Celebrate J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter’s Birthday with Philanthropy
July 31 has always been a special day for the Harry Potter fandom since both J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter celebrate their birthday on that day. We’re hoping to give these two the best birthday present ever by raising awareness and collecting donations for a few incredible charities.
This gift seemed to be the perfect fit for these two because of how important philanthropy is to J.K. Rowling. In 2000, she created the Volant Charitable Trust, which is dedicated to fighting poverty and social inequality, especially for women and children. She went on to start Lumos in 2005 with the goal of raising money to keep children with living relatives out of orphanages and return them to their families. Rowling has been involved with Amnesty International and the Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland. She is also the president of Gingerbread, a charity for single-parent families. In 2010, she founded the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic in memory of her mother, who suffered from MS. She has also contributed to multiple other charities that she feels strongly about over the years, including Comic Relief, Maggie’s Centres, the UK Labour Party, and Doctors Without Borders. J.K. Rowling lost her billionaire status in 2011 after donating $160 million to charity, 16% of her net worth. So with J.K. Rowling’s philanthropic spirit in mind, we wanted to support a few charities as well in her and Harry’s honor.
The charities we chose to feature in this campaign strongly support and reflect the same positive values and messages that the Harry Potter series represents. They are also smaller organizations that don’t typically get as much attention and publicity. We’re hoping to thank J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter for all the magic they’ve given us over the years by collecting donations as well as raising awareness for the Harry Potter Alliance, Project Purple, the Protego Foundation, and the Trevor Project. Below you’ll find information on each of the four charities and links to their donation pages.
In order for our efforts to reach as many people as possible, we have started the #ThankYouForTheMagic Birthday Campaign through a crowdfunding website called Daycause. The site allows participants to sign up to support our goal by committing to send out a tweet or Facebook post informing others of the fundraiser all at the same time on July 31. This will help us raise as much money as possible for these incredible charities so we can make J.K. Rowling and Harry’s birthday as magical as possible!
After you’ve made a donation, click the “Tweet” button below to share your support for the campaign. Even if you are unable to donate at this time, please commit to supporting our Daycause campaign in order to spread as much awareness for these charities as possible.