BATUMI, Georgia — Taylor Swift is a force to be reckoned with. She has sold more than 200 million records worldwide, won 11 Grammy Awards and is the most streamed woman on Spotify. That is not all, she is also an altruist who donates money to charities worldwide and helps fans in need.
Worldwide Organizations Swift Has Been a Part Of
In September 2015, Swift donated money that she made from her wildlife-themed music video “Wildest Dreams” to the African Parks Foundation of America (APFA). The organization’s main goals include the long-term maintenance of protected areas, the abolition of poaching, community outreach, sustainable tourism and the preservation and protection of wildlife in Africa.
APFA offers thousands of people in Africa job opportunities. It impacts the economy by investing money in tourism and businesses that are compatible with conservation, with all profits going back into the parks and communities, promoting prosperity, reducing poverty and lessening the park’s reliance on donor funding. In 2017, the African Parks Foundation of America spent $8.54 million on its employees’ salaries. Tourism earnings from parks generated more than $3.9 million, which is 24% more than it was in 2016. In 2017, 37,284 people visited Akagera in Rwanda which led to an increase in the park’s earnings to $1.6 million. African Parks provided $43.5 million in 2017 in conservation efforts throughout Africa.
Taylor Swift helps people worldwide by working in collaboration with UNICEF. She has participated in UNICEF’s Tap Project Initiative. The initiative distributes bottled water from famous people’s houses through an auction. With tremendous help from celebrities, the program has raised more than $2.5 million for people worldwide who do not have access to clean water. Additionally, in 2015, Taylor Swift contributed her autographed guitar to the animal rights organization PETA’s 35th-anniversary online auction. All the money from the auction went straight toward supporting PETA’s mission to save animals.
How Taylor Swift Uses Her Voice to Help Others
Being one of the biggest stars in music, Taylor Swift continued using her talent and passion for performing to support charities and raise money. For instance, in 2009 she sang at BBC’s Children in Need concert and raised £13,000 for the cause. BBC’s Children in Need concert’s goal is to raise money for disadvantaged kids with help from famous singers. The same year the Sydney Sound Relief Concert was organized to raise money for disaster relief after Australia was hit by a series of floods and bushfires. Swift was among the celebrities who performed at the event. The fundraising total exceeded $3.3 million, according to Money Inc. That money went straight to the Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal.
COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund
In 2020 Taylor Swift helps people worldwide by participating in a benefit concert One World: Together At Home. People around the globe watched this virtual concert and it received donations for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. The fund’s main goals were “mobilizing private funds on a worldwide scale to remain ahead of the threat” and providing a quick method to send resources where they were most necessary. Throughout the first year, the fund raised $243 million.
The fund’s top priority was to establish a sustainable global supply chain. In six weeks it raised $201 million which allowed World Health Organization (WHO) to create and run the world’s largest supply chain during the pandemic, made primarily to support low- and middle-income countries. The fund delivered around 250 million PPE items and essential medical supplies to more than 150 countries as well as technical support to hundreds of laboratories.
According to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund website, in December 2020 WHO developed the Emergency Medical Teams Regional Training and Simulation Center in Ethiopia to teach frontline workers across Africa. Ten Emergency Medical Team network partners assisted 22 countries and trained 5,334 health care workers in managing critical COVID-19 cases.
In addition, the WHO has cooperated with front-line civil society organizations in 25 countries across all WHO regions. A few examples: WHO delivered emergency water resources and created water disinfection projects in Ecuador. In Pakistan WHO constructed washing stations in medical centers. And in India WHO designed a teacher training program that was centered around hygiene.
Taylor Swift contributes to charities mainly on a private basis. However, the singer’s charitable work has received widespread acclaim. In 2012 she accepted The Big Help Award from Michelle Obama at the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards. Swift also landed in first place on the DoSomething “Gone Good” list for 2015, which recognizes contributions to charity from well-known people, according to Money Inc.
Taylor Swift helps people worldwide by using her platform to raise awareness and inspire fans to donate to different charities and organizations. It goes to show how one voice can make a big difference in the world.
– Elizaveta Medvedkina