From Bullock to DiCaprio, a look at stars' Harvey donations

It's not the first time The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has provided disaster relief funds.

A pair of Oscar winners, Sandra Bullock and Leonardo DiCaprio, are leading the way in stars' donations to relief efforts for those affected by Harvey, now downgraded to a tropical depression, in Texas and Louisiana - but they're not alone, with music world figures announcing benefit concerts in the works. It was reported that United Way Worldwide has announced the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund that "will distribute 100 per cent of donations for recovery in the affected areas, community by community, in the months and years ahead".

"We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of Leonardo DiCaprio and his foundation", United Way Worldwide President and CEO Brian Gallagher said.

The $US1 million from DiCaprio's foundation represents the inaugural donation to the fund.

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DiCaprio's foundation is now urging others to "step up and support" the relief efforts. Leonardo is known for his philanthropic ways-he has provided donations to the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2010 Haiti natural disaster, 2012 Hurricane Sandy, and others.

On Tuesday, Sandra Bullock gave a million dollars to the American Red Cross. And Gloria Gaynor made a decision to pay tribute to the victims in her own way, by changing the lyrics to her famous tune I Will Survive to Texas Will Survive in a video shared on her Twitter page on Wednesday night.

Hurricane Harvey struck Texas at peak intensity on August 25, and it has caused at least 31 deaths and huge economic losses which are estimated to range from $10 billion to $160 billion.

Among others from the fraternity, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Ruby Rose, Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, Rachael Ray, Ellen Degeneres, Fall Out Boy, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Kim Kardashian West, Chris Brown, Lin-Manuel Miranda, DJ Khaled, T.I., and Nicki Minaj have pledged their support with donations.

  • Carlos Nash