Whether they've founded their own charity, teamed up with an existing nonprofit or just enjoy granting random acts of kindness, these superstars' hearts might actually be bigger than their oversized bank accounts.
More than a financial contribution, celebrity donations help bring awareness to a cause, inspiring fans to follow suit. Take a look at the ways these 25 kind-hearted stars pay it forward.
Chrissy Teigen Net Worth: $10 Million
In April 2017, model Chrissy Teigen made a fan's dream come true when she donated $5,605 to help the woman afford beauty school tuition. Working to pay it forward is nothing new for Teigen, as she's been vocal in her support of Planned Parenthood.
Also charitable, husband John Legend — who has a net worth of $40 million — founded the Show Me Campaign in 2007 to break the cycle of poverty and help all children attain a quality education. To raise funds for the cause in 2015, the couple created an adorable parody video of John's chart-topping song "All of Me," in which they married their dogs. They asked fans to donate $10 for the chance to have Legend perform at an event of their choice.
Taylor Swift Net Worth: $380 Million
One of the most charitable celebrities, Taylor Swift donated $1 million to Louisiana flood victims in 2016. Earlier in the year she gave $1,989 to UConn's annual HuskyTHON — a dance marathon to raise money for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center — on behalf of a student and fan.
The famous philanthropist was busy in 2016, as she also gifted $100,000 to Cancer Research for The V Foundation and gave $250,000 to Kesha to help with financial expenses regarding her court battle with Sony and her former producer Dr. Luke. In 2015, she provided $50,000 to a fan battling cancer and another $50,000 to the nephew of one of her backup dancers also fighting the disease.
Christy Turlington Burns Net Worth: $30 Million
In 2010, model Christy Turlington Burns founded the nonprofit Every Mother Counts, to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for women across the globe. The organization raised $4.32 million in 2015 alone and has impacted more than 400,000 lives since 2012.
Orlando Bloom Net Worth: $35 Million
More than just a handsome face, Orlando Bloom has served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2009. Some of his recent work includes a February 2017 trip to West Africa to meet with families affected by Boko Haram violence and a May 2016 visit to eastern Ukraine to raise awareness of the global education crisis faced by children in humanitarian emergencies.
In 2014, while starring in "Romeo and Juliet" on Broadway, the famous philanthropist raised $71,000 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS by literally selling the shirt off his back. Bloom even allowed the winner of each charity auction to remove his shirt themselves.
John Cena Net Worth: $55 Million
A tough guy only in the ring, John Cena became the first celebrity to grant 500 Make-A-Wish requests in 2015. He's been championing the cause for years, joining Wish kids in accepting a $1 million WWE donation check in 2015 and donating 1 million Delta frequent flyer miles to the cause in 2010.
Also a longtime supporter of the breast cancer research nonprofit Susan G. Komen Foundation, he served as Grand Marshall for the 2014 Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure. In 2012, he teamed up with the WWE to launch and promote his own Breast Cancer Awareness Month gear, which raised $1 million for the cause.
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Warren Buffett Net Worth: $85.5 Billion
A billionaire with a giant heart, Warren Buffett has pledged to give 99 percent of his wealth to charity. Making good on his promise, the Giving Pledge co-founder donated $12.7 million in Berkshire Hathaway shares to charity in March 2017.
One of the largest celebrity donations of all-time came from Buffett in July 2016, when he gifted nearly $2.9 billion in Berkshire Hathaway stock to various charities. In 2015, he traded in his 2006 Cadillac DTS in for a newer model, autographed it and donated it to Girls, Inc., which auctioned it off for $122,500.
Matt Damon Net Worth: $170 Million
Famous philanthropist Matt Damon co-founded nonprofit Water.org to help people around the globe have access to safe water and sanitation. The charity has made a positive impact on more than 9 million people. In 2016, it gave $14.9 million in philanthropic capital to its WaterCredit partners.
