NJ’s Most Prominent Celebrity Philanthropists
We’re used to hearing the same news about celebrities; the massive vacation home they just purchased, how much they spent on an outfit or beauty treatment, an expensive new car they were spotted driving. But the lifestyles of the rich and famous aren’t all just for show, many celebs use their fame and fortune for good too, donating both time and money to organizations close to their heart. Here are some of North Jersey’ most prominent celebrity philanthropists and the charitable work they have done.
Professional makeup guru and owner of Bobbi Brown cosmetics, Bobbi Brown is a entrepreneur, editor, author, mother, and philanthropist. Hailing from Montclair New Jersey, Both Brown and her company, support a number of charitable causes. On International Women’s Day in 2013, she launched and founded Pretty Powerful, which provides women and girls around the world with skills and knowledge to overcome inequalities and hardships. Every year, Brown launches a new product and every cent of the products sold supports the charity. She supports Dress for Success, a worldwide nonprofit that offers free, professional support for women entering the workforce and the Jane Addams High School for Academic Careers in South Bronx. Brown is also involved in her local schools, museum, and hospital.
Resident of Hoboken and Summit, New Jersey, the Giants QB Eli Manning has two Super Bowl Championships under his belt and has accomplished more than many people in the sports industry, but that isn’t enough for Eli Manning. He was recently awarded the New York Observer’s Top 20 Philanthropists Under 40. Between 2007 and 2012, he raised nearly three million to create the Eli Manning Children’s Clinic in the Blair E. Batson hospital for children, which gives outpatient care to 75,000 children a year. After Hurricane Katrina, Manning worked with the Red Cross to bring an airplane of supplies to the victims. Manning has also been the host of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, in Westchester, NY since 2008. Guiding Eyes for the Blind is a nonprofit supporting guide dogs for the blind, visually impaired, and autistic.
P Diddy, residing in Alpine, New Jersey, has done it all, from music, producing, designing his fashion label, Sean John, and acting. Through his clothing line, Sean John, Diddy has incorporated a pink slip to spread awareness for breast cancer and research. Additionally, he founded Daddy’s House Social Programs which provides tutoring, life skills, and summer camps for inner city youth in Harlem. He is involved with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, a program that teaches low-income students to have an entrepreneurial mindset and helps them stay in school. He has also run in the New York Marathon and raised 2 million for children suffering with HIV and AIDS.
Acclaimed songstress Alicia Keys, calls Englewood, New Jersey, her home. Yet her accomplishments exceed the music industry, as Alicia Keys is also a prominent philanthropist. Keys is the co-founder and global ambassador for Keep A Child Alive, a nonprofit that provides medicine to families with HIV and AIDS in Africa. She has traveled to multiple countries as an ambassador, speaking to young people who have lost their parents to the disease. Keys is also a spokesperson for Frum The Ground Up, an organization that aids young people with the tools they need for success. She has performed for many telethons and concerts to raise money for events, charities, and victims of natural disasters.
Comedic genius, actor, writer and producer Chris Rock, of Alpine New Jersey, has used laugher to support many causes. In 2014, he helped raised 2.5 million at the Laughter is the Best Medicine II comedy gala for the Toronto East General Hospital. Rock also performed this past November at Alicia Key’s 12th annual Black Ball for her charity Keep A Child Alive, which raised more than 3.8 million. Rock is an ambassador for UNICEF, and supported the launch of the RED campaign, which helps women and children affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa. Rock was also a speaker in America: A Tribute to Heros charity telethon for victims after 9/11.
Joseph Simmons, otherwise known as Rev Run, is a hip-hop mogul, reverend and family man. Him and his family call Upper Saddle River, New Jersey home. Simmons, current project is Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers on The Cooking Channel. Simmons created the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation in 1995 with his two brothers, Russell Simmons and Danny Simmons. Based out of New York City, the foundation provides inner city youth with exposure to the arts, including supporting emerging artists with exhibition opportunities. He also supports Champions for Children, a nonprofit dedicated to ending childhood abuse and neglect, and CLIC Sargent, a charity that helps children and young people with cancer.