In a world where authenticity is a prized asset, celebrities often find a challenge to provide it as they are directed towards supporting uncontroversial global charities. Harry Styles has bucked the trend however by announcing his support of a series of local organizations and, in the midst of that cohort of charities, making some deep statements about his views on American society. By engaging with gun control, workplace harassment and migration issues, he is quietly setting a stall out on 2018’s major issues of U.S. society and politics.
At first glance you think that if you are looking to spend $1.2 million on making a difference in the world, the last thing you want to do is to spread it across tens of partners, geographies and causes. Everyone already worries that celebrities are over-managed in their philanthropy, that they give to ‘safe’ brand-name organizations that they know will manage their media well rather than anyone they actually care about. They tend to have one international charity, one kids’ charity and one cancer charity, see them each once a year and be done with it.