She had one of the highest-rated talk shows in TV history and is an acclaimed actor, producer, philanthropist and “Queen of All Things Media”. She’s interviewed everyone from Michael Jackson to President Obama and in our November issue, she talks exclusively with MiNDFOOD about power, politics and the importance of finding true friends. Read the full interview in our November issue, on sale now.
When you think of the word ‘Philanthropy’ it’s pretty difficult to not think Oprah. Over the years, both on and off the screen, Oprah Winfrey has dedicated her life to giving and endorsing charities all around the world.
If you’ve been busy and haven’t heard the latest, here is a quick run through of Oprah’s current philanthropic ventures…
The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation
Taking over in 2010 from what was the Angel Network. The project is a non-profit, volunteer organisation that inspires others to make a difference in the lives of others. It organises projects in under-served communities and provides educational initiatives and helps people fulfil basic human needs and regain their dignity. Its focus is on poverty, child neglect and disease.
Leadership Academy for Girls
As a mentor and philanthropist – her largest gift is the $40 million she donated to establish the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Johannesburg – she teaches some of life’s most important lessons. “I say this to my girls all the time at the school. They are 15, 16, and in this phase where they don’t know who their true friends are. A true friend is someone who wants to the best for you – always. A true friend is never, ever going to be jealous of your glory, your triumph, your joys. They revel and are as joyful in your joy as you are. That is a true friend”.
Located in South Africa, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls opened in 2007, funded by viewer donations and the huge investment from Oprah herself. The free school offers state-of-the-art facilities, including a library, a theatre and computer labs.
“Every child has the right to an education, but to attend the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls will be a privilege. The students who are invited to attend the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls have shown that they have the ability to excel, and to move beyond challenging circumstances. Through exemplary service to their communities, they have demonstrated their potential to effect positive and enduring change. The Academy will nurture this potential, and raise the next generation of transformative South African leaders.”- Oprah
On top of all this, Oprah also has announced her will is going to donate 1 billion dollars to charity.
Clean out your winter closet with Oprah’s favourite clothing donation charities
Sends casual footwear to children and adults around the world in need
Rehab athletic shoes for disadvantaged youth
Cuts out the middleman and sends your clothes directly to small business owners in developing countries
For old clutches and bags
Helps fund anti-human trafficking efforts