It may be easy to assume that the reason Canadian celebrities who donate to charities do it because they know it'll get the attention of more people, or simply because they have enough money to do so. In some cases, celebrities advocate and donate to specific charities because they relate to the causes personally.
Everyone has a backstory, including celebs, and everyone wishes they could do something to advocate for causes they or their loved ones have been affected by. Some of the things these Canadian celebs have done for the world are nothing short of amazing and we should be proud of their accomplishments. Many of them have even started foundations of their own, for causes that they've either experienced first-hand or have witnessed.
With these iconic celebrities paving the way for Canadian advocates, Canada's future is looking extremely bright. Check out some of the foundations that Canadian Celebrities support and learn about how you can help out too.
Seth Rogen isn't just one of the funniest people to come out of Canada, he's also a huge supporter of Alzheimer's research. He used to simply host and donate to a variety of foundations supporting Alzheimer's until recently when he decided to found his own in 2017.
Seth Rogen runs the Hilarity for Charity foundation that holds yearly fundraisers. Their goal is to host comedy and music nights and have all proceeds donated to Alzheimer's research.
You can check out the charity and upcoming events here.
Ryan Reynolds is known for supporting several charities. He advocates for many different foundations including seal hunting and environmental advocacy. This year, Reynolds narrated an IMAX documentary centred on the Great Bear Rainforest in B.C. He also contributes to children's hospitals across North America.
The most frequent cause Reynolds supports is Parkinson's disease research. After his father was diagnosed with the disease, he became an active supporter of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research. He now sits on the board of directors for the charity.
Ryan Gosling hasn't supported one specific cause, instead, he continues to show support for a number of different charities and causes. Some causes he's supported in the past include HIV & AIDS, endangered animals, children's foundations, rape/sexual abuse, and human rights organizations.
Shay Mitchell is a huge supporter of the Canadian charity WE Charity. She's attended many fundraisers across the country including WE's "Me to We" day and has spoken about her thoughts on human rights and education many times.
Mitchell is also an advocate for companies across the globe that use their products to give back to people in need. For example on her YouTube channel and Instagram, she's a huge supporter of Raven + Lily products, a company that helps women fight poverty and obtain a stable income.
Like a lot of celebrities, Drake is all over the place with his donations, not sticking to one specific cause. In the past, he's donated to foreign learning centres to promote education, helped out a gospel mission in Chicago, and has even helped individual families. He's also participated in celebrity charity softball games and helped fund relief centres for Hurricane Harvey.
His biggest contribution was the $1 million he donated from his God's Plan video budget. That money went homeless shelters, paying for students' tuition, groceries for people in need, and helping families in poverty.
Justin Bieber has always been an extremely charitable celeb. Over the years, he's supported charities like Make-a-Wish Foundation, ALS Association, Alzheimer's Association, World Vision, Jump Start, and Red Cross. He also took part in the "We Are the World 25 for Haiti" recording to raise money for Haiti in 2010.
Avril Lavigne actually has her own charity. The Avril Lavigne Foundation raises money for Lyme Disease research, awareness, and treatment. Lavigne recently made a comeback in the music scene after suffering from Lyme Disease for many years. She's also donated to foundations like Make-a-Wish, Stand Up to Cancer, and YouthAIDS.
You can find more details about the Avril Lavigne Foundation here.
Rachel McAdams, a Toronto native, identifies as an environmentalist. She lives in a home completely powered by renewable energy and is even cofounder of an environmental website that assisted in the clean up of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. She's rallied and petitioned at multiple Canadian based events that are fighting for a healthier and cleaner environment.
Besides her environmental activism, McAdams is also a huge supporter of children's foundations. In 2015, she donated $75, 000 to the Nanny Angel Network at a CIBC charity event.