The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has pledged the money to the newly established United Way Harvey Recovery Fund. United Way Worldwide is the largest privately funded nonprofit that is working to support those affected by the strongest hurricane that has hit the US mainland since 12 years.
This isn't the first time that The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has provided support to disaster relief aid. Leonardo is known for his philanthropic ways--he has provided donations to the victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, 2012 Hurricane Sandy, and others.
Recently, another high-profile actress Sandra Bullock was reported to donate $1 million dollars to the relief efforts of the American Red Cross.
In a statement, she said, "There are no politics in eight feet of water. There are human beings in eight feet of water" while commenting on how despite the political divide in the country, Americans must unite in a time of a disaster like Hurricane Harvey.
Among others from the fraternity, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Ruby Rose, Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, Rachael Ray, Ellen Degeneres, Fall Out Boy, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Kim Kardashian West, Chris Brown, Lin-Manuel Miranda, DJ Khaled, T.I., and Nicki Minaj have pledged their support with donations.
The Walt Disney Company has donated $1 million to Red Cross relief efforts.
The social media giant, Facebook has also announced that it will match donations made on its website up to $1 million.
Hurricane Harvey has now been downgraded from the category 4 storm to a tropical storm but it has already devastated Texas and surrounding areas. So far, the storm has killed many and caused over $3 billion in property damage.