10 Philanthropic Facts You May Not Know About Tupac Shakur

“Measure a man by his actions fully from the beginning to the end. Don’t take a piece out of my life or a song out of my music and say this is what I’m about because you know better than that.” – Tupac Shakur

Tupac Shakur accomplished a lot before his murder at the age of 25. Beyond his industry rivals, complex persona, and entertainment career this iconic artist had another side that’s been widely overlooked. As the child that wrote his own family plays, and the son of community activist, Afeni Shakur, he had a natural compassion for helping disadvantaged youth. To honor his humanitarianism, AllHipHop  wanted to share some philanthropic acts that went under the radar.

Here are 10 philanthropic facts, you may have not known about Tupac Shakur:


In 1993, Tupac received a letter from the parents of a dying boy, named Joshua. They said it was Joshua’s last wish to meet Tupac. Tupac flew to Maryland to meet Joshua and took him to a basketball game. Soon after Joshua’s death Tupac renamed his publishing company from Ghetto Gospel Music to Joshua’s Dream.


Before his death, Tupac was in the works of developing a Celebrity Youth Football League. Each celebrity involved would sponsor a youth sports team, by buying uniforms and hiring a staff of coaches.


Tupac put together a benefit concert to help a growing non-profit organization, A Place Called Home, raise money for a new building. Founded in 1993, A Place Called Home is a safe haven in South Central LA where at risk youth are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education.


Through his bodyguard, Tupac heard about a 14-year old girl who was paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair after a terrible car accident. Tupac called the Make-A-Wish Foundation to inquire about this little girl. During the phone call, Pac learned the girl was scheduled to meet her celebrity idol, but the celebrity canceled just before the meeting date. Tupac stepped in and flew the girl and her aunt to California to join him on the set of “Gridlock’d.”
Afterwards he took them to the recording studio and later hosted a personal BBQ cookout at his house in honor of her.
Tupac later donated a brand new audio system to her school.



A Tupac fan wrote a letter to his fan club, asking the late rapper to be her prom date. About a month later, Tupac showed up at her doorstep. He came inside the home and talked to her family and offered to purchase her prom dress & escort her to the dance. Before leaving her home, Tupac gave the family $1500.

When her prom day came, Tupac arrived in a limo to pick up his fan. At the school function Tupac signed autographs, took photos, and even got on the dance floor with her for five songs before he left.



During a promo tour stop in Washington, DC, as Tupac was on his way back to the airport, he heard on the radio about a young girl who was in the emergency room after being attacked and mauled by a dog. Tupac told the driver to turn around and take him to the hospital where the young girl was located. He stayed with her and her family until she fully recovered.


In his early teens, Tupac solicited people to sign a petition to keep a community recreation center open. After accumulating a significant number of signatures the building was torn down anyway in spite of his efforts. This experience helped cultivate Tupac’s vision for a center that would provide a positive environment where young people could learn skills and performing arts. He wanted to call the center Thug Mansion. After his early death, his mother maintained the vision by opening the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation in Stone Mountain, Georgia.


Tupac was often accused of instigating war between coasts, but there’s plenty evidence to the contrary.  In 1996, Pac invited the Boot Camp Clik, the Brooklyn Hip-Hop  collective, to record The One Nation album at his summer mansion. The album has never been released, but the effort was definitely there before his death. Furthermore, Pac had rock solid relationships with East Coast folks like Busta Rhymes and Treach from Naughty By Nature. Not exactly philanthropy, but definitely for the greater good.


He may not be here in the flesh, but his work continues on.

The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation and J Cole’s Dreamville Foundation recently joined forces and started a youth book club in North Carolina. The first book read and discussed was, A Rose that Grew from Concrete. Tupac’s non-profit organization recently celebrated 15 years of serving the community. The center teaches vocal training, ballet, jazz, recording & engineering, theater and creative writing. The nonprofit is still spearheaded by Afeni Shakur. Other family members including Tupac’s sister are active volunteers and staff.


