A Timeline of Taylor Swift's Generosity
Taylor Swift has become well known for lending a hand whenever she can. Most recently, the songstress donated $15,500 a 19-year-old fan whose mother has been in a coma for the past three years.
The act of generosity is just of Swift's many financial contributions. Billboard has rounded up all the times the pop star donated her money to a good cause. See below for her philanthropic timeline.
October 2011 - She donates $70,000 in books to her hometown library
In the midst of her Speak Now tour, the star donated 6,000 books to the Reading Public Library in Pennsylvania. The books were all new and geared towards children and teens, according to the local Reading Eagle.
January 2015 - A lucky fan gets some help paying for student loans
Swift spread the holiday cheer by sending personalized "Swiftmas" presents to fans all over the world. Rebekah, a college graduate who wrote via Tumblr about her student loans concerns, got a donation of $1,989 (like her album name) to help her start payments.
February 2015 - Swift gives $50,000 in song proceeds to NYC schools
At the time, the singer just moved to New York and released the ode to her new home, the 1989 tune, "Welcome to New York." In celebration, she announced that she would donate proceeds from the single to the city’s schools.
September 2015 - "Wildest Dreams" video proceeds go to animal foundation
In another 1989 song-related donation, Swift gave money made from her wildlife themed "Wildest Dreams" video to the African Parks Foundation of America (APFA), which focuses on eradication of poaching, nature conservation, community engagement and the development of sustainable tourism.
February 2016 - Swift supports Kesha with $250,000
Two days after a judge ruled against the "Tik Tok" singer in a case in which she asked to record music independently of producer Dr. Luke, Swift gave money to her fellow songstress during the "trying time."
August 2016 - She thanks doctors who saved Jaime King's son's life
"At 20 weeks our son was diagnosed with Transposition of the Great Arteries AKA TGA," Jaime King wrote on Instagram at the time. "He had a major heart surgery, that was terrifying, and traumatic for us as parents, for our family." She then continued to thank Swift. "As the Godmother of Leo Thames for his birthday she gave an incredible donation to the people that saved his life Dr. Allistar Phillips and his brilliant team."
August 2017 - Swift donates to Joyful Heart Foundation for survivors of sexual assault
After winning a countersuit against a former Denver DJ who allegedly groped her in 2013, she gave back by making a "generous" pledge to actress Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation, which helps those victimized by sexual assault.
September 2017 - Hurricane Harvey survivors get a helping hand
Following the devastation that led to multiple deaths and extreme damages, Swift donated to the Houston Food Bank in honor of her mother, Andrea Finlay Swift, who graduated from the University of Houston. The organization soon thanked her for her "very sizable" donation.
April 2018 - Singer thanked by RAINN for donation during Sexual Assault Awareness Month
"Thank you @TaylorSwift13 for always standing with survivors," the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network wrote on Twitter. "Your generous donation this week during #SAAPM ensures that survivors and their loved ones get the help they need and deserve."
July 2018 - Swift donates Reputation tour tickets to mourning Massachusetts police departments
After Weymouth Sgt. Michael Chesna was shot and killed while investigating a car crash, Swift tried to ease the pain by donating “a significant number of tickets” to the police department for her shows in Foxborough, according to The Patriot Ledger.
October 2018 - Swift meets boy with autism she donated $10,000 to for a service dog
Two years after she donated $10,000 to a boy with autism for a service dog, Swift invited 8-year-old Jacob Hill, his dog Reid and his family to her show at NRG Stadium in Houston.