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Published: Sunday December 29, 2013 MYT 11:15:00 AM
Updated: Sunday December 29, 2013 MYT 11:30:38 AM

Taylor Swift, One Direction and other charitable stars

Taylor Swift regularly gives back to the community and industry. -- EPA

Taylor Swift regularly gives back to the community and industry. -- EPA

Find out who are the 20 most charitable celebrities in 2013.

As long as it’s not an ex-boyfriend, Taylor Swift treats people quite well. DoSomething.org recently released its annual “Top 20 Celebs Gone Good” list, and for a second year in a row, Swift ranks as its most-charitable entertainer.

The country music star earned headline honours from the feel-good ranker for the way she celebrated her 24th birthday. Proving it is better to give than to receive, Swift donated US$100,000 (RM310,000) to the Nashville Symphony, which was in financial trouble in 2013. Swift also headlined an event this year benefiting Centrepoint, an organisation working to help young homeless people.

If you hear unstoppable tween screaming, that’s because One Direction is DoSomething’s runner-up in 2013. The boy band released a Red Nose Day single to help those living in poverty in Britain and Africa. They also raised nearly US$800,000 (RM2.48mil) to benefit cancer research. Not bad for teen idols.

One Direction raised more than RM2mil via a charity single to benefit cancer research.

The singer that everyone has been talking about since her secret album dropped on Dec 13, Beyonce, comes in third, for headlining London’s charity concert for women’s rights, “Chime For Change” earlier this year. Plus, Queen Bey made at least one little girl’s Make-A-Wish come true recently in extra-special fashion.

Paul Walker posthumously ranks fourth for his founding of charity Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW), a network of professionals with first responder skills to aid in natural disaster relief.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis round out the Top Five for their socially conscious song Same Love, which calls for equal rights and an end to sexual preference-based intolerance.

Complete list of “Top 20 Celebs Gone Good”

1. Taylor Swift

2. One Direction

3. Beyonce

4. Paul Walker

5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

6. Sandra Bullock

7. Kerry Washington

8. Ian Somerhalder

9. Ryan Seacrest

10. Carrie Underwood

11. Jennifer Lawrence

12. Alicia Keys

13. Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul

14. Miley Cyrus

15. Demi Lovato

16. Blake Shelton

17. Mindy Kaling

18. Kevin Durant

19. Kendrick Lamar

20. Justin Bieber — Reuters

Tags / Keywords: Entertainment, Charity, Celebrity, Taylor Swift, One Direction

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