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10 celebs you didn't know were so charitable

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If you’re anything like the average American, you’ve found yourself staring at your less than stellar bank account balance and wondered what it would be like to have all that cash the A-listers have.

We all know that there are celebrities who choose to spend it on literally anything with enough shock value, like Chris Brown who bought a $1.5 million Bugatti which actually prompted the question of who bought one first: Chris Brown or Lil’ Wayne? Meanwhile, the rest of us had Taco-Bell for dinner last night. The two rappers are nowhere near the only offenders. Rihanna spends $1 million on her hair yearly and Lady Gaga has a $50,000 machine that detects ghosts, which is a whole different article in itself. Kim Basinger bought a European town in 1989 for $20 million (that’s an old purchase but the higher inflation rises the funnier it gets) and Nic Cage has a $1 million comic book collection which raises the question: When is he going to build a bat cave and become the Dark Knight already?

But not every celeb is tripping over themselves to spend the most amount of money on the most ridiculous things. In fact, some celebs are giving their cash away to causes like Save the Children and Susan G. Komen. So the next time you find yourself cringing at word of some celebrity who spent $4 million on a gold-plated, jewel encrusted shoelaces, just remember that at least these celebs are using their fame, talent and money to help make a better world.

From actors to athletes, the people on this list remind us of what’s really important. Here are ten celebs using their earnings to make a better world.

Taylor Swift
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Taylor Swift

The 24-year-old pop super star has a heart for kids with $25,000 to the Wyomissing, PA School District and $100,000 to rebuild the Kids Kingdom playground in Hendersonville, Tennessee. But she doesn’t stop there, Swift also donated $500K to Nashville Rising, a foundation for flood relief in Nashville.

Ian Somerhalder
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Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder is an outspoken animal rights activist and creator of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. The foundation’s mission is “to empower and educate people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.” So not only does he have that bone structure and those eyes, he also has a heart of gold. Perfect guy? Definitely.

Scarlett Johansson
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Scarlett Johansson

ScarJo served as an Oxfam Ambassador for eight years even skipping the 2007 Oscars to do work in India and Sri Lanka. An avid humanitarian, Scarlett has done countless other volunteer and charity projects across the globe with foundations such as Feeding America, (RED), Not On Our Watch and Soles4Souls. She’s not just a pretty face, she’s a phenomenal person.

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul
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Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul

A far-cry from their characters, Jesse Pinkman and Walter White on ‘Breaking Bad,’ the two actors have raised over $1.7 million for anti-bullying charity The Kind Campaign.

Larry the Cable Guy
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Larry the Cable Guy

Creator of the Git-R-Done Foundation whose mission is to provide support to families who’ve encountered uncontrollable financial hardship and has given over $6 million away in only two years. Whitney and his wife Cara have also given over $7 Million to The Arnold Palmer Foundation, The Child Advocacy Center of Lincoln, Neb. and the Int’l Hip Dysplasia Institute.

Beyonce
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Beyonce

As one of the biggest superstars on the planet, Beyonce knows how to use all that starpower for a good cause. She founded the Beyonce Cosmetology Center which provides a 7-month cosmetology program for women recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. She’s also raised over $1 Million for the Shawn Carter Foundation, with fellow megastar and hubby Jay Z, which helps send kids to college.

Matthew McConaughey
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Matthew McConaughey

The charismatic actor is the founder of the Just Keep Livin Foundation which provides after school programs to high school students to help them “make healthy decisions, lead active lives and become great men and women.” He’s also the supporter of several other charities such as the Mississippi Animal Rescue League and The Pacific Lodge Boy’s Home. Alright, alright, alright!

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

From donating to Feed the Children, Save the Music and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) to donating their own merch to Washington state Goodwills and other alternative clothing stores and performing suprise free concerts in Seattle, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis embody what it means to use what you’ve got help others.

One Direction
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One Direction

Regardless of your opinion of the British boy-band, you can’t deny the good they’re doing. Raising over $300,000 for kids in Africa and the UK living in severe poverty and $700,000 to benefit cancer research definitely makes them pretty great roles models. (As if they weren't already talented and adorable!)

Ellen DeGeneres
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Ellen DeGeneres

As if we needed another reason to love Ellen DeGeneres. When she’s not snapping selfies with Hollywood’s brightest she’s donating to advocating for charities from Susan G. Komen and Stand Up to Cancer to Project Cuddle (which helps prevent unwanted babies from being abandoned) and several more. Safe to say that Ellen has her compassionate fingers in quite a few pies.

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