1. Cardi B gives away $1,000 per hour with Fashion Nova

Cardi B dressed in white
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The songstress behind hits like “Bodak Yellow” and “I Like It Like That” has teamed up with fast-fashion retailer Fashion Nova to donate $1,000 per hour to those in need during the pandemic.

In an Instagram video, the rapper and actress announced that the #FashionNovaCARES charity is giving away money every hour from April 8 to May 20 — a total of about $1 million.

Anyone experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus can enter to win by heading to Fashion Nova’s website and writing a 250-word essay on someone who inspires them. The contest is open globally.

Oh, and don’t worry about the money going to the wrong people. Cardi B has warned that she’s going to check up on recipients to ensure they really need the cash: “Don’t be lying so you can lend your [expletive] boyfriend some money.”

2. Leonardo DiCaprio feeds America through new fund

Leonardo DiCaprio
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The coronavirus has disrupted school lunch programs and put millions of Americans out of work. As a result, families living in poverty are struggling to put food on the table.

To fill the need, Leonardo DiCaprio and philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs launched America’s Food Fund earlier this month. The non-profit has teamed with GoFundMe to raise $15 million to feed families.

DiCaprio and Powell Jobs have donated a combined $5 million, while Apple has contributed an additional $5 million and the Ford Foundation has pitched in $1 million. At time of writing, America’s Food Fund is just $1.5 million shy of its goal.

3. Lady Gaga raises $35 million, plans virtual mega-concert

Lady Gaga
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She’s known for her silly antics on stage — remember the meat dress? — but if there’s one thing Lady Gaga is serious about, it’s supporting those in need.

The “Shallow” singer has pulled off one of her biggest stunts to date, helping the anti-poverty group Global Citizen raise a staggering $35 million in just seven days.

The money, solicited from corporate leaders, tech companies and philanthropists, will support the World Health Organization’s efforts to develop a vaccine for the virus and pay for protective equipment for health care workers.

Not content to stop there, Gaga is preparing to launch “One World: Together At Home,” a televised mega-concert to raise even more money. The show will be live-streamed on April 18 and feature guest stars including Paul McCartney, Lizzo and Billie Eilish.

4. Jeff Bezos makes record donation to American food banks

Jeff Bezos
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The richest man in modern history is opening his wallet.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced last week that he is donating $100 million to Feeding America, a Chicago-based charity that runs 200 food banks. It’s the largest gift the charity has ever received.

Bezos is helping his warehouse workers keep the lights on, too. On March 23, Amazon announced it would donate $25 million to provide relief to its employees.

5. Halsey donates 100,000 masks

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The shortage of medical-grade face masks and other personal protective equipment continues to stress front-line workers across the country. To help, pop singer Halsey has announced she’s donating 100,000 FDA-certified, three-ply face masks to four health care organizations in California.

“Every single day I am in awe of the medical workers on the front lines,” Halsey wrote in an Instagram post on April 8. “If you are on the front lines, my heart is with you. And I will be continuing the fight to help you get the support and resources you need.”

The “Without Me” singer also urged her fans to donate through GiveDirectly, a charity that allows you to send money to families hit hard by the pandemic.

6. Elton John takes on a second deadly disease

Elton John
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The Elton John AIDS Foundation has raised more than $300 million since 1992 in its effort to eradicate HIV/AIDS.

Now, the Rocketman has turned his attention toward another worthy cause.

In an Instagram post on April 4, Sir Elton announced that the foundation has established a $1 million coronavirus relief fund to ease the suffering of vulnerable communities who will be most impacted by the pandemic.

7. Miley Cyrus and Cody Simpson host taco party for medical staff

Miley Cyrus and Cody Simpson
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Miley may be a mega A-lister but she’s no stranger to giving back. Earlier this year, the “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” singer donated $3 million to families affected by the Australian bushfires.

Her most recent charitable adventure was a bit unconventional.

Cyrus and her new beau Cody Simpson handed out more than 100 taco meals to front-line workers at a local hospital on April 4. In an Instagram post, Simpson thanked all health professionals, calling them “true legends of our time.”

8. Phoebe Waller-Bridge brings Fleabag out of retirement

Phoebe Waller-Bridge
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Who doesn’t love Fleabag? Well, besides the title character.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the writer and star of the critically acclaimed TV series, is bringing back the original Soho Theatre stage show that inspired it.

