Article by Ashley Usher | esPResso Committee Member
Singer Taylor Swift has been no stranger to philanthropy this year, but she recently shocked fans with another good deed. She donated $50,000 to the New York City Department of Education. Swift’s donation came from the proceeds of her single “Welcome to New York,” according to Billboard. The single is a part of her most recent and very successful album entitled “1989,” and it has been used in her ads in order to advocate for tourism in the city. In the first week of album sales, 1.287 million copies were sold and it became one of the top-selling albums of 2014.
Natasha Myers, a fan of Taylor Swift’s, says, “I think it is great that Taylor is giving back. She is showing how much she cares about her fans.” Devora Kaye, a spokeswoman for the Department of Education, said the city was “deeply appreciative of this kind of gesture” and that the “$50,000 will go toward Sing!, a student-run musical production competition for high schoolers,” according to The New York Times. Swift’s publicist also assured The New York Times that this is not a one-time donation. One month ago, Taylor donated $1,989 to a fan to help pay off her student loans.
As a result of her generous acts, Swift has been put on DoSomething.org’s “Celebs Gone Good” list, according to Billboard. This list highlights public figures who have used their fame for good to support charitable causes. As has been demonstrated with her recent donations, Swift is continuing to use her fortune to help others embrace their dreams.