Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres' "Selfie for the Ages," including Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, and others. The tweet has since been deleted.
Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres' "Selfie for the Ages," including Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, and others. The tweet has since been deleted.

Ellen DeGeneres won plenty of laughs as emcee of one of Hollywood’s biggest nights, but it was her star-studded Oscar selfie, featuring the likes of Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, and Meryl Streep that not only shattered Twitter records but literally took down the popular social media site momentarily.

Within 24 hours, the selfie was re-tweeted more than 3 million times, and Samsung, the company at the center of the tweet, thanked the host for the publicity by donating $3 million to DeGeneres’ two favorite charities, which included the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

But what if Samsung, a Korean-based technology company that made $1.43 billion in profit more than Apple in Q3 2013, had donated money differently?

We looked at how far a $1.5 million donation could go in a variety of other groups. In particular, this mega donation could have provided:

  • more than 1,100 FFA scholarships
  • 600 South Dakota ranchers impacted by the early-October 2013 blizzard who have applied for help from the Rancher Relief Fund with $2,500…each
  • nearly double the valuable research funding in the fight against Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv)
  • one year of the national average tuition paid in full for 23 veterinary school students
  • 14 months of meals for nearly 2,700 families in need
  • meals for 13.5 million Americans struggling with hunger

Which group do you think would most benefit from Samsung’s donation? Tell us in the comment section below.