Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Archewell Foundation donates $3m from $13m raised
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Archewell Foundation donated $3 million of the $13 million it raised in its first year.
The money raised by the couple’s non-profit organization in 2021-2022 has been donated to causes including refugee resettlement and humanitarian aid centers.
It also included grants to purchase 12.6 million Covid shots and create a resource guide dedicated to “positive masculinity,” the new report says.
The first impact report from the Archewell Foundation (AWF) says the Duke and Duchess has raised and invested “millions of dollars in non-profit space for sustainable programs and campaigns” since its inception in 2020.
It also provides details on what the couple are up to during their third year of philanthropy, including building a better online world, restoring trust in information, and uplifting community spirits.
“The results are indisputable”
The report, released on Sunday, does not include billing details, but it is understood that the AWF has donated 23 percent of its income.
The report says the money went towards providing 50,000 meals through a partnership with World Central Kitchen and rescuing more than 7,400 people from Afghanistan through a partnership with the Human First Coalition.
The AWF also helped fund 13 academic fellows to “solve society’s most pressing social media problems” at Harvard and helped build a playground for Uwalde, Texas children in the aftermath of a school shooting.
In a letter from AWF’s co-executive directors, the 24-page report states: “Results [the Sussexes’] the works are undeniable, both in terms of the metrics that can be seen and the emotional impact that can be felt.
“At the heart of everything we do is a core belief that our collective well-being and mental health is paramount.”
“They run to fight”
The Beverly Hills-based organization includes the couple’s business and their nonprofits and was founded after they stepped down as working members of the royal family.
Its name comes from the ancient Greek word “arche”, meaning the source of action, and the English word “well”.
Since the company’s founding in October 2020, the Duke and Duchess have secured an approximately $100 million (£80.8 million) deal with Netflix and an approximately $18 million (£14.5 million) deal with Spotify, as well as three Duke deals for £36.8 million. – title contract with Penguin.
However, Sunday’s report details the accomplishments of the company’s philanthropic arm after partnering with various organizations to advocate for mental health, racial justice, gender equality and vaccine equity, among other things.
Although the exact amounts donated to each of their partners have not been disclosed, in some cases the couple has been able to reveal the exact number of people their funding has helped in their first full year of operation in 2021-2022.
José Andres, chef and founder of World Central Kitchen, an AWF partner, said: “Meghan and Harry are turning compassion into boots through their Archewell Foundation.
“In a world where everyone has an opinion about people they don’t know, the Duke and Duchess have compassion for people they don’t know. They don’t just give an opinion. They run towards the fight.”
He added that the couple, whom he calls his “dear friends,” have “brought hope to every community they come into contact with.”