In honor of the New Year, dosomething.org compiled a list of the Top 20 Celebs Gone Good of 2013, a somewhat surprising roundup of the celebrities that really stepped up for charity and humanitarianism in 2013. Here’s a highlight of the top ten celebrities that that did good deeds last year:
- Taylor Swift. Country-pop star Taylor Swift topped the list after donating $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony, headlining charitable events, and for reportedly giving gifts away on her 24th birthday, rather than receiving them.
- One Direction. This British boy band made the list for raising $2 million to fight poverty in the UK in Africa, and for donating a reported $784,345 to cancer research.
- Beyonce. Beyonce sparked a lot of feminist discourse in 2013, and used her star power to influence progress for women’s rights. One of her most charitable moments was headlining London’s charity event for women’s rights, “Chime for Change.”
- Paul Walker. The late actor dedicated much of his life to helping those affected by devastating natural disasters, in part through the foundation of Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW), a network of professionals with first responder skills.
- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. This musical duo has garnered immense fame in recent years, culminating in 2013. Their song “Same Love” featured a progressive social message, and became a sort of anthem for the gay rights movement of the last twelve months. Using their fame to do good is what helped get the pair on Do Something’s list.
- Sandra Bullock. The acclaimed actress somehow made time to promote her major blockbusters, and to be a leading philanthropist in 2013. Her continuous efforts to aid disaster relief and education programs are what she is perhaps most known for.
- Kerry Washington. Issues in Washington, D.C. hit close to home for the actress both on and off screen, as she serves on President Obama’s President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. In this position, Washington acts as a national advocate for arts education programs in low-income areas.
- Ian Somerhalder. The Vampire Diaries actor made the list for his philanthropic efforts achieved through the Somerhalder Foundation, which focuses on environmental and animal rights issues.
- Ryan Seacrest. Seacrest spent 2013 helping kids “feel like stars for a day,” using his celebrity connections and the Ryan Seacrest Foundation to help hospitalized children.
- Carrie Underwood. Rounding out the top ten list is musician Carrie Underwood, who reportedly donated $1 million to the Red Cross to help with disaster relief in Oklahoma.
Here’s to another year of celebrity philanthropy!