According to Merchdope.com YouTube is the second most visited website in the world. Every day YouTube receives 30 million visitors. Almost 5 billion videos are watched on YouTube every day. Crazy, huh? We wanted to see which YouTubers were impacting the world in a big way. To save you time and data, we focused on the influencers spreading real lasting change.
Did your favorite YouTube do-gooder make our list? Or did you find new a YouTuber to follow?
Pew Die Pie aka Felix Kjellberg
Joined YouTube: April 29, 2010
Followers: 102 Million Subscribers
Divine Principle Accomplished: Spreading wealth. Running water is one of the amenities everyone takes for granted. Felix has accomplished spreading wealth through providing clean drinking water to those in need. His earnings have blessed tens of thousands.
PewDiePie has set several fundraising campaigns. He averages millions of views on every video he puts out. One of the biggest fundraiser projects was with Charity: Water, a nonprofit that brings clean and safe drinking water to those in developing countries. The YouTuber encouraged his followers to donate and his studio “Maker Studios” gave one dollar per 500 views on his campaign announcement video. By the end of his fundraising campaign, PewDiePie raised almost $500,000 and helped provide clean water to approximately 10,000 Rwandans.
In December 2018 he created a GoFundMe for Child Rights and You, a charity with the goal of helping underprivileged kids in India. With those efforts, he helped raise over $200,000 for Child Rights and You.
Joined YouTube: October 28, 2010
Followers: 14.8 Million Subscribers
Divine Principle Accomplished: Educate the poor. Lilly has created opportunities for girls across the world, who wouldn’t be able to read and write without her charity. The education provided gives these girls a fighting chance at having a brighter and prosperous future.
Lilly is a YouTuber who realized she needed/wanted to use her social media presence to help make a change when she traveled to Kenya back in 2016 with Me to We Trips. Me to We is a social enterprise that sells leadership training and travel experience in order to raise money for their partner organization WE Charity. Singh made and sold Rafiki bracelets to raise money for girls’ education around the world. Other than her grassroots work, Singh created #GirlLove - a movement encouraging others to compliment women using the hashtag. All of the revenue from the video announcing the movement was donated to the Malala Fund which supports girls’ education globally. Lilly’s tagline (and motto) is comedy, inspiration and good vibes.
Zoella aka Zoe Sugg
Joined YouTube: February 2, 2007
Followers: 11.5 Million Subscribers
Divine Principle Accomplished: Comfort the sick. Zoe’s works are helping people adopt a healthier mindset and lifestyle. She is removing the social stigma associated with mental health - which has intoxicated our society. Zoe is leading others to a healthier outlook for the future.
Zoe and her boyfriend, Aflie Deyes, like to team up with non-profits to spread inspiration and cheer. Zoe has done a lot of work within the mental health community. Fans and other supporters have praised Zoe for her open discussions about her struggles with mental health. She is an ambassador for the “Mind” charity that is pro-mental health awareness. However, Zoe and Alfie aren’t always looking to raise money, they’ve also been known to just spread good vibes. They’ve partnered, several times, with “Rays of Sunshine” to grant the wishes of children who are suffering from serious illnesses.
Jacksepticeye aka Sean McLoughlin
Joined YouTube: February 24, 2007
Followers: 23 Million Subscribers
Divine Principle Accomplished: Feed the poor. Sean is utilizing his earnings to feed the less fortunate people in our world. He’s taking it a step further by involving other generous people to donate to these efforts.
In an interview with Newsweek, Sean McLoughlin aka Jacksepticeye, said, “People are very giving by nature, and they just want to keep giving. You need to give them an outlet and a focal point to be able to do so. I try to remind myself of the community, that the money that’s raised is all from individual people giving their time and their money to go towards good causes.”The green-haired Irish YouTuber hosts a monthly charity event and asks followers to donate to charities that support clean drinking water, food for impoverished areas, shelter and many other felt needs.
Markiplier aka Mark Fischbach
Joined: May 26, 2012
Followers: 24.6 Million Subscribers
Divine Principle Accomplished: Shelter the homeless. Mark is helping to decrease the number of homeless people by raising money for shelter efforts. His focus on the youth is setting generational changes.
Markiplier aka Mark Fischbach broke donations records in February 2019. His following of 23 million YouTube subscribers donated more than $500,000 in less than 24 hours for My Friend's Place - a charity that helps homeless youth. In 2018, My Friend’s Place raised $2 million. If you’re not good at math, it’s cool. We’ll do it for you. Mark raised a quarter of yearly donations in a day.
Mark told media outlets, "I wanted to see if I could just sit in front of a computer and do nothing and get people to raise an amount of money that we've never had before. I wanted to create a goal that I've never hit, that was so much bigger and just, like, literally have this attitude where we're not stopping until it's done."
In total, since he began, Mark has raised over $3 million for charities.
Sometimes YouTube and other networking outlets get a bad rap. It’s important to see the good vibes YouTubers are spreading around the world.