ERICA FORD is a world renowned youth advocate and the founder of LIFE Camp Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing youth violence and providing empowerment opportunities for youth who are educationally, economically and socially disadvantaged. Throughout her twenty-plus years as a community leader, Erica has impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of Black and Latino Youth in over 100 prisons, dozens of New York City Housing projects and hundreds of schools and community-based programs across the country and around the world. A Queens, NY native and graduate of CUNY’s York College with a Baccalaureate Degree in Political Science, Erica’s work as an activist began in 1986 as a student, where she served as President of the Black Student Caucus, Vice President of the evening Student Government, and led a successful student takeover to protest tuition increases. One of the most diligent and effective activists of her generation, Erica is widely respected by government officials, civic leaders, local media and the hip hop community. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has commended her for her dedication to reducing violence among young New Yorkers. Reverend Al Sharpton has acknowledged her organization as “one of the best in the nation.” Former Governor David Paterson presented her with an official proclamation in honor of her first annual Peace Week in 2010, which resulted in a cease of gun violence for the entire week in two high crime areas – East New York Brooklyn and South Jamaica Queens. Additionally, over 1,000 men across New York City signed up to become volunteer “Peace Keepers,” to support violence reduction efforts and provide positive male role models for teens and young adults. Among countless accolades, Erica has received citations, proclamations and awards from State Senators, Congressmen, Borough Presidents and other elected officials. KISS FM (NY) honored her as one of its Phenomenal Women and the NY Knicks honored her with their Community Service Award. Her tireless efforts have also been celebrated in numerous print, television, radio and internet outlets, including BET News, The New York Times, New York Daily News and Amsterdam News, among many, many others. Erica’s key to effectiveness is her ability to build partnerships between the public and private sectors, to collaborate around the issue of youth violence. Also known as the “Hip Hop Activist,” she partnered with the late Tupac Shakur in 1994 to develop The Code, a foundation designed to decrease Black on Black crime. In 1998 - 1999, The Code Foundation played a key role in the organization of the Million Youth March, which brought tens of thousands of youth from all over the United States together to rally against injustices and focus on youth issues. In 2002, she collaborated with Grammy award-winning hip hop artist, Ja Rule and others to establish LIFE Camp Inc., from which the I Love My LIFE campaign was developed, to assist youth in making critical choices which prevent them from becoming perpetrators or victims of youth violence. Erica’s work has not been limited to the United States. In 1991, she facilitated a cultural awareness trip for youth leaders to the Dominican Republic. In 1993, she traveled to Geneva, Switzerland as a Youth Delegate Representative of the International Association Against Torture. As a delegate, she attended the United Nations Commission’s conference on Human Rights, where she spoke on the violation of human rights of Black youth in the United States. In 1995, she brought a group of youth delegates to the International Youth and Student Conference in Havana, Cuba. During that same year, she attended the United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. While there, Erica and others successfully lobbied to have women’s issues placed on the international agenda. In 1998, Erica attended the World Federation of Youth conference in Kampala Uganda. In 2001, she organized a group of young people to attend the United Nations World Conference Against Racism in South Africa. With a wealth of experience and community support behind her, Ford ran for political office in 2008. Of the seven that ran for New York City Council seat (District 27 in Queens), Erica came in 3rd, an impressive impact for the first time candidate. Currently, Erica is working to expand her I Love My LIFE / Peace Week initiative to the cities that have the highest rate of youth violence across the country, including: Camden, NJ, Detroit, MI, Compton, CA, Dallas, TX, Chicago, IL, Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PA, Washington, DC and Atlanta, GA, to name a few.

From June 1994 to April 2002, Ms. Erica Ford ran Tupac’s Code Foundation even after the rapper had passed away. Erica, Tupac, and his stepfather Mutulu Shakur, established The Code in 1994. The mission was simply to keep young people out of jail and to decrease “Black on Black” crime.


  • $18916246

    I believe Tupac was a good man that just got caught up. GOD BLESS TUPAC.

    • Bumpy Johnson

      naw he was a real G…..real Gs do real things

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  • Golgo 13

    R.I.P 2 one of the greatest rappers ppl that diss him and write negative comments about him should read this and have some respect 4 him

  • This right here goes to show he was the greatest! !

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  • TimeWillTellu1

    He was really a good dude. RIP PAC and I’m glad your legacy still continues today. You did so much at such a young age its an inspiration to all of us. Thank you!

  • Tia Olivia Brown Scott

    Great topic and research. Kudos to the writer!

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  • Great article!

  • $18592567

    Every where I go niggas holla at me ‘Keep it Real G’ My reply ‘Til they kill me’
    Act up if u feel me I was born not to make it, but I did the tribulations of a ghetto kid

    Still I Rise

    RIP 2Pac

  • King of Hip-Hop for a reason.. R.I.P

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  • Thabiso Simons

    All hail King Pac

  • Executive

    Them white devils made sure they didn’t shed any light on this part of Pac. The just point out the negative.

  • brotha_man

    now this is HIP HOP. RIP PAC

  • ZUBU

    Pac was that brotha for real! Certainly one of the smartest young brothas to touch a mic!

  • FREEfromslavery

    pac represented the havenots, which is most of us living in amerikkka. those of us that were running in the same crowd back in the 90’s knew all to well of this dudes greatness. i can remember being at the freaknic in atlanta one year smokin blunts with my crew and we seen 2pac right across from us doin the same thing we were doing. no bodyguards, just fine ass women surrounding all of us. he was one of us no doubt. at the time my strength was bagging dime pieces or fine ass women with no problem, so me and pac definitely had that in common. it just amazed us how cool this rap nigga was. basically the opposite of these egotistical clown ass rappers of today who think their bigger than what they really are. these pussies of today usually have 10 steroid niggas surrounding them for protection. my man pac was the real deal.

