Gaga, Bieber are most charitable celebs of 2011
December 27th, 2011
01:41 PM ET

Gaga, Bieber are most charitable celebs of 2011

Lady Gaga tops's list of the Top 20 Celebs Gone Good for the second year in a row, according to the site.

The list, compiled by the volunteer organization, ranks celebrities according to their charitable work and donations.

The "Born This Way" singer held on to her No. 1 spot thanks to her anti-bullying efforts, like her Born This Way Foundation. Gaga is followed by fellow pop star Justin Bieber.

Bieber, who sat at No. 10 on last year's list, nabs second place in 2011. He launched the Believe Charity Drive, benefiting music education and children’s cancer, and also encouraged fans to participate in Pencils of Promise, which raises money for new schools.

George Clooney comes in third place, followed by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Will and Jada also aren’t the only power couple who give back. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore (despite splitting up in November) and Brangelina also made the list.

(Flying solo, Nick Cannon makes the list without wife Mariah Carey.)

For the full list, visit

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  1. Thomas

    Dear brothers and sisters
    Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
    We are praying every day for you,your family.

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    I really appreciate you for your wonderful works, God is watching your good
    works HE will give you good reward. May God's Grace and peace will be up on you
    and your family.

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    our organization name is "THOMAS MINISTRIES" Regd No. 590/07.
    Our ministries are Gospel preaching,village evangelism,prayer for sick,
    prison ministry besides we are caring and helping to orphans,widows and old
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    perishing souls and wipe out every tears those who are struggling, suffering
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    Now our organisation is in critical situation so I am asking you as a christian
    that please donate and stand our organization with your kind help even though
    little and get heavenly blessings and also tell to your friends and relatives
    about our organisation,no pressure in this charity. your talents will be doubled
    in the kingdom of heaven,If you are willing to donate please send your
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    We wish you heart fully to come India to visit our church and ministries,
    we are praying for you and your family in our daily prayer,please pray for
    us and our ministries. May God bless and prosperous you forever !

    Sincerely in Christ
    Pastor Thomas
    Thomas ministries

    October 19, 2013 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. David crandall

    Save the whale, the fish and the animals, forget about people.

    December 31, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jessica@work

    Awww! He's cuter than she is! LOL

    December 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. NBAfan

    It's funny that Bono isn't on it with all the awards he gets for humanitarian actions. If you look at what he actually does, it's very little. He constantly talks and visits places but doesn't donate anything. What a fraud, atleast he makes horrible music to match his charity actions.

    December 28, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. Booo

    I'm sorry but the presidential and vice presidential whinings are foolish. Obama, bush, or biden giving a few more thousand dollars is nothing compared to the ways they can and could affect policy to help people. Let's see. Given the choice between them helping to push through legislation to help all people for ever- or until possibly repealed- or donating $10k to some charity that will probably take half to pay their execs and admin, I'll take the policy.

    December 28, 2011 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sean McRoberts

    I would have to agree. This is a pretty bogus list. It is just filler and not serious journalism on CNN's part. I really question how you properly quantify any of this. Many people give gifts in private so there is no way to tell how much they have really done. Not to mention some of the celebrities only volunteer their time to improve their image and thus make money off it. Furthermore just doing something is not always the best. How do you tell what really helped people and didn't hurt them? How can you take serious someone who makes a hundred million a year and then only gives a million or two and/or 20 hours of time? It is only 2 percent of their money with millions to spare and free time they already had. Or what about celebrities who are dedicated full time to certain causes and thus are off Hollywood's radar. It does not seem like they have anyone on this list in that category. I wish there was a way to actual split CNN. Some of the reporting is really good, but some of it is just trying to propagate their own personal beliefs.

    December 28, 2011 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. holy smokey

    Ron paul likes his hair pulled!! ha! f@g much?

    December 28, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sara

    She's so great! Just heard of her great deeds on 'wealthychats,c om'. She deserves the reputation.

    December 27, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BEM684

    Food for thought.

    President Obama (according to his 2009 tax return) donated $329,100 to charity in 2009. He earned about $5.5 million dollars in adjusted gross income. This means he gave roughly 6% of his income to charity. Pretty bad for somebody earning millions. Joe Biden in the same year gave only $4,820 to charity. His AGI was $333,182, making his donations about 1.4% of his AGI. Pathetic!

    December 27, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Eileen

    Why doesn't George W. Bush, will all his Millions made from his false flag the blood of our true American Patriots give a nickel? ?

    December 27, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • BEM684

      According to his 2007 tax return, GWB gave almost 18% of his Adjusted Gross Income to charity. Obama gave about 6% in 2009, and he earned 6 times as much as Bush.

      December 27, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MB

    It is a good thing when people give to charity, whether they are famous or unknown, and whether they give publicly or anonymously. You may dislike the music, acting, or public personas of these people, but they have done a good thing by helping others. Some people here have stated that giving anonymously is "how charity should work", and that giving publicly is "self-promotion". That is not necessarily true. Those who have found themselves in the public eye have an uncommon opportunity to set an example for the rest of us. When they choose to do it by helping others instead of acting like idiots, as celebrities too often do, we should be proud. (And, for the record, I have a friend whose son committed suicide because of bullying. So even though I am not a Gaga fan I do think her cause is a worthy one.)

