K-pop solo singer and actress IU, has been named as one of Asia's 2019 Heroes of Philanthropy by Forbes magazine.
The artist is the youngest on the list that highlights well-known people who give their own money to philanthropic causes. According to Forbes, they review the monetary contributions, the depth of the person's involvement and the reach of their charitable efforts to choose the honorees.
IU has donated 900 million won to various causes since 2018. In April she donated to relief efforts for a forest fire in Gangwon Province, and in March she donated to the Seoul Association of the Deaf. She also donated to Childcare Korea, who focus on helping underprivileged children, in May.
You can read Forbes' comments on IU's philanthropic efforts in full here.
The only other Asian entertainer on the list is Filipina actress Angel Locsin who has made donations to help victims of violence, natural disasters and the Mindanao conflict.
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