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Actor and director Tom Hanks is one of America’s favorite celebrities. Although he’s one of the most celebrated actors of this generation, he seems like a down-to-earth guy, by all accounts. The Oscar award-winning celeb puts as much heart into his philanthropy as he does into his performances. Like his acting roles, Tom Hanks’ charity work has a wide range. Take a look at his top five causes below for inspiration

Children’s Causes


Children are important to Hanks’s charitable efforts. In fact, one of his favorite charities is the Elevate Hope Foundation, a nonprofit dedicating to meeting the therapeutic needs of children who have been neglected, abused or abandoned. The organization promotes using the performing and visual arts as a form of therapy. Hanks has also donated to the Hole in the Wall Foundation, a charity that provides outdoor experiences to terminally ill children free of cost.


AIDS Causes


Tom Hanks’ charity donations have made their way to both the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the ONE Campaign. Both of these nonprofits raise awareness of AIDS and promote research for finding a cure. The first is dedicated to helping children with the illness, while the latter addresses the problem of AIDS in poverty-stricken areas.
Space Exploration and Colonization


A big advocate for space travel, Hanks serves on the Board of Governors for the National Space Society. He has also donated to the nonprofit, which is dedicated to space travel and advocates space colonization. The National Space Society also promotes NASA. Hanks also serves on the Honorary Committee for the Chabot Space and Science Center, a nonprofit center that educates students about space science.


Causes for Veterans


The famous actor has played the part of a soldier and veteran in several film roles, and he supports real life heroes through his philanthropy. Tom Hanks’ charity for veterans has included donations to the Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund and Welcome Back Veterans. The Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund finances museums and educational programs that feature Pearl Harbor, the place where America was attacked during WWII. To help Welcome Back Veterans, he donated his own personal Prius, autographed by the star himself. Hanks also served as the National Spokesman for the campaign that built the National WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.


Conservation Causes


Finally, Tom Hanks gives back to charities that help preserve the environment. One of his favorites is the Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes clean beaches and shorelines. They work to preserve beaches and monitor water quality. He has also given to The Rainforest Foundation, founded by singer Sting in 1989 to aid the Amazon rainforests.
Like Tom Hanks, you can also contribute to people who need medical treatment, nonprofits in need of generous donors, and many other important causes.

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