Also a member of the Feeding America Entertainment Council, he's starred in several public service announcements for the organization. Damon is also a co-founder of the charity Not On Our Watch, which supports global human rights.
Justin Timberlake Net Worth: $230 Million
The popstar golfed for charity at the 2016 American Celebrity Pro-Am in Lake Tahoe, but before that, he hosted the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open from 2008 to 2012. Celebrity donations come in many forms, which he proved by giving his CMA guitar to the USO Nashville, Tenn., and USO Fort Campbell, Tenn., for a silent auction in 2015.
Always generous, Timberlake paid $80,000 at a 2014 AmfAR auction for a Damien Hirst painting. He also donated his entire paycheck totaling up to $3 million for a 2013 pre-Super Bowl concert to Shriners Hospital for Children.
Gwen Stefani Net Worth: $100 Million
Gwen Stefani gives her time to causes she cares about, including collaborating with other artists on the LGBT single "Hands," following the June 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla. A few months later, in October 2016, she launched the Harajuku Lovers by Gwen Stefani Red Hot! Collection, with partial proceeds benefiting the Red Cross.
Additionally, she served as the face of the UltraViolet Edge, an Urban Decay global campaign that raises funds for charities that empower women. Stefani also donates money to causes close to her heart, including, $1 million in 2011 to the Save the Children's Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund.
Ed Sheeran Net Worth: $65 Million
Ed Sheeran makes it a priority to pay it forward regularly, including donating 20 of his own items to a U.K. hospice charity shop in March 2017, which raised around $1,280 for the cause. That same month, he auctioned off a meet and greet with tickets to one of the sold-out shows on his European tour, which garnered more than $9,700 for the London Irish Centre.
Miley Cyrus Net Worth: $160 Million
Famous philanthropist Miley Cyrus founded the Happy Hippy Foundation in 2014 to help homeless youth, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable groups. The nonprofit's operational costs are privately funded, so 100 percent of donations go to the people who need them most.
Always working to pay it forward, Cyrus used her star power to raise $69,000 at the 2015 amfAR gala by auctioning off three of her own paintings, based on Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover and signed by the muse. She also licked a piano onstage during an auction at the 2015 Los Angeles LGBT Center's Vanguard Awards gala, which helped it sell for $50,000.
Ian Somerhalder Net Worth: $8 Million
Established in 2010, the Ian Somerhalder Foundation supports various environmental causes. In 2015, the United Nations Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador's charity garnered nearly $375,000 in donations and more than $250,000 in fundraising efforts.
In 2017, Somerhalder has tweeted his support for the charity Donate 4 Birds multiple times. He also joined forces with "The Vampire Diaries" co-star Paul Wesley in 2015 for a charity t-shirt campaign, where a portion of the proceeds benefited environmental initiatives.
Beyoncé Net Worth: $500 Million
Beyoncé was named the most charitable celebrity in the world in 2016 by DoSomething.org, as much for her advocacy as for her donations. The singer has used her high profile for a number of causes she cares about, including gender equality and the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
She raised more than $82,000 for the victims of the water crisis in Flint by asking fans to donate as they bought tickets to her Formation tour, and was the headliner of a Tidal concert that raised money for the Robin Hood Foundation.
Demi Lovato Net Worth: $33 Million
Pop superstar Demi Lovato is worth an estimated $33 million and has used her resources and her fame in a number of charitable ways. Lovato, who is bipolar, has raised awareness about mental health, memorably with a speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
She has also worked extensively with the WE Foundation, which works with women and girls around the world. She traveled in 2017 to Kenya to work with the foundation, meeting Kenyan families and visiting a game preserve. She also raised more than $80,000 for the foundation through personal donations, appearances and a custom bracelet she designed for an auction.
Zendaya Net Worth: $5 Million
The 21-year-old actress Zendaya might be young, but she has long used her star power for good. She celebrated her 20th birthday by raising $50,000 from friends and admirers for Convoy of Hope, which supports impoverished women in Kenya, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Tanzania and the Philippines.
