Leonardo DiCaprio has given a million dollars from his personal fortune to assist those whose lives have been damaged by Hurricane Harvey.
DiCaprio has been a long-time campaigner for climate change awareness, as seen in his 2016 documentary Before The Flood. His donation to the Hurricane Harvey victims is one of many philanthropic gestures that the actor has made towards environmental causes and concerns.
In a Press Release from United Way, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation outlines its plans for assistance.
“United Way Worldwide announced today that it has established the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund, a national fund which will distribute 100 percent of donations for recovery in the affected areas, community by community, in the months and years ahead. The fund will facilitate the donation process for United Way donors and partners who want to offer financial support to storm victims in Texas, Louisiana and the affected areas.
The inaugural donation to this newly established fund was from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF), which made a $1 million contribution to directly support victims who have been impacted across the region.
“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of Leonardo DiCaprio and his foundation,” said United Way Worldwide President and CEO Brian Gallagher. “Responding to Hurricane Harvey requires the best of all of us – and that’s what this gift represents. United Way’s Harvey Recovery Fund will provide much-needed help for the communities along the Gulf Coast where lives have been changed forever.”
Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 24 near Corpus Christi, TX and is on track to be one of the costliest storms in U.S. history. The unprecedented storm has wreaked havoc on homes and communities across Southeastern Texas and Southwestern Louisiana – producing up to 50 inches of rain in some areas. United Ways in the region are helping residents facing devastating losses from the historic flooding focusing on mid- and long-term recovery.
“United Way and other organizations are doing so much to help the victims of this tragedy. LDF has been committed to climate-related issues and environmental projects since 1998. We support efforts to build climate resilient communities and protect vulnerable wildlife and ecosystems across the planet, and have supported disaster relief and victim funds in the past. We hope others will step up and support the United Way and other organizations,” said LDF CEO Terry Tamminen.
The United Way network of over 1800 United Ways includes 24 directly in path of Hurricane Harvey’s destruction.”
The story, posted by Global Citizen, states how (DiCaprio) “joins a growing entourage of stars to donate to the victims of one of the worst storms to make landfall in the US since Katrina, including Beyonce, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Ruby Rose, Rachael Ray, Ellen Degeneres, Fall Out Boy, Sandra Bullock, Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Kim Kardashian, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled, T.I., Jack Antonoff, Chris Young, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, and Selena Gomez.”
According to Business Insider, the foundation also donated to victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey is ongoing. It is now the worst natural disaster to hit US shores since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.