10 Famous Christian Philanthropists

There should be more than just 10 famous Christian philanthropists, and there are. But for our purposes, let's just focus on 10. Some of these people are from many years ago, and some, like Manute Bol, are relatively recent. Heck, there are even a few rock stars on the list. They're all people  of faith, that give of their time and and treasure to help others.

  1. Bono of the band U2. Bono is a famous Irish pop singer, but he also gives a lot of his time, money and energy to solve severe world problems, such as AIDS.
  2. Manute Bol. He may be best known for being that tall, skinny basketball player. But this man, who died of the skin disease Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, also gave almost the entire $6 million dollars of his career salary to his native Sudan. 
  3. William Danforth of Purina. Danforth started the American Youth Foundation in 1924. The purpose of this organization was to teach young people various Christian principles.
  4. George Mueller. Mueller started the Scriptural Knowledge Institution for Home and Abroad. The next year he created his first orphans' home for 26 girls with no financial assistance. He died with an estate valued at less than a thousand dollars. This man gave his life to his work.
  5. John Howard. A conversion to Christianity prompted Howard to do anything God asked him to do. After inspected various prisons, he was disgusted and set out to spend his time and money reforming world prisons.
  6. Alice Cooper. This name may surprise many, especially those familiar with Cooper's early career as a shock rocker. But Cooper was brought up in a Christian home, as a pastor's son. And he has returned to his spiritual roots in later life. He has already built a Christian teen center in Phoenix for at-risk youths.
  7. Albert Schweitzer. Schweitzer was an inspirational German humanitarian, a philosopher and a theologian, as well as being a philanthropist.
  8. Elizabeth Fry. Fry also worked on prison reform, especially to lesson the physical toll and moral-killing way it affected women.
  9. J. Bulow Campbell — Campbell was an Atlanta civic leader, businessman, and most importantly, a Southern Presbyterian layman. His will helped establish the J. Bulow Campbell Foundation in 1940.
  10. John Thornton. Thornton, a wealthy banker, partly sponsored John Newton, who was the ex-slave ship trader who went on to become an Anglican priest. Newton is also the songwriter that gave us the great hymn, "Amazing Grace."
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