Taylor Swift Earns Top Spot In Charitable Celebrity Squad

The top do-gooder celebs!

12/31/2015 09:05 am ET | Updated Dec 31, 2015

Sure we were captivated by a fair amount of celebrity drama this year, but we were even more moved by the number of stars who used their passion, influence and funds to support people in need.

In its annual roundup,, a group that galvanizes young people to volunteer, named the top 10 A-listers who shined far beyond the paparazzi’s glaring lights in 2015

  • 10 Demi Lovato Shattered Mental Health Taboos
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    Admittedly, it was a challenge for Demi Lovato to open up about living with bipolar disorder. But after seeing how much good breaking through the stigma of mental health could do, the singer decided to launch Be Vocal, a campaign that’s brought together six organizations to empower people with mental illness to talk about their struggles.
  • 9 Amy Schumer Fought For Stricter Gun Control
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    Comedienne Amy Schumer is employing humor, no-nonsense legislation -- whatever it takes -- to help bring stricter gun control to the U.S. The actress was inspired to take a vocal stand after a gunman shot to death two women at a screening of her film “Trainwreck” in a Louisiana theater this summer.  About a week later, Schumer joined her cousin Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) at a press conference as he introduced a three-part legislative gun control plan.

    She drove the point home in October when she hosted "Saturday Night Live" and starred in a mock PSA, aptly titled “Guns,” which reminded viewers how we’ve let guns infiltrate nearly every aspect of our everyday lives.
  • 8 Viola Davis Spoke Out For Women Of Color
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    Viola Davis made history when she became the first black woman to win an Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series and she used the moment to both celebrate, and remind the industry how much work still needs to be done. 

    "The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity," Davis said during her acceptance speech. "You can not win an Emmy for roles that simply are not there." 
  • 7 John Legend and Chrissy Teigen Took A Stand For Planned Parenthood
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    At least these #relationshipgoals are within reach. After a gunman shot and killed three people at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen donated funds to the organization and urged their fans to do the same.
  • 6 Zendaya Supported Brothers Orphaned By AIDS For Her Birthday
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    When Zendaya turned 19 this year, she wanted nothing more than to find a way to help three South African brothers who were orphaned by AIDS. She met the boys while on a UNAIDS trip in July and launched an online fundraiser to help support them, according to People.  
  • 5 John Cena Became The Champion Of Wish-Granting
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    No one can even step into the ring with WWE star John Cena when it comes to making dreams come true. The pro-wrestler granted his 500th wish this year through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a nonprofit that organizes elaborate experiences for kids with life-threatening illnesses. 
  • 4 Angelina Jolie Confronted The U.N. About The Syrian Refugee Crisis
    Long before the current refugee crisis entered the mainstream consciousness, Angelina Jolie was fighting for displaced people’s rights, and she’s only continued to ramp up her efforts as the situation has intensified. The Academy Award winner spared no niceties in April when she addressed the United Nations Security Council. "We are failing to save lives in Syria," Jolie said. Jolie served as a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees and was promoted to special envoy in 2012. 
  • 3 Beyonce Gave Protesters A Boost
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    Beyonce solidified her queen status this year when she used her star power and funds to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Back in May, Bey and husband, Jay-Z, reportedly wired thousands of dollars to bail out protesters in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri. She urged her fans to follow her lead when she posted a callout on Instagram, encouraging people to support the NAACP’s efforts in cleaning up Baltimore and helping people affected by the protests in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death.
  • 2 Miley Cyrus Helped Homeless Youth
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    Miley Cyrus knows how to get our attention, especially when it comes to causes we should be caring more about. After making headlines for inviting a homeless man to accept her trophy at the Video Music Awards last year, the “Wrecking Ball” singer launched the Happy Hippie Foundation, a nonprofit that supports homeless youth. "When you have all eyes on you, what are you saying?” Cyrus told the Associated Press after starting the organization. “And that's what I had to ask myself a lot.” 
  • 1 Taylor Swift Supported Her Struggling Fans
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    Taylor Swift may have the most enviable #SquadGoals and there’s good reason for it. The “Bad Blood” singer made room this year for her youngest fans facing the greatest struggles. After Naomi Oakes, 11, learned she had to miss her idol’s concert due to her cancer treatment, Swift donated $50,000 to the girl’s GoFundMe campaign. And in a rare performance this summer, Swift sang “Ronan,” a song dedicated to a boy who died in 2011 just before his 4th birthday from neuroblastoma.

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