The Giving Back Fund, a top resource in celebrity philanthropy places Oprah Winfrey at the number one spot for their Giving Back 30 List. The Giving Back 30 List ranks celebrities who have made the largest personal and public donations to charity in the past year. The top five celebrities including Ms. Winfrey are the estate of late fashion designer Geoffrey Beene and estate of the late actor Jack Lord and his wife Marie, singer Barbara Streisand, and golfer Tiger Woods.
The philanthropic star-studded list includes many different celebrities: from sports figures, actors, musicians, media personalities and others. The list includes musicians Dolly Parton and Gloria Estefan, media personalities Rosie O’Donnell and Martha Stewart, sports figures Andre Agassi and Arnold Palmer, sports and entertainment moguls David Geffen and Jeffery Katzenberg and his wife Marilyn, and artist LeRoy Neiman and game show host Bob Barker.
The Giving Back Fund was first established in 1997. The mission of the fund is “to remain the premier philanthrophic resource to the sports and entertainment communities”. Their vision is “a society in which becoming a successful philanthropist is as valued and desirable a goal as success in athletics, business, entertainment or any other field”. They also seek to nurture new philanthropist celebrities.