February 10th, 2010
07:46 PM ET

Ludacris helps students get a 'Step' ahead

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$1.5 million in scholarships is at stake, and some college students seeking a share are just steps away – literally.

Fraternities and sororities from around the U.S. have been taking part in the Sprite Step Off, a national step competition hosted by rapper/actor Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, who's also a producer behind the contest and the resulting MTV2 documentary series.  It's the biggest step competition in history, and the finalists will square off in Atlanta for a shot at the top prize: $100,000 in college scholarships.

January 25th, 2010
03:39 PM ET

Hollywood and Haiti: Who's giving what?

One of the commenters today on our Haiti telethon blog post made an interesting request: "I would like to see a list of all the Hollywood types who have contributed to this telethon and how much they contributed.  Actions speak louder than words (or performances)."

Of course, as other posters noted, those performances were aimed at increasing donations, by getting more people to tune in to the telethon.  In addition, many celebrities are donating their time to raising funds and awareness for the cause, such as Ben Stiller's fundraising through Save The Children for a school in Haiti. And, as unlikely as it may seem, some celebs may have contributed without putting out press releases.

Nevertheless, this sounded like a "Find The Good" challenge, so here's what I've been able to dig up.  This list is by no means complete, or in any kind of order, but it should provide an idea of who's giving what.

January 25th, 2010
01:48 PM ET

Judge gives Britney Spears 'ok' to auction off VMA dress

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Britney Spears literally wants to give the clothes off her back to help victims of the Haitian earthquake.

The pop singer received permission from a judge on Friday to donate a dress that she wore during her comeback appearance at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, to be auctioned off for charity.

Spears appeared before the judge for a progress review of her father’s handling of her affairs. Jamie Spears was given control of his daughter’s finances two years ago.  During the routine visit to the judge Spears also received permission to auction off the dress for Haitian relief. FULL POST

January 20th, 2010
05:48 PM ET

U2 and Jay-Z record a song to raise money for Haiti

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U2, Jay-Z and producer Swizz Beatz have recorded a song together to raise money for victims devastated by the Haiti earthquake.

U2 guitarist, The Edge, told Irish radio station 2FM that the song has already been finished and recorded after Swizz Beatz reached out to the band with the idea.

It is not clear whether the single will be released or whether the collaborators plan to debut it during Friday night's worldwide broadcast of the "Hope for Haiti" telethon. FULL POST

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January 5th, 2010
03:49 PM ET

Kevin Bacon's six degrees of kindness

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Movie trivia fans like me have long enjoyed the "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" game, connecting seemingly every actor in Hollywood history to Bacon in just a few films.

Lesser known is his Web site sixdegrees.org, which makes it just as easy to connect with nearly two million different charities.  Potential donors can search for specific causes or organizations, learn about groups they may not have known about, and find out which celebs are supporting what charities.  The site lists assets, revenues and expenses for every group, rating its efficiency and its organization ... even how much the head of each charity is paid.

The site has done so well connecting donors and volunteers with charities that Bacon is set to receive the Joel Siegel Award from the Broadcast Film Critics Association this year.  Meryl Streep, who starred with Bacon in "The River Wild" (one degree!), will present the honor at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards on January 15.

Most people want to give to charity, but even when you have money to spare in these tight times, it can be frustrating figuring out how to make sure your donations have as much impact as possible.  This site makes that a lot easier.  Kudos, Kevin and company.

December 22nd, 2009
05:13 PM ET

Chef Jamie Oliver wins $100K grant to help fight childhood obesity

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Naked Chef Jamie Oliver will receive a  $100,000  grant from the TED foundation to be put towards the celebrity foodie’s efforts to battle childhood obesity, it was announced this week.

When he isn’t delighting television audiences with his boyish charm and slightly messy all-natural cooking, Oliver has become quite the advocate for children’s nutrition. Oliver's School Dinners/Feed Me Better campaign already strong-armed the UK government to invest $1 billion to make school lunches more nutritious.

In 2010, a new television series, “Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution USA”, will air on ABC, combining the chef’s desire to affect eating habits with America’s love of food and competitive reality shows.

Oliver will unveil how he plans to spend the grant on February 10 at the  TED2010 conference in Long Beach, California.

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