True to her church upbringing, the Whitney Houston Foundation for Children Inc. was established in 1989 as a nonprofit organization that cares for such problems as homelessness, children with cancer and AIDS and other issues of self-empowerment. In June 1995, the foundation was awarded a VH1 Honor for its charitable work. Funds have been raised for numerous causes involving children around the world, from South Africa to Newark, and generated more than $300,000 for the Children's Defense Fund as a result of a 1997 HBO concert.
Whitney's tireless efforts have earned recognition from such organizations as St. Jude Children's Hospital, the United Negro College Fund and the Children's Diabetes Foundation, all of which have benefited from the heart and soul of a great artist and humanitarian. Singing to audiences on every continent, Whitney has won her worldwide following the old-fashioned way, digging deep down into her soul and finding common threads with her millions of fans.
Whitney passed away on February 11, 2012. She was 48 years old.
Oprah's exclusive interview with Whitney Houston