A favorite of George Clooney’s charity efforts is Not On Our Watch, an organization he founded in 2007 with
Ocean’s 11 costar Don Cheadle and producer Jerry Weintraub. With additional backing from Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, and David Pressman, Not On Our Watch “focus[es] global attention and resources toward putting an end to mass atrocities around the world,” according to its mission statement. Despite his generous efforts, Clooney said he could still do more to aid the suffering Sudanese region when he and Cheadle were honored with the
Peace Summit Award given by Nobel laureates, including former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and the Dalai Lama, in 2007. “Don and I... stand here before you as failures,” Clooney said. “The simple truth is that when it comes to the atrocities in Darfur those people are not better off now than they were years ago. The murders continue, the rapes continue and some two and a half million refugees are yet to go home.” But his organization continues to give in the hope of enacting change. In 2008, Not On Our Watch, which currently supplies aid and advocacy to the imperiled populations of Sudan, Burma, and Zimbabwe, donated $500,000 to a U.N. food agency, and has raised millions for the region. Other efforts include supporting 24-hour health clinics and donating grants to expand health care for 100,000 victims of the Darfur crisis.