The one-woman play about a "morally bankrupt woman who can’t even call herself a feminist" is available to rent for $5 on Amazon Prime Video and Soho Theatre On Demand. All proceeds from the rentals will be donated to various U.K. charities that are fighting the global pandemic.

“Now go get into bed with Fleabag!” Waller-Bridge joked on Twitter. “It’s for charity!”

9. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds use the power of love

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Superstar couple Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have taken a break from roasting each other on Instagram to donate to food drives across America and Canada.

The Lively-Reynolds household has given $1 million to Feeding America and Food Banks Canada as well as an additional $400,000 to New York-area hospitals.

Reynolds urged his large Instagram following to donate to the two food drives, adding: “I think we can all agree, Covid-19 is an [expletive].”

10. Jessica Alba helps families stay clean and comfortable

Jessica Alba
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No parent should have to choose between buying diapers or food for their kids.

In an interview with Jimmy Fallon, Jessica Alba said her brand Honest is doing its best to help low-income families during the pandemic. The Fantastic Four actress said the company, which specializes in eco-friendly household and baby products, is donating 3 million diapers and 20,000 personal care products to families in dire need of supplies.

Alba’s husband, Cash Warren, also is giving back. Warren popped in on Alba’s interview to reveal that his own apparel company, Pair of Thieves, is donating all profits from April 2 to April 16 to buy supplies for health care workers.

11. Oprah donates $10 million, shuts boyfriend in guest house

Oprah Winfrey
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To prove that the queen of talk shows isn’t all talk, Oprah Winfrey is putting her money where her mouth is.

The media mogul and billionaire announced on Instagram that she pledged $10 million to provide relief to those most impacted by the pandemic. At least $1 million will be donated to Leonardo DiCaprio’s new charity America’s Food Fund, while the rest will go to various other causes.

Oprah has also been a role model for social distancing, showing her Instagram followers that she made her longtime partner Stedman Graham stay in their guest house for 14 days after he returned from a trip.

12. Dolly Parton spurs the race for a vaccine

Dolly Parton
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Various health officials have warned that a vaccine for the new coronavirus could be two years away. Dolly Parton thinks we can do better than that.

The country superstar wants to help researchers at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee develop a vaccine as quickly as possible in the hope that many lives will be saved. Parton has pledged $1 million to the university’s medical department.

“My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who’s been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards that research,” she wrote on Instagram.

13. Taylor Swift wires cash to a few lucky fans

Taylor Swift
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One of the wealthiest recording artists in the world today, Miss Americana is showing fans her heart is as big as her bank account.

Holly Turner, a New York-based photographer, is one of millions of Americans who have lost their only source of income. After turning to Tumblr for help, she woke up the following morning with one giant donation from a familiar face.

Taylor Swift has been quietly sending a number of her fans $3,000 each to help cover expenses. They’ve always been there for her, Swift says, so she’s happy to be there for them.

14. Twitter’s Jack Dorsey slashes net worth for $1 billion relief fund

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Here’s something worth tweeting about. Jack Dorsey, founder and CEO of Twitter, announced earlier this month that he is donating $1 billion (yes, with a “b”) of his own wealth to fight the coronavirus.

That’s roughly 30% of his net worth.

The funds will be sent to a number of charitable causes, including immediate relief efforts, support for education and a universal-basic-income initiative. The first $100,000 will go to Leonardo DiCaprio’s America’s Food Fund to provide meals for low-income people.

15. Ice Cube asks fans to check themselves

Ice Cube fundraiser t-shirts
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It’s time to “check yourself before you wreck yourself” or your community by spreading the coronavirus.

Cube, real name O’Shea Jackson, announced last week that he and apparel manufacturer Black Out are offering T-shirts with the iconic lyrics as a cheeky reminder that we all need to do our part to curb the spread. If you’re thinking of breaking social-distancing rules, you better check yourself.

According to a representative for the rapper and actor, “the famous lyrics [are] a perfect microcosm for how we all need to act. Nobody is immune, and we all need to protect each other.”

The T-shirts, available on Ice Cube’s website, sell for $35 to $40. All proceeds go to underfunded hospitals in inner cities and rural areas throughout the country.

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Sarah Cunnane

Sarah Cunnane

Staff Writer

Sarah Cunnane is a staff writer at MoneyWise. She is a writing and marketing professional with an Honors Bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Toronto.

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