Taylor Swift is one of the most recognizable names and faces on the planet. Not only is she beloved in the music world with her signature crossover between country and pop, but she also has been named to the top of the popular charity website Do Something’s list of Celebs Gone Good for several years running, and for good reason: the girl does good.
Sweet Singer Swift
Taylor Swift came to the limelight as a crossover: she was a country singer-songwriter whose melodies appealed to a broader pop audience. Known for her sweet, optimistic attitude, she soon became a popular sensation, especially after the “I’mma let you finish” moment with Kanye West at the Grammys. Swift emerged as America’s sweetheart. It’s this image that she definitely grew into behind the scenes as well as in front of them.
Because singing is her forte, she uses it to help raise money for good causes. She performed on BBC’s Children in Need concert in 2009 and then donated generously at the event, giving £13,000. She also played at Sydney’s Sound Relief concert to benefit the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.
Taylor cuts big checks when the world needs a hand. She has donated $100,000 to the Red Cross to help victims of the Iowa flood in 2008, then donated $500,000 in 2010 to the victims of a Tennessee flood. In 2011, she performed a benefit concert to raise $750,000 for victims of tornadoes, and not to be outdone, donated an additional $250,000 to the organization Nick’s Kids for use in tornado-related causes.
Personal Possessions Donated
Think it’s hard to clean your closet? Taylor Swift gives away prized possessions for good causes habitually. She donated her prom dress to raise funds for charity through website DonateMyDress.org. She donated signed guitars for both the Wounded Warrior Project as well as PETA. How’s that for making a personal donation?
In 2015 alone, she donated $50,000 to the Seattle Symphony and then an additional $50,000 to help fund arts education in New York through sales of the single “Welcome To New York.” That’s right: Seattle, New York – from coast to coast, you can feel the hand of Taylor Swift, graciously supporting fellow artists and the next generation of singer-songwriters.
Taking On Corporations
Taylor Swift recently was in the news for sticking her neck out to defend musicians on a global scale. iTunes wouldn’t pay artists for using their songs during the trial period of iTunes’ iMusic service. When Taylor found out, she refused to put her songs on the platform, despite incredible pressure. In the end, she persevered: the corporation changed its policy to get her to put her music on the service. It’s this kind of bravery that helps define a leader: Taylor Swift is one such leader.
Children In Need
Taylor has many young fans who love her, and it’s to them that she pays special attention. In 2007, she created a campaign to protect children from online predators, working with Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. She also does personal appearances that are absolutely incredible. She has surprised many young fans who are sick, most recently #DelaneyMeetTaylor’s Delaney Clements. Here’s one such visit – and be warned! Watch with tissues!
This year, Taylor made headlines as she donated $50,000 to a backup dancer’s nephew who was battling leukemia.
And not only is she giving financially, and with personal visits, but she also supports fans through the internet, writing on tumblr to support her biggest little fans: giving advice on everyday children’s issues.
Taylor, you have a giant heart as big as your smile. Let’s all hope you keep smiling for a long time to come!
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