Prince Passes Away, Leaving Behind a Legacy of Support to Many Charitable Causes

Prince at Cochella in 2008
Prince at Cochella in 2008. Micahmedia at en.wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0] or GFDL , via Wikimedia Commons
Prince Rogers Nelson passed away in his home on April 21, 2016.  Prince went only by his first name, a name which was given at birth, and seemed to suit him well in life as he rose to stardom.

Prince was royalty among musicians, however, his private life showed he was far more than a supremely talented singer, song writer, musician, producer, and actor — he was also very active in helping others.  Among his many talents, Prince will most likely be remembered for his music, but in keeping with his humility, it would honor him best to remember that he was compassionate towards anyone in need.

A devout Jehovah’s Witness, Prince used his fortune to help further the work of many charities, and he did so without seeking media attention.  His faith was important to him, and although some of his music may seem less than edifying from a holy standpoint, he remained faithful to his religious upbringing throughout his life:

“See because of my beliefs I tend to stray away from all this talk of Prince as an icon and all of that,” Rembert said. “What most people don’t know is that like a lot of black musicians Prince was brought up in the church. He came up from the city and the struggle; he was brought up into the Gospel.” Source: theDailyBeast.com

Among the many recipients of his generosity are organizations whose work benefited the sick, the downcast, and the underprivileged, including:

  • City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.
  • Edith Couey Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund, which awards Cadott High School-graduating seniors a financial grant to help further their education.
  • Elevate Hope Foundation, a group sponsored by Sheila E that provides abused and abandoned children an alternative method of therapy through music and the arts.
  • Elton John AIDS Foundation, one of the world’s largest grant-makers, this organization supports work to further research, treatment, and prevention of AIDS throughout the world.
  • Goss-Michael Foundation, one of the leading contemporary British art collections in the United States. Founded by George Michael and Kenny Goss in 2007, The Goss-Michael Foundation has made its place in Dallas and across the United States as a unique art space dedicating its exhibition programming to some of the most important artists in recent contemporary art history including Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Marc Quinn and Michael Craig-Martin.
  • Helping and Loving Orphans, dedicated to bettering the lives of orphans and at-risk children around the world.
  • Jazz Foundation of America, an organization that provides emergency funding and assistance to musicians.
  • The Bridge, an organization that works to ensure a safe and enriching environment for youth in crisis by providing shelter, building life skills, and assisting families in conflict.
  • Urban Farming, founded by singer/songwriter, Taja Sevelle to end hunger by using abandoned land for food and alternative energy.