Live streaming has revolutionized the way people consume media. Millions log on religiously to watch their favorite streamers play video games, create art, or just chat with their audience.
In a world where internet stars are often criticized for fueling a culture of shallowness and excess, many streamers have chosen to go beyond providing entertainment for a higher purpose. Instead, they have chosen to give back to their communities and support charities they believe in.
Below are five streamers who are actively making a real difference in the world and encouraging their followers to do the same.
Note: This article is subjective and reflects the opinion of the author
Streamers and their charity projects with DrLupo, Pokimane and more1) Mr. Beast
Jimmy “MrBeast” needs no introduction. The man behind the channel with the most subscribers on YouTube founded the MrBeast Foundation on December 1st, 2018.
Through the nonprofit, the streamer has organized a variety of philanthropic activities, including food bank donations and animal welfare projects.
The MrBeast Foundation has supported initiatives that support veterans and increase access to education. A few years ago, the content creator also launched a campaign aiming to remove 30 million pounds of garbage from the sea.
With an engaging personality and energetic comments, Sean “Jacksepticeye” has established himself as the most popular Irish YouTuber with over 27 million subscribers. As a popular figure in the community, his content regularly includes humor and positive messages, but that’s not all.
The streamer often raises money for charities through its content and community, which supports various charities, including mental health organizations and conservation groups.
Jacksepticeye’s notable endeavors include Thankmas, a live stream that raised over $3 million for Red Nose Day in 2020 and over $10 million in 2022, and the PMA Fund fundraiser, which raised over $300,000 for organizations like NAMI and Crisis Text Line collected.
3) Jerome ASF
Jerome “JeromeASF” has cemented its presence as the leading YouTuber and streamer of Minecraft. Over the years, he’s garnered over five million YouTube subscribers and millions of views thanks to his lighthearted and hilarious content.
Aside from its wholesome content and nature, JeromeASF strongly believes in giving back to society. He founded Baka Brigade, a charity dedicated to raising funds for children’s hospitals and other charitable organizations.
Since its inception, the Baka Brigade has raised tens of thousands of dollars for a variety of causes, including cancer research, child protection, and disaster relief. The crowdfunding organization plays a pivotal role in inspiring others to get involved in philanthropy.
4) Tim The Tatman
Timothy “TimTheTatman” has become synonymous with first-person shooter games like Call of Duty, Fortnite, and Overwatch. His highly interactive streams and hilarious collaborations with other popular streamers have helped him garner over seven million followers on Twitch and 4.85 million subscribers on his YouTube. He is now a household name and a fixture in the North American live streaming community.
TimTheTatman has been actively involved in charitable initiatives throughout his 11-year streaming career. Before going exclusive to YouTube, the 100Thieves co-owner raised significant amounts of money for various causes and organizations through his Twitch streams and other events.
Most notably, TimTheTatman regularly participates in St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s annual fundraising event – St. Jude PLAY LIVE. In addition to supporting the American Heart Association, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he raised over $400,000 for Direct Relief’s COVID-19 response in 2020.
Popular Twitch streamer Benjamin “DrLupo” has garnered over 4.5 million followers on the popular streaming platform thanks to his outstanding mechanical FPS skills in Fortnite and Destiny. Like many other streamers at the time, he eventually switched to YouTube, where he currently has over 1.87 million subscribers.
Aside from making a splash on stream and being a dedicated family man, DrLupo is a passionate supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. His charities support the hospital through an annual live stream, Build Against Cancer and GuardianCon.
In the five years since its inception, Build Against Cancer has raised over $2.7 million for cancer research and treatment. GuardianCon started in 2016 as a charity event that also benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.