Harry Styles’ Love On Tour (HSLOT) welcomed us with open arms to an amazing experience and atmosphere that could have only been created by Harry Styles. Not only were we entertained, we were provided with a safe haven filled with joy, hope, kindness, acceptance, and most of all, Love On Tour (LOT) was exactly that…love on tour.
Two days after his final show on July 22, 2023, Harry posted a heartfelt message on Instagram that ended with the words, “I love you more than you’ll ever know.” I can’t imagine anyone ever thinking that they could have felt more love through Harry and from Harry, but in true fashion, he proved us wrong. Published reports that began to appear on July 31, 2023, gave us a small glimpse into just how true his words are.
News broke that through Love on Tour, Harry raised and donated $6.5 million to charity; he was pouring out more of his love almost completely behind the scenes since LOT began on September 4, 2021. Just as he performed in front of 5.04 million fans (plus live streams) globally throughout North America, South America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, and Australia, his donation benefits more than 25 charities worldwide. The causes span a wide range of needs and concerns, from humanitarian aid and reproductive health to gun violence and environmental protection.
Not surprisingly, Harry’s shows did not just treat people with kindness monetarily – they were also used as a catalyst for making a difference.
Partnering with the non-profit voter registration organization HeadCount, Harry offered fans the chance to win merchandise and a free trip to his 2022 Harryween show in Los Angeles as an incentive to increase U.S. voter registration and turnout in the 2022 midterm election. Harry helped to register more than 54,000 voters.
On July 2, 2023, Harry used his show in Warsaw, Poland in a different way, but he ultimately had the same goal in mind – to positively impact the lives and futures of others. Three Ukrainian refugees supported by the International Rescue Committee (more about this charity and others that benefitted from Harry’s donation can be found at the end of the article) received an invitation to attend the LOT show. The refugees, a mother, daughter, and friend who are now living and working to rebuild their lives in Poland, were forced to leave their homes a year ago. The mother, named Mayna, noted in an interview with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), “It’s been a challenge adjusting to life in a new country – especially for my daughter, Daria, and my 10-year-old son. I’m so grateful to Harry Styles and the IRC, which has supported me to pursue my dream career in Poland, for giving us the chance to forget our worries for a night, and sing and dance at the concert.”
It’s hard to describe the kind of love and the amount of love that Harry puts into the world. Not only does he use his extraordinary talent to raise money for global issues and challenges, he uses it to help us, in a way, forget about them, even if only for a few hours. Love On Tour may have sadly come to an end, but we are now being called to carry on its impact and lead lives of joy, hope, kindness, acceptance, and love. We may not hold the same power that Harry does, but he sees us and knows that we are capable of making a difference. We’ll take it from here, Harry. Thank you for being the perfect example. And by the way, I believe the feeling is mutual (we’ve discussed it)…we love you more than you’ll ever know.
“I know feeling so incredibly small in this world it can be really, really difficult to feel like anything you can do could make a difference. But I promise you, I see it all the time in the little things that you do and the way that you treat each other. How it has affected all the people around me, how it has affected people out there, it is so much bigger. It does not end when this tour ends. I want you to continue it. Put love out into the world. It needs it a bit right now.” ¬ Harry Styles at his final show of Love On Tour, July 22, 2023, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Charities that benefitted from Love On Tour donations
The Afiya Center
Established in response to the increasing socioeconomic disparities between HIV incidences worldwide and the prevalence of HIV among black women and girls in Texas (U.S.), The Afiya Center is the only Reproductive Justice Organization in North Texas founded and directed by Black women. By providing refuge, education, and resources, they are transforming the lives, health, and wellbeing of Black women and girls while acting to achieve full reproductive freedom.
Baan Tawan Mai Orphans (Pow Sarin Org)
Baan Tawan Mai’s mission is to provide foster care and education to improve the quality of life for orphaned, homeless, and abandoned Thai youth that are considered to be at-risk for drug abuse. By applying the philosophy of social work the staff acts as parents and trains the children to be self-reliant, preparing them for earning a living and supporting themselves when they become independent.
Black Minds Matter UK
Black Minds Matter UK connects Black individuals and families with free mental health services provided by professional Black therapists. Their vision is to make mental health topics more relevant and accessible for all Black people in the UK by removing stigmas and redesigning services to be more relevant to their community. They also work to empower Black individuals by advocating for better resources and fair treatment.
