30-Plus Stars Who Have Donated to Hurricane Harvey Relief, From Beyonce to Kevin Hart

Many celebrities and sports icons step up to contribute their wealth to help those affected by the hurricane

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Since Hurricane Harvey left behind a wave of destruction in Houston, Texas, and elsewhere along the U.S. Gulf Coast, many stars have pitched in to help.

Some have even donated large sums of their money to the cause.

From Kevin Hart to Beyonce, here is a list of noteworthy people — both native and non-native Texans — who have fiscally contributed to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Kevin Hart ($50,000)

One of the first to step up to the metaphorical plate was comedian/actor Kevin Hart. Hart launched the “Hurricane Harvey Relief Challenge” via Instagram, in which he pledged to donate $25,000 to hurricane relief and challenged a few of his fellow celebrity friends to do the same. Hart himself donated $50,000.

Jensen Ackles ($50,000)

Though he’s currently in Vancouver, filming for “Supernatural,” Jensen Ackles is thinking of his native Texas. According to CNN, the actor donated $50,000 and launched a fundraising campaign via Crowdrise that has raised nearly $225,000.

Sandra Bullock ($1 million)

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Bullock, who owns a house in Texas, donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Rachael Ray ($1 million)

Ray also donated $1 million to Hurricane Harvey relief, which will benefit animals displaced by the hurricane, according to People.

J.J. Watt

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Through the YouCaring crowdfunding platform, J.J. Watt, defensive end for the Houston Texans, has raised over $6.6 million. According to the site, Watts next plans to reach a donation goal of $10 million.

Arnold Schwarzenegger ($100,000)

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The Governator not only showed his support for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, but also for Watt’s hugely successful mission of raising money for the cause. “I love what you’re doing for Houston, JJ Watt, so I’m sending some of my money. It’s time to raise the goal again!”


The “Formation” singer told the Houston Chronicle that she, her hometown pastor (Rudy Rasmus of St. John’s in Houston), and her organization BeyGOOD would “implement a plan to help as many as we can.”

Kardashian family ($500,000)

On Tuesday, Kim Kardashian West announced via Twitter that she, her mother Kris Jenner and her sisters would donate half a million dollars to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army to aid hurricane victims.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ($25,000)

Johnson was one of the celebrities asked by Kevin Hart to meet the “Hurricane Harvey Relief Challenge.” The actor and WWE star donated $25,000. On his Instagram, Johnson wrote, “Me and my family know what you’re going thru. We survived the eye of Andrew and became stronger — so will you,” he said, referring to the hurricane that hit Miami in 1992.

Paul Simon ($1 million)

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The sizable donation from Simon and his wife of 25 years, folk singer Edie Brickell, will focus on the smaller towns in the Houston area. “Medical emergencies and restoration of homes are seen as priorities,” he wrote on Facebook.

Michael Dell ($36 million)

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You read that right. The CEO and founder of Dell Technologies and has pledged $36 million (!) through the foundation he started with his wife Susan. “A Texas sized disaster deserves a Texas sized response,” he tweeted. The company is also matching employee donations.

DJ Khaled ($25,000)

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DJ Khaled also accepted Kevin Hart‘s challenge and donated $25,000 to hurricane relief. In a video posted to his Twitter, the DJ also encouraged Houston residents to “bless up” during this challenging time.

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez ($50,000)

The couple announced via Instagram on Tuesday that they would each donate $25,000 to the American Red Cross.

Nicki Minaj ($25,000)

Another star to accept Kevin Hart‘s challenge, rapper Minaj donated $25,000 and wrote in an Instagram post that she is “praying for everyone there.”

T.I. ($25,000)

This rapper pledged to donate $25,000 to help hurricane victims but made it very clear that he would not be giving his money to the Red Cross.

Chris Brown ($100,000)

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Just like T.I., Chris Brown also seems not to be a fan of the Red Cross. Nonetheless, he pledged to donate $100,000 to hurricane relief victims in Texas.

Jack Antonoff ($10,000)

This musician of Bleachers and Fun. fame promised to match donations up to $10,000 in support of the Montrose LGBT Center of Houston.

Ruby Rose ($10,000)

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Similarly, actress Ruby Rose announced that she would match donations up to $10,000 for the Montrose Center.


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The rapper wrote via his Instagram, “Houston has truly been a home to me over the last 8 years. Myself and @futuretheprince are working with local relief groups to aid and assist the people of Texas in any way we can and in the most immediate way possible.”

Lady Antebellum

Having canceled their Houston concert due to Hurricane Harvey, the country trio promised to donate the merchandise proceeds from their Dallas show to hurricane relief funds.



The singer promised to donate an unspecified amount to help shelter animals in Texas.

Chris Young ($100,000)

Country star Young donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross and encouraged his fans and social media followers to also donate.

Ellen DeGeneres ($50,000)

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DeGeneres announced via Twitter that she would personally donate $25,000 to the American red Cross and another $25,000 to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Texas. In a short video, she said, “The city of Houston has been hit the hardest. I know people want to help. I would like to help.”

George W. Bush and Laura Bush

In a statement to NBC News Dallas-Fort Worth, the former U.S. President and First Lady said, “Laura and I are pleased to donate to Team Rubicon, the Red Cross, and the Salvation Army. We hope our fellow citizens will join us in giving to these groups and others that are making a difference on the ground …”

Robert Kraft ($1 million)

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The owner of the New England Patriots contributed $1 million to hurricane relief.

Bob McNair ($1 million)

McNair, owner of the Houston Texans, also donated $1 million.

Amy Adams Strunk, Tennessee Titans owner ($1 million)

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Another NFL owner, Amy Adams Strunk, who owns the Tennessee Titans, pledged $1 million.

 Leonardo DiCaprio ($1 million)

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DiCaprio announced Wednesday that his organization, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, would donate $1 million to the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund.
Sean “Diddy” Combs ($25,000)
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The music mogul donated $25,000 to hurricane relief efforts and commended Kevin Hart for taking the initiative to ask fellow stars to donate.
Jamie Foxx ($25,000)

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In an Instagram video, Foxx, a Texas native, pledged to donate $25,000 to Global Giving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
Donald Trump ($1 million)

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On Thursday, White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, announced that Trump would donate $1 million of his personal money to Hurricane Harvey relief. It remains unclear which charities or organizations will receive the donation.

Tyler Perry ($1 million)

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Perry announced in a Facebook video on Thursday that he would donate $1 million to a “boots on the ground” organization that will directly and immediately help hurricane victims.

Miranda Lambert

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Lambert and her organization, MuttNation Foundation, have rescued 72 dogs in the Houston area so far. The country singer even sheltered a family of dogs in her own home.