Angelina Jolie Foundation: A Big Star with a Big Heart

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Angelina Jolie is one of the biggest names in Hollywood. Regarded as one of the most beautiful women in the world, it turns out that Jolie is beautiful inside and out. Angelina Jolie has starred in many films, the most famous of which have been Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Changeling and SALT, among others. The Oscar-winning actress takes great interest in humanitarian crises around the world. She has visited refugees in Sierra Leone, Haiti, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Syria, Iraq and many other countries. Find out how Angelina Jolie’s donations help people throughout the world in these top four charities below.

Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation
Together with her now husband Brad Pitt, Jolie established the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation in honor of their son Maddox. It was founded in 2006 to provide aid to areas in humanitarian crises throughout the world. The funds help protect natural resources, conserve wildlife and help people in extreme poverty. The pair donated $1 million each to Doctors Without Borders when they created the Jolie-Pitt Foundation.

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador
Ever since she visited Cambodia to film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Angelina Jolie’s fundraising efforts have focused on humanitarian crises. Angelina Jolie was named a Goodwill Ambassador for the UNHCR in 2001 after contacting the High Commissioner for Refugees to find out which areas in the world needed the most attention. Her role was to educate the public on the plight of refugees as well as the courage and perseverance of people in war-torn countries. She received the Global Humanitarian Award in 2005 for her work with refugees and the UNHCR. If you think the star receives special treatment on her mission trips, think again. She insists on sharing the same working and living conditions as the rest of the field staff during her visits.

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Maddox Jolie Project
Jolie wanted her son Maddox to maintain a connection to his home country of Cambodia, so she purchased a home there in 2003. The home sat on 39 hectacres, but Jolie purchased the surrounding 60,000 hectacres to protect the wildlife there from poachers. It is now a wildlife reserve for Asian black bears, Asian elephants and tigers. She was awarded Cambodian citizenship for her conservation efforts. To do your part to help animals, consider giving to the Animal fundraisers on MicroGiving.com.

Millennium Village
The home she purchased in Cambodia now serves as the headquarters for the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Project. The foundation created the Millennium village, an area where 6,000 villagers now live, 72 of them employed by MJP. The compound of 10 villages now has schools and is connected by roads, all of the work funded by Jolie herself.

Other Projects
Jolie has funded dozens of schools around the world and funds a care facility in Cambodia for childen affected by HIV. In Ethiopia where her daughter Zahara was born, she also funds a treatment center for children with HIV and tuberculosis.

Although you may not be able to travel the world as Jolie does, you can still help people who are in crisis. Donate to fundraisers in the Loss of Income, Loss of Housing and Medical Treatment categories at MicroGiving.com. Your donations make a big different in the lives of others.