Oprah Winfrey is one of the richest and most powerful women in the world. A media mogul from humble beginnings, she’s made a habit of proving her heart is just as big as her massive fortune.
Winfrey frequently makes charitable donations and isn’t afraid to roll her sleeves up and help others.
Coronavirus Relief Efforts
It’s no surprise that Oprah Winfrey has stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic, using her wealth to help others. In April 2020, she announced plans to donate $10 million to assist Americans in need.
This included a $1 million donation to America’s Food Fund, as well as undisclosed amounts to Minnie’s Food Pantry in Plano, Texas and the Boys and Girls Club in Kosciusko, Miss., according to a press release.
Pathways to College
Committed to youth education, in 2019, Winfrey revealed her charitable foundation was pledging $5 million to Pathways to College. In 2020, she also matched all donations the organization received on Giving Tuesday, according to its website.
Based in Newark, N.J., the non-profit after-school program has helped more than 4,000 students gain admission to colleges and universities across the U.S.
In October 2019, she visited Morehouse College to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its Oprah Winfrey Scholar’s program — and she came with a major gift. During her visit, Winfrey surprised the college with a $13 million donation.
When added to the $12 million donation she made in 1989, her $25 million total gift is the largest endowment in the school’s history.
Puerto Rico Disaster Relief
After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September 2017, Winfrey stepped up to assist. In April 2019, she donated $1 million each to the Hispanic Federation and the Flamboyan Arts Fund to assist with revitalization efforts.
Earlier that year, Winfrey and her long-time best friend Gayle King flew to Puerto Rico for a production of “Hamilton.” Arranged by Lin-Manuel Miranda, nearly two dozen performances took place to raise awareness of the hurricane’s aftermath and the lack of government assistance it received.