#Paceblog Collaborative Post – Female Philanthropy

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December 19, 2012 by finetuningblog

I had my friend @ANIAtheBLOGGER helped me out with this post on the top five women in music that make a difference. Thanks Ania, be sure to check out her blog.

1. Alicia Keys- Keys is the ambassador for Keep A Child Alive, and has travelled to countries such as Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa. While she was there she spoke to teens and young adults who’ve lost their parents to AIDS and are now the heads of their own households.

Keys was also the musical director for the 2006 Keep A Child Alive Charity Gala, and offered a private concert as a prize in an auction to benefit the charity.

She is also a spokesperson for Frum Tha Ground Up, a charity dedicated to inspiring and motivating American youths to achieve success on all levels

 

2. Taylor Swift- On September 21, 2007, Swift launched a campaign to protect children from online predators. Swift has teamed up with Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen to combat internet sex crimes.

Swift donated $100,000 to the Red Cross in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to help the victims of the Iowa flood of 2008.

She showed her support to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal by joining the lineup at Sydney’s Sound Relief concert.

She donated her prom dress, which raised $1,200 for charity, to DonateMyDress.org. In 2009 she performed on BBC’s Children in Need concert and donated £13,000 to the cause.

In response to the May 2010 Tennessee floods, Swift donated $500,000 during a flood relief telethon hosted by WSMV, a Nashville television station.

On May 23, 2011, she performed a benefit concert for victims of recent tornadoes in the United States southeast region. The concert raised more than $750,000. In July 2011, she donated $250,000 to Alabama football coach Nick Saban’s charity Nick’s Kids to aid in the tornado relief efforts of West Alabama.

Swift once donated a signed guitar for the silent auction at a Wounded Warrior Project Benefit Dinner.

3. Beyonce- One of Beyonces’ greatest charity efforts is Survivor Foundation, an organization she founded with fellow Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. The foundation’s accomplishments are many, including the Music World Cares Christmas Carnival that enabled over 300 low-income households to enjoy a fun-filled day of food, entertainment, a visit from Santa Claus and free toys from the toy giveaway. The singer also held a series of food drives before her concerts in 2006 to collect the food that was so desperately needed by victims.

Beyoncé was also an Ambassador for the 2005 World Children’s Day, and released “Stand Up For Love,” the anthem for the event which takes place annually around the world on November 20 to raise awareness and funds for children’s causes.

Beyoncé donated a handbag to an auction benefitting Women’s Fund for Scotland. But her concern for people is sometimes more discreet, as was shown when she visited two people who were injured during a fireworks accident at one of her concerts, arriving at the hospital shortly after the concert ended. Head nurse Darryl Williams said, “She was just very concerned about the people injured in the audience. It was unannounced and we kept it very low-key so that she could spend time with them.”

 

4. Britney Spears- Having danced since the age of three, the Louisiana native believes deeply in the value of the arts in child development; her own Britney Spears Foundation offers children in long-term hospital care the opportunity to perform and express themselves.

She also supports a number of children’s charities such as the Elevate Hope Foundation, Keep A Child Alive and the Luke Neuhedel Foundation.

Her home county in Louisiana was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2006 and Britney showed immense loyalty to her roots by donating a massive $350,000 to causes supporting the relief efforts. This was also the beginning her support of the charity Music Rising, which aims to give surviving musicians from Louisiana support with their careers.

 

5. Carrie Underwood- Carrie created the C.A.T.S. Foundation as a means of giving back to her community.

Underwood is a supporter of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and has done several public service announcements for the organization. She also supports PETA.

She also supports the United Service Organization.

I’d like to extend a huge special thanks to Ania for helping me on this post. Do you know of females in music making a difference? Let us know in the comment section below!

 

 

 

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