The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us in different ways throughout 2020. But in an attempt to combat the negative effects of this latest strain of coronavirus, many famous faces have come forward over the last few months. So keeping that in mind, we’ve compiled a list that highlights the hard work of 40 celebrities in particular.
40. Donatella and Allegra Versace
In March 2020 Donatella Versace made an announcement via her Instagram account. The famed seamstress said, “It is important to be united and support however we can to help all those who are in the front lines. This is why [my daughter] Allegra and I have decided to make a personal donation of $225,870 to the intensive care department of San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, Italy.”
39. Billy Ray Cyrus
A few weeks after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, music star Billy Ray Cyrus took part in a special meeting. The event was referred to as the “Native Americans & Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall.” And over the course of that gathering, he promised to hand out about 20,000 protective masks to the aforementioned townships, as per the Billboard magazine website.
38. Gwyneth Paltrow
In the early days of the crisis, Gwyneth Paltrow pledged her support to the Frontline Responders Fund. The actress wrote on Instagram, “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.” On that note, Sky News reported that she and her partner gave $100,000 to the employees in need.
37. Stephen and Ayesha Curry
When the schools started to shut in Oakland, California, in March 2020 Stephen and Ayesha Curry offered their assistance. The famous duo recognized that thousands of students would subsequently miss out on food that they otherwise couldn’t receive. So they opted to donate funds to the Alameda County Community Food Bank, confirming the news on Twitter.
36. Corey Taylor
In a bid to help Direct Relief, heavy metal superstar Corey Taylor teamed up with eBay for a unique project. The Slipknot vocalist decided to put 13 guitars up for auction on the site, with the cash going to the medical charity. In the end, Kerrang! magazine reported that Taylor’s instruments brought in roughly $150,000.
35. Vanessa Hudgens
In March 2020 Vanessa Hudgens wrote on Instagram, “School closures, job disruptions, lack of paid sick leave and the coronavirus’ disproportionate impact on adults aged 60 and older and low-income families are all contributing to the demands placed on food banks across the country. Join me in supporting Feeding America today.” Alongside that, Hudgens also posted a receipt from her donation.
34. James McAvoy
Following the launch of the Masks For N.H.S. Heroes organization, James McAvoy pledged over $340,000 to the cause. From there, the Hollywood star offered an update in April 2020. Speaking via an Instagram video, McAvoy revealed, “We’ve managed to make, to this day, nearly £1.5 million [$1.8 million], which is a fantastic sum.”
While medical workers required protective equipment to carry out their jobs, Madonna recognized another group that needed them too. Indeed, the music icon wanted to help inmates at various jailhouses, who were just as vulnerable to the virus. So according to Billboard, she formed a partnership with the REFORM Alliance and gave away approximately 100,000 face coverings.
32. Jimmy Fallon
Much like Vanessa Hudgens had earlier, Jimmy Fallon also tried to spread awareness on the food situation in the United States in March 2020. The TV host wrote on Instagram, “Right now I’m thinking about what we can do to help our most vulnerable populations. My family made a donation to Feeding America, who are working tirelessly to feed those in need around the country. Any donation is GIANT.”
31. Willie Nelson
In April 2020 country music legend Willie Nelson helmed a concert called “At Home With Farm Aid.” He was joined by several other artists from their respective houses, as they all looked to play their part. And thanks to that show, over $500,000 was brought in to assist farmers across the country who’d been struggling during the pandemic.
30. Kanye West
When COVID-19 started to take hold, People magazine reported that Kanye West made donations to a couple of different causes. The We Women Empowered and Dream Center charities both benefited from West’s generosity, as they looked to keep the vulnerable members of society fed. The first group was particularly close to his heart, as it’s based in his old home: Chicago, Illinois.
29. Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul
Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul looked to utilize their Dos Hombres alcohol label for a good cause in March 2020. As the latter wrote on Instagram, “Now through May 1, 30 percent of all proceeds from online orders will benefit the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild. Whatever your choice of drink, let’s all raise a glass to our commitment to flatten the curve.”
In April 2020 the mayor of Barranquilla, Colombia, had an announcement to make regarding the town’s biggest export. Jaime Pumarejo tweeted, “One of the most beloved Barranquilleras in the world is Shakira. She is also one of the people who most loves Barranquilla. Thank you for your contribution of thousands of N95 masks for our healthcare workers, and ventilators that will save lives.”