    December 27, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BEM684


    One day when you're lying in bed terminally ill with an incurable disease, I hope you pick up the paper and read about how Justin Bieber had the chance to donate 10 million bucks to research your ailment, but decided to give it to manatee rehabilitation instead.

    December 27, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. forsingle

    Bigtalls.c0m..a nice club for tàll people to date. You need not to be beautiful or handsome,if you are over 5'8", as long as you are tàll, you are very popular here.

    December 27, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. robota

    monetary donations are tax deductible in the united states. steve A's comment about time is on the money (pardon the pun) - you can't buy time. and it's not that i'm a hater, i'm pragmatic. generousness is an admirable quality nonetheless.

    December 27, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. David crandall

    I wish they would donate to organizations that are trying to save the environment. This would do so much more for humanity. Our environment is trashed and will soon kill us all.

    December 27, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  16. BEM684

    What is with celebrities and animal rights? I suspect they feel such strong attachment to the animals because most of them can't keep friendships or hold meaningful relationships with HUMAN BEINGS. I do support basic animal rights but many of these charities are nuts. Flame on, internet heroes.

    December 27, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  17. W

    It is incredible how angry you all are about people donating. If you all hate celebrities so much, why read articles about them and waste your time posting? I say kudos to anyone who donates their time or money to help someone less fortunate or shed light on a cause they think is important. At least they aren't creating homeless camps in our city parks, pretending that their alleged protest is making a positive contribution to our communities.

    December 27, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  18. shakemeup

    Calm down Ron Paul!!

    December 27, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  19. carm

    they aren't generous at all; they have more money than they know what to do with. The poor widow, giving her last penny, gives more than the millions of dollars these freaks give.

    December 27, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Meeee

    This would be more informative if we knew "what percentage of thier income" was given to charity....

    December 27, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Matt

    Wow America blog commenters – looks like your as filled with hate as ever. Jesus must be so proud.

    December 27, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  22. BillSD33

    Ahhh, just when I was worried that there might be good in the world, along come the wonderful comments! You should all be ashamed. If you need to post mean things ANONYMOUSLY, then take a look in the mirror to see what the problem with mankind is!

    December 27, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Steve A

    Give us the names of celebs who donate time, they all seem to make more money than they need. No one can buy more time.

    December 27, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Maverick

    Anti-bullying movement gets the number one spot????? There are children dying of starvation and genocide but the number one spot goes to a charity designed to relieve over privileged American kids from getting wedgies and noogies? What a freaking joke.

    December 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • drillteamer

      So the kids that commit suicide because they are consistently harassed by their peers don't mean anything? Bullying rarely happens to the "over-privileged" children you talk about, but to kids who are at various disadvantages. YOU are the joke here.

      December 27, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • mance lotter comment of the day!!!!

      December 27, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  25. John M

    They are the most charitable celebs that are known. Many give and donate anonymously, which is how charity should work really, or at least the people who give should be discrete about it. I always appreciate giving, but doing such to get attention is really annoying. Not everyone does that but some do and that is a shame...

    December 27, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lauren G

      Exactly. Donating anonymously is charitable. Anything else is just plain self-promotion.

      December 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Butters

      Wrong Lauren G. Sometimes a celebrities name behind a cause can greatly help bring attention to various issues. Call it self-promotion all you want. But if you have the power to try and bring change I think it is your responsibility to try and use that power. These people have star power and they are using it.

      December 27, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Sledgehammer

    @@madien. u failed loser. dont u ever know when to stfu?

    December 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  27. comeon

    Who would have thought... No Kardashian or Jennifer Lopez

    December 27, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • helen

      Jennifer Lopez has actually quietly donated millions of dollars to Childrens Hospital LA and created a telemedicine program in Puerto Rico with one in Panama coming soon through her Maribel Foundation. Just because she doesn't put out a press release doesn't mean she doesn't do it.

      December 27, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Texas Trucker

    Its good stuff too. Leftover cereal with milk and all kinds of things.

    December 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Texas Trucker

    Im a long haul trucker from texas and I give plenty. You dont have to be all gay like these qeeeers to donate and help others. I always put my leftover food outside on a scrap pile so the hungry can get something to eat if they want.

    December 27, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  30. shantaal

    Anyone that just gives away money for free must be a dirty hippy. That or a liberal stooge.

    December 27, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • RonPaulLikesHisHairPULLED

      Or isn't a Republican who spends all their money on heroin!

      December 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  31. mandy

    These r-tards seem mega-gay and hella-gay. I think they may be gaymeister extrordinaires. With a cherry on top.

    December 27, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  32. denise

    This is just a list of the gayest people in the entertainment indutry. I think they got their list mixed up.

    December 27, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmybean

      I have little doubt the only one you gave to was your fat self

      December 27, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  33. @maiden

    What charity work did u do or donate to ? Just another hater ?

    December 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  34. maiden

    @Klsteele what charities did you help?Or are you just good at being a hater?

    December 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Klsteele

    Will Smith is only on their because they give tons of money to that joke called Scientology and its hidden charities.

    December 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimmybean

      But he knows when to use 'there" versus "their" versus "they're", unlike you.

      December 27, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  36. seriously?

    Of all ppl, Mariah Carey should be on that list!

    December 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |

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