2 Girls 1 Podcast BTS ONE IN AN ARMY

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This K-Pop fan army has raised more than $2 million for charities, with no sign of slowing down

Stans taking a stand.

Sep 23, 2020, 6:01 pm*

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Matt Silverman 

Matt Silverman

Global K-pop music sensation BTS’ charity efforts with Unicef and other foundations has empowered fans to make positive change in the world.

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The BTS fandom is known as an “ARMY,” and the global volunteer collective One In an ARMY has become an engine of charitable giving, cause awareness, and social change.

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When One In an ARMY mobilizes for a cause, K-pop stans flood social media with micro-donations and hashtags, raising thousands of dollars for the Syrian refugee crisis, Iraqi civilians, coral reef preservation, and the Black Lives Matter movement.

In all, they’ve raised more than $2 million for “actionable causes”—organizations that turn donations into tangible results. The fandom is so powerful that it often overwhelms charitable organizations, breaks nonprofit websites (in a good way!), and swoops in to solve problems even governments are unable (or unwilling) to address.

This week on 2 GIRLS 1 PODCAST, Alli and Jen talk with Erika, an admin from One In an ARMY, about how a fan community became a massive nonprofit operation, and why the BTS singers themselves are key in turning their fandom toward important causes.

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*First Published: Sep 21, 2020, 8:30 am