27. Rosie O’Donnell
Unsurprisingly, Broadway had to close its doors due to the pandemic, which meant that countless workers found themselves vulnerable. So Rosie O’Donnell decided to resurrect her old television program in March 2020, as she looked to raise cash for The Actors Fund. In the end, Variety magazine reported that over $600,000 was accumulated by the one-off show.
26. Liam Payne
Back in the spring of 2020 Liam Payne revealed that he was helping out the Trussell Trust, a British charity that wants to eradicate hunger. The singer wrote in a tweet, “I will be supporting over 100 food bank centers in the Midlands and other U.K. cities. [They’ll be] providing more than 360,000 meals over the next three months.”
25. Selena Gomez
To mark the release of Selena Gomez’s latest music video, her fans could get their hands on related merchandise in March 2020. According to the musician, “a portion” of that money would be given to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund. Then, a few days later, Gomez confirmed on Twitter that she’d be “personally donating” cash to the PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund too.
24. Ice Cube
As per Billboard, Ice Cube showed a real interest in aiding medical facilities like the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital & E.R. in California. So the actor and musician created a shirt to encourage the public to watch over one another during the pandemic. Cube said in a press release, “We all need to do our part in helping the essential workers. We hope the funds can help.”
23. Millie Bobby Brown
In March 2020 Millie Bobby Brown had an announcement to share via her Instagram account. The Stranger Things star wrote, “My family and I have donated 20,000 meals to The Food Depot, which will provide meals for those hungry in the Northern New Mexico service area. [We’ve also] donated 20,000 meals to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.”
22. Shawn Mendes
Due to the severity of the pandemic, Shawn Mendes pledged around $175,000 to one particular organization. He tweeted, “[My foundation has] been working to find ways to best support COVID-19 relief efforts. We’ve made a donation to SickKids hospital this week to help support the urgent screening and prevention of COVID-19 in my hometown of Toronto, Canada.”
21. Nina Dobrev
On the subject of sizable donations, Nina Dobrev played her part as well, taking to social media to reveal how she’d played her part in March 2020. The actress said, “I’m joining others in donating $10,000 to secure masks and other supplies to the medical professionals on the front lines. They are risking their lives to keep us safe.”
20. Cardi B
As people continued to adapt during the COVID-19 crisis, Cardi B offered a helping hand to those who needed it most in April 2020. Indeed, the music artist looked to hand out $1 million alongside Fashion Nova in hourly, $1,000 donations. To get the money, individuals just had to share their tales on the latter’s website.
In a bid to assist as many people as possible during the pandemic, Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation made a massive donation. The star’s charity released a statement that read, “[We’ve] provided $5 million to the following organizations to immediately mobilize a broad response that include Direct Relief, Feeding America, Partners in Health, The World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, the International Rescue Committee, and others.”
18. Nick and Priyanka Chopra Jonas
As reported by the Insider website, Nick Jonas and his wife Priyanka Chopra Jonas offered donations to many different foundations. From UNICEF to Doctors Without Borders, the pair covered plenty of bases. Meanwhile, Chopra Jonas formed a partnership with Crocs too, handing out 20,000 pairs of shoes to medical workers in both California and India.
17. Leonardo DiCaprio
In April 2020 Leonardo DiCaprio kick-started the America’s Food Fund foundation, along with Laurene Powell Jobs. The Associated Press website noted that older people and families on low incomes would benefit from its creation. As for the money involved, Insider revealed that DiCaprio and Powell Jobs had pumped about $5 million into the project.
16. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
To do their part, Ryan Reynolds and his wife Blake Lively decided to make a sizable gesture themselves. The former wrote on Instagram, “Blake and I are donating $1 million to be split between Feeding America and Food Banks Canada. If you can give, these orgs need our help. Take care of your bodies and hearts. Leave room for joy.”
In a similar move to Corey Taylor, Eminem came up with a unique idea to raise money for the fight against coronavirus. He noted that fans could win a pair of “Eminem X Carhartt Air Jordans” if they bought a ticket for $10. That would subsequently go to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. As for the trainers, the Detroit Free Press newspaper claimed that their value stands at $20,000.
