Celebrate J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter’s Birthday with Philanthropy
July 31 has always been a special day for the Harry Potter fandom, but this year, we want to make it even better! Since both J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter celebrate their birthday on that day, it’s one of the most magical days of the year. 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. After graduating from college, Rowling worked for Amnesty International. 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 a contributing patron of the Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland and was also made the president of Gingerbread, a charity for single-parent families, in 2007 after being an ambassador for years. In 2010, she donated a significant amount in order to found the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic in memory of her mother, who suffered from MS.
2011 was another incredibly philanthropic year for J.K. Rowling. This was the year she lost her billionaire status after donating $160 million to charity, 16% of her net worth. She has 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. 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 were chosen because they 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, and therefore, we felt they would really appreciate our support! 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. To find out more about these charities and what they mean to us, open each toggle to read more about them below!
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 Twitter or Facebook message informing others of the fundraiser all at the same time on July 31. By releasing all of these messages at once, it becomes more likely that the campaign will gain traction and continue to grow. 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!