Famous Charity Workers

A list of famous charity workers.

charityMother Teresa – Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity and dedicated her life to serving the poor in India and around the world.

Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go. ” – Mother Teresa

Clara_BartonClara Barton (1821-1912) – A nurse in the American civil war, Clara Barton helped improve treatment of wounded soldiers. After working with the international Red Cross in Europe, she returned to the US where she set up the American Red Cross.

charityEva Peron

The Eva Peron foundation raised millions to fund orphanages, hospitals and schools. The Foundation aimed to ‘to contribute or collaborate by any possible means to the creation of works tending to satisfy the basic needs for better life of the less privileged classes.’

charityAudrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn supported UNICEF from the 1950s. In the latter part of her life, she retired from acting to devote more time to UNICEF projects in Africa and other countries.

“The ‘Third World’ is a term I don’t like very much because we’re all one world. I want people to know that the largest part of humanity is suffering.”– Audrey Hepburn.

charityPrincess Diana

Princess Diana was associated with many hundreds of charities. She paid particular attention to charities involved with AIDS, landmines, prisoners’ families and palliative care.

“I knew what my job was; it was to go out and meet the people and love them” – Princess Diana.


Involved in various charities including DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa) established in 2002 with Bobby Shriver. DATA aims to eradicate poverty and HIV/AIDS in Africa. Also involved in Drop the Debt campaign.

charityBob Geldof

Bob Geldof was moved by African famine of 1984. He released hit single “Do They Know Its Christmas Time” and organised ‘Live Aid’. Has been involved in various charities ever since.

charityOprah Winfrey

Oprah has donated millions of her own fortune for charities such as Angel Network and a charity helping young girls gain an education in South Africa.

charityAngelina Jolie

Has worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She also founded charities such as Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation community development and environmental conservation in Cambodia.

charityJane Goodall

The Jane Goodall Foundation seeks to protect Chimpanzees and their environment.

charityDesmond Tutu

The well-known campaigner against apartheid has also sought to tackle issues such as AIDS in Africa.

charityFlorence Nightingale

Iconic nurse who helped to standardise and improve the quality of nursing in Nineteenth-Century Britain.

Citation: Pettinger, Tejvan. “Charity Workers”, Oxford, www.biographyonline.net 26 Dec. 2012. Last updated 8 February 2018.

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Humanitarians – Famous people who have offered charitable service to others, including Mother Teresa, William Wilberforce, Florence Nightingale and Princess Diana.

gandhiPeople who made a difference. Men and women who made a positive contribution to the world – in the fields of politics, literature, music, activism and spirituality.

People who fought for human/civil rightsrosa parks – People who campaigned for equality, civil rights and civil justice. Includes Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks.