Olivia Wilde optimistic about philanthropy

15 August 2012

Olivia Wilde is "really excited” about the “next generation".

The House star is confident that youngsters will continue to support other nations in need. Olivia believes young people will be encouraged to get involved with a charity if they see celebrities setting a good example.

"I'm really excited about the next generation," Olivia told the Conde Nast Traveller. "Philanthropy is no longer just for the rich."

The 28-year-old actress decided to first use her fame to bring attention to the people in Haiti. Before she began to assist the relief work she sought the advice of billionaire businessman Bill Gates. He advised the actress to just focus on Haiti if she wanted to make a difference.

"He said, 'Invest your time in Haiti and know your subject well,'" Olivia continued.

Upon Bill's advice Olivia started the Academy for Peace and Justice, the first free secondary school in Haiti. In October, 1,200 students are set to enrol in the school.

Reports say that stars including Russell Brand, Daniel Craig, Barbra Streisand and Penélope Cruz were among the famous faces that came forward to support her school. Each of the stars pledged to donate funds each year to help support the project.

"We started so small," Olivia reflected, "and this is such a grand gesture."

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