Organizers behind the Charitable Gift Fund created by Prince William and Kate Middleton have announced a final fundraising total of $1.6 million. In a statement on the official website, the newlyweds expressed their gratitude for "for all the generous donations and messages of goodwill" delivered in lieu of gifts for April's royal wedding. 

William and Kate personally picked 26 organizations to benefit from the fund, a decision that was commended around the world and indicative of their future force in philanthropy. 

“These causes are close to their hearts and reflect the experiences, passions and values of their lives so far,” the website proclaimed. “Having been touched by the goodwill shown to them since their engagement, they have asked that anyone wishing to send them a wedding gift consider doing so in the form of a donation to the fund.”

Charities were included in categories covering the armed forces, conservation, children, the elderly, art and sport.

As mentioned earlier, William and Kate will be using their visit to Southern California in July to rack up even more goodwill. According to The Hollywood Reporter, which gathered info from various sources, two possible events will be held to benefit TUSK, the African animal conservation nonprofit of which William is a patron. 

More details of the couple's bold visit to L.A.'s Skid Row district have also leaked, with the pair visiting a school for homeless children, as well as a job fair for homeless veterans. They will reportedly stay in Los Angeles from July 8-10. 

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Royal wedding collects $1.6M for charity
Money from Charitable Gift Fund created by Prince William and Kate Middleton will be divided between 26 organizations.