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The Famous Philanthropists
Nikki Reed She is an animal rights advocate. She volunteers at animal shelters on her free time and she designed a limited edition collar and leash for Gilt to benefit Aspca (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). On Oct. 22, 2014, she was honored with the ASPCA Compassion Award for her contributions to animal welfare.
Ian Somerhalder He supports the St. Tammany Humane Society, an organization for animal shelter and welfare. Somerhalder set up "Ian Somerhalder Foundation“ in 2010, which he hopes will educate people on the importance of protecting the environment and animals.
Kelly Rutherford She supports IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare), which saves animals in need all around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, they rescue individual animals, campaign to prevent animal cruelty and advocate for the protection of wildlife and habitats.
Natalia Vodianova Vodianova is a founder of the Naked Heart Foundation, a philanthropic organization that strives to provide a safe and inspiring environment in which to play for every child living in urban Russia and to help support families raising kids with disabilities. Vodianova became an ambassador for Hear the World, a global campaign that seeks to raise awareness of the topic of hearing and hearing loss and to promote good hearing all over the world. She is also a spokesperson for the Tiger Trade Campaign, an alliance of 38 organizations united under the common aim "to bring back wild tigers by stopping trade in tiger parts and products from all sources".
Richard Branson In the late 1990s, Branson and musician Peter Gabriel discussed with Nelson Mandela their idea of a small, dedicated group of leaders, working objectively and without any vested personal interest to solve difficult global conflicts. On 18 July 2007 Mandela announced the formation of a new group, The Elders. The Elders is independently funded by a group of donors, including Branson and Gabriel. The Elders use their collective skills to catalyse peaceful resolutions to long-standing conflicts, articulate new approaches to global issues that are causing or may cause immense human suffering, and share wisdom by helping to connect voices all over the world. In 1999, Branson became a founding sponsor of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children ("ICMEC"), the goal of which is to help find missing children, and to stop the exploitation of children.
Richard Branson Branson's other work in South Africa includes the Branson School of Entrepreneurship, set up in 2005. The school aim’s to improve economic growth in South Africa by supporting start-ups and micro-enterprises with skills, mentors, services, networks and finance arrangements. In 2014, Branson joined forces with African Wildlife Foundation and partner WildAid for the "Say No" Campaign, an initiative to bring public awareness to the issues of wildlife poaching and trafficking.