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February 7, 2012 / charityprofiles

Oprah Winfrey and her Charitable Works

Popular talk show host Oprah Winfrey gives more to philanthropic causes more than any other celebrities in America. She donates a significant amount of her earnings to her three major charity events: The Angel Network, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation, and The Oprah Winfrey Operating Foundation.

The Angel Network

The Angel Network is a charity event where people can get involved. Winfrey started this charity in 1997. In her talk show, she wanted her audience to volunteer. The coins collected from the audience were used to help fund the work at Boys and Girls Club of America and Habitat for Humanity.

Later on, the effort was named The Angel Network. The efforts now include funding educational grants, leadership development among the youth, human rights protection and creating support communities.

Winfrey herself funds the operations of The Angel Network.

The Oprah Winfrey Foundation

Winfrey established The Oprah Winfrey Foundation to help fund not-for-profit organizations, especially those involved in education and leadership development.

At present, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation has a total assets amounting to $190 million. Winfrey herself chooses the organizations that should receive grants through her foundation.

The Oprah Winfrey Operating Foundation

Winfrey founded The Oprah Winfrey Operating Foundation mainly to raise support for the Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa in 2007. The funds raised through this foundation will be used for special projects like building repairs and improvements.

Other Charity Works

Aside from these three major charity works, Winfrey supports other organizations mostly focused on poverty-stricken Afro-Americans. One of her other charity works include Ambassadors, which encourages kids to give and act on behalf of other kids in underdeveloped countries.

Winfrey also supports The US Dream Academy. This charity work seeks to help support the children of incarcerated fathers.

By involving charity works, Winfrey believes that one individual can make a great impact to change the world. The millions of dollars she donates to these charity works are a good example for other well-to-do celebrities to follow.

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