Oprah’s First Love is To Help People
Is it surprising that Oprah is Number One on the list of those that help people through charitable acts? While Gates and others are making plans to give half of their estates to charity, in 2009, Oprah already gave $50 million through charitable acts. This roughly equates to one-fifth of her earnings last year and means that she gave five times more than any other Hollywood celebrity.
The Goal is to Help People Through the Angel Network and the OW Foundation
Of course, the largest portion of the $50 million went to her Angel Network and the Oprah Winfrey Foundation. But these two organizations, founded by Oprah, have accomplished amazing feats. By 2006, just two short years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Angel Network had raised $15 million (ten of which was from Oprah’s personal donation) and teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to rebuild 300 homes across four states. As a part of that, Oprah founded Angel Lane in the Houston, Texas area. With help from Habitat, fifty new homes were built along Angel Lane for families displaced by the hurricanes. In 2006, Oprah also established the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, a global initiative established just south of Johannesburg, Africa. The school is tuition-free and provides living and educational quarters for more than 150 students. Oprah’s commitment to improving education here in the States has grown to new heights in 2010. The Angel Network recently provided six charter-school networks, each of which received $1 million in grants, to be dedicated to reforming public education.
Helping People Online — Here’s How
Microgiving applauds Oprah’s charitable efforts to help people, and helping people to “live better lives” through programs that create a sustainable difference. Like Oprah, Microgiving works to help others live better. If you would like to help people and enable them to live better by signing up as a Microgiving donor – or you might benefit from our assistance as a recipient – please visit our website to learn how you can help people.