IU is adorable, talented, an amazing actress, and she has one of the biggest hearts in the industry. She loves to give back to those who are less fortunate and she’s even been inspired by her roles in dramas.
In 2012 IU was made an ambassador for South Korea’s National Police Agency with their anti-bullying campaign across various schools. She was then made an honorary member of the police force a year later for her contributions and would go on to be promoted to a two year term as a senior officer in 2014.
In 2015 and 2018 she donated to the Green Umbrella Children’s Fund so that it would be used to help underprivileged children. She’s also volunteered with that organization. She had donated many years to her alma mater Dong Duk Women’s High School and in 2016 she established the IU Scholarship. This scholarship would be used to help four students who came from low-income families, just like she had.
This past year, IU acted in the drama My Ahjussi and played a character who’s grandmother had a hearing impairment. Feeling inspired by her character’s grandmother’s plight, she donated 50 million won (roughly $47,000.00 USD) to the Seoul City Deaf Senior Citizens Support Center. She asked the Korea Association of the Deaf to use her donation to help the elderly as they face more and more challenged due to their age.
IU has also participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge, the popular internet drive to bring awareness to ALS. She’s truly an inspiration for all of her charitable work!