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Taylor Swift Named Most Charitable Celeb For Supporting Feminist Causes And Education

Wednesday December 31, 2014    12:41 PM

No one pulls off selflessness quite like Taylor Swift.

The 25-year-old pop star landed the top spot on'sebs Gone Good list, which highlights public figures who've used their fame to support charitable causes. The advocacy group -- which "makes the world suck less" by supporting numerous grassroots efforts for social change -- noted a donation to New York City schools by Swift, as well as her outspokenness on feminist causes, as reasons for topping the list, which was released on Monday.

As New York Daily News had reported, Swift announced that all proceeds from her single, "Welcome to New York" -- a track off of her new album that climbed to No. 1 on iTunes -- would be given to the public school system during an October appearance on "The View."

It's the third year in a row Swift has taken the top spot, Us Weekly pointed out. Laverne Cox, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus and Emma Watson rounded out the top five.

Swift's contribution to New York Public Schools is just one of many philanthropic efforts she's made throughout her time in the spotlight. According to Look to the Stars, Swift has supported Feeding America, UNICEF and Habitat for Humanity, among other charitable organizations. She also donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross to help victims of a 2008 flood in Iowa.

Celebs Gone Good winners were selected by through public voting, the Celebs Gone Good Advisory Committee and a celebrity's given StarMeter ranking on Internet Movie Database.

The newly minted pop star snagged the top spot on's Celebs Gone Good 2014 list, coming in at No. 1 for the third year in a row, the nonprofit organization revealed yesterday. Swift won thanks in part to her support of feminist causes as well as her promise to donate all proceeds from the sales of her single "Welcome to New York"—off her latest studio album, 1989—to New York City public schools.

The annual list spotlights celebrities who use their public platform for social good, compiling final winners by tallying up public votes, seeking advice from their advisory committee, and using the celebrities' STARmeter ranking on Internet Movie Database.

In the number two spot is feminist icon Laverne Cox—the first transgender person on this year's list—who earned the honor for "sparking a national conversation about the transgender movement," according to the list. Third places goes to Beyoncé, whose #BeyGOOD campaigns have helped find employment for people and also provided counseling, housing, food, and medical assistance to the homeless. And rounding out the top five are Miley Cyrus in fourth place, who brought attention to homeless youth during her VMA acceptance speech, and Emma Watson, who spoke at the United Nations and called on more men to support gender equality through the #HeForShe campaign.

Other celebrities on the list include Chris Pratt, LeBron James, and even Justin Bieber, whom the organization acknowledged "had a lot of ups and downs in 2014," but, "Beliebers haven't forgotten that Justin has granted over 200 wishes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and joined #CardsForDanny to send birthday wishes to a boy battling cancer."

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