Mindy Kaling donates $40K to charities for 40th birthday

What a way to kick off a birthday! Mindy Kaling is spreading the wealth for her 40th birthday — by donating a cool grand to 40 different charities and asking fans for suggestions on where to contribute.

The Mindy Project actress announced her plans on her social media accounts on Monday, June 24, her birthday: “I’m so grateful to have my wonderful, peaceful life w/ my daughter Katherine. How lucky am I to turn 40? I would love to express my gratitude by donating $1000 to 40 different charitable orgs that help others. Pls suggest some! I will kick it off by giving $1000 to @RAICESTEXAS!”

Taking suggestions from her followers — there were almost 4,500 replies on Twitter alone as this story was posted — the Boston native picked half of the lucky recipients within a few hours of putting out her call. She is sending money to charities focusing on children’s health, Down syndrome and nature preservation, as well as LGBTQ groups and the ACLU.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Mindy Kaling attends Premiere Of Disney's 'A Wrinkle In Time' - Arrivals on February 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Mindy Kaling arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of Disney's 'A Wrinkle In Time' held at El Capitan Theatre on February 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Mindy Kaling (L) and B. J. Novak at the world premiere of Disney�s 'A Wrinkle in Time' at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood CA, March 26, 2018. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) Oprah Winfrey, Storm Reid, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling attend the premiere of Disney's 'A Wrinkle In Time' at the El Capitan Theatre on February 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actor Mindy Kaling participates in the press conference for Disney�s 'A Wrinkle in Time' in Hollywood, CA on March 25, 2018 (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
ANAHEIM, CA - FEBRUARY 22: In this handout photo provided by Disney Resort, actresses Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey, Storm Reid and Reese Witherspoon visited the Disneyland Resort on February 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California.� The stars of Disneys upcoming film, 'A Wrinkle in Time,' gathered together in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Park.� 'A Wrinkle in Time' opens in theaters nationwide March 9, 2018.�(Photo by Todd Wawrychuk/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - FEBRUARY 22: In this handout photo provided by Disney Resort, the stars of Disney's upcoming film, 'A Wrinkle in Time,' visited the Disneyland Resort on February 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. Actresses Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, Storm Reid and Oprah Winfrey surprised guests at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Disney California Adventure Park with a special appearance after a preview of the film was shown. 'A Wrinkle in Time' opens in theaters nationwide March 9, 2018. (Photo byTodd Wawrychuk/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)
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Magic Kingdom with my Mrses and Meg ❤️ @disneyland. Miss you @ava
No makeup no filter mom night out with @juliaspowellart ❤️✨👯‍♀️✨❤️
Back at work with my girls @asekar95 and @yo_its_hmo. It cold!
Baby couture care of @salvadorperezcostumes. I can’t even with this Mindy Lahiri mini me dress. ❤️🙌🏾❤️🙌🏾
ANAHEIM, CA - FEBRUARY 22: In this handout photo provided by Disney Resort, the stars of Disney's upcoming film, 'A Wrinkle in Time,' visited the Disneyland Resort on February 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. Actresses Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Storm Reid surprised guests at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Disney California Adventure Park with a special appearance after a preview of the film was shown. 'A Wrinkle in Time' opens in theaters nationwide March 9, 2018. (Photo by Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)
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Kaling welcomed daughter Katherine 18 months ago but has been reluctant to name the child’s father. “My feeling is that, until I speak to my daughter about that, I’m not doing to talk to anyone else about it,” the Late Night star told The New York Times earlier this month.

The Why Not Me? author told Us Weekly exclusively in May how she balances parenting her daughter with her successful career. “I’m in a privileged position because I have help, you know, and I know that’s not the case for all American women,” the Office alum said. “I’m a single mom, but I have the means to have help … It is what it is!”

She added that she hopes to inspire her little one with her work ethic. “If I can set that example for her to work hard like I did, I think I’d be happy,” Kaling told Us. “I work incredibly hard. It’s like, work hard, play hard. I definitely work more hard than I play hard. And so I think that’s not bad. I think that I have never gotten anything easily and that’s OK!”

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