JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, recently donated $19 Million to Multiple Sclerosis research to honor her mother who died from the devastating disease.
In 2011, she donated $160 Million altogether. In addition, her charitable trust, Volant, focuses on supporting a number of causes, particularly for women and children.
She is in excellent company, for many celebrities and accomplished businessmen and women, particularly those who have had to persist to overcome life challenges in their rise to their success, take the opportunity to “give back” through endowments, donations, and foundations supporting a wide variety of causes.
Forbes Magazine reported that Bill Gates donated $4.6 billion worth of Microsoft shares, in June 2017, to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help conquer malaria and improve healthcare of people around the world.
Oprah Winfrey has donated to numerous charities, provided grants to non-profits organizations, established a program to inspire young people to be ambassadors for hope in their own communities, and founded a school to educate girls in South Africa.
Nicki Minaj, one of the world’s richest rappers, has secretly donated to a village in India for many years. She paid off some fan’s student loans in 2017 and has since established a scholarship program to assist more of her fans with their student debt.
These are just a few examples of those who celebrate their “good fortune” in life by helping others. Often, as with JK Rowling, these individuals donate to or establish funds in honor of a loved one or to help improve a particular favorite cause. Some do so publicly and some anonymously. But those who do so understand the practice of generosity renews itself over and over again.