Celebs Who Are Surprisingly Charitable
Taylor Swift donates $4M to Country Music Hall of Fame
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2012 9:04 AM CDT
Taylor Swift poses backstage with the award for entertainer of the year at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 1, 2012 in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
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(Newser) – Taylor Swift is donating a sizable $4 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the largest gift ever donated to the museum by an artist. It will fund the Taylor Swift Education Center, a new classroom and exhibit space opening in 2014, the AP reports. Swift proves that not all celebrities spend their dough on things like $12,000 Chanel bicycles and $18,500 olive trees, and Celebuzz rounds up 14 more who give freely of their money and/or their time. And while some are obvious (hello, George Clooney) many might surprise:

  • Sandra Bullock: Has donated $1 million to relief organizations that give aid to those affected by 9/11, the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, and the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Japan.
  • Ellen DeGeneres: Her pet cause is, ahem, animal rights and rescue organizations, and her pet food line benefits charity.

  • Alicia Keys: This ambassador for Keep A Child Alive, an organization focused on families affected by AIDS, does everything from hosting fundraisers to traveling to Africa.
  • Nick Jonas: He has diabetes, and acts as an ambassador for Bayer Diabetes Care, promoting research funding.
  • Eva Longoria: She’s a spokesperson for PADRES Contra El Cancer and supports many other Latino causes and community organizations.
Click for the complete list, which includes one celeb who has raised more than $125 million for the AIDS Foundation.