Long before she had fame and success, J.K. was active in the world of charity. After college she worked for Amnesty International, and from there became an ambassador to One Parent Families where she was awarded the honorary position of President in 2007, after being an ambassador for 7 years. J.K. was also a Patron for the Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland for 9 years.
In 2005, after seeing an article in a newspaper about children around the world being kept in caged beds, J.K. founded her own charity aimed to “end the systematic institutionalization of [8 million children worldwide] and help them find safer, more caring places to live.” Lumos believes “no child should be denied a family life because they are poor, disabled, or from an ethnic minority.”
By collaborating with governments, faith-based organizations, communities, and families, Lumos “shares expertise and experience and organizes training in the skills needed to run family-focused, community-based care systems” to prove that deinstitutionalization of children can be achieved successfully.
On top of fundraisers and donations, Lumos sells Harry Potter merchandise to raise money. Currently, all profits from J.K.’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard ebook go, and 15% of profits from the Lumos Harry Potter Charm Bracelet Collection go to Lumos. Fans can choose which House bracelet they want at https://www.pottermore.com/news/harry-potter-charm-bracelet-collection-to-raise-money-for-lumos
In 2004 J.K. Rowling became the first author to ever make it onto Forbes’ Billionaire’s List. In 2012 she fell off the Forbes list, partially because she donated $160 million (16% of her fortune) to charity. When interviewed about her drop, J.K. told Telegraph, “I think you have a moral responsibility, when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently.”