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December 22nd, 2011
10:43 AM ET

Big Stars, Big Giving: Will Ferrell's serious commitment to charity

"Big Stars, Big Giving" is our special series that shines the spotlight on celebrities and the causes they support.

Will Ferrell famously played President George W. Bush on "Saturday Night Live." He spoofed the news business as Ron Burgundy in "Anchorman." And children of all ages fell in love with him in "Elf."

Ferrell is also giving back, focusing on one special charity close to his heart.

CNN's Alina Cho talk with Christine Romans and Ali Velshi this morning about her chat with the comedian who's making a serious commitment to cancer survivors.

For more information on Cancer for College, visit CancerForCollege.org.


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December 17th, 2010
07:57 AM ET

Big Stars, Big Giving: Justin Bieber on getting his fans involved in doing good for others

Editor's Note: In an American Morning original series, "Big Stars, Big Giving," CNN National Correspondent Alina Cho looks at celebrity philanthropy and how these big stars can make a big impact. Through one-on-one interviews with Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Edward Norton, Julianne Moore and Justin Bieber, she shares what causes have become their passions, and how you can get involved. The one-hour special debuts December 24th and airs again on December 25th.

Justin Bieber is the hottest music star on the planet right now. Just 16 years old, he already has philanthropy on his mind. 

He's even getting his fans in on helping others. One dollar of every Justin Bieber concert ticket sold goes to Pencils of Promise, a charity that builds schools in third-world countries. 

Also, proceeds from his latest CD, "My Worlds Acoustic" will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.

For more information on how you can help the organizations close to Justin Bieber's heart, visit:
Wish.org
Childrensmiraclenetwork.org
Pencilsofpromise.org

To learn more on giving, and ways you can make a difference this holiday season, visit Impact Your World.

December 16th, 2010
07:24 PM ET

Big Stars, Big Giving: Gallery of behind-the-scenes photos from Justin Bieber interview

Editor's Note: In an American Morning original series, "Big Stars, Big Giving," CNN National Correspondent Alina Cho looks at celebrity philanthropy and how these big stars can make a big impact.

Here are some behind-the-scenes photos of Alina Cho's interview with pop star Justin Bieber on his many fundraising efforts with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Pencils of Promise and the Children's Miracle Network. For more information on how you can help the organizations close to Justin Bieber's heart, visit:
Wish.org
Childrensmiraclenetwork.org
Pencilsofpromise.org

Photos by Ethel Bass, CNN Producer.
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December 15th, 2010
09:27 PM ET

Big Stars, Big Giving: Julianne Moore and fighting poverty for Save the Children

Editor's Note: In an American Morning original series, "Big Stars, Big Giving," CNN National Correspondent Alina Cho looks at celebrity philanthropy and how these big stars can make a big impact. Through one-on-one interviews with Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Edward Norton, Julianne Moore and Justin Bieber, she shares what causes have become their passions, and how you can get involved. The one-hour special debuts December 24th and airs again on December 25th.

Julianne Moore is an artist ambassador for Save the Children. Growing up an “army brat,” Moore lived in various locations around the country and saw firsthand the inequality that exists in education.

An avid reader, she also recognizes the important of literacy. To that end, Moore – a children’s author herself – travels to rural areas to read to children.

She is committed to fighting poverty in the US – where one in five children live below the poverty level.

To find out more about fundraising and doing more to help others, visit Savethechildren.org.

To learn more on giving, and ways you can make a difference this holiday season, visit Impact Your World.

December 15th, 2010
09:04 PM ET

Big Stars, Big Giving: Gallery of behind-the-scenes photos with Julianne Moore

Editor's Note: In an American Morning original series, "Big Stars, Big Giving," CNN National Correspondent Alina Cho looks at celebrity philanthropy and how these big stars can make a big impact.

Here are some behind-the-scenes photos of Alina Cho's interview with Julianne Moore on her work with Save the Children. To find out more about fundraising and doing more to help others, visit Savethechildren.org.

Photos by Ethel Bass, CNN Producer.
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December 15th, 2010
09:45 AM ET

Big Stars, Big Giving: Edward Norton and Crowdrise

Editor's Note: In an American Morning original series, "Big Stars, Big Giving," CNN National Correspondent Alina Cho looks at celebrity philanthropy and how these big stars can make a big impact. Through one-on-one interviews with Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Edward Norton, Julianne Moore and Justin Bieber, she shares what causes have become their passions, and how you can get involved. The one-hour special debuts December 24th and airs again on December 25th.

Edward Norton is a longtime advocate for various causes, so much so that he is cited in this year's Barron’s "Top 25 Givers" alongside Bill and Melinda Gates – the ONLY celebrity on the list.

Norton's latest project is Crowdrise, what he calls the "Facebook of philanthropy." Crowdrise is an innovative new web platform that brings the fun of social networking to fundraising and volunteerism.

Like Foursquare, members can earn points and win prizes when they reach certain fundraising benchmarks. "We've created a fun and easy way for people to raise money for the causes they care about," Norton says. He is particularly interested in inspiring a new generation of givers.

To find out more about Crowdrise's fundraising efforts, visit Crowdrise.com.

To learn more on giving, and ways you can make a difference this holiday season, visit Impact Your World.

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