Remember when Taylor Swift donated $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony on her recent birthday? How about when she donated a whopping $4 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to fund the Taylor Swift Education Center that opened last year? I certainly remember it.
How could anyone forget such charitable giving? Dosomething.org didn’t. Swift was just named No. 1 on the organization’s 2013 Celebrities Gone Good list for the second year in a row. The group cited her Symphony donation and also her appearance and performance at Prince William’s Winter White Gala to benefit youth homelessness as reasons why Swift rocked in 2013.
Swift’s good-girl image has always been one of her most endearing qualities, but what makes it even more significant is that it’s not just an image. It’s really and truly who she is. She’s the proverbial girl next door — kind, warm, openhearted, thoughtful, gracious and humble. The girl who, despite her incredible success, is always more than ready and willing to give back to others.
She cares about the world and her fans, and that kind of caring is contagious. Now it’s more than simply her giving to them. It’s them giving back to her the world and to each other.
Backstage at the recent CMA Awards, Swift noted, “You know, sometimes fan groups have a reputation for being like bullies or aggressive or kind of rude to other artists or something, But I just feel so proud that my fans are always nice to other fans and always nice to each other.”
Clearly, they’ve learned to follow Swift’s lead.