Through the years Prince made numerous personal donations to support causes that aligned with his values. He may have started in a small way by donating to local schools and charities, but as his celebrity grew so did his generosity. He was a true humanitarian who supported many causes and was especially drawn to youth programs that focused on enriching children’s lives with music.
He was also known for helping those who were part of his inner circle by providing financial means to ease the hardship of an unexpected death or serious illness. His support, which was most often anonymous, provided others with a sense of hope and a means to carry on.
With the artist’s own sudden passing many of these organizations experienced an abrupt decrease in funding. Those who worked at Paisley Park were left with a great sense of loss but also a considerable desire to continue the good work began by the man who led them.
The collaborative of former employees became the finite PRN Alumni. These individuals who worked closest with him often on a daily, around-the-clock basis formed a foundation with a unified purpose of continuing Prince’s legacy of social justice and charitable giving.
WHO WE ARE
Working for an international superstar draws the interest of many, but only those who could rise to the expectations and demands of someone perfecting his craft became successful at Paisley Park.
The PRN Alumni represents some of the best producers, managers, engineers, designers, musicians and support personnel who helped power a legend.
This inner circle, known for making big things happen and getting difficult things done, has come together to carry out the desires of the man who pushed them and others to do more and be better.
His legacy will live on as a gifted artist and musical genius, and with the united effort and commitment of the PRN Alumni Foundation, his spirit of generosity will also continue to flourish and inspire others.
As members of PRN Alumni share their stories and continue their work in entertainment, they also move forward in his footsteps of giving… carrying out a legendary purpose.
PRN Alumni Foundation, officially formed in 2017, is comprised of former employees of Paisley Park and the international icon Prince. The group’s mission is to continue the generosity of their late boss who supported opportunities for underprivileged youth to grow in music, tech, arts and education, and helped alumni members in-need. The foundation also supports urban farming initiatives that create sources of healthy foods where they are otherwise scarce.
Prince challenged us to be our best, to continually strive and improve. His tenacity was endless and pursuit of perfection relentless.
Today, we continue this pursuit with initial outreach to the network of organizations Prince supported with a focus on charities serving youth and a commitment to the education, enrichment and expression of music and the arts.
United by the experience of working alongside a legend, PRN Alumni Foundation also steps up to reach out to those members and former co-workers currently experiencing difficult times in an effort to ease the pain at their time of need.