While most of America is focused on the royal family of England, there is another royal family in Europe that deserves some attention because they are infected with the season of giving.
Most of the time, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden is seen attending formal events such as the annual Nobel Prize ceremony, according to Daily Mail. At those ceremonies, she plays a part because she is part of the royal family of Sweden, but the public also welcomes her.
Interestingly, along with Victoria, her sisters, Madeleine and Sofia, are also regarded as some of the most stunning in Europe, according to Hello.
Regardless, being a royal to these Swedish princesses does not mean showing off fancy clothes or attending the premiere events. Instead, defining what it means to be royal in Sweden also means donating money.
According to Royal Central, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden has recently been very generous around the holiday season, and gave away money to several grants.
Although some of these charity projects sound rather normal, others can appear to be strange at first. For example, Princess Victoria gave a grant to fund exercise for young people and another to promote active lifestyles for families. While these might not sound so strange, a couple of others might raise an eyebrow.
For instance, Princess Victoria of Sweden is donating money to teach a “free bandy exercise for children in the Swedish town of Solfjäderstaden.” Evidently, other children throughout Sweden do not love bandy as much as Solfjäderstaden?
One other sport that the princess would like to see more of is women playing football (soccer). For this reason, she is sponsoring a grant for “open football training for girls.”
For newcomers to Sweden, the princess also has an idea to engage you in song and dance. For example, one of the 12 grants she funded in December, 2016, was for the Foundation Fryshuset Project, and their goal is to create “a dance project for new arrivals.”
Obviously, the three princesses of Sweden are generous, and this is not the first time that one of them has given away some of the royal gold. For example, Princess Madeleine helped with a special charity for children with terminal illnesses called Min Stora Dag (My Special Day).
Princess Sofia of Sweden recently attended the Project Playground charity dinner at Norrviken Gardens, according to New My Royals.
As it appears, the three princesses of Sweden were guided toward charity work by their legendary mother, Queen Silvia. Queen Silvia has been one of the recipients for the Golden Heart Award, according to Jordan Times.
In fact, Queen Silvia of Sweden started a massive charity organization in 1999 called World Childhood Protection that “supports 100 projects in 16 countries, focusing on preventing child abuse, assisting victimized or at-risk children and educating the public.”
For anyone looking to do their part for charity like the royal family of Sweden, there are large number of options for giving that go beyond Just Giving or Go Fund Me projects.
Give Well provides important data about the research conducted on charity groups to ensure charities are “thoroughly vetted and underfunded.”
A similar website is provided by the watchdog group, the American Institute of Philanthropy, with their Charity Watch page.
For finding charities in your local community, Charity Finder provides an easy online tool to direct you and your donations as locally as possible. They also sub-divide charities to specific types such as charities for animals, human rights, religion, health, or environment.
Another website that has a similar online tool to allow users to find their local charities is Great Non-Profits. In addition to charities, they also provide a large number of grants to donate to.
For more information about starting your own charity, Forbes provides a guide to starting a non-profit with advice such as registering as a 501(c)(3), establishing an advisory board, and being patient.
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