Bollywood Celebrities and their Non-Profit Foundations

From pledging a substantial percentage of their earnings, to running grueling marathons for unique causes, these celebrities strive to do their bit through their non-profit foundations.

By Saurav Ray

May 14, 2018

There is a common misconception that Bollywood actors are self-obsessed, vain, egocentric, and hedonistic people, who are ensconced in their own worlds, comfortable with people from their own industry, and are least interested in participating or supporting social and charitable initiatives.


Whereas in reality, Bollywood actors and celebrities support, endorse and participate in social and humanitarian causes more than people from other industries.


In fact, many actors and personalities have their own non-profit organizations that show that their commitment towards social causes is not a one-time involvement but a consistent and constant endeavor.

Some Bollywood personalities and their not-for-profit foundations:


Amitabh Bachchan – Harivansh Rai Bachchan Memorial Trust




Veteran superstar and ‘Bollywood Shahenshah’ Amitabh Bachchan announced the inception of a not-for-profit charitable trust in 2013 – Harivansh Rai Bachchan Memorial Trust – named after his celebrated poet father. The trust will collect funds for charity work. The megastar’s own contribution to the trust will be prime and the list of the all charitable works performed is made public.


Aamir Khan – Paani Foundation




Aamir Khan, along with the team of his talk show Satyamev Jayate, set up a not-for-profit organization named Paani Foundation in 2016 to fight drought in rural Maharashtra, the very year in which the state declared out of its 43,665 villages, 29,000 villages to be drought-hit. In April 2018, the superstar urged college students to become ‘Jal Mitras’ to fight drought in the state.


Priyanka Chopra – The Priyanka Chopra Foundation for Health and Education




Priyanka Chopra set up The Priyanka Chopra Foundation for Health and Education in the early phase of her career to take care of the education and medical care for underprivileged children. She donates 10% of her earnings to the organization. She personally knows each child within the foundation and her objective is to highlight the importance of independence and education within the children.


Salman Khan –Being Human Foundation




Salman Khan rolled out The Being Human Foundation, a non-profit charitable trust, in 2007 to provide education and healthcare services for the underprivileged children in the country. The foundation funds the education of 500 children in Mumbai, provides funds for treatment of children with congenital heart defects and craniofacial deformities, has trained 1909 differently-abled people, provided drought relief in Maharashtra, donated blankets for flood victims in Kashmir and conducted free eye camps to provide cataract surgeries.


Nana Patekar – Naam Foundation




If you are a fan of Nana Patekar and follow his career and works closely, then you probably remember in 2015 he along with Marathi actor Makarand Anaspure helped nearly 230 families of farmers who committed suicide in that year, by giving a help package of Rs 15,000, medical kit, clothes, and blankets to each family. Days after that, he set up the Naam Foundation to help farmers in the drought-prone regions of the state.


Shabana Azmi – Mijwan Welfare Society




Shabana Azmi founded Mijwan Welfare Society, a non-government organization focused on empowerment and education of girl child. The aim of the NGO is to provide employment, self-reliance and sustainable development to women population in the small village of Mijwan.


Aishwarya Rai Bachchan - Aishwarya Rai Foundation




Winner of Miss World 1994 Aishwarya Rai Bachchan set up the Aishwarya Rai Foundation in 2004 to help needy people in the country. Recently, she supported Smile Train, an international cleft charity for which she is the global goodwill ambassador, through her foundation.


Milind Soman - Pinkathon




From supermodel to role model, Milind Soman’s journey has come a long way in the last 20 years. Soman, one of India’s best-looking supermodel, actor, and winner of the Ultraman title founded Pinkathon with Reema Sanghavi to raise awareness about breast cancer and other risks that endanger women’s health, wellbeing, and lives and help women to adopt a fitter lifestyle for themselves and their loved ones.


Rahul Bose – The Foundation




Actor par excellence, director, screenwriter, rugby player, and social activist Rahul Bose started his own non-government organization dedicated towards anti-discrimination – The Foundation – in 2007. The very talented, multifaceted and versatile actor launched the Andaman and Nicobar Scholarship Initiative through The Foundation, to provide free education to underprivileged children of Andaman and Nicobar islands.


Shilpa Shetty Kundra – Shilpa Shetty Foundation




Actress, entrepreneur, and winner of Big Brother title, Shilpa Shetty Kundra founded the Shilpa Shetty Foundation with an objective to transform the lives of orphan children and contribute to the society. With the intent of providing orphan children a better life and a better future, the foundation creates awareness and raises funds for orphanages that are grappling to sustain their operations.

Combining good intents with strong initiatives, these celebrities are touching the lives of millions through their non-profit foundations. You can also join your favorite celebrities in their mission to bring change by choosing to volunteer or donate to the cause close to their hearts and yours.

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