Taylor Swift Wins Ripple Of Hope Award For Charitable Giving

It was a huge year for Taylor Swift, who racked up another monumental win with her album Red. It turns out that big album sales and a string of sold out concerts also meant plenty of money for charitable organizations. Taylor Swift on Wednesday became the youngest person in history to win the Ripple Of Hope gala’s top charitable giving award.

Throughout 2012, Taylor Swift worked with various charitable organizations including several organizations that help children who are battling cancer.

Swift also donated $4 million to the Country Hall of Fame Museum, the largest single donor donation the museum has ever received.

The Ripple of Hope Award was given out during a ceremony at the Robert F. Kennedy Center.

Swift wasn’t the only young star to make the list. At No. 2 was Miley Cyrus who was followed by No. 4 Lady Gaga and No. 5 Justin Bieber.

The Ripple Of Hope award also crossed various genres of celebrities from the No. 11 singer/songwriter combo of Jay-Z and Beyonce and baskeball star LeBron James at No. 8 on the list.

Filling in the third spot was Channing Tatum, while Robin Roberts took the No. 6 spot.

Here are the rest of the Top 20 list:

Selena Gomez (9), Ian Somerhalder (10), George Takei (12), Ben Affleck (13), Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield (14), Ryan Seacrest (15), Demi Lovato (16), Carrie Underwood (17), Olivia Munn (18), Sofia Vergara (19) and Drew Brees (20).

The year 2012 was a good time for giving, and the actors, singers, and sports figures above showcase exactly what we love about the entertainment industry: Its ability to connect with people and give back to the communities that support their craft.

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