Top 30 Celebrity Donors for 2011

Top 30 Celebrity Donors for 2011

The Giving Back Fund (GBF), a nonprofit organization that provides philanthropic management and consulting to the sports and entertainment industries, released its fifth annual Giving Back 30, a list of the 30 celebrities who made the largest donations to charity in 2011 according to public records.

“Encouragement by example is the main reason we compile the Giving Back 30,” said Marc Pollick, President and Founder of The Giving Back Fund. “One cannot help but be influenced by the generosity of his or her peers.” Pollick continued, “We are also often asked by the media and the public about which celebrities actually give the largest donations to charitable causes so we decided it made sense to publish the research for all to see.”

The top 30 list includes the usual suspects-actress Jamie Gertz and her hubby Antony Ressler, Meryl Streep, Nora Roberts, Alec Baldwin, Mel Gibson and others, while oddly absent this year from the top 30 is Oprah, who clinched the number one spot with over $40M in 2010…but the best part of this years top 30, is the number of professional athletes who ‘out-donated’ some higher earning celebrities.

Coming in at number 6 on the list is NFL player Ndamukong Suh.
The Detroit Lions defensive tackle gave $2 million to the Nebraska University athletic department and another $600,000 to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering to endow a scholarship. It is the largest single gift ever from a former football player.

7th place: MLB Player Lance Berkman and his wife Cara $2,412,245
To The Lord’s Fund, a foundation they established. Grants include $400k to Josiah Venture, a Christian youth movement in Eastern Europe, and $113k to Children’s Cup, a Christian organization focusing on “forgotten children” in Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, and efforts are also underway in Vietnam and the Philippines. Most of their giving is to Christian-based organizations.

18: NFL Player Eli Manning and his wife Abby $1,000,000
To the University of Mississippi’s Ole Miss Opportunity Scholarship, which allows prospective students with an adjusted gross family income at or below $30,000 to attend the University of Mississippi.

22: NBA Player Carmelo Anthony $837,200
(Hot stuff makes the list every year, regardless if there’s a lock-out or not)
To Carmelo Anthony Foundation. Grants include $500,000 to Syracuse University and $302,000 to The Living Classroom Foundation.

25: MLB Player Mariano Rivera $627,500
To the Mariano Rivera Foundation. Grants distributed included $150,000 to the Church of God Prophecy and $50,000 to the Brooklyn Tabernacle.

29: An Athlebrity favorite: Golfer Davis Love $424,379
To the Davis Love III Foundation, which he established. Grants distributed include $479,000 to the St. Presbyterian Church, $100,000 to Frederica Academy, $75,000 to Special Olympics, and $75,000 to Boys and Girls Club of Southeast GA.

(Above photo(L-R) Jose Maria Olazabal, Captain of The European Ryder Cup Team, and Davis Love III, Captain of The American Ryder Cup Team, pose for a photo prior to hitting a shot during the Ryder Cup Captains’ Charity Golf Shot from the 16th floor of the Trump International Hotel & Tower on September 26, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.)


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