Black Voters Matter Fund – Capacity Building Institute
Their goal is to increase power in marginalized, predominantly Black communities with these beliefs in mind:
-Black voters matter every day and everywhere.
-Black voters must use authentic messages that speak to their issues, connect with their hopes, and affirm their humanity.
-The leadership, talent, and commitment demonstrated by Black women must be recognized.
-Understanding, respecting, and supporting local infrastructure is the key to effective civic engagement and community power.
CARE provides global assistance through poverty-fighting developments and humanitarian aid programs. Their support covers many areas, most prominently:
-Food and nutrition insecurity – Providing emergency responses, supplies, and treatment for malnutrition and creating short-term recovery programs and long-term plans for more efficient farming practices.
-Healthcare – Focusing on health problems related to childbearing (particularly in adolescents) and assisting with emergencies related to natural disasters, armed conflict, and political unrest.
-Gender inequality – Establishing partnerships with social justice movements and supporting solidarity groups among women and girls and transgender and non-binary people. Also providing Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs), gender-sensitive money and voucher assistance where self-regulated groups can save money, access small loans, and obtain emergency insurance in a safe space.
Children’s Wishing Well
Children’s Wishing Well is focused on educating Singaporean youth that come from disadvantaged backgrounds, low income families, or those with parents that may be ill/absent/incarcerated. Specialized programs support their daily needs and teach skills while upholding the charity’s vision of providing opportunities for every child to succeed in life.
-Children Enrichment Program – Children receive hot lunches, academic/life skills support, and counseling sessions. They also have the chance to explore non-academic interests and career options.
-Reach For The Stars Program – Provides the opportunity for selected students to attend external lessons in areas such as dance, art, music, and sports.
-FRESH Program – Children attend grocery shopping trips where they get to choose items they need while learning about nutrition and budget management.
A global organization that supports refugees and displaced people by providing humanitarian aid and advocating for support from community organizations and the public. Six years ago they opened the Choose Love shop, where patrons can purchase items and life-saving interventions that will directly be used as aid.
The CRIBS Foundation
The CRIBS Foundation provides a loving and safe environment for surrendered/abandoned/neglected babies along with female minor survivors of sexual abuse. They are committed to the care, development, recovery, and healing of these children through special programs:
-Receiving Home Program – An alternative home environment for surrendered, abandoned, neglected and/or dependent children (ages 0-4).
-New Beginnings Program – A home environment for females between the ages of 7-17 that are victim survivors of sexual abuse. CRIBS provides healing and recovery programs, including basic health care, psycho-social/socio-cultural/moral-spiritual care, education, family support services, and legal assistance.
-CRIBS also works to promote the rights of women and children to prevent abuse and violence.
Everytown for Gun Safety
The largest gun violence prevention organization in America, Everytown for Gun Safety is working to end gun violence and save lives. They are focused on:
-Supporting and educating – Researching causes and solutions, supporting survivors of gun violence, advancing gun safety in courts, and building partnerships to raise awareness
-Taking action – Enacting and implementing gun policies, demanding accountability, and advocating for local and national safety reforms
-Building a movement – Registering voters, electing candidates who will govern with gun safety ideals, demanding action from elected officials, and changing how America thinks about gun violence
Green Umbrella Children’s Foundation
By supporting the dreams of children with social and economic difficulties and addressing inequalities in education and talent development opportunities, The Green Umbrella Children’s Foundation empowers children to contribute to society by ensuring that their basic life needs are met and allowing them to showcase their talents. They also provide health and welfare services, respond to social problems that violate children’s rights, and improve playgrounds, school routes, and housing environments.
Through the power of drama, theatre, and Shakespeare, their goal is to transform young people in the Greater London area that are living in or come from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, family breakdown, dependency, and criminality. Focusing on Shakespeare sheds light on the issues of the past that are still relevant today, including crime, gangs, jealousy, and betrayal. Intermission Youth aims to help young people reach their potential by increasing their confidence and raising their aspirations, empowering them to apply to universities and seek job opportunities.
International Rescue Committee
This is the charity referenced in the article. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the conflict and disaster of humanitarian crises by helping people survive, recover, and rebuild. They are focused on these five areas – ensuring safety from harm, improving health, increasing access to education, improving economic wellbeing, and assuring that those that are affected have the power to influence the decisions that shape their lives. The IRC also addresses the unique needs of women and children, who represent the majority of those displaced. They are currently working in more than 40 countries and 25 U.S. cities.
