Aside from being a dedicated actress, Maggie is also a dedicated supporter of various causes. Listed below are just some of the worth-while causes she has lent her support to, by either openly expressing support or by attending charity functions.
Artists United to Win Without War is an organization born from a committee of artists after the invasion of Iraq to express their discontent over the decision to invade and of the political climate in Washington in general. AUWWW encourages debate, engages opinion makers and activates concerned citizens using the strength of one of America’s most useful tools, the media. Part of their mission statement reads, “Unprovoked war will increase human suffering, arouse animosity towards our country, increase the likelihood of terrorist attacks, damage the economy, and undermine our moral standing in the world. It makes us less, not more, secure.” During both the 2003 Academy Awards and the 2003 IFP Awards, Maggie wore a peace sign pin in support of this organization and its message. If you’d like to learn more about the AUWWW.
On February 25, 2004, Maggie attended the 14th Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert held at Carnegie Hall in New York. Tibet House is an organization that is dedicated to “to the proposition that the wisdom and arts of all human civilizations vitally enrich the emerging global culture.” They focus specifically on the culture of Tibet, and is part of a worldwide network that hopes to ensure the survival of Tibetan culture. Part of their mission statement reads, “By presenting Tibetan civilization, its profound wisdom and special art of freedom, to the people of the world, we hope to inspire them to join the effort to save it.” The Tibet House offers many courses, seminars, and lectures concering the Tibetan culture and the current state of Tibet. To learn more about this worth-while organization.
Declare Yourself is “a national nonpartisan, nonprofit campaign to energize and empower a new movement of young voters to participate in the 2004 presidential election.” On the night of March 2nd, Maggie and several other stars including her brother Jake, her boyfriend Peter Sarsgaard, Kirsten Dunst, and Reese Witherspoon, co-hosted an event sponserd by Declare Yourself which hoped to stress the importance of voting and democracy to young people. The event was held at the Historic Beverly Hills Post Office and gave young people the opportunity to register to vote, as well as to view a copy of the original Declaration of Independence. Declare Yourself hopes that “by creatively fusing education, entertainment, information and technology” they will be able to challenge “Americans between the ages of 18 and 29, especially first-time voters, to find their reason to register and to vote.” To learn more about Declare Yourself.