Spotlight: Sting’s Charity Work


Sting co-founded The Rainforest Foundation with his wife, Trudie Styler, to help save rainforests in South America. An annual benefit concert is held for the Foundation, and the singer had a species of Colombian tree frog, Dendropsophus stingi, named after him in recognition of his “commitment and efforts to save the rain forest”

Sting sang on “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” – the hit single from “Band Aid” which eventually led to the Live Aid Concert in July 1985, in which Sting also took part.

He was inspired to start working for humanitarian causes through concerts after seeing the “Secret Policeman’s Ball” – Amnesty International’s famous benefit concert – in 1979. Following this, he took part in the Secret Policeman’s Other Ball in 1981.

Charities & foundations supported

Sting has supported the following charities:

Adrienne Shelly Foundation
Aid Still Required
Alzheimer’s Association
Amazon Watch
American Cancer Society
American Foundation for AIDS Research
Amnesty International
Andre Agassi Foundation for Education
Artists for a New South Africa
Autism Movement Therapy
Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes
Bees for Development
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Breast Cancer Care
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Caddo Lake Institute
Carol M. Baldwin Cancer Research Fund
Charity Begins At Home
Children Mending Hearts
Children’s Health Fund
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Children’s Tumor Foundation
Chris Evert Charities
Cinema For Peace
Clinton Foundation
Clinton Global Initiative
Coalition of Skin Diseases
Comic Relief
Creative Coalition
Crossroads Centre
David Foster Foundation
David Lynch Foundation
Dikembe Mutombo Foundation
Earth Day Network
Elton John AIDS Foundation
Entertainment Industry Foundation
Environmental Investigation Agency
Every Mother Counts
Exploring The Arts
Family Equality Council
Farm Aid
Feeding America
Felix Organization
Food Bank For New York City
Friars Foundation
Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation
Geena Davis Institute
Global Citizen
Global Fund
GRAMMY Foundation
Hear The World
Hollywood Charity Horse Show
Home For Our Troops
Hope is a Game-Changer Project
Human Rights Action Center
In Harmony
International Campaign for Tibet
International Rescue Committee
Kristen Ann Carr Fund
Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
Live 8
Live Earth
Living Classrooms Foundation
Love Our Children USA
Macmillan Cancer Support
Make Yourself Foundation
Malala Fund
Malaria No More
Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City
Memorial Sloan-Kettering
Mines Advisory Group
Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center
Music for Relief
Musicians on Call
Neighbor’s Keeper Foundation
Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
Nordoff Robbins
ONE Campaign
One World Futbol

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