Photos: Kevin Winter/Getty
April 08, 2008 12:00 AM

While Simon Cowell isn’t known for being generous with his praise, he puts his money where his mouth is when it comes to charity. The American Idol judge is donating a day’s pay to Idol Gives Back, PEOPLE has confirmed.

After traveling to Africa and touring sites in the US last year as part of the inaugural Idol Gives Back campaign, “Simon saw first-hand children in extremely impoverished conditions,” a source close to Cowell says. “He donated his paycheck then and he had no hesitation in donating his paycheck again this year.”

Charities receiving donations as part of this year’s Idol Gives Back include: The Children’s Defense Fund, Children’s Health Fund, The Global Fund, Make It Right, Malaria No More, and Save the Children.

Yesterday, a source close to Idol host Ryan Seacrest revealed to PEOPLE that he, too, was donating a day’s pay, saying, “When he and Simon went to Africa last year and saw the children, it was really life-altering for him.”

Idol Gives Back will air on FOX Wednesday, April 9.–Cynthia WangPhotos: Kevin Winter/Getty

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