Dianna is known for supporting animal and LGBT rights but has also raised money and donated items to various charitable causes. We’ve created this page to keep you informed of the many causes Dianna has supported over the years!
A vegetarian, Dianna is a supporter of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and was even nominated the 2010’s Sexiest Vegetarian by the organization.
Heads turned in 2011 when Dianna wore a “Likes Girl” t-shirt during a Glee concert. It was after her action that she wrote a post on her tumblr blog felldowntherabbithole showing her support for the LGBT community and praising The Trevor Project for their work, encouraging fans and readers to contact them if they need help.
“Our show celebrates the LGBT community. We are proud to be a part of something that embraces an often avoided topic. Hate is terrible… Sadly, we’ve gotten letters from people who explain that they love the show but hate the gay story-lines (sic). That we shouldn’t be polluting their children’s heads. To this I’d sometimes like to sarcastically reply, ‘Would you also like us to tell them that a stork is dropping off our offspring? That the sky is purple? That it is not practical to be true to yourself, because there are mean people in this world that will make them feel wrong for being honest?'”
“I believe that if you are bringing a child into the world, you should be willing to accept them in any reality. Whether they are black, white, asian, have four fingers, are disabled, gay… that the only wish should be for a happy and healthy baby… I understand that I am sitting behind the protection of this computer screen, in this hotel room, and to many I might sound ‘preachy’… I hope my intentions sound pure, and just. I speak, because I am passionate.”
On June 2, 2012 Dianna hosted the GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco and, following her Glee co-star Naya Rivera’s footsteps, auctioned off a ‘sweet lady kiss’ benefitting GLAAD’s work to share stories that build support for equality. At the end of the night, she had raised $5,500 for the campaign.
“Some of you may know I grew up in the Bay Area, so to be hosting this event is truly wonderful and very surreal (…) Thanks to GLAAD, we have a group of people working to be sure that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being depicted in the media with fair and accurate portrayals.”
In the same year, she signed on as a Spirit Day Ambassador for GLAAD. Spirit Day Ambassadors are committed to taking a stand against bullying while showing their support for LGBT youth.
Dianna Agron on Spirit Day:
“Everyone wants to feel special. Loved. Included. Are you going to be the person to prevent that from happening? I know I am not, not ever, and I feel compelled to do everything I can in this lifetime to encourage others to be loving and supportive people. Not everyone is going to be like you, and how boring would it be if they were! Let love in and be love. Those are the words that I live by. What are the words that you choose to live by? Think about it.”
GLAAD wasn’t the only organization Dianna devoted her time to. She has also worked with GLSEN and The Trevor Project, with whom she raised money in honor of her birthday in 2012.
Dianna has been showing her support for 826LA – non-profit writing and tutoring center for children over the years. In late 2009 she hosted a mini music festival for the organization titled “Chickens in Love” during which she sang some Glee covers, played games and more. In August 2010, she took part of 826LA‘s “Spelling Bee For Cheaters” and during Christmas time delivered books signed by herself and Glee co-stars, so they could be auctioned. Her last (known) interaction with the organization was in 2014, when she donated an autographed Glee sweater to help raise money.
During the Summer of 2012, Dianna visited California’s Wildlife Waystation – whose goal is to rescue and provide sanctuary for native and exotic wildlife both nationally and internationally. After her visit, she wrote a post on her then tumblr felldowntherabbithole and asked her fans and readers to donate and help.
Dianna’s post on felldowntherabbithole:
“Hey guys, can you help? I have been lucky to spend some time with the animals at the Wildlife Waystation, the oldest nonprofit animal sanctuary in the U.S., has been without red meat for a few weeks now due to the supply company having none. They are now needing to go to the store and buy red meat for 4-6 times the amount they normally pay, because not only do some of the animals need red meat for a proper diet, some will not eat anything else. The Wildlife Waystation is in desperate need of donations and a bulk supplier of red meat. If you can help in any way, please do, one way to help immediately is by texting “WILDLIFE” to 20222 to donate just $10.00! Or you can help them by spreading the word on your fb/twitter/tumblr/etc page… PLEASE DO! Go to “Wildlife Waystation Official Fan Page” on Facebook to donate or go to www.wildlifewaystation.org or call 818-899-5201!”
In December 2012, Dianna’s fans and supporters of Wildlife Waystation joined together and voted her to the top of the BiLLe Celebrity Challenge. She then accepted a €25,000 ($33,400.00) check on behalf of the organization, in 2013.
Dianna visited the Kampong Cham Center, where she met children and teenage residents.
Her fans honored her by raising $10,200 for her birthday, benefiting the Somaly Mam Foundation – an organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking. She also donated possessions to the Vietnam Veterans of America in Los Angeles.
Interview with InStyle about Somaly Mam Foundation:
How did you get involved? About a year ago my friend Jenny Cho, who also happens to be my hairstylist, said, “I’m so excited about this trip to Cambodia.” She described Somaly and the foundation, and when she was finished, I told her, “I’m coming with you.” The way I saw it, when your friend is going halfway across the world for such an amazing cause, how could you not join in?
