Daddy Yankee founded his Puerto-Rico based organization to set up educational programs for troubled youth and ex-convicts.
BARE FEET FOUNDATION
In 1997, Shakira started her foundation in the hopes of building schools for kids and providing food and support for victims of violence in her country. The Colombian singer is also a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.
RICKY MARTIN FOUNDATION
The Puerto Rican star fights for the well-being of children worldwide. The singer – who’s also a UNICEF goodwill ambassador – uses the institution to set up education campaigns and aid survivors of natural disasters.
JUAN LUIS GUERRA FOUNDATION
Created in 1991 under the name Fundación 440, today, the Dominican singer’s foundation funds homes for orphaned kids and rehabilitation centers for young people addicted to drugs and alcohol. Its goals also include giving financial assistance to hospitals and schools, along with covering medical expenses for people of limited resources.
TREASURE KIDS FUND
Created in 2004 by Puerto Rican reggaeton star Don Omar, this charity organization is dedicated to helping children with autism.
Another artist raising awareness about Colombia is Juanes, who created his organization in 2006 to aid victims of anti-personnel mines by getting them physical and psychological help and opening doors to education.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt kicked off the creation of their foundation in 2006 by donating $1 million to Global Action for Children, and another $1 million to Doctors Without Borders. Both actors are known for their humanitarian efforts, and Jolie is a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.
LA VENTANA DE LOS CIELOS
Ricardo Montaner and his wife, Marlene Rodríguez Miranda, created this organization in 2005 to provide free physical therapy at a center in south Florida for children and young people with autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. The singer was also recently named a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.
LA TIERRA DEL OLVIDO
Carlos Vives set up his institute last year to provide poor communities in his native Colombia with educational, cultural, sports and health programs.
RICHIE MADDEN CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION
Parents-to-be Nicole Richie and Joel Madden founded their organization this year in the hopes of helping mothers in need. The pair recently handed out more than $200,000 worth of gifts during a shower for 100 pregnant mothers in Los Angeles.