And the Oscar goes to…

Many of the 2010 Oscar-nominated men have been leading in their communities for years.

 BEST ACTOR Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart Bridges co-founded the End Hunger Network back in the 1983. It was originally founded to end world hunger; it is now primarily focused on ending childhood hunger in the U.S. by 2015. You can also catch Bridges on the recently re-recorded “We Are the World” for Haiti relief efforts.

 George Clooney, Up in the Air Clooney co-founded Not On Our Watch with his Ocean’s 11 co-stars Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, and Brad Pitt, and producer Jerry Weintraub to stop the genocide in Darfur. His charity has donated millions of dollars to help those in Darfur, with much of the funding going through the United Nations World Food Programme. The organization also made a $1 million donation to Partners In Health for Haiti relief and rebuilding efforts. Clooney recently teamed with MTV Networks to host the Hope for Haiti Now telethon, which raised more than $58 million for Haiti relief. 

Colin Firth, A Single Man Firth supports Oxfam International and its Make Trade Fair initiative. Firth also serves as an Oxfam Ambassador, auctioned off an “experience” with himself on eBay last September to raise money for the charity.

 Morgan Freeman, Invictus Freeman wrote a cookbook Morgan Freeman and Friends: Caribbean Cooking for a Cause with several celebrities like Tom Hanks and Hilary Swank contributing their own recipes. 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Matt Damon, Invictus Damon along with Cloney is a co-founder Not On Our Watch. Damon is also the co-founder of whose mission is “to draw attention to the world’s number one health problem, unsafe and inadequate water supplies, and to raise funds to help fight this immense problem one community at a time.

 Woody Harrelson, The Messenger Harrelson founded VoiceYourself to promote and inspire individual action to create global momentum towards simple organic living and to restore balance and harmony to our planet.


March 6, 2010. PR Connections.


  1. laurynwilliams replied:

    This is a great post! I think having a spokes person is a great way to promote a cause, but being an actor, actress, celebrity, or public figure actually start a foundation or organization is wonderful. When these famous people take the initiative to help with a certain issue, it really humanizes them. It makes regular people like us feel like we can better relate to them. Celebrities consciously create and co-found these organizations to get the word out, because they know they can do that better than an ordinary person. It is much easier for them to raise money and donate money to their causes.

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  3. Caroline Rawlins replied:

    I like that this blog really highlights the good things that actors are doing. I think that so many times the media makes the top stories ones of adultery, disasters, and personal mishaps. These stories may make money and draw the audience in but they do not have any positive effect, they just get people talking about the personal or public wrongs of the actor/actress. I was glad that you wrote about the organizations and foundations that these people have made or serve as a spokes person for. I hope that the media can catch on to this concept and start feeding us some positive news.

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