SPOKANE VALLEY, Washington — Harry Styles is a 29-year-old singer and actor from England. He debuted his singing career in 2010 when he was placed in the boy band One Direction. After the band split, Styles launched his solo career and became a three-time Grammy Award-winning artist. He has released three studio albums and gone on two international tours, including the recent “Love on Tour,” a two-year concert series that ran from September 2021 to July 2023. It consisted of 173 shows across North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Latin America.
Harry Styles’ tour earned more than $590 million, making it the fourth highest-grossing tour of all time according to Billboard Boxscore. Since Styles is known for his philanthropic work, it was no surprise when his team announced that “Love on Tour” raised more than $6.5 million for charity. Below are just a few of the international organizations that received donations.
Save the Children
Eglantyne Jebb founded Save the Children in 1919 with the belief that “children have the right to grow up healthy, educated and safe.” Save the Children works with countries across the world to advocate for children’s rights and inspire policies, such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, a universally accepted human rights treaty. The organization deploys health, nutrition, education and protection programs for children in Africa suffering from hunger and other crises.
In Asia and the Middle East, Save the Children fights against rising rates of malnutrition and protects children from “the physical and emotional wounds of war.” They are a highly accredited organization, earning the 2023 Great Nonprofits Top-Rated Award and a Platinum rating from GuideStar. They have helped more than 1 billion children across 116 countries.
The International Rescue Committee
During Harry Styles’ tour in July 2023, he partnered with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to invite three Ukrainian refugees to his show in Warsaw, Poland.
The IRC was created in 1933 to empower those affected by humanitarian crises. Their 17,000 employees work in over 40 countries to provide education, health, safety, power and economic relief to people displaced by conflict. To ensure people get the help they need, the IRC created Strategy100, a model for responding to humanitarian issues through “high-quality, cost-effective programs.” They research successful programs and local initiatives to ensure communities receive sustainable aid rather than short-term solutions.
In 2022, the organization and its partners helped more than 32 million people by providing health care, building water facilities, distributing cash vouchers and more.
Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending global poverty and achieving social justice. Founded in 1945, CARE believes in creating a world full of hope, inclusion and security by following its core values of “transformation, integrity, diversity, excellence, and equality.”
CARE focuses on long-term solutions by strengthening local communities and giving them the resources to respond to crises themselves. They implement humanitarian aid projects and poverty-fighting initiatives that benefit 174 million people across 111 countries. In addition to their 1600 community-based projects, CARE advocates for policy changes on local, national and international levels.
Harry Styles’ tour, “Love on Tour,” spread love by raising $6.5 million for more than 25 charities. In 2018, Styles did a similar fundraiser during his solo touring debut, raising $1.2 million for 62 charities worldwide. He uses his platform to influence his fans to become activists and, like his song says, to “Treat People With Kindness.”
– Diana Grant