George Clooney is well known for ‘walking the talk’ on environmental and humanitarian issues, which includes a history of generous charitable giving. He is known for giving generous donations to homeless people, donated $25,000 to writers during the 2007 strike and is a supporter of Bono’s poverty-fighting ONE Campaign. Clooney is also on the Board of Trustees for the United Way.
Clooney supported Realizing the Dream, an organisation that continues the work of Dr. and Mrs. King in fighting poverty and injustice, in their charity auction. He donated an evening with himself at the première of Ocean’s 13, including a private after-party.
One of the issues closest to his heart is his mission to stop the human rights atrocities occurring in the Darfur region of Sudan. In addition to personally visiting the area and speaking to victims, Clooney founded Not On Our Watch with his Ocean’s 11 co-stars, with the express goal of halting the genocide occurring in Darfur. Clooney’s charity has donated millions of dollars to help those suffering in the region, with much of the funding going through the United Nations World Food Programme.
Clooney has visited the Nuba Mountains with the ENOUGH Project in order to document the atrocities the Sudanese government commits on its own people. Clooney testified about the matter before the US Senate Committee, days before getting arrested at the Sudanese embassy in DC in a peaceful protest.
Clooney took part in the America: A Tribute to Heroes charity telethon for victims of 9/11, and following the release of ‘Syriana’ he launched a campaign to reduce America’s dependency on foreign oil.