Sam Stevenson gives us the dirt on celebrity DoGooder trends worth talking about!

Meryl Streep has always been one of my favorite actors. Whether she plays a disillusioned mother in Kramer vs. Kramer or an elite fashion editor in The Devil Wears Prada, Streep’s performances are always spot on and frequently gain popular recognition. And, in light of the Oscars, it’s important to recognize Streep for her artistic abilities and philanthropic efforts.

Not only did Streep just win an Oscar for The Iron Lady, but also she regularly helps numerous charities and serves as a role model for women and girls internationally.  As the National Spokesperson for the National Woman’s History Museum, Streep donates significant amounts of money to the organization and hosts numerous fundraising events.  The museum is an educational institution that is devoted to preserving and celebrating the historic contributions of women, and exhibits these works of women to America in a context of world history.

The National Woman’s History Museum is not the only educational effort that Streep has pursued.  In fact, within the last three years, she has donated about $1 million to Vassar College, among many other organizations like Ozfam America, New York’s Meals on Wheels and the Coalition for the Homeless through her husband’s own Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts.  Streep also has recently written two checks of $10,000 to Viola Davis’ charities connected to the Segue Institute for Learning, a charter school, and Upward Bound, which prepares low-income students for college.

Streep is involved with several other charities and organizations which she supports by donating, frequenting events, and making performances.  On April 3rd, Streep will be present at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium for The Rainforest Fund where she will be making a live performance.  Sting and Trudie Styler established the foundation in response to a Kayapo Indian leader in Brazil who was aiming to protect his people’s culture and land.  Since, the organization has partnered with more than 100 local organizations to protect over 115,000 sq km of forest.

While some actors like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie receive immense media attention for their charity efforts, Streep remains relatively in the backdrop by placing her foot in the door of various organizations.  Some other foundations she supports are Actors Fund of America, Equality Now, Broadway Cares, Artists for Peace and Justice, and Stand Up To Cancer.

As a humble actress and philanthropist, Meryl Streep deserves the wide-range recognition that she has received.  Her attention to important organizations and worldly issues demonstrates her sincere and caring character, and coupled with her acting abilities labels her as a Star DoGooder.

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