J.K. Rowling has donated seven signed Harry Potter books to the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) for their crowdsourced fundraiser Equality FTW (pronounced “for the win”), which is less than $5000 away from its $100,000 goal with five days remaining. The HPA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, will use the funds raised to support another year of equality campaigns and educational initiatives.
“Simply announcing her gift has produced a serious spike in donations to our campaign,” said HPA Executive Director and co-founder Andrew Slack. “But more than that, Jo Rowling’s vote of confidence in our work has raised morale and excitement in magical ways.”
Arguably the most successful young adult author in history, J.K. Rowling has been a fan of the Harry Potter Alliance for years. In 2007, she stated: “I am honoured and humbled that Harry’s name has been given to such an extraordinary campaign, which really does exemplify the values for which Dumbledore’s Army fought in the books.”
In 2010, following the earthquake in Haiti, Rowling also donated seven signed Harry Potter books to the HPA to auction off. This book donation was key in the HPA raising enough money to send five cargo planes full of aid to Haiti. What makes this donation different from Rowling’s past support is that it is a direct way for the HPA to fundraise for its own operations as they expand their campaigns for equality.
Donors at the $25 level can enter a contest to win one of the books signed by Rowling.
In addition to the signed books, the HPA has partnered with New York Times bestselling author John Green, author and Glee star Chris Colfer, Harry Potter actress Evanna Lynch, RENT star Anthony Rapp, and others to offer more exclusive perks for donors.
“As the HPA approaches its eighth birthday on October 10,” says Slack, “we are looking back on eight years of creating a global, unprecedented movement that harnesses the power of fans to change the story of equality. We’ve proven that fantasy isn’t an escape from our world, but an invitation to go deeper into it. Jo’s donation has given us renewed confidence as we look forward to the next eight years.”