J.K. Rowling is extremely philanthropic. In the year 2000, she founded Volant charitable trust with a huge budget to fight against poverty and social inequality.
Rowling is very much associated with anti-poverty and child’s welfare. She is the president of the charity “Gingerbread”- a body that supports single parents. Even Rowling collaborated with Sarah Brown to write a book to aid single parent families. In 2005, Rowling and MEP Emma Nicholson founded the Children’s High Level Group to combat anti-poverty and mal nutrition among the children. In January 2006, Rowling went to Bucharest to highlight the use of caged beds in mental institutions for children. Rowling auctioned one of seven handwritten copies of “The Tales of Beedle the Bard”, a series of fairy tales. In the mid of 2012, Rowling was featured at the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony in London where she read a few lines from J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” as part of a tribute to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
Not just anti-poverty and children welfare is the topic of Rowling’s fight. She donates a hefty amount to the research and treatment of the patients suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, from which her mother died after battling ten long years. Rowling contributed a substantial sum toward the creation of a new Centre for Regenerative Medicine at Edinburgh University, later named the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic. Rowling took a significant part to establish national standard for Multiple Sclerosis patients.
In the mid of 2006, Rowling read alongside Stephen king and John Irving in the New York City. Profits from the events were donated t haven foundation that helps artists and performers those who are unable to work. In May 2007, Rowling pledged a donation of a huge sum to a reward fund started by the tabloid News of the World for the safe return of a young British girl, Madeleine McCann, who disappeared in Portugal. Along with Nelson Mandela, Al Gore, and Alan Greenspan, Rowling wrote an introduction to a collection of Gordon Brown’s speeches, the profits of which are donated to the Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory. Rowling also supports “The Shannon Trust” which helps the prisoners across Britain to help them read by giving them tuitions.
In the early 2008, Rowling wrote a short piece of around 800 words that concerns Harry’s father, “James Potter” and his god father, “Sirius Black”. She and many other writers were asked to write about the topics of their choice in a single A5 card, which was compiled as a book and the fund raised from selling it went to the charity.