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Taylor Swift, One Direction Top List of 20 Most Charitable Celebrities

Taylor Swift, One Direction Top List of 20 Most Charitable Celebrities

Beyonce, Paul Walker, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis round out the Top 5 — and even Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber get in on the giving

As long as it's not an ex-boyfriend, Taylor Swift treats people quite well.

DoSomething.org recently released its annual Top 20 Celebs Gone Good list, and for a second year in a row, Swift ranks as its most-charitable entertainer.

The country music star earned headline honors from the feel-good ranker for the way she celebrated her 24th birthday. Proving it is better to give than to receive, Swift donated $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony, which was in financial trouble in 2013. Swift also headlined an event this year benefiting Centrepoint, an organization working to help young homeless people.

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If you hear unstoppable tween screaming, that's because One Direction is DoSomething's runner-up in 2013. The boy band released a Red Nose Day single to help those living in poverty in the UK and Africa. They also raised nearly $800,000 to benefit cancer research. Not bad for teen idols.

The singer that everyone has been talking about since her secret album dropped on Dec. 13, Beyonce, comes in third, for headlining London's charity concert for women's rights: ‘Chime For Change’ earlier this year. Plus, Queen Bey made at least one little girl's Make-A-Wish come true recently in extra-special fashion.

Paul Walker posthumously ranks fourth for his founding of charity Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW), a network of professionals with first responder skills to aid in natural disaster relief. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis round out the Top 5 for their socially conscious song “Same Love,” which calls for equal rights and an end to sexual preference-based intolerance.

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Here the complete list of DoSomething.org's Top 20 Celebs Gone Good:
1. Taylor Swift
2. One Direction
3. Beyonce
4. Paul Walker
5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
6. Sandra Bullock
7. Kerry Washington
8. Ian Somerhalder
9. Ryan Seacrest
10. Carrie Underwood
11. Jennifer Lawrence
12. Alicia Keys
13. Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul
14. Miley Cyrus
15. Demi Lovato
16. Blake Shelton
17. Mindy Kaling
18. Kevin Durant
19. Kendrick Lamar
20. Justin Bieber

  • http://www.vasumurti.org VasuMurti

    “Top *Charitable* Celebrities” ?!

    When you consider the waste of resources that goes into a meat-centered diet (half the world's cereal crop is fed to livestock!), how on earth can you be a “charitable consumer of meat” ?!

    I would like to see Taylor Swift become a positive role model for girls and young women, and join the many celebrities who have transitioned to a vegetarian or vegan diet:

    Russell Brand
    Kristen Wiig
    Natalie Portman
    Pamela Anderson
    Toby MacGuire
    Kristen Bell
    Chris Martin
    Bill Clinton
    Al Gore
    Amy Carter (daughter of Jimmy Carter)
    Lauren Bush (niece of George W. Bush)
    Ellen DeGeneres
    Olivia Wilde
    Kellie Pickler
    Alec Baldwin
    Anthony Kiedis
    Leona Lewis
    Paul McCartney
    Carrie Underwood
    Alicia Silverstone
    Shania Twain
    Ayssa Milano
    Anne Hathaway
    Brad Pitt
    Christina Applegate
    Lea Michele
    Steve-O
    Jared Leto
    Portia DeRossi
    Daryl Hannah
    Russell Simmons
    Sandra Oh
    Petra Nemcova

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): 501 Front Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 (757) 622-PETA