Top 10 Nonprofit & Activism Videos of 2010

December 16, 2010

From Shakira's hypnotic dance video supporting global education to a plastic bag parody narrated by Jeremy Irons, many of the top social change videos this year were made to inform and entertain.

In January, the YouTube community rallied as a devastating earthquake took hundreds of thousands of lives in Haiti. The American Red Cross was one of the first organizations to mobilize on YouTube, attracting millions of views of this video within the first 48 hours of the disaster. In the following weeks, dozens of celebrities banded together to re-create “We Are the World” and raise millions of dollars for afflicted Haitians.

Later in the year, citizens used YouTube to take a strong stand for LGBT rights. Lady Gaga's impassioned message to the Senate about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," a flash-mob video lambasting Target for their donations to anti-gay candidates, and Dan Savage's vlog that launched the “It Gets Better” movement against gay bullying, all cracked the Top 10. Here’s the full list:

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Ramya Raghavan, YouTube News and Politics Manager