Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Donates $1 Million To Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

The outpouring of support from artists offering their time, effort and open pocketbooks continues to unfold as the shocking devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Harvey becomes more apparent.

Leonardo DiCaprio attends a premiere for "Before the Flood" for the annual Toronto Film Festival (TIFF), in Toronto, Canada.

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. "Responding to Hurricane Harvey requires the best of all of us - and that's what this gift represents", the fund's president and CEO Brian Gallagher said.

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.

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"United Way and other organizations are doing so much to help the victims of this tragedy", added Terry Tamminen, CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

DiCaprio has previously helped with disaster relief, donating to the victims of the Indian Boxing Day tsunami in 2004, the 2010 Haiti quake, and 2012 Hurricane Sandy.

Celebrity chef Rachael Ray has also made a £773,000 donation through her The Rachael Ray Foundation to help the animals affected by the hurricane. Almost a week after the storm made first landfall in Southeast Texas the region is struggling to fight back the historic rainfall and flooding that has forced tens of thousands out of their homes and killed at least 38 at press time. Sandra Bullock, who owns a home in Austin and spends much of her time there, also pledged $1 million to the cause.

The hurricane has devastated areas all over Texas since last Friday - and has so far claimed 31 lives.

  • Michelle Webb