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Rihanna’s philanthropy work has been an honorable service, and we can’t deny the ‘queen energy’ that the artist has. She pledged to donate $15 million to climate justice groups because she believes that climate change is a social justice issue. 

Barbadian pop star Rihanna (Image: AFP PHOTO/JUSTIN TALLIS)

Rihanna donated $15 million in support for climate change through her nonprofit organization Clara Lionel Foundation, which was founded back in 2012. The donation was given out to 18 climate justice organizations working in seven Caribbean nations and the United States.

Included in the 18 climate justice organizations are the Climate Justice Alliance, the Indigenous Environmental Network, and the Movement for Black lives. Rihanna, who is from the eastern Caribbean island of Barbados, noted that the reason for her foundation is the ‘disparity,’ which is why it prioritizes climate resilience and climate justice work.  “Climate disasters, which are growing in frequency and intensity, do not impact all communities equally, with communities of color and island nations facing the brunt of climate change,” the singer said. 


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The grants made are in partnership with Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s #StartSmall fund that centers on groups with female, LGBT, and Black and Indigenous leaders, since their communities are at greater risk and are most affected by the climate crisis.

Through her Clara Lionel Foundation, Rihanna and Dorsey have also given support of over worth $15 million for mental health services and $2.1 million to victims of domestic abuse in Los Angeles during the height of the pandemic.

Rihanna was officially considered a billionaire last year after Forbes had estimated her net worth to be at US$1.7 Billion. Most of her wealth comes from her cosmetics company Fenty Beauty, and some are from her lingerie brand Savage X Fenty, as well as from her career in music and acting. 

With Riri being the wealthiest female musician and the second-richest female entertainer, she is putting her priorities in line, and we are very thankful for her generosity.  


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