Ellen Degeneres makes a reported 50 million dollars per year. On top of endorsement deals and American Idol, she gets paid approximately 5 million per episode of ‘The Ellen Show’. It is an enormous amount of money. As the saying goes, to whom much is given, much is required, and Ellen meets the requirements. Here is a list of charities Ellen Degeneres is associated with and has contributed to.
Farm Sanctuary fights for the rights and protection of farm animals. This organization brings awareness and education about farm animals and their treatment in industrial farming factories.
ONE Campaign is an effort to fight against extreme poverty and AIDS.
Project Zambi indirectly provides assistance to children in Africa who have become orphans due to AIDS.
Save the Music Foundation brings awareness to the importance of music education in public schools. It also helps to restore and keep these programs in place.
Project cuddle helps prevent infant abandonment.
Musicians On Call bring live music to hospitals in order to help patients through the their healing process.
Artists Against racism uses art to educate youth about multiculturalism and prevent prejudice thinking.
Clothes Off Our Back is a charity auction for celebrity clothes. Proceeds benefit different children’s charities.
Heifer International encourages families and communities to become self reliant by educating and providing livestock in order to alleviate hunger and poverty.
Peace games helps students solve problems peacefully and encourages them to take responsibility for peace in their schools and communities.
Feed America advocates for America’s hungry and promotes awareness of domestic hunger.
Ellen uses her daytime TV show as a platform for many of these campaigns. She brings awareness of their existence and encourages people to participate in fundraising events. Awareness is key to the success of many of the more obscure foundations/campaigns she endorses. For instance, the American Wild Horse Preservation campaign is one that is rarely heard of. This campaign was started in order to keep wild horses in their natural habitat. Other, more widely recognizable charities include, Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, Family Health International, Red Cross, Society for Animal Protective Legislation, Stand Up To Cancer, Stephen J Wampler Association, St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, Susan G Komen for the Cure, and The Humane Society.