Singer Madonna is to launch an online fundraiser with Ripple to raise funds for her Raising Malawi Foundation.
Born Madonna Louise Ciccone, the singer is better known simply as Madonna, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. Referred to as the “Queen of Pop” since the 1980s, she has gone on to become a star of both stage and film as well as numerous pop videos.
In 2012, Madonna launched a partnership between Raising Malawi and the global nonprofit buildOn. In July 2018, she traveled to Northeast Kasungu Province to officially open the four newest primary schools. In total, Raising Malawi has built 14 schools in rural Malawi, according to her fundraising website. As a part of the partnership, Raising Malawi and buildOn have educated community members about the importance of girls’ education, and as result, all schools have gender parity.
She has timed the fundraiser to coincide with her 60th birthday and says that Ripple will match every dollar donated to her website. The program will run until the end of August. Madonna announced the fundraiser on her site:
“I want to come together with my friends, fans and supporters to change the lives of Malawian children and let them know they are nurtured, protected and loved. Through their generous commitment to this organization, Ripple will match each dollar donated to this campaign.”
Ripple CEO David Schwartz confirmed the crypto company’s fundraiser matching commitment later on Twitter.
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Facebook is also involved in the fundraiser for Madonna’s Malawi children through its “charitable giving tools” which charges no fees with 100% going directly to the charity. On Facebook, Madonna stated:
“I have an unwavering commitment to providing vulnerable children with a loving home. For my birthday, I can think of no better gift than connecting my global family with this beautiful country and the children who need our help most. Every dollar raised will go directly to meals, schools, uniforms and healthcare.”
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