News broke this weekend that six-time Grammy Award winner Whitney Houston died at the age of 48. Last night's Grammy Award Show featured many moving tributes to the late singer, whose cause of death is not yet known. Although she is best known for her great voice and personal troubles, Houston also leaves behind a philanthropic legacy.
Ecorazzi, a pop-culture blog, wrote about Houston's charitable work on Saturday and it showed that as her musical career grew, so did her efforts to help the less fortunate. Like other celebrities, Houston created her own foundation, the Whitney Houston Foundation for Children, a nonprofit that helped kids with cancer and AIDS all over the world. The foundation was founded in 1989 and was awarded an honor by VH1 in June 1995 for its charitable work.
Houston also worked to raise money for other charitable causes. She has worked with a wide variety of nonprofits including the United Negro College Fund, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, and the Children's Diabetes Foundation. Her performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" hit #1 on the charts in 1991, and all the proceeds from that record went to the Red Cross. More recently, according to the site Look To The Stars, Houston and her sister created a line of scented candles, with a portion of the proceeds going to Teen Summit, a nonprofit that helps turn around the lives of young adults.
You can read more about Houston's philanthropy in Ecorazzi.