Poverty, mental illness, and social inequality can cause young people to feel a sense hopelessness and worthlessness. The mission of Limitless is to bring an end to these feelings. Founded with the desire to see every young person have the opportunity to live out their potential and dreams, Limitless strives to reach youths from all backgrounds and circumstances through outreach and social work programs, counseling, and education. The organization also aspires to end bullying, abuse, and teen depression/suicide.
Physicians for Reproductive Health
By summoning, organizing, and magnifying the voices of medical providers, Physicians for Reproductive Health works to advance sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice. Their programs combine training, education, advocacy, and strategic communications to ensure access to contraception, abortion care, and nondiscriminatory comprehensive health care.
The mission of Planned Parenthood is to ensure that all people have access to the care and resources needed to make informed decisions about their bodies, lives, and futures by providing sexual and reproductive health care, education, and information. They also serve as an advocate in the U.S. and partner with health and rights organizations around the world to help those who are denied access because of poverty, a lack of services, politics, and war.
Rebuild Foundation/Theaster Gates Foundation
Founded by artist Theaster Gates in 2010, the Rebuild Foundation is a platform for art, cultural development, and neighborhood transformation. Operating several sites on the South Side of Chicago, IL, U.S., the Foundation provides impactful art and cultural initiatives by hosting projects and programs that locally and nationally showcase the history, value, and promise of Black creativity. Rebuild strengthens communities through classes, residencies, grants, access to collections, and free public programs.
Theaster Gates is an artist and professor living and working in Chicago. He creates work that focuses on space theory and land development, sculpture, and performance. In college he studied urban planning, which involves the design of buildings, road systems, and neighborhoods. He uses this knowledge and interest to improve poor areas of cities by revitalizing old buildings and organizing events where people can meet to discuss how to better society. Gates teaches at the University of Chicago in the Department of Visual Arts.
United around music, REVERB addresses environmental and social issues and empowers individuals to take action. Partnering with musicians, festivals, and venues, they create and execute programs that reduce concert and tour footprints, including eliminating single-use water bottles, fueling sustainable biodiesel in tour buses, and donating food waste. They also engage with fans at shows to galvanize support for local and national non-profits and campaigns. One example – by purchasing a limited edition Nalgene water bottle at a show and filling up at a “RocknRefill” free water station, fans have the opportunity to win prizes like ticket upgrades and signed guitars.
Save the Children
Save the Children was the first global movement for children. Working in over 100 countries, they are leaders in the U.S. and around the world in:
-Health – Pioneering efforts that treat children close to home while mobilizing professionals to crises anywhere in the world within 72 hours. Established newborn health programs focus on preventing and treating the main causes of newborn deaths.
-Education – Helping more children in crisis to recover and return to learning than any global humanitarian organization.
Protection – Creating more safe spaces for children in emergencies than any other global humanitarian organization.
The Sydney Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals, including endangered species from Australia and around the world. It is also the only combined zoo and aquarium in New South Wales and is home to the largest reptile and nocturnal house in the world. The Sydney Zoo Foundation provides opportunities for community engagement and involvement in animal and environmental conservation while helping to create education programs and secure financial support. I’ve come across several news stories that note that the donation may have gone to a different zoo in Australia, so here is some information on that location as well…
Taronga Zoo Sydney
Caring for over 5,00 animals from over 350 species, many of which are threatened, the Taronga Zoo breeds these threatened species, conducts scientific research, and delivers conservation programs in Australia and all over the world. It also operates two wildlife hospitals that treat and rehabilitate injured native wildlife. The Taronga Conservation Society works with universities, governments, and conservation partners in Australia and around the globe to create education programs and respond to challenges impacting wildlife.
WWF – Brasil
The mission of the World Wide Fund for Nature-Brasil is for local citizens to contribute to conservation by coexisting with nature and natural resources to benefit today’s society and future generations. Their initiatives seek to protect and restore the variety of living species on earth, strengthen family farming and local production, generate studies on the impact of environmental disasters, and defend and create solutions for a future of climate security.
Other charities that benefitted from Love On Tour donations
These organizations received donations but they share names with other charities (we do not want provide incorrect information on where contributions were allocated):
St. John’s Home
These charities received donations but sufficient organization details could not be found:
Rebuild Theater – Venice Program