Stephen Colbert's Charity Work
Stephen Colbert, The Man Who Does Good Things That Need Doing
On The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert does his best to tell the news, the best way he knows how. It may not be pretty, it may not be accurate, but it is obvious, however, that he cares. He cares about America, he cares about his fellow man, he cares about the truthiness.
Stephen Colbert can sometimes come across as a tad bit arrogant, but only because he knows he's always right. And, he may come off as a bit greedy, but only because he wants the best. He seem a little self involved, but only because his wife told him not to get involved with others. Yes, in the end, Stephen Colbert always puts others first in his life (just after himself).
In all seriousness, using his position as a highly respected fake journalist, Colbert has raised a lot of money for several great causes. He has leveraged his position as a leader of the quasi-educated youth of today to do great things...which brings us to the Word: Charity.
The Colbert Nation Gulf of America Fund
"I don't think we can call it the Gulf of Mexico anymore. We broke it, we bought it." -- Stephen Colbert
On June 7, 2010, Bing donated $2500 each time Stephen Colbert says "Bing" to a charity of his choice. Donating other people's money is a favorite pastime for Stephen Colbert, so he managed to "Bing" enough to raise $100,000 in the episode.
The money raised was donated to the The Colbert Nation Gulf of America Fund, which in conjunction with The Baton Rouge Area Foundation, will help the people of the Gulf states.
"This is one time that you want to hear that a charity is skimming from the top." -- Stephen Colbert
To Benefit Yellow Ribbon Fund
In June of 2007, Stephen Colbert made a valiant effort to rev up the crowd attending a taping of his show. Unfortunately he became a casualty of the event, having broken his left wrist in his efforts. However, being the cable news hero that he is, Colbert went on the the show. After seeking medical attention after the taping, he was left with a cast on his wrist helping him remember the tragic series of events.
Stephen Colbert understood deeply the plight of the wrist injured individuals. He used his show to expose violence toward wrists in television and film. To raise awareness for wrist violence and its victims, Colbert presented his audience with silicon Wrist Strong bracelets.
Other celebrities joined Stephen Colbert in his Wrist Strong Cause. Barack Obama, Matt Lauer, Al Franken, Adrien Grenier, Matt Perry, Al Gore, Arianna Huffington, Rupert Jee of Hello Deli, Eric Estrada, and the astronauts from Atlantis, amongst others have been seen sporting a wriststrong bracelet.
By January 2008, Colbert's WristStrong bracelets had already raised over $170,000 for The Yellow Ribbon Fund, with his auctioned off cast earning another $17,200.
Don't let the severity of wrist injury go unrecognized. Buy a WRISTSTRONG bracelet today!
The 1 Second Film
The 1 Second Film is just that - it's a one second long film with an hour or so of credits to those who made it possible.
Anyone and everyone is invited to become part of the crew, a producer, or a publicist of the film, and to therefore appear in the credits.
I am one of the producers of The 1 Second Film, and you be can too.
Stephen Colbert Quote
On Giving of Ourselves
That we have the capacity to give so much of ourselves to others is, I think, what separates us humans from the animals. Sure, there are other things, like the fact that we don't shoot venom out of fangs.
Stephen Colbert is on the board of directors for Donors Choose
Stephen Colbert - The Philanthropist
- Rahm Emanuel Roasts Stephen Colbert for Charity
To benefit the Spina Bifida Association
Stephen Colbert Participates - Do You?
iparticipate is a movement to encourage volunteering in whatever way you can, for the causes YOU care about. iParticipate is encouraging the American public to do community service.
Night of Too Many Stars (2006)
An Overbooked Benefit for Autism Education
For a list of everything that happened this evening, and all the other celebrities that supported, click here.
At Night of Too Many Stars 2006, Stephen Colbert donated $50,000 to the Autism Education Fund.
I Am America (And So Can You!) - Book By Stephen Colbert
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Source: The Colbert Report Episode 1 Airing October 17, 2005
Q. Why is Stephen so quiet about the hundreds of hours of charity work he does every year?
A. He's not doing it for the publicity; he's doing it for America.
Did you know he did so much?
Did you realize just how much Stephen Colbert does for charitable causes?
Stephen Colbert's Ben & Jerry's Flavor of Ice Cream
In 2007, Ben & Jerry's named a new flavor for Stephen Colbert called Americone Dreams.
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It has been described as "Sweeter than the Bill of Rights, colder than Valley Forge & with twice as much caramel as the Louisiana Purchase", and Colbert said "It actually tastes like me. No one will ever find out, because I'm married, but this is what I taste like. Very sweet.".
A portion of the sales of Americone Dream go to Stephen Colbert Americone Dream Fund which distributes the money to various other charities who who help for example the families of vets, children with medical and nutritional needs, and needy children. (source)
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Three Amazing Auctions
January 25, 2010 - Stephen's Interview Table sold for $28,802 benefiting the American Red Cross.
February 1, 2010 - Stephen's C Desk sold for $34,000 benefiting Dr. James W. Colbert Endowed Chair at the Medical University of South Carolina.
January 25, 2010 - Stephen's Portrait sold for $45,200 benefiting The Yellow Ribbon Fund.
The profits from this page will be donated to Donors Choose, another charity that Colbert supports.
Donors Choose - Official Website
- DonorsChoose.org: An online charity connecting you to classrooms in need
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy to help students in need through school donations