14. Jessica Alba
While talking to Jimmy Fallon in a video interview, Jessica Alba revealed that her business, Honest Company, was hard at work during the pandemic. The actress said, “We’ve donated three million diapers, 20,000 wipes, 20,000 personal care products. That is the number-one need for families right now who are living in poverty, but also families who are out of work.”
13. Justin Bieber
Before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, Justin Bieber gave the Beijing Chunmiao Charity Foundation over $28,000 in February 2020. The music star wrote on Instagram, “Watching the news I couldn’t imagine how scary it would be if a new disease was affecting my wife, family and friends. China, we stand with you as a collective humanity and have made a donation to support.”
12. Dolly Parton
Unsurprisingly, developing a vaccine for COVID-19 has been high on the list of priorities throughout 2020. However, Dolly Parton believed that researchers at Tennessee’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center were particularly close to achieving their aim. So on that note, the music legend handed $1 million to the facility, confirming the news via Twitter in April 2020.
Going back to Leonardo DiCaprio’s COVID-19 project, he gained a high-profile benefactor in April 2020. Writing on Instagram, Oprah said, “I believe that America’s Food Fund will be a powerful way to make a difference for our neighbors in need. [So I] am committing $1 million to this fund to support those facing food insecurity. I’m [also] donating $10 million overall to help Americans during this pandemic.”
10. Roger Federer
Thanks to COVID-19, most of the summer’s tennis events in 2020 were called off. Yet despite that disappointment, Roger Federer made a significant gesture back in March. The sporting legend confirmed via Instagram that he and his wife Mirka would be sending close to $1.1 million to Switzerland’s “most vulnerable families.”
9. Angelina Jolie
Regarding the food situation, Angelina Jolie gave the No Kid Hungry organization $1 million in March 2020. While speaking to the charity’s website, the actress said, “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.”
8. Bruno Mars
As with Broadway shows and countless sporting fixtures, live music events have also been called off due to the pandemic. As a result of that, people who had roles at venues such as Park MGM’s Park Theater in Nevada lost their position. However, Bruno Mars looked to help out. According to Insider, the MGM Resorts Foundation received $1 million from the musician.
7. Arnold Schwarzenegger
In March 2020 Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his support of the Frontline Responders Fund on social media. The Hollywood legend wrote, “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, and I hope that all of you who can will step up to support these heroes.”
6. George and Amal Clooney
Since the pandemic began, George Clooney and his wife Amal have looked to help wherever they can. The Sky News website reports that the famous duo have parted with over $1 million to support six different organizations. From the U.K.’s National Health Service to the Lebanese Food Bank, plenty of people benefited.
5. Taylor Swift
Much like a number of other celebrities on this list, Taylor Swift pledged money towards Feeding America. But in addition to that, the superstar wanted to aid people on the internet as well, according to Sky News. So incredibly, Swift handed out a number of $3,000 donations – one of which was for a freelance snapper that she knew.
4. Kylie Jenner
In March 2020 Kylie Jenner looked to play her part too, with her doctor making an announcement on Instagram. Alongside a picture of Jenner, Thaïs Aliabadi wrote, “One of my patients, a beautiful living angel, just donated $1 million 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.”
3. Michael Jordan
When TV documentary series The Last Dance started to captivate audiences in April 2020, Forbes noted that Michael Jordan wouldn’t be keeping any of the money. In fact, a representative of the former basketball star confirmed that the cash was heading towards the Friends of the Children charity. Jordan was set to make up to $4 million for the documentary series, according to the magazine.
2. Beyoncé and Jack Dorsey
While Beyoncé is a big enough name on her own, she teamed up with the head of Twitter to make a massive donation during the pandemic. So with Jack Dorsey by her side, Sky News reported that the duo pledged about $6 million to help medical employees. Alongside that, both the BeyGood and #StartSmall movements benefited from the money as well.
1. Elton John
Although the Elton John Foundation is best known for its work with HIV and AIDS sufferers, the famed musician made a big announcement in April 2020. John tweeted, “I’m proud to announce that my foundation is launching a $1 million COVID-19 Emergency Fund to make sure that our frontline partners can respond to the effects of COVID-19 on HIV care, for the most marginalized communities around the world.”