Top Notch Tuesday: Philanthropist Eva Longoria

Charitable giving and community service requires a certain amount of time management, organization, and introspection. There are so many charitable organizations out there that you have to be selective about how you spend your time volunteering. One woman who has gotten it down to a science is actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria. Longoria became a household name known for her roles on shows such as The Young & The Restless and Desperate Housewives, and has used her platform to draw more attention to community issues and social welfare.
The petite Texas native has devoted her time and efforts to organizations that focus on issues in the Hispanic and Latino communities. She has been very vocal about bringing more attention to health and wellness in the minority communities, as well as promoting education and an understanding of politics and social welfare for minorities. In 2006 Longoria founded Eva's Heroes, a charity for developmentally disabled children. Since then she has received numerous awards and honors for her charitable giving and time spent volunteering in her community. She has  received the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts’ Horizon Award, presented each year to an individual or organization whose work most advances the presence of Latinos in television and film; the Latina Visionary and Community Empowerment Award from the National Hispanic Women's Corporation; the Corazones Unidos Award from The Larry King Cardiac Foundation; and she serves as the national spokesperson for PADRES Contra El Cancer.

In recent years she become more involved in politics, focusing on economic empowerment and immigration reform. In 2012, she was one of seven Californians named to the post of co-chair of Barack Obama's re-election campaign.  She was a featured speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention where she endorsed President Obama's reelection. She even enrolled in a Master's degree program in Politics and Chicano Studies to further her understanding of the needs of her community. She has embraced the notion of using her platform as a celebrity to bring action and attention to social ills. With an increase in exposure through social media and increased speaking engagements, Longoria has proven to be a Top Notch performer in the field of philanthropy and community service.