still more aid: Their charities are giving $6.2 million in grants to a number of organizations funding COVID-19 rapid response efforts protecting vulnerable populations with a focus on New Orleans, New York and Puerto Rico.
On March 27, Kim Kardashian West announced that she would be making a $1M donation to support families amidst the COVID-19 crisis. "To support Mothers and Children in need during this time, I'm proud to announce @SKIMS is committed to donating $1M to families affected by COVID-19. On Monday, we will restock the collection we first launched with, and in doing so, be able to help bring relief to those affected by this pandemic," she disclosed in a press release. "I am so grateful to all of you who have supported SKIMS since we first started 6 months ago. It's been a dream of mine for so long, and has only been possible because of your love for what we do. Our six-month anniversary has fallen in the middle of a Global crisis so more than ever, it's our responsibility to give back and do what we can to help others." SKIMS previously announced that they'd donate 20 percent of profits to Baby2Baby's COVID-19 Emergency Response Program.
On March 19, Kanye West gave undisclosed donations to the Dream Center in Los Angeles and We Women Empowered in his hometown of Chicago, which is providing meals to the elderly during this time. "Today when I got that call, that Kanye West wanted to help the elderly in Chicago and he chose his hometown in the South Side, his old neighborhood, I was beyond words," the organization's founder, Josephine "Mother" Wade said in a statement. "And in one phone call, in an instance today, our world was changed. He may not even realize it, but I knew his mother & I used to help them many years ago. All I can say is Thank you, Thank you, Thank you."
On March 24, "Breaking Bad" co-stars and co-founders of mezcal company Dos Hombres announced they'd be following in Ryan Reynold's footsteps. "Good idea @vancityreynolds, let's all pitch in. @DosHombres Mezcal is on board with #tipyourbartenders," Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston wrote on Instagram. "Now through May 1, 30% of all proceeds from online orders will benefit the US Bartender's Guild. We encourage all other brands to do so as well. Whatever your choice of drink, let's all raise a glass to our commitment to #flattenthecurve. Please drink responsibly with none of your closest friends…for now."
On March 25, Angelina Jolie donated $1M to No Kid Hungry, an organization dedicated to feeding children in communities that depend on school meals. "As of this week, over a billion children are out of school worldwide because of closures linked to coronavirus," the actress-activist wrote in a statement. "Many children depend on the care and nutrition they receive during school hours, including nearly 22 million children in America who rely on food support. No Kid Hungry is making resolute efforts to reach as many of those children as possible."
On Feb. 13, Justin Bieber took to Instagram to share that he was donating 200K RMB — about $28K USD — to Beijing Chunmiao Charity Foundation to help children affected by the outbreak. "China we stand with you as a collective humanity and have made a donation to support," he wrote.
On March 15, Justin Timberlake announced via social media that he'd be donating to the Mid-South Food Bank in Memphis Tennessee. "This is a crazy time, but remember we're all in it together," he began. "Start small and support your local communities by getting food out to those in need. I'm donating to @midsouthfoodbank… an organization in my hometown that is helping people assemble and deliver nonperishable food in the Mid-South, so families can be prepared to stay home. Every. little. thing. helps."
Actress and Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow donated $100K to the Frontline Responders Fund. On March 25, she took to Instagram to discuss the importance of raising funds for protective supplies. "Along with ramping up testing, the single most critical need in the frontline fight against Covid is keeping our heroic medical teams healthy through full PPE gear which is in terribly short supply. If doctors and nurses and other hospital staff get sick they can't keep working to save the rest of us. Access to the gear is available in enormous numbers. But serious logistics are required to get it fast to US hospitals that urgently need it," she began.
On March 12, "Old Town Road" rapper Lil Nas X took to Twitter to encourage fans to comment with their Cash App handles — a mobile payment app similar to Venmo — so he could send them money "to go get some food then stay inside."
Mandy Moore is taking after her "This Is Us" co-star Chris Sullivan and actress-friend Busy Philipps by joining Cameo — a website that lets celebrities send personalized videos to fans to raise money for charities during the pandemic. The "Silver Landings" singer has decided to donate all of the proceeds to No Kid Hungry. "All Proceeds for requests go to No Kid Hungry!! During this moment of uncertainty, keeping some of our population's most vulnerable impacted by this crisis (children) at heart is vital! Thank you!❤️," read her Cameo bio.
