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Designing His Own Philanthropy, Part 2 – May 18, 2017

Designing His Own Philanthropy, Part 2

by Lynda – guest blogger for Fan Fun With Damian Lewis – May 18, 2017

Part II of Lynda’s detailed survey into Damian’s generous heart. In case you missed Part I, it is here.

Programs benefiting children are near and dear to Damian’s heart. Since 2000, he has donated his valuable time serving as an Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust. In 2008, in a brief street interview on London news, Damian spoke about the importance of The Prince’s Trust providing opportunities for at-risk young people who might not otherwise follow positive paths in life.

In June 2013, for the 30th anniversary event at the Centre, he and Helen, also an Ambassador, donated their time at the vocational center Enterprise Programme, which supports youth development, mentorships, self-confidence building, and entrepreneurship. There, they actively engaged with program participants, learning about the benefits of the program and offering encouragement.

Most recently, on February 9, 2017, Ambassadors Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory attended The Prince’s Trust “Invest in Futures” formal reception enjoying the company of Prince Charles himself.

source: Getty Images

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Designing His Own Philanthropy, Part 1 – May 11, 2017

Designing His Own Philanthropy, Part 1

by Lynda – guest blogger for Fan Fun With Damian Lewis – May 11, 2017

Part I of Lynda’s detailed survey into Damian’s generous heart. In case you missed Part II, it is here.

Lynda, one of Fan Fun With Damian Lewis’ first and constant supporters, has been a consultant working with charitable families, foundations and trusts throughout the U.S. for more than 25 years. We are extremely thrilled to have her as a guest blogger putting her expertise to work in a survey about our favorite actor’s philanthropic efforts.

Philanthropy, a word derived from ancient Greek roots, means love of humanity. In modern terms, it is the act of promoting the welfare of others through charitable donations and charitable acts.

GIVE and GET are two critical commandments in the world of philanthropy.   Philanthropists GIVE their money plus their time, often rolling up their sleeves to undertake physical, onsite work days on behalf of a cause important to them, whether building a house or needed playground or making an educational film or counseling young aspiring entrepreneurs. It is impossible for any one person or one family to give to all of the worthwhile charities in the world. So, people have to ask themselves, “What issues or challenges are important to me and my family?” Strategic giving involves setting charitable priorities and selecting recipients wisely through vetting and paring down. Some philanthropists sponsor fundraising events – luncheons, banquets, galas, marathon runs – that “get” or encourage others to give. And public figures can also lend their celebrity to make meaningful contributions to charitable causes. In doing so, they can GET others to donate money, time and effort. In the case of Damian Lewis, he has mastered so many of these generous strategies.

We cannot speak to the sums of money that Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory have donated to charities in the U.K., the US and internationally. We can only assume that their pounds and dollars support the organizations to which they have given their time and for which they have solicited dollars and time from their friends, their fans, and the public. And, although I tried several times during my recent London trip to get Damian to tell us for this Fan Fun post about his charitable priorities and his family traditions of giving (to no avail on the mini-interview front, I’m sorry to say), we can look at the recipients of his generosity over the years to infer some of his philanthropic priorities.

Source: Sohana Research Fund

One prominent example, which we follow regularly on this blog, is how Damian has brought his celebrity – his visibility – to Sohana Research Fund. A “rare disease” needs the help of a celebrity to shine a light on the cause and to help raise funds for needed medical research and treatment. In February 2012, as a celebrity supporter of the Fund, Damian went to Number 10 Downing Street as part of ICAP Charity Day. Damian became a patron of the Sohana Fund in 2013. He explained:

 “My children are at the school Sohana went to and we became good friends with her. I wanted to help so I became Patron of the Sohana Research Fund which raises money for stem cell research and gene therapy for kids with the condition.” (Mirror UK, February 22, 2015 updated)

Most recently, Damian named Sohana Collins as the living person he most admires.

“A little girl I know who’s extremely brave.” (March 16, 2017 Vanity Fair Proust Questionnaire).

In February 2015, Damian made a straightforward explanatory video about recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB or EB), interviewing leading research scientist Professor John McGrath of Kings College London. This informative video is found on the website of Sohana Research Fund and is used by the organization at its fundraising events.

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Comic Relief 2017: Have a Laugh With Us To Help Young Londoners – Feb 24, 2017

Comic Relief 2017: Have a laugh with us to help young Londoners

by David Cohen – The Evening Standard –

Nose joke: Billions star Damian Lewis supports our 'Evening Stand Up' campaign for Comic Relief and the Dispossessed Fund
Nose joke: Billions star Damian Lewis supports our ‘Evening Stand Up’ campaign for Comic Relief and the Dispossessed Fund Alex Lentati / Evening Standard – Source: Evening Standard

The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund has joined forces with Comic Relief to get London laughing and raise money for struggling Londoners at a time of rising inequality across the capital.

We are asking readers to embrace the Comic Relief mantra to “make your laugh matter” for Red Nose Day, by sending us your favourite jokes, holding sponsored “jokeathons” at work, or raising money by being filmed or photographed telling your favourite joke.

Actor Damian Lewis is leading a star-studded cast in backing Red Nose Day, which this year falls on Friday, March 24. Under the theme “Evening Stand Up”, we are seeking London’s funniest jokes from readers, with the favourites to be road-tested at a live comedy gig in the West End on March 8.

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Damian Attends Revlon Concert for Rainforest Fund – Dec 14, 2016

Damian Attends Revlon Concert for Rainforest Fund

by Gingersnap – damian-lewis.com – December 14, 2016

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Damian Lewis, Sting and Vittorio Grigolo attended The Revlon Concert for the Rainforest Fund ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ after-party at Essex House in New York City. The concert raised awareness for the work of the Rainforest Fund, which provides support to communities of indigenous peoples. The RFUND and its partners are determined to protect indigenous and traditional peoples’ livelihoods throughout the world’s rain forests, including Brazil and other countries. The event was hosted by Sting and Trudie Styler in the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage of Carnegie Hall, NY on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. The line up included Bruce Springsteen, Chris Botti, Darlene Love, Idina Menzel, James Taylor, Ronnie Spector, Vittorio Grigolo and more. The celebration continued at the after-party at the Essex House New York, with a beautiful silent auction for those last minute holiday gifts. 

Source: Getty Images

See step and repeat arrival photos for ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ – The 2016 Revlon Holiday Concert For The Rainforest Fund Gala at Getty Images