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Taylor Swift Is the Most Charitable Celebrity of 2012

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When Taylor Swift isn’t racking up hit singles or setting new attendance records on tour, she finds time to set records of another kind. A big believer in giving back, the young superstar tops this year’s list of the most charitable celebrities.

According to, the 23-year-old ‘Red’ hitmaker catapulted from No. 20 on the list of “Celebs Gone Good” last year to the top spot this year, due primarily to a couple of reasons. Among her many other charitable activities in 2012, Swift donated a staggering $4 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame for its education program. The gift is the largest ever given to the institution by a single musician donor, and the Hall of Fame responded appropriately by naming its music education center the Taylor Swift Education Center.

Swift was also honored by the Kennedy family on Dec. 3 at the Ripple of Hope Awards, where she received an award for her commitment to social change through music.She is the youngest person ever to receive that honor.

She’s not the only young star with ties to Nashville on the list, though — Miley Cyrus came in at No. 2 for her work with animals, the Save the Music Foundation, the Starkey Hearing Foundation and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Next: See 10 Little-Known Facts About Taylor Swift

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