  • @Real_SirJamie

    These are all the things I would try to tell people like Montezuma, and others in my personal life. And all they would have to say is “Whatever, you can’t prove any of that. What is proven is he was a media whore, gangbanging, had his shirt of with T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E., started east coast/west coast beef…” BLAH BLAH BLAH. Anyone can point out negatives in someones life but choosing to ignore the things he’s done is just spiteful and hateful. R.I.P. King you were a true role model and I will continue to praise you for the beautiful human being you were.

    • DollasTX

      …just for referencing “MONTE”

  • Jehiel

    Awesome article. We are responsible for our story… Salute, allhiphop!

  • water_ur_seeds

    Only thing i didnt know about was the stuff about J Cole, that was a random one… Best piece thats on AHH for a while…

  • Myblockk.

    just when u think u knew pac more info

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  • Celz

    AHH this is an article..

  • iamwhoiam

    Pac was one of the realest. I could imagine the material he would have out today

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  • David Gonz



      That’s bullschit!!! Those Queens cats was about to rock that nigga and SUGE!!! Just like Keith Murry was about to put it on him out there in CALI!!!

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    • ihatefaggots

      Tupac is from Harlem u retard

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  • PercyRayJones

    And you will always be in our hearts with unconditional love!

  • Ace

    PAC was someone I relate to. I don’t relate to any of these rappers so I don’t listen to them

    • Agreed. However, there STILL are a select few that are good enough to rock.

  • Papi Peligro

    If only Charity and Good Deeds could always be as easy as taking that female to prom.

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  • JondoE303

    That’s what these artists nowadays don’t understand it’s about more than just rappin or havin a couple of hot songs it’s about character and integrity any rapper can have a few hits but it’s really about the person behind all of that that’s why I loved Pac because you knew that at the end of the day he was the same person he was whether he was behind the mic or not…

  • Tupac was shot dead. Find the murderer before y’all start putting words in his mouth. I hate black people. Now Tupac dead, y’all want to use his name to make money? Keep the spirit alive cus y’all didn’t keep him alive.

  • derrrp

    That picture with the kid is not from 93. This site is shit.

  • Just a piece of his life…

  • don’t take a piece out of my life, AllHipHop!

  • melodicmizery

    these descriptions are kinda wrong #4 the “bbq” was actually the girl was suppose to meet janet jackson and janet ditched the girl. the girl was related to frank alexander tupacs bodyguard. frank and pac started talking about the issue and pac said he would do it instead and brought her to the studio. theres a clip of it of her singing on one version of untouchable. also theres a clip of it when hes making fun of frank calling him frankie. he didnt randomly call the make a wish foundation to find the girl lol

    • Big Ed

      Right they dont even have all the facts right. That girl was Franks neice I beleive not some random girl and it was JAnet Jackson. Then the picture they have for #6 is actually the girl mentioned in #4, Frank’s neice who was in the wheel chair. Then the pic with the boy is not from no 93. That was like 96. No young kid wanted to meet pac in 93 he was still underground.

      • JB

        He wasn’t super famous, but he def wasn’t underground.

      • Andrew McLaren

        Actually in 1993 the movie Juice had come out already so he was pretty famous. I remember how big that film was, if you were black you had most likely seen the film.

  • melodicmizery

    also one of the benefit concerts he had to do was because of a court case punishment, the money he raised from the concert went towards the fundraiser. they should of talked about how he let homeless sleep in his mansion and how him mc hammer and snoop were going into politics

    • Andrew McLaren

      Exactly he called that mansion the ghetto gospel

  • Jeff Active Reynolds

    it’s about time Pac get’s some damn recognition on this site.

  • Guest

    Don’t take a piece peace out of my life..AllHipHop

  • KeyC22

    Don’t take a piece out of my life..

  • Lunga

    The realest nigga i know…. Big ups to him and his partners. His legacy still lives on…. Much love and respect all the way from SA(Cape Town)

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  • HatesElvis

    Damn i miss Tupac …

  • westcraven

    he will be back soon

  • RIV

    Pac was the realist…

  • MildManneredReporter


    • JB

      Youre trying to say cause the dude had a heart that he was down for his? cmon man…

      • MildManneredReporter

        i wasnt saying anything. not sure how you got that from the one word i said,

      • JB

        Because “thuglife?” with a question mark insinuates. But if you didn’t mean anything, then nevermind.

