Angelina Jolie's Most Inspiring Moments

On her 40th birthday, look back at how the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award has helped others over the years


In 2006, the Jolie-Pitts established a namesake charitable foundation designed to aid humanitarian causes around the globe. Donating millions off the bat to Doctors Without Borders and the Global Action for Children, their generous spirit came Stateside in 2011, when they gave $500,000 to victims of the devastating tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri, Pitt's home state. "So often these disasters seem far away, but now the need is for thousands of people displaced right here at home," she said at the time. "Our hearts go out to the families in Joplin who have lost so much."