How much did you know about trafficking? I’d seen documentaries, but you can’t fully grasp how devastating it is until you see the effects up close. Our first week in Cambodia, Somaly rescued a 4-year-old who had been raped and sold to a brothel. That was pretty intense.
Was it hard keeping your emotions in check? I wondered whether I would break down crying, but that wasn’t the case. We viewed one shelter for the younger girls, 3-to 18-year-olds. They were smiling and laughing as we walked around the center. The littlest would come up and hug our legs, trusting us because we were friends of Somaly’s, while the other girls tried to teach us games. They love the “Gangnam Style” video, so we pulled it up on YouTube and danced to it together. Another shelter we visited was for young women who were going to school to learn a trade. That’s important because due to poverty, many Cambodians leave school by the end of fourth grade.
Where does the foundation go from here? SMF is a relatively small organization, and it’s challenging for them to have a global presence. Fortunately, a group called Voices for Change—girls in their 20s who were once part of the trafficking trade—travel to educate people about the cause and explain the severity of the situation. One of the girls had lost an eye after being beaten during that horrific time in her life, yet she, like the other survivors, is upbeat and determined. For these girls, it’s not about remembering the past, but about looking toward the future.
Dianna showed her support for the initiative between Camp Wonder and Cetaphil – which is about children with chronic and life-threatening skin diseases to enjoy being a kid, by signing a card featuring the Cetaphil special edition product label designed by former camper, now counselor, Jassamine Domino. The artwork was then featured on a special edition of Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream.
On February, Dianna stared in the Young Storytellers Foundation‘s show “Glee Big Show” alongside Glee co-stars Darren Criss, Harry Shum Jr., Dot Marie Jones, Curt Mega, Ashley Fink and Becca Tobin. Young Storytellers is a foundation where kids have the opportunity to write stories and see them brought to life on stage and film. “Glee Big Show” was able to raise $10,000 in just a few hours in, all thanks to the Glee fans who spread the word on social media.
– Dianna Agron reads “The Instinct”
– Dianna Agron and Glee co-stars act out “The Lost Child”
– Dianna Agron and Glee co-stars act out “The Jousting”
– Dianna Agron and Glee co-stars act out “Life in High School”
– Dianna Agron and Glee co-stars act out “The Singing Sisters”
In April she attended Toms’ One Day Without Shoes event in Venice, California. The event’s mission has to challenge Americans to go one day without shoes to help raise global awareness about children’s health and education needs.
Dianna joined the Big Slick Foundation weekend charity event in June, to help raise funds for Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City, Missouri. She was involved in a celebrity softball game, a private get-together for patients and celebrities, a bowling tournament and a celebrity party and auction.
She was one of the many celebrities to team up with UNICEF in November, by joining a sing-a-long music video of John Lennon’s “Imagine”. The video spearheaded a global campaign by UNICEF to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
– UNICEF’s #Imagine
In December she joined Meghan Markle, Kellie Pickler, Rob Riggle and many others for a trip to five countries (Spain, Italy, Turkey, Afghanistan and England), to entertain thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and their families as part of the United Service Organization tour.
She also attended the 10th anniversary gala of ASmallWorld, later that month, during which she sold a kiss for more than $20,000. Dianna donated the money to the War Child charity – an organization that fights to protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children caught up in war.
Dianna began her journey with UNHCR – an organization that fights to safeguard the rights and well-being of people who have been forced to flee, in May, when she visited resettled refugees in Australia.
Dianna’s message on the UNHCR website:
“The language around refugees has become increasingly negative and ugly. There is so much misinformation and scaremongering around who refugees are. It’s as if by dehumanizing refugees it makes it easier to ignore the problem and avoid responsibility for playing a role in being part of the solution. But no one wins by ignoring the humanity of refugees because in doing that we ignore our own humanity and we diminish ourselves.”
Dianna’s work for the organization:
Dianna met Nergez and her family, who were forced to flee the Kurdish part of Syria following the outbreak of civil war. Nergez’s father, Hamed, made an arduous journey to Austria hidden in a truck in 2013 while the rest of the family made the dangerous trip to the Austrian embassy in Lebanon to obtain the paperwork for family reunification. With UNHCR’s assistance the family were finally reunited safely in Austria in 2014.
Dianna has since met Syrian refugees in Jordan and added her voice to our #WithRefugees campaign film alongside fellow high profile supporters, refugees and UNHCR staff from around the world. Ahead of a historic Summit on refugees and migrants at the UN General Assembly in September 2016 the #WithRefugees campaign calls on world leaders to act in solidarity and take shared responsibility in their response to the global refugee crisis. Dianna is actively encouraging her friends, family and fans to get behind the campaign and sign the petition.
On January 4th Dianna showed her support for the movement TIME’S UP – an organization that insists on safe, fair and dignified work for women of all kinds, by signing up and donating. She shared on her Instagram account a photo, along with a message encouraging her followers to visit the website.
“This cause is universal, this is an unprecedented effort to date. Thanks to the courage of all the women who were willing to stand up for justice, here we are. Let’s keep moving forward. Legal defense, legislation, equal pay. I’ve signed and donated.”