      • MildManneredReporter

        it was just a joke relax

      • JB

        Honestly, 90s babies who think they know everything they weren’t around for annoys me. Not saying thats you. just sayin.

      • MildManneredReporter

        my uncles were huge pac fans back in the day so i was very hip to his music back in the day.. shit i had don killuminati on tape..fucking tape my nigga…but i was born in 85 tho

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  • alondia01

    A brilliant and gifted young man died way too early. Haters choose to hang onto the controversy and negativity but smart people with common sense understand that Tupac was a really good, spiritual person who believed in GOD. His loss is still felt on many levels. R.I.P Tupac. There will never be another one like you, not even close!

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  • NoGoBoi

    People may try to bring up a lot of negative things about this man but keep in mind he did all of this and more before the age of 25. Think about some of the crazy decisions you’ve made in your early years of life and probably til this day. Wish he could of been around longer, a persons heart can never be in question when they show you how genuine it is. R.I.P. to a great young man.

  • big daddy goosh goosh da Voice

    11. Wore leather vests like a bitch
    12. Had anal sex with Johnny P
    13. Said he was a thug but sits in a tub with a plunger in his taut asshole surrounded by bubbles.
    14. had his dick blown off by New York thugs

    • gamer Ned

      Tupac was a Fake STUDIO GANGSTA! Pac lied about knowing his real father in songs. He lied about selling drugs, his original rap name was MC New York. He started out as a back up dancer for Digital Underground. He went to acting school.All his friends were white kids. He was a ballet dancer. He never got arrested till after he started rapping. He was from the EAST COAST!!! he didnt move to cali till he was about 18 where he then lived with a white woman who tutored him and became his manager.




      your mothers a whore

  • gamer Ned

    Tupac was a Fake STUDIO GANGSTA! Pac lied about knowing his real father in songs. He lied about selling drugs, his original rap name was MC New York. He started out as a back up dancer for Digital Underground. He went to acting school.All his friends were white kids. He was a ballet dancer. He never got arrested till after he started rapping. He was from the EAST COAST!!!! he didnt move to cali till he was about 18 where he then lived with a white woman who tutored him and became his manager.

    • Andrew McLaren

      Pac never had a Dad, his whole life he was told his Dad was dead, then in 1994 at the age of 23 after he was shot the first time his biological Dad popped up out of the blue. Know your facts gamer Ned. Fact is Pac shot 2 corrupt cops who attacked a helpless woman, charges were dropped against Pac for that but nothing is more gangsta then what Pac did to protect people. And he moved to Oakland at 16 and was a member of the most notorious black Panther family in the world.

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        Here is the Truth about the Tupac Biggie Beef. Watch Video on y.o.u.t.u.b.e


    • disqus_wZ72CEXzLj

      1. False. 2. “Don’t take a piece out of my life or a song out of my music and say this is what I’m about because you know better than that.” – Tupac Shakur 3. What was your original ‘rap name’ “GAMER NED?” And HTF do YOU know? 4. You have your timelines messed up. Yes he was a back up dancer for D.U.; But that was AFTER he moved. Irregardless, whats your point? So what he went to acting school. Again, whats your point? All his friends were NOT white kids I can guarantee you that. FACT. Yeah, he may have had some, but f* you if you still into the bp parade! 5. From the east coast… so was —- and — and — shall I go on? 6. white woman named WHO? WHY DOES IT MATTER? DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO MAN. And if ‘getting arrested’ makes you so f*’n’ awesome, let’s see how you feel when it happens to you, you can’t make bail, and Death Row comes out to get you from PRISON with 1.4 mil to buy your soul-not likely. GOODLUCK a$$HAT. P.S. You think you can talk that way cuz you a nip?

  • adam

    this man was a true thug, he cared for everybody even women and children especially truest nigga to make it. NO ONE will ever come close to the compassion you had

  • Andrew McLaren

    Nice try bro Pac dated Jada Pinkett in high school. Stop hating on the greatest of all time

    • HipHop1980

      Tupac Was Gay & Fake watch these 2 Videos on y.o.u.t.u.b.e



  • Andrew McLaren

    Pac was the true meaning of a hero, he defended the weak

  • HipHop1980

    Tupac Was Gay & Fake watch these 2 Videos on y.o.u.t.u.b.e



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    Motivational steps of action that should inspire everyone to build a better world . That’s just the way it is.

  • uncle Bill

    O.K. you twats. I don’t know this punks music , but here’s how I know he’s a poser and a whimp.

    He’s always posing and trying to look cute. It’s all publicity and marketing and you nitwits that are still fawning over him are probably closeted gays yourselves. Not that I care but shit, check yourselves before you start kneeling for these little media fabrications.
    You want a real hero? Look up the guy he stole his name from.