Our celebrity-driven culture has kept us on the pulse of our favorite stars whereabouts, mischief and hottest parties. This year we have cried with them during their losses; cheered for their successes; and shook our heads with shame when we felt let down by them.

These stars have managed the limelight and leveraged the power of their celebrity through philanthropy. Some have founded non-profits, while others have invested time, money and resources to worthy causes worldwide. During this Thanksgiving season, some stars are donating even more to benefit a greater amount of people.