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Dolly Parton Has Always Donated to Worthwhile Causes

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By Robert Safir

It shouldn't be a major surprise that Dolly Parton donated $1 Million to Vanderbilt to fund Coronavirus research. She has always supported great charities and great causes. Like a few other celebrities, Dolly Parton has been a generous donor to many great organizations. This is the short list:

• Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes

• Boot Campaign

• Cancer Research UK

• Dogs Deserve Better

Dollywood Foundation

Imagination Library

• Operation Once in a Lifetime

Save The Music Foundation

The Stars Foundation

It would be nearly impossible to go into detail on each one of these, so we’ll concentrate on just a few.

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The Dollywood Foundation

Dolly, Foundation Staff, and 3 children w/books
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Although Dolly supports a variety of causes, you might notice a concentration in two areas: literacy, and music.

Dolly Parton founded the Dollywood Foundation that was created in 1988. It began by offering scholarships to local high school students. From there it grew into the Imagination Library, started in 1995, which distributes free books to children monthly, up until the age of five.

In 2016, after wildfires burned throughout Tennessee, the foundation grew once again into the My People Fund. Dolly Parton’s My People Fund gave more than $8 million to people who lost their homes in the fires. It provided the right money at the right time.

The Imagination Library

Girl in Imagination Library
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Launched successfully in the U.S. and other parts of the U.K., Parton began working with the Scottish Book Trust to launch the ‘Imagination Library,' in which young people in care in Scotland will be given a free book each month until they reach their fifth birthday. It’s the first such project to run nationally in Scotland.

Dolly said, “Much of my music has been inspired by Scotland, so it’s only right that we are now in a position to bring more joy into the lives of the nation’s looked-after children…From the bottom of my country heart, I want to thank the Scottish government and the Scottish Book Trust for asking us to be part of something so special.”

A love of books and reading offers the foundation the literacy skills that set children up for success.

MusiCares Person of the Year

Dolly Parton - MusiCares Person of the Year
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Dolly Parton was honored for her creative achievements and contributions to the music world as she was named MusiCares Person of the year Not only was she being honor ced for her creative achievements in the music world, but also for her long-term support of other charitable organizations and causes. This included the Imagination Library, the one mentioned above that she founded in 1995 to support childhood literacy.

She was the first artist from Nashville to be named MusiCares Person of the Year.

MusiCares Foundation

Dolly Parton and Neil Portnow
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MusiCares resources cover a wide range of medical and financial resources. They focus the attention of the music industry on human service issues that impact the health and welfare of the music community. The MusiCares Foundation is actually the charitable division of the Recording Academy.

The Recording Academy (which used to be known as the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences – abbreviated NARAS) is an American academy of musicians, producers, recording engineers, and other musical professionals. It is famous for its Grammy Awards, which recognize achievements in the music industry.

Dolly knows exactly who they are and what they do – she has garnered ten Grammys. That couldn’t happen to a nicer person.

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