7 Times ‘The Ellen Show’s’ Kindness And Charity Warmed Our Hearts

Ellen really puts the “generous” in DeGeneres.

Daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres' motto is to "be kind to one another," and she's truly leading by example with The Ellen Show. Whether she's surprising do-gooders on her guest list or in her audience, or just announcing her latest charity involvement, the 60-year-old really puts the "generous" in DeGeneres.

Scroll down to see some of our favorite examples of Ellen DeGeneres's charity donations and kind acts.


1. When she helped college-bound teens achieve their dreams.

Ellen DeGeneres loves doing random acts of kindness on The Ellen Show, like when she invited the entire senior class of Summit Academy Charter School of Brooklyn, N.Y., to the show and surprised them with a $25,000 gift for the school and a four-year scholarship for to a New York state college for each student — both of which were furnished by Walmart — to make sure they were all able to pursue higher education. "These kids have overcome all kinds of things," DeGeneres told her audience, "and they go to school every single day, and they work hard every single day, and all they want to do is go to college, and they deserve that."

2. When she donated to Hurricane Harvey relief.

Ellen DeGeneres' Hurricane Harvey donation was monumental. In the wake of the devastating storm, she donated $25,000 to the Red Cross and $25,000 to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas. (You can donate to the Red Cross here and the SPCA of Texas here.)

3. When she surprised her audience with $1 million.

In Ellen DeGeneres' One Million Acts of Good collaboration with Cheerios, she gave $1 million to her audience in one special episode, since the audience was "filled with people who are making a difference in the world by sharing good," as she said. "It's the biggest gift I've ever given anybody, ever. And I hope you continue to pay it forward and share all the good." 

It's probably hard for her to remember her biggest-ever donation, because she makes so many (the donation to the kids of Summit Academy Charter School is reported to have been worth $1.6 million). By the way, Ellen and Cheerios want to know about your acts of good, too. Find out more on the EllenTube website.)

4. When she made a charitable contribution to a 2-year-old.

She may not donate a seven-figure sum often, but Ellen DeGeneres gives away money all the time — such as the time she and her frequent charity partner Shutterfly donated $10,000 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation when she hosted a 2-year-old expert bottle flipper and cystic fibrosis patient named Sammy. (You, too, can donate to or get involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through its website.)

5. When she honored a selfless audience member.

Ellen DeGeneres' donation to after-school basketball program Drill Masters totaled $20,000, thanks to support from Shutterfly. And it came as a total surprise to Drill Masters founder Lenair Young, who was in the audience for that episode. Young told the host he "wanted to make sure that no kid ever feels abandoned or feels like they don't have a family or a place to go." 

6. When she reunited a woman with her boyfriend.

Noah Copeland, a supply officer in the United States Navy, wrote to DeGeneres to say that his girlfriend, Maura, was in the audience for that day's episode and he wanted to see if she would invite Maura to Ellen's birthday celebration to brighten Maura's spirits in his absence. DeGeneres did just that after she brought Maura on stage … and then brought out a special guest from backstage: Noah himself!

7. When she inspired her wife to honor her conservationist heart.

In honor of Ellen DeGeneres' charity work on behalf of gorillas and other at-risk wildlife, wife Portia de Rossi honored her on her 60th birthday by revealing plans for The Ellen DeGeneres Center for The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund — commemorating renowned gorilla researcher Dian Fossey — and by establishing The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund, which is ready for donations.

"It's the best gift," DeGeneres said, tearfully. "I've always said, when we got married, Portia's line was, 'It's good to be loved, it's profound to be understood.' And she understands me because that is the best gift that anybody could have given me. So, I love you."


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