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Stephen Colbert's Charity Work

Updated on December 17, 2011

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
The Colbert Nation Gulf of America Fund

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.

Watch the video of Stephen explaining Bing's contribution

Watch the video of the end of the episode and explanation of Gulf of America Fund

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.

Learn more and donate to The Colbert Nation Gulf of America Fund

"This is one time that you want to hear that a charity is skimming from the top." -- Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert - The Colbert Report - Wriststrong Bracelet
Stephen Colbert - The Colbert Report - Wriststrong Bracelet


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.

For each WRISTSTRONG Bracelet sold, $5 will be donated to Yellow Ribbon Fund, which supports wounded US veterans from all branches of the US Military. Watch the wristband saga unfold.

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.

The film is a project of The Collaboration Foundation who is donating the proceeds of the film to the Global Fund for Women.

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.

Donors Choose

Stephen Colbert is on the board of directors for Donors Choose

Learn More

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.

Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart at the Night of Too Many Stars
Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart at the Night of Too Many Stars

Night of Too Many Stars (2006)

An Overbooked Benefit for Autism Education

Video of Stephen Colbert at Night of Too Many Stars

Stephen Colbert on the Red Carpet at Night of Too Many Stars

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

I Am America (And So Can You!)
I Am America (And So Can You!)

"I will save the world."

--Stephen Colbert


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Colbert Trivia

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?

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Americone Dream - Stephen Colbert's Ice Cream
Americone Dream - Stephen Colbert's Ice Cream

Americone Dream

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.

Become a fan of Americone Dream on facebook

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)

(Photo by rick used by CC 2.0)

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.

Stephen Colbert on Donors Choose

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    • TerriCarr profile image

      TerriCarr 3 years ago

      The style of his show is an indication that he is a fantastic human being!

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      ssalunkhe 5 years ago

      It's a very nice concept by Colbert report, I'm confirmed member of Colbert Charity.

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      hessa johnson 6 years ago

      I'm a huge fan of his. This lens shows another side to him. Fantastic.

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      Michelle Collins 7 years ago from Florida

      Love him! He has such a great heart! Great lens! *Blessed*

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      steveffeo lm 7 years ago

      Kab I was always a Fan of Stephen but did not know he did so much for Non-Profits, great lens. Blessed by an angel

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nice lens, although when I saw him last night, "bing." I thought he said the money was gong to help the animals and then at the end he announced "The Gulf of American Fund," and said it was going to help the people. Not complaining, lord knows everyone and thing down there needs help, but you have to be clear on these things. Thanks for the lens.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Nice work. Featured on charity-lenses-for-summer-sunshine-giveaway

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This lens is now featured on Squidoo's Summer Sunshine Award Contest Nominees and nominated. Good Luck.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I didn't realize that Stephen Colbert did so much for charity. Very interesting and informative.