Inspiring Philanthropic Acts from Celebrities Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Celebrities have been giving back to the global community during these times of crisis. From Shawn Mendes to Lionel Messi, these are some of the most notable male celebrities who have lend a helping hand in support of the fight against COVID-19.

Justin Bieber said it best when he wrote: “Whether it be this or the fires of Australia we all need to be there for each other.” On April 7, the world celebrated “World Health Day” and celebrities took to social media to support those fighting the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Beyond social media posts, however, plenty of big names have contributed in very real ways.

In hopes to inspire those more fortunate than others, we have listed some of the most notable male celebrities who have lend a helping hand in support of the fight against the COVID-19:

Shawn Mendes

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By working together with his own foundation, singer Shawn Mendes announced on his Instagram account that he has made a donation to The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). It is reported that Mendes donated a sum of USD175,000 in order to provide the Toronto-based medical facility with emergency medical resources to combat the coronavirus and provide efficient care to patients, families, staff and the overall community. His Instagram post also stated that donations to The Shawn Mendes Foundation will also help the World Health Organization’s global relief efforts.

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber was one of the first global celebrities to support the fight against the coronavirus in China. Back in February, the pop star took to Instagram to pledge a donation of RMB200,000  (USD29,000) to the Beijing Chunmiao Charity Foundation. “Watching the news I couldn’t imagine how scary it would be if a new disease was effecting my wife and my family and friends,” Bieber said on Instagram. “China we stand with you as a collective humanity and have made a donation to support. Whether it be this or the fires of Australia we all need to be there for each other.”

Leonardo DiCaprio

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Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio is no stranger to philanthropy. Along with the wife of the late Steve Jobs, Laurene Powell Jobs,  Apple and the Ford Foundation, the world-renowned philanthropist gave USD12 million to aid in the launch of America’s Food Fund in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. According to the relief effort’s official press release, the newly formed initiative will be hosted on GoFundMe with the World Central Kitchen and Feeding America as its beneficiaries.

Ryan Reynolds

Alongside former “Gossip Girl” actress and wife Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds actor pledged a donation of USD 1 million to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada. But it doesn’t stop there. Reynold’s also announced that his gin company, Aviation Gin, will donate 30 percent of its online revenue as tips to bartenders across America.


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Through his Shawn Carter Foundation, Jay Z has pledged to add another USD 1 million in grants towards the COVID-19 response effort started by The Clara Lionel Foundation for total a sum of USD2 million. The money will support undocumented workers, the children of frontline health workers and first responders, as well as the incarcerated, elderly and homeless populations in New York City and Los Angeles during this time of crisis. Earlier this month, the REFORM Alliance (an organization for justice reform founded by Jay Z and Meek Mill) announced that it has donated more than 130,000 surgical masks to frontline workers helping at correctional facilities, as well as correctional officers and inmates.

John Mayer

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Singer/songwriter John Mayer has made a donation to the Livingston HealthCare, a hospital located in Park County Montana. Mayer, who is a “part-time” Park County resident, made the donation after reaching out to the hospital to ask about the organization’s needs as reported in the hospital’s bulletin, the Livingston Enterprise. While the size of donations remains undisclosed, Mayer’s “generous” donation was used by the hospital to buy more ventilators. “We are incredibly grateful for his support of LHC and his dedication to the health and wellness of our community; John is one of us,” said HealthCare Foundation President Babs Brandfass.

Elton John

Having been in active in the fights against AIDS since 1992, Elton John’s eponymous has now established a COVID-19 emergency fund of USD 1 million to aid communities impacted by the global pandemic. “For almost 30 years, my foundation has prioritized the most vulnerable people to HIV to end the AIDS epidemic, and we’re committed to this during the COVID-19 crisis, too,” the pop star said in an Instagram post. “Distributing medicines, testing and preventative treatment is not as simple as it was a few weeks ago, so our new COVID-19 emergency fund will help frontline partners to prepare for, and respond to, the pandemic and its affects on HIV prevention and care for the most marginalized communities.”

Lil Nas X

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When it comes to helping out people in need, Lil Nas X prefers a more direct approach. During the early stages of the outbreak in the U.S. back in March, the “Old Town Road” rapper offered to send money directly to those in need by instructing on Twitter: “hey guys drop ur cashapp gonna send some of u some money to go get some food then stay inside.” While most of his followers shared their cashapp IDs some even went the extra mile by sharing the front and backside of their bank cards.

Lionel Messi

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Football G.O.A.T Lionel Messi has led his Barcelona teammates to pledge their assistance during the coronavirus crisis. Through his personal Instagram account, Messi announced that he and other Barca players are willing to take 70-percent wage cut to financially assist the club as well as making additional donations to ensure that all non-playing staff at Barcelona can continue to be paid in full.