Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, and Other Celebrities With Their Own Charities

There are a few public figures out there using their power for good — we’re not talking about Kim Kardashian’s law degree. Musicians and actors across the globe are using their platform to spread awareness for causes they care about. Here are a few of the nonprofit organizations founded by Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Emma Watson, and other influential celebrities.

Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus attends The 2019 Met Gala | Dia Dipasupil/FilmMagic

Miley Cyrus, ‘The Happy Hippie Foundation’

Artist, actress, and activist, Miley Cyrus, has been in the public eye since her Hannah Montana days. With songs like “Can’t Be Tamed” and “Wrecking Ball,” this musician separated herself from her Disney image. It was then she realized that people would talk about her for good or for bad; she wanted to use her influence for good.

The Happy Hippie Foundation, founded by Miley Cyrus on September 17, 2014, officially launched to the public on May 5, 2015. According to their website, this nonprofit’s mission is to “rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable populations.”

Lady Gaga at the Oscars
Lady Gaga attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Lady Gaga, ‘The Born This Way Foundation’

When Lady Gaga premiered her 2011 hit song, “Born This Way,” it exploded into a cultural phenomenon. People heralded Gaga as a voice for and an advocate of LGTBQ+ equality. The singer has since appeared on LGTBQ-centered television shows, like RuPaul’s Drag Race. Famous drag queens, Shangela and Willam appeared in A Star Is Born alongside the pop artist.

Outside of her music and acting career, Lady Gaga advocates for LGTBQ+ rights through her nonprofit organization, The Born This Way Foundation. According to their website, this organization “is committed to supporting the wellness of young people and empowering them to create a kinder and braver world.”

Emma Watson
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Emma Watson, ‘HeForShe’

This actress and activist is a real-life version of Belle from Beauty and the Beast. She attended Brown University, she loves books, and she frequently advocates for women’s rights and women’s equality. Emma Watson often appears publicly, discussing what it means to be a feminist. Outside of Hollywood, Emma Watson created a nonprofit organization to advocate for gender equality.

HeForShe, according to their website, “is an invitation for men and people of all genders to stand in solidarity with women to create a bold, visible, and united force for gender equality.” Other actors and celebrities, like Lin-Manuel Miranda and Anne Hathaway, appeared alongside Emma Watson, in support of her gender equality movement.

Adam Driver
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Adam Driver, ‘Arts in the Armed Forces’

You might know him as the ruthless and short-tempered Kylo Ren, but before Adam Driver attended Julliard’s Drama School, he was a United States Marine. Although he never served overseas, Adam Driver continues his work with members of the armed forces.

Adam Driver created Art in the Armed Forces alongside his wife, Joanne Tucker. According to their website, the nonprofit organization provides “programming to active duty service members, veterans, military support staff and their families around the world free of charge.” Some prominent actors to appear in performances include Ben Stiller, Raven Symoné, and, of course, Adam Driver.

Elton John is in a red suit jacket and playing the piano on stage.
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Elton John, ‘The Elton John AIDS Foundation’

Just because he’s one of the biggest names in the music industry doesn’t mean Sir Elton John can’t start his own charity. As an advocate for LGBTQ+ visibility, Elton John created his own nonprofit organization in 1992. The organization is entitled, “The Elton John AIDS Foundation.”

Over 20 years later, this organization is still active and growing, supporting “innovative HIV prevention, education programs, direct care, and support services to people living with HIV.” The organization website states that the 27th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party raised over $6 million for the global effort to end AIDS.