And in an altruistic move aimed at women close to her age, she has teamed with fellow star Bella Thorne to support Donate My Dress, an organization that provides low-income girls with dresses to her wear to their high school proms. She recorded a video to promote the charity — and even donated her own dress.
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Chance the Rapper Net Worth: $9 Million
A graduate of Chicago's public schools, Chance the Rapper has taken a vested interest in their improvement. After expressing dissatisfaction with answers he was given by the mayor of Chicago on plans to better the school system, Chance announced that his foundation would donate $1 million to the district, and an additional $100,000 for every $10,000 raised.
He has also raised money to help provide cold-weather clothing for low-income children, and to put technology in public schools they would otherwise not be able to afford.
Aziz Ansari Net Worth: $18 Million
Comedian and actor Ansari has donated his time and talent as well as his money to charitable causes. He once voiced an animated goat based on his likeness to raise money for Oxfam and performed at a show to raise funds for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Ansari even auctioned off a chance to hang out with himself and the rest of the cast of "Master of None" for anyone who made a $10 donation or more to the Malala Fund, which supports education for girls around the world.
Rihanna Net Worth: $245 Million
Superstar singer Rihanna's Clara Lionel foundation supports the arts, education, and other endeavors around the world. The singer's third-annual Diamond Ball in support of her foundation in New York City this fall raised over $840,000.
Her foundation assists a wide array of causes, from first responders to help those cleaning up after Hurricane Harvey to students in Rihanna's native Barbados studying oncology and nuclear medicine.
Kerry Washington Net Worth: $18 Million
Supporting victims of domestic violence is a cause particularly close to "Scandal" actress Kerry Washington's heart. She teamed up with the Allstate Foundation's Purple Purse program to raise money for survivors, including designing a bag to be sold to raise money for the program.
Justin Bieber Net Worth: $265 Million
One of the most famous singers in the world, Justin Bieber is also famously charitable. The singer recently announced he would donate all the money he made selling his Ferrari to charity — that's a whopping $434,500. He also announced in an Instagram post he would be using his resources to help the victims of fires that have been devastating southern California, where he lives.
Serena Williams Net Worth: $180 Million
Tennis ace Serena Williams is as famous for her charitable work as she is for her forehand. Her Serena Williams Foundation started a school for girls in Kenya, and gives scholarships for college students in the United States every year. She is an also an ambassador for the Allstate Foundation's Purple Purse program, which supports victims of domestic violence.
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Shailene Woodley Net Worth: $9 Million
"Big Little Lies" actress Shailene Woodley founded a non-profit called All It Takes with her mother to promote youth empowerment through initiatives like camps for middle school students and childhood nutrition. The actress also chopped off her long locks for a role in "The Fault in our Stars," and auctioned them off, with the profits going to Children with Hair Loss, which creates wigs for children in need.
Jennifer Garner Net Worth: $60 Million
Actress Jennifer Garner is a passionate advocate for a number of causes, especially those pertaining to mothers and children. The actress is on the board of Save the Children and raised $500,000 for flood relief in her native West Virginia.
Elton John Net Worth: $500 Million
Singer Elton John's AIDS Foundation has raised over $325 million over 25 years to help those with HIV/AIDS and advance research towards a cure. His annual White Tie & Tiara Ball and auctions of pianos he has played and other memorabilia have contributed to this total, as has John's own donations and funding.
Leonardo DiCaprio Net Worth: $245 Million
Movie star Leonardo DiCaprio is worth an estimated $245 million — and has put a large sum of that money towards charity causes. His Leonard DiCaprio Foundation recently announced it would be donating $20 million to charities that work to combat climate change, and has used his star wattage to spread awareness surrounding environmental issues, including in forums like the United Nations.
Elizabeth Nicholas contributed to the reporting for this article.
Net worth figures were sourced from Celebrity Net Worth and Forbes on Dec. 21, 2017.