Putting Star Power to Work
Celebrities who really want to effect change aren't just showing up at galas, they're going into the field and meeting with policymakers.
To raise money to combat global poverty, Bono created programs like the One Campaign and (RED). He has met with world leaders to advocate debt forgiveness for developing countries.
Founded J/P Haitian Relief Organization to aid with rebuilding. The group works on the ground in Haiti; it has provided temporary housing to 50,000 and medical care to many more.
Cofounded Keep a Child Alive to provide medicine for HIV and support for AIDS orphans in Africa. She encourages youth in the U.S. to complete their education with Frum Tha Ground Up.
Norton launched the fundraising site Crowdrise last year and runs Solar Neighbors, which donates solar-energy systems to low-income families in South-Central L.A.
His foundation partners with other agencies to raise awareness of environmental issues. DiCaprio also produced The 11th Hour, a documentary about global ecosystems in crisis. …