On March 18, Kristen Bell announced that she had made a $150,007.96 donation to No Kid Hungry with the help of her daughters Lincoln and Delta. "NKH has always been there for kids who need them. They work tirelessly to provide food for the hungry bellys all over this country. I encourage anyone with the means to share to donate as well, any amount helps, so we can get through this together," she wrote. She went on to explain why the amount was an odd number. "(The reason the number is odd, is because when my kids overheard me making the donation, they asked if they could also donate the money from their piggy bank. I couldn't have been prouder to add that extra, and important 7 dollars and 96 cents.😍😍😍)"
Beloved Hollywood couple Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos donated $1M to aid relief efforts in New York state. The funds will go toward the purchase of urgently-required ventilators and towards WIN, an organization that runs a network of women's shelters in the New York City area.
For one-night-only, Rosie O'Donnell revived her talk show "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" in an effort to raise money for The Actors Fund. The live-stream benefit concert proved to be quite successfully, having raised $500K. "1/2 a million dollars for the actors fund – thank u everyone," she tweeted after the show on March 22. The live-stream was put on to provide support for individuals who are out of work following the closure of all Broadway shows.
On March 25, Nina Dobrev announced via Instagram that she'd be donating $10K to aid coronavirus relief efforts. "I'm joining @bethenny @theellenshow @amyschumer by donating masks and important medical supplies for various hospitals," she wrote. "Even if you donate to purchase one mask that would make a huge difference. If all my followers buy a mask that would protect over 19 million professionals that are risking their lives to keep YOU safe. Please help, so they can continue to help us all."
Ben Affleck took to Instagram on March 14 to encourage fans to join him in donating to local food banks. "During these times of uncertainty, I'm thinking about our most vulnerable populations – children who are losing access to the meals they rely on, our friends and family who are facing job disruptions, the elderly, and low-income families," he wrote. "Join me in supporting @FeedingAmerica, the nationwide network of 200 food banks working tirelessly to feed our neighbors around the country."
Lady Gaga's beauty brand Haus Labs announced on March 16 that it'd be donating some of its profits to food banks in Los Angeles and New York City. "As another way to take action, HAUS will be giving back to our Los Angeles & New York City communities by donating 20% of our profits from last week's sales on Hauslabs.com to local food banks (@lafoodbank & @foodbank4nyc) in order to get food to those affected by the closing of schools and other places that offer this critical resource," read the company's statement.
"Uptown Funk" hitmaker Bruno Mars donated $1M to the MGM Resorts Foundation to help MGM employees financially burdened by the coronavirus pandemic. "The people at MGM have given Bruno Mars the rare opportunity to be able to continuously gig while he's in the creative process of working on his next album," explained his rep on March 26. "With the closures across Las Vegas, Bruno wanted to show his appreciation to the amazing employees who help make these shows possible in hopes that we'll all be out of this situation and having fun together again very soon."
On March 13, Donatella Versace announced that she and daughter Allegra Versace donated 200K euros — about $220K USD — to a hospital in Milan. "In times like this, it is important to be united and support however we can to help all those who are in the front lines, fighting everyday to save hundreds of lives," the designer wrote on March 13. "This is why, Allegra and I have decided to make a personal donation of 200,000 euros to the intensive care department of San Raffaele hospital in Milan." She went on to share their gratitude for the doctors and healthcare workers that have been tirelessly working to "take care of our loved ones."
Arnold Schwarzenegger pledged $1M to "Frontline Responders Fund," a GoFundMe page he co-created, which aims to provide healthcare workers with protective gear. "I never believed in sitting on the couch and complaining about how bad things are, I always believed we should all do our part to make things better," he wrote on Instagram on March 24. "This is a simple way to protect our real action heroes on the frontlines in our hospitals, and I'm proud to be part of it. I donated 1 million dollars, and I hope that all of you who can will step up to support these heroes."
On March 18, "Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet announced that he and girlfriend Lindsay Schweitzer would be donating 200K meals to Harvesters' Kansas City. "I am donating 200,000 meals to @HarvestersORG in Kansas City," he wrote on Twitter. "Lindsay and I love our hometown and want to help do what we can. I'm only posting this to maybe motivate you to do what you can, when you can, if you can, to help vulnerable families in our community during this time."
Brad Paisley's announced that his free grocery store located in Nashville would be donating groceries to the elderly in local communities. On March 13, the country star also took to Instagram to share that "due to the work of many dedicated volunteers, partners and donors" their shop was able to open earlier than expected.
On March 21, Eva Mendes announced via Instagram that she donated to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to provide support amidst the coronavirus pandemic. "Just donated to @lafoodbank," she wrote. "If you'd like to donate, link in my bio. 💜"
Country music duo Brian Kelly and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line announced on Instagram that they'd be donating $1K to each of their 117 staff members at their restaurant FGL House — an idea that was inspired by fellow country musician Dierks Bentley's decision to give each of his employees at his Nashville bar the same compensation. "@fglhouse would be nothing without our amazing staff. We know it takes a village, and we're so thankful for all 117 of you and we hope this helps out while the bar and restaurant is closed," the musical duo wrote on March 18.