April 28, 2010

Why Do Celebrities Start Their Own Charities?

Their kid gets a disease, so they immediately develop a passion for finding a cure. I completely understand that. But why do they have to start their own "Celebrity First Name Last Name" "Disease Name" Charity?

Aren't there already charities out there with the same goal who are able to spend money on research much more efficiently because of their size or previous knowledge?

It's almost as if they're trying to get credit for it...

4 comments:

David Vox Mullen said...

Maybe it's so they can collect the money themselves? I have no idea.

P.S. You can make your donations out to David Vox Mullen

xerophytes said...

A showbiz talkshow in Philippines briefly talked about this. They say that celebrities do this to "inspire" people to do the same. For me, I don't really care if the celebrities do this, if it feels good for them, then fair enough, at least they are "helping". As opposed to people who doesn't really care or contribute to the problem.

Meghan said...

I get a little irritated by this, like suddenly this disease X now exists to them so they have to make a huge deal. Maybe the rest of us already knew about disease X and the celebrity was too self-involved to notice... I guess if the end result is raising money and awareness, it's a good thing, but I get so sick of celebrities donating 0.00001% of their earnings and wanting a pat on the back...or starting a charity and going on the Today Show and reveling in self-importance....

Anonymous said...

It could also be because the celebrity's name would attract donors who do not give to "established" charities. Also, it's possible that the celebrity charity then donates all of their money to the "established" charity anyway.