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UPDATED 10/6, 1 p.m. ET: Instagram and KFC have announced plans to match Harlow’s donations.
IG is matching up to $50,000 of what Harlow raises via its “nonprofit fundraising tool,” according to a press release, and sending it to the Center for Women and Families. Louisville-based KFC will donate its matched funds to AMPED and Grace James Academy.
On Instagram, Harlow went into depth about his charitable moves. “Growing up in Louisville, all I ever fantasized about was shining a light on the city,” he wrote. “I would hear my favorite rappers talk about where they were from in songs and I felt this urge to let the world know about us too. I’ve been blessed enough to build a platform during this journey & it’s become clear to me that giving back to the town that raised me is now one of my responsibilities. I made donations to 5 local organizations, and now my goal is to introduce them to all of you. I hope they will resonate with you the way they did for me.”
From there the 23-year-old offered a paragraph describing each organization—the aforementioned three as well as the Louisville Urban League and Metro United Way.
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Jack Harlow is giving back to his city.
The Louisville native has announced that he is donating money to five local organizations, all of which benefit causes that are close to Harlow.
Harlow’s donations will go to AMPED, the Center for Women and Families, Grace James Academy, Louisville Urban League, and Metro United Way. The organizations provide everything from free music programs for kids, to local advocacy and community volunteer work.
“I took some counsel from my mom, she has always had a giving heart, and she’s no stranger to a lot of these organizations. Aside from that, I really wanted to dive in and figure out what hit home for me,” Harlow said, according to People.
“It was impossible for me to just choose one, all of these organizations resonated with me and I wanted to make sure there was some range and breadth to the love I was spreading,” he added.
While specifics on his donations remain unclear, what is clear is that Harlow is no stranger to giving to causes he believes in. After winning $500,000 in Bleacher Report’s Open Run Showdown back in March, Harlow donated the money to two HBCUs back home, including the Simmons College of Kentucky and Kentucky State University.
Harlow recently caught up with journalist Jewel Wicker for Complex’s latest cover story on both him and his close friend Druski. During the conversation, Harlow spoke about what connects the duo.
“We’re both in tune. [We] both are present,” he said. “I was just telling you how observant he is. I like to think I’m similar. We see the world the same way. We think the same things are funny. He notices things about me that are in a blind spot of myself. I can’t notice them. But I notice things about him that might be in his blind spot. So we make fun of each other. We know each other. We show each other that we know each other. And that means a lot.”