After being outed by a member of a law firm as the writer of the crime novel “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” author and creator of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling, has announced that all profits from the book will be given to The Soldier’s Charity, a British nonprofit that supports veterans and their families. After the book was quietly published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, the revealing of the true author shot the novel up to the best seller list. Rowling said that the main character is a veteran and she not only relied on soldiers for research of the book, but that the experience of writing it gave her a higher appreciation for the veteran related services.
Rowling is one of the most charitable people in the world, after famously being removed from Forbes’ Billionaire List because of how much money she gave away in 2011. J. K. Rowling typically supports charities that are close to her personal experiences. Rowling, who was a single mother dependent on welfare, also defends high taxes and is outspoken that investing in people in need is important to everyone, often making herself an example of what can come out of charitable giving. She supports charities for single parent families, homeless children and research for multiple sclerosis, which he mother suffered from. She has also supported the Labour Party in England and several other medical charities.
The Soldier’s Charity will receive proceeds from book sales for the next three years, as well as a sizable gift from Rowling’s law firm, which has publicly apologized for leaking Rowling’s identity. While she may have wished to remain anonymous, the silver lining is that a good cause will benefit greatly. The Soldier’s Charity ensures that veterans in need of financial support have means to get back on track by providing debt relief, housing assistance, care costs and education assistance.