Sep 30, 2021

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Donate $1 Million to the ACLU and NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are leveraging their names, platforms, and pockets again to support civil rights, in a massive charitable $1 million dollar donation to the ACLU and NAACP.

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Ryan Reynolds announced via Instagram Story that he and Blake Lively are donating upwards of $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund for a fundraiser running through October 8. The two are splitting funds evenly between the organizations and pledging to match donations, committing to the fight for social equity.

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are active supporters of NAACP’s LDF; last year, they donated $200,000 to the organization following George Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020. They’ve also donated more than $1 million to homeless charities and various food banks and organizations, including Feeding America and Food Banks Canada, to combat the impact of the pandemic. “COVID-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low income families,” Reynolds wrote on his Instagram Story. “If you can give, these orgs need our help.”

Following the earthquake in Haiti, the two also each donated $10,000 to four separate charity organizations, including Hope for Haiti, a nonprofit dedicated to leveraging education, health care, water, infrastructure, and economy. 

When celebrities harness their platforms and pockets for good, alot of change can take place in a short amount of time. Our favorite stories always involve celebrities giving back to those in need, and putting time into their communities. Let us know your thoughts on Blake and Ryan’s charitable actions. Do you have a favorite charity? Let us know.