Monday, May 14, 2007
The Giving Back 30 is a ranking of celebrities who have made the largest personal public contributions in 2006. The list, compiled by the Giving Back Fund, is an organization that seeks to cultivate and nurture a new group of philanthropists within the sports and entertainment communities and aims to help establish role models who will inspire others to give back.
Doctor Oprah Winfrey (she received an honorary doctorate in humanities from Howard University at their commencement ceremony this past weekend) tops the list at $58,300,000, donating to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, Oprah's Angel Network and other groups.
Mark Pollick, the President and Founder of the Giving Back Fund, says that “encouragement-by-example is the main reason for the Giving Back 30 list...this is the type of growth we are hoping to inspire within the sports and entertainment communities. One cannot help but be influenced by the generosity of his or her peers.”
Of the 30 on the list, six are African American/African American descent. In addition to Oprah Winfrey, they are:
#5 Tiger Woods, $9,500,000
Tiger Woods Learning Center, Earl D. Woods, Sr. Scholarship Fund and other Tiger Woods Foundation programs
#8 Carmelo Anthony, NBA player, $4,282,000
CAF Youth Center in Baltimore, AAU Basketball , Syracuse University Recreational Center and other charities
#13 Dwayne "The Rock" and Dany Garcia Johnson, $2,000,000
University of Miami to name new Alumni Center living room
#20 Tiki and Ronde Barber and Family, $1,000,000
University of Virginia to support the McIntire School of Commerce, the Virginia Athletics Foundation, Children’s Hospital, a scholarship fund for African-American
students and the Young Alumni Council, and to challenge young alumni to participate in the capital campaign
#26 Denzel Washington, $1,000,000
Save Africa's Children