PEOPLE KNOWN FOR THEIR CHARITY
Added on: 19th Dec 2014
A Ghanaian diplomat, Kofi Atta Annan served as the 7th Secretary
General of the United Nations from 1997 to 2006. He became a
co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for founding the Global AIDS
and Health Fund to help and support developing countries
care for their people.
Also known as Saint Marianne of Moloka’i, Marianne Cope was a
German-born American and member of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Syracuse,
New York. Known for her charitable works and virtuous deeds, she
spent many years caring for lepers on the island of Molokaʻi in Hawaiʻi.
Despite direct contact with the patients over many years, she was
not afflicted by the disease.
The Venerable Pierre Toussaint was a former slave from the
French colony of Saint-Dominique who was brought by his
owners to New York City in 1787. After he gained his freedom in 1807,
he adopted the surname Toussaint and became one of the most
famous philanthropists of his time. His house in Franklin Street
became a shelter for orphans, which he supported in getting an
education and learning a trade. He also created a credit bureau and
employment agency for destitute travellers; and founded a
refuge for homeless immigrants.
Tony Blair is a British politician who served as the Prime Minister of
the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007. While in office he was known
for his motivation to do something about global climate change and
reduce harmful gas emissions. He also launched several charitable
foundations including the Tony Blair Sports Foundation in order to
increase childhood participation in sports activities and the
Tony Blair Faith Foundation to tackle global poverty and conflict.
ST. ELIZABETH ROMANOVA
The Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia, who was
canonized as St. Elizabeth Romanova was a German princess who
was renowned in Russia for her beauty and charitable works among the poor.
When her husband; Sergei, was murdered by the Socialist Revolutionary
Party’s Combat Organization with a dynamite bomb in 1905; she did not
only forgive her husband’s murderer but also campaigned for his pardon.
The popular singer has given millions to education, women’s health,
the environment, and other civic causes. She is known for raising
awareness and donating to numerous charitable organizations by way of
the Streisand Foundation.
A Brazilian Catholic Francescan sister who founded the
‘The Charitable Works Foundation of Sister Dulce,’ Dulce Pontes
was recently named the most admired woman in the history of Brazil.
She was known for her works with the poorest populations in
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil and was beatified with papal approval on
May 22, 2011. She became a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize after
founding one of the largest and most respected philanthropic
organizations in Brazil.
SIR ROGER WILBRAHAM
A prominent English lawyer who served as a Solicitor-General for
Ireland under Elizabeth I, Roger Wilbraham was also active in
charitable works locally. Known for founding numerous alms houses for
the poor and distributing financial provisions on a weekly basis he
managed to create a very philanthropic reputation for himself.
Popularly known as the ‘Iron Lady,’ Margaret Thatcher was a
British politician who became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
from 1979 to 1990. Her charitable works were often associated with the
Margaret Thatcher Foundation that was not surprisingly devoted to
promoting democracy, free trade, and education.