How BTS members from RM to Jin spread the love through donations to BLM, schools and disaster funds
- Every member of BTS has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to good causes, and their fans are also generous
- From Black Lives Matter to the Amazon rainforest and Unicef’s End Violence Against Children campaign, they keep giving
K-pop boy band phenomenon BTS donated US$1 million to Black Lives Matter at the height of the movement’s US protests in June – and their Army fans matched the amount within 24 hours. This was just the latest in a series of donations by the South Korean group, whose members have a long history of philanthropy.
These donations – combined with other funds including donations from fans and income from sales of Love Myself-related merchandise – had reached more than US$2.2 million by the end of September, according to Unicef’s Korean committee.
Along with donating to BLM this year, BTS also donated US$1 million to the Crew Nation campaign launched by Live Nation in March in support of live concert crew members across the world who have affected by the impact of the pandemic on the global music industry.
Another major contribution was in 2017 to the Family Council of the Sewol Ferry Disaster. Each member donated 10 million won and Big Hit gave an extra 30 million won for a total of 100 million won. The Family Council supports families who lost loved ones during the 2014 sinking of the Sewol Ferry, which left 476 passengers and crew dead, including about 250 students.
Jin, meanwhile, has gained recognition over several years for his charitable giving to Unicef. He was nominated in May 2019 to become a member of its Honours Club, which recognises donors who give more than 100 million won a year. “The total amount he has donated is 280 million won – equivalent to US$244,221 – since the launch of the partnership,” the Korea Committee of Unicef told the Post.
“The valuable donations from him and all Honours Club members are helping Unicef achieve limitless possibilities that genuinely have an impact and make a difference to the well-being of children worldwide.”
Jin has also been recognised for donating an undisclosed amount to the Korea Animal Welfare Association in 2018, and providing a reported 322kg of pet food.
Other notable known donations by BTS members include 100 million won given by Suga to the Korea Paediatric Cancer Foundation in March 2019. The rapper has a history of donating to organisations helping children – in 2018 he donated 10kg of expensive hanwoo beef to 39 South Korean orphanages.
While the other members of BTS are not publicly known to have make any notable donations, they have inspired many fans around the world to give. V’s fans, for example, donated in his name to charitable organisations helping with Australia’s wildfires earlier this year, while Jungkook’s fans have donated in his name to charitable ventures such as last year’s birthday fundraiser in support of planting trees in the Amazon rainforest.