This Kentucky actor is giving away millions

Ash Jurberg

Over the last month, I have written a series of articles on business leaders, celebrities, and entrepreneurs who have been giving back to the community. I like to spread good news stories, and readers enjoy these uplifting articles.

Today I wanted to shine the spotlight on Kentucky actor George Clooney. While Clooney is well known for his acting, he is also very generous in the way he gives back to the community.

Let's take a look at some of his philanthropy.

The Kentucky actor

Clooney was born in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1961.

When he was in seventh grade, Clooney's family moved to Augusta, Kentucky, where he attended Augusta High School.

A gifted baseballer, he tried out with the Cincinnati Reds but didnt make the cut. He then attended Northern Kentucky University for two years but didnt graduate.

Clooney then turned to acting, picking up several small parts before his big break came in 1994 when he was given a starring role in the hospital drama ER. From there, he has become one of Hollywood's leading men starring in a string of successful movies and winning two Academy Awards.

In addition to acting, he is a social rights advocate and frequent donor to charitable organizations.


The Hollywood leading man and his high-power attorney wife are frequent donors to organizations working in social rights advocacy.

With his wife, Amal, an international human rights lawyer, Clooney formed the Clooney Foundation for Justice in 2016 to advance classrooms, communities, and courtrooms worldwide.

"We founded the Clooney Foundation for Justice to hold perpetrators of international crimes accountable and fight for justice for the victims and survivors of pervasive corruption and mass atrocities." Amal and George Clooney

In early 2017, Clooney gave $20 million to his foundation.

In addition to their own foundation, the Clooneys have supported many organizations. Some of these include:

"Luck needs to be shared. We are a community. If we are only worried about our own doorstep, we are not going to succeed as a people and certainly not as a country." George Clooney

Not all donations are large. For example, George and Amal hosted a refugee in their Augusta, Kentucky, home supporting him through college. George is still very connected to Kentucky, owning a home in the state, while his parents and sister all still live in Kentucky.

Readers, what do you think of Clooney's charitable efforts? What organizations in his home state of Kentucky would you like to see him support?

Please leave your comments below.

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