Help: Charities

We know that you don't need us or a celebrity to remind you about people and causes around the world that could use our help. We just wanted to give something back after talking smack and critiquing outfits. Here are some charities doing important work, some of which are recommended or run by celebrities. If you'd like to find more worthy causes to support, please check out these top rated charities by category on is also useful to evaluate specific charities. You can find out which charities your favorite celebrities support on

Current areas in need
(Charity list adopted from top rated charities under these topics on Note that many charities support multiple areas in need of relief.)

Bystanders look at storm damage along 15th Street in Tuscaloosa, Alabama April 27, 2011 Credit: AP

Southeastern Tornados
Direct Relief
Life South
Save The Chilidren
Alabama Governor's Emergency Relief Fund
American Red Cross
Feeding America

Evacuees stand around Shinjuku Central Park in Tokyo Japan March 11, 2011 Credit: Reuters

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
Charity Navigator
Global Giving
Action Against Hunger
Doctors Without Borders
American Red Cross
Shelter Box
World Vision
International Medical Corps
Operation USA
Samaritan's Purse

Tyler Clementi's facebook pic

LGBT Youth
Freedom to Marry
Human Rights Campaign
Lambda Legal
Love Makes a Family
Matthew Shepard Foundation
The Trevor Project

Eight year-old Amreen in northwestern Pakistan, April 2010 Credit: UN Photo

Action Against Hunger
American Red Cross
American Refugee Committee
Catholic Relief Services
Food for the Hungry
International Medical Corps
International Rescue Committee
Mercy Corps
Operation USA
Plan USA
Salvation Army
Save the Children
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief)

A child rests in hospital in Port-au-Prince, January 2010 Credit: UN Photo/Marco Dormino

American Friends Service Committee
American Jewish World Service
American Refugee Committee
ChildFund International
Children Incorporated
Compassion International
Food for the Hungry
Freedom from Hunger
Gifts in Kind International
Habitat for Humanity International
Heifer Project International
International Medical Corps
International Rescue Committee
Lutheran World Relief
Mennonite Central Committee
Operation USA
Partners in Health
Project Concern International
William J. Clinton Foundation

BP Gulf oiled Brown Pelican treated in Fort Jackson, LA Credit: IBRRC

Gulf Region:
Center for Biological Diversity
Environmental Defense Fund
Friends of the Earth
Natural Resources Defense Council
Nature Conservancy
Resources for the Future

Celebrities and Causes

Angelina Jolie
SOS Children's Villages
Doctors Without Borders
Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation

Matt Damon
One X One
Ante Up For Africa

Ed Norton - social networking site for charity
Conservation Lands Foundation
Signature Theatre Company

George Clooney
Not On Our Watch
One Campaign
Realizing The Dream

Sandra Bullock
Warren Easton Charter School
Beauty Bus Foundation
Restore The Gulf

Will Smith
Feeding America
Dream Foundation
Live Strong

Reese Witherspoon
Avon Foundation
The Feed Foundation

Johnny Depp
Great Ormond Street Hospital
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Ronald McDonald House Charities

Drew Barrymore
World Food Programme
Much Love

Scarlett Johansson
USA Harvest