A nationwide round of applause goes out to Sean “Diddy” Combs (a.k.a. Puff Daddy, a.k.a. P Diddy) for it was reported that he played in intricate role in creating a charter school in Harlem. Named Capital Prep Harlem, The New York Times reported Diddy as saying that the school is “a dream come true” and is ready to welcome 160 students in its initial 2016-2017 school year.
Opening a charter school is a major step for a country whose education system has been scrutinized and criticized for decades. But Combs is not the only celeb to take solace in sharing his name or wealth. Others have found unique ways to give back, and we profile the top five actions of these generous celebrities.
Experiences last a lifetime, and perhaps that’s what led Kendrick to bring six high school students from his alma mater in Compton to walk the red carpet with him at the Grammys. King Kendrick also gave the group some one-on-one time during which they were able to ask him questions. We should mention that he was also given the California State Senate Generational Icon Award last year for his monetary donations, but this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these students.
She’s one of the biggest pop stars in the world, but Swift is quickly becoming famous for her generosity to her fans as well. Prior to her last album, Taylor invited 89 fans over to her home for a private listening party, reported The Courier Mail. And for Christmas of 2014, Swift sent 32 of her fans Christmas gifts in the mail. Talk about showing her appreciation for her fans!
Though money isn’t always the answer, this is a huge one. Last August, The Daily Mail reported that LeBron James had pledged $87.0 million to the I Promise program, which guarantees kids from Akron, Ohio, go to college for free. There will be certain requirements, of course, but James has partnered with the University of Akron to ensure that those who qualify get a full four-year ride at no cost.
Bill and Melinda Gates
We would be remiss not to mention the absolutely staggering amount of money Bill Gates has donated. The Gates have donated upwards of $766.0 million to charity, and the pair has no plans of stopping any time soon.
She has made a career off of her generosity. From supporting and promoting causes, to giving others her platform to promote their own cause, Ellen has done too much to choose just one act. She is a humanitarian in every sense of the word—she even won the People’s Choice Awards for “Favourite Humanitarian”—and DeGeneres continues to give a voice to people from all walks of life, using her day-time talk show as a platform.