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Monday, June 26, 2017

Charity Navigator Celebrates #HarryPotter20


In honor of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter being released (and forgetting the fact that our acceptance letters to Hogwarts got lost in the mail), we’re talking about five charities that J.K. Rowling is known to support and how happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.


We all know
J.K. Rowling is our #lifegoals -- remember in 2012 when she gave so much money away she came off of the list of wealthiest people in the world? Goals.

Volant isn’t a rated charity by Charity Navigator, but it is Rowling’s own charity. It has an annual budget of five million euros and is known as one of the key reasons why Rowling dropped off of Forbes’ billionaire’s list.

Rowling worked for Amnesty right after her undergraduate career. Their mission is “action for human rights. Hope for humanity.” Amnesty is currently known for a lot of their organizing work around the United States, but Rowling worked in their research department in London in her 20s, reading letters and analyzing photographs of those who attempted to go against totalitarian regimes.


Like any time McGonagall shapeshifted (and made us wonder what it would be like to live as a different animal), Rowling is known for her support of Heifer. It’s no wonder that so many wonderful animals appeared in all of the Harry Potter books and movies.

Best known for #RedNoseDay, Comic Relief seeks “a vision of a just world, free from poverty.” Major celebrities across the world are fans of Comic Relief, and we can clearly see how humor influences Rowling’s writings. After all, laughter sometimes is the best medicine.

Hermione is all too often our #WCW, but we know she has to get her talent for healing from someone. We think it’s Rowling -- her support of Médecins Sans Frontières seems to have a direct influence on the magical powers of treating those who need it most.

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