Want to see John Mayer make fun of Justin Bieber? Want to see Ed Helms run around Africa in a silly safari outfit? Now do you want to see them do it for charity?
Celebrities and non-profits have been pairing up for a long time to help give good causes some exposure and a much needed PR boost. Below we?ve combed through some of the best videos to bring you nine amazing celebrity-powered social good campaigns. We?ve picked a wide range of stars (from first lady Michelle Obama to Ke$ha) and a wide range of causes (from malaria prevention to anti-bullying).
There is, however, no way of including every amazing campaign out there. We had to leave some standouts behind, like Matt Damon?s work with Water.org, Leonardo DiCaprio?s commitment to environmental issues and dozens more. You can check out LookToTheStars.org for a quick cheat sheet on what your favorite celebrity is really up to, or just take a look below for some spectacular examples.
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1. Comedy Fights Malaria ? A Bazillion Stars
In order to put an end to malaria in developing countries, Malaria No More tapped a ton of stars including John Mayer, the cast of The Office, Orlando Bloom and Aziz Ansari. As the campaign suggests, humor played a big role. Other videos asked to lower infant mortality rates and get kids to “Bieber” age, or followed Ed Helms as he “hunted” malaria-causing mosquitos in full Safari garb.
2. The Lazarus Effect ? Bono and Friends
Bono teamed up with a bunch of his celebrity friends to illustrate what $0.40 can buy. The video supported the Lazarus Effect (a (RED) campaign) that aimed to help HIV-stricken people with just two life-saving pills. Bono has long been working on causes in Africa through One.org and lent his star power to (RED)’s efforts.
3. Let’s Move ? Michelle Obama and Beyonce
First lady Michelle Obama has made nutritional eating and childhood obesity her main causes. She started Let’s Move as a way to inspire kids to eat better and exercise. Beyonce joined the effort by retooling some song lyrics to customize a workout song, complete with choreography. Beyonce delighted students at PS 161 in Harlem, New York, with a surprise visit and impromptu dance workout.
4. It Gets Better ? Dan Savage, Pop Stars & Everyday Folks
Following a rash of gay teen suicides, Dan Savage started the “It Gets Better” campaign to tell LGBT youths that though they might be bullied now, their lives will improve. He opened up a YouTube channel where anyone could submit a video of support, including just about every celebrity in existence.
5. LIVESTRONG ? Lance Armstrong
Although Lance Armstrong has come under fire as of late, his work with LIVESTRONG and the Lance Armstrong Foundation has been a tremendous success story. Diagnosed with testicular cancer, Armstrong battled back physically, not only rejoining competitive cycling but using that platform to spread awareness and raise funds for cancer research. Nike, one of Armstrong’s early sponsors, even lent its support.
6. DonorsChoose.org ? Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert may be best known for his comedic right-wing punditry, but he does a lot of amazing work supporting DonorsChoose.org, an online platform where people can help fund local classrooms around the country. Colbert has not only lent his name, but also given the non-profit air time on his show, asking his followers and fans to help contribute. This video is from a 2009 panel Colbert moderated for the organization. Turns out his Spanish is pretty good and that he was stuffed into a fair number of lockers when he was a kid.
7. Crowdrise ? Edward Norton
Edward Norton co-founded Crowdrise when he originally ran in the New York City Marathon and raised money for a conservancy in Africa. He helped create a platform where anyone can raise money for a cause. This year, he re-partnered with the marathon to turn the historic event into an historic fundraising opportunity. Rather than fade into the background, Norton has been an active advocate and knowledgeable spokesman for the organization and online philanthropy in general.
8. Pencils of Promise ? Justin Bieber
Boy-wonder Justin Bieber has made philanthropy a part of his celebrity persona. In this clip he’s supporting Schools 4 All, a program run by education non-profit Pencils of Promise that aims to build a series of schools for needy communities around the world. Bieber promises to visit the school that raises the most money. Considering the kid’s capable of shutting down whole shopping malls with his presence, that’s a big deal. Bieber has also shown his soft side in music videos like his participation in the “We Are The World” remake for Haiti and his own video, “Pray“.
9. DoSomething.org ? Usher & Friends
DoSomething.org has a long history of asking celebrities to help motivate young people to make a difference. In the above video, Usher asked youths unable to vote in the 2008 Presidential election to make their voices heard. Other stars like Rachel Bilson, Rihanna and the Jonas Brothers have used the platform to help promote their own causes. By calling on so many different celebs, DoSomething is able to compile an impressive roster of talent while giving some serious spotlight to varied causes and projects.
Series Supported by CITGO and the Fueling Good Campaign
The Stars of Social Good Series is supported by CITGO and the Fueling Good Campaign. It all starts with one person helping another. Then that person helps two more. Pretty soon you have a neighborhood, a community, an entire city ? one act of kindness inspiring another. That?s why CITGO donates thousands of gallons of gas to worthy charities. It?s our way of keeping the momentum going, one mile at a time.
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