Make no mistake: Rihanna isn’t just a talented singer and fashion icon. She is also a major philanthropist, and now, Harvard University just made if official.
According to Glamour, the “Love on the Brain” singer stopped by the prestigious university in Cambridge, Mass. to receive the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year award on Tuesday, Feb. 28. In her acceptance speech, Glamour reports that Rihanna shared that she knew as a young child in Barbados that she wanted nothing more than to help others.
“I would say to myself, ‘You know, when I grow up, when I can get rich, [I’m going to] save kids all over the world,'” she said.
And she is certainly making a valiant effort: Glamour says she started her first charity, the Believe Foundation, at the age of 18 after striking success in the music industry, and from there, she went on to start the Clara Lionel Foundation, an organization named after her grandparents that supports and helps to fund “innovative and effective education and health programs around the world.”
Her speech also encouraged others to do what they can to make a difference around the world. Here are some of the highlights from Glamour’s reprinting of the speech:
“I know that each and every one of you has the opportunity to help someone else. All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return. To me, that is a humanitarian.”
“You don’t have to be rich to help somebody. You don’t gotta be famous. You don’t even have to be college-educated.”
“And today I want to challenge each of you to make a commitment to help one person: one organization, one situation that touches your heart. My grandmother always used to say, “If you’ve got a dollar, there’s plenty to share.”
Read Rihanna’s speech in its entirety here.