J.K. Rowling’s charity to help children find homes is a little different than most eleemosynary efforts: when you contribute to Lumos, the programs aiding children receive 100% of the money. Administrative overhead doesn’t dilute your donation, as it does (to be fair, as it must) with many other charitable orgs. One of the magical things about being J.K. Rowling, billionaire inventor of magical worlds, is that she can work her magic on real world circumstances too. She takes care of the bones of Lumos, so that the charitable donations go directly into the bloodstream.
Lumos works to “end the harm of institutionalization” of children — ensuring the “right to a family for every child.” In this, the great British author of Harry Potter takes up the concerns of another towering British author — Charles Dickens, author of Oliver Twist and Great Expectations. Dickens, whose interest in orphans was “nearly obsessive,” mainly worked to sway public opinion through his art, while Rowling takes her action more directly to the problem. Today the problem is less that children are orphaned in the Dickensian sense. Instead, poverty and disability top the list of reasons why children end up in foster care. It’s estimated that 8 million children worldwide are institutionalized. Rowling knows it will take a wizardly effort to change that number. She starts with 100%.
— Lumos (@lumos) May 11, 2016