“You Have a moral responsibility when you have been given far more than you need to do wise things with it and give intelligently.”
We at RMD love to shine a spotlight on celebrity moms who use their platform of fame to do good. This week we are focusing on one of our favorite do-gooders in the world, the British novelist and philanthropist J. K. Rowling. The first Harry Potter book was written by J. K. Rowling when she was a single mother on state benefits and very much struggling to make ends meet. She used her own magic to transform her situation by sharing her imagination with the world in what has become one of the most successful creative enterprises ever.
J. K. has always been a giver, volunteering with Amnesty International since she was just out of college. She has continued her charitable giving now on a much larger scale. So much so, that in 2011, she had given over 160 million dollars to combined charities that she knocked herself off the Forbes 500 list of billionaires for the following year. She explains her philosophy of giving this way, “You have a moral responsibility when you have been given far more than you need to do wise things with it and give intelligently.”
As a one-time single parent herself, this mother of 3 has become the Ambassador of the charity, One Parent Families, which is now known as Gingerbread, which gives support to parents struggling on their own. And in keeping with the plight of her famous main character, Harry Potter, Rowling helps orphaned children across Europe with her organization called Lumos which seeks to end the systematic institutionalization of children by finding safer, more caring places for them to live. We applaud her incredible example of self-reinvention and the light that she has become in this world to others.