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Celebrities Who Quietly Give Away Millions for Worthy Causes

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By Sharon Oliver

Celebrities are notorious for saying they donate money to “charities.” When, some of them, not all of them, aren’t being vague about their favorite charities, we often learn that many of these organizations don’t serve the immediate needs of people who could use their help. To each his own, for sure. While saving the extinct yellow-bellied sap sucker may be a passion for a select few, there are celebs who secretly and generously give and sometimes unbeknownst to the recipient.

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Prince and George Michael

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They may be gone but for a number of people who were touched by their generosity, these two music icons won’t be forgotten.

Upon his unexpected death, it was revealed that Prince secretly donated millions including support schools in South Carolina, $1 million to a Harlem-based non-profit that helped inner city kids and to the family of Trayvon Martin and other families in need.

Pop singer George Michael often worked undercover at homeless shelters and would secretly donate sales from some of his songs to charity.

Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves and girlfriend
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Known as one of the nicest men in Tinseltown, Keanu Reeves has been quietly donating millions to children's hospitals and cancer research for years. 'The Matrix' star's sister Kim had been diagnosed with leukemia in the 1990's.

Reeves also runs a private charitable foundation that aids a couple of children's hospitals and cancer research. In a 2009 Ladies Home Journal article, Reeves stated, "I don't like to attach my name to it, I just let the foundation do what it does."

He's known for treating crew members on his movie sets very well and once purchased Harley Davidsons for stunt crews on 'The Matrix.'

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj
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Say what you will, but underneath all that voluptuousness is a heart of gold. For years now, Nicki Minaj has been sending to support an entire Indian village. Monies are being used to facilitate a tailoring institute, a computer center, reading program and two water wells.

In addition to that, one night the Trinidadian philanthropist offered to pay the college tuition of a fan who earned straight As in school. She eventually extended the offer to students who didn't have such lofty grades.

Girl Power


This young phenom has it too give and give she does.

After flooding occurred in Louisiana the Shake It Off singer donated over $1 million. She sent $100,000 to those affected by the Tennessee wildfires. She even gave $5,00 to a fan who had lost her sister in a motor vehicle accident. Taylor Swift also donated $250,00 to fellow artist Kesha to help in her court battle against Sony and Dr. Luke.

Not to be outdone, the queen of movies, Meryl Streep quietly donates millions to organizations such as the Coalition for the Homeless and New York's Meals on Wheels.

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