In response to Busan challenging its citizens to participate in the Thank You Challenge to thank medical staff working during COVID-19, Daniel posted on Instagram his participation in early May.[s] The Busan city Instagram reposted his contribution.
Daniel was part of the lineup for online charity concerts. On May 6, Daniel performed in 88rising’s Asia Rising Forever, which celebrated Asian talent and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Donations raised during the broadcast benefited Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps combat xenophobia and racism.[s] On May 25, Daniel participated in TikTok Stage Live From Seoul. There was a live donation as part of the #SmilewithTikTok project. All donations go to the Community Chest of Korea.[s] Proceeds from June 27’s Pepsi Online Showcase DVD will be donated to charity in the names of the artists who participated.[s] A portion of KCON:TACT’s proceeds will go to UNESCO’s Learning Never Stops campaign.[s]
In Daniel’s The Star June 2020 interview, he was asked about his thoughts on being a donation angel. He responded, “I don’t think about any special reason or meaning. Maybe because I received a lot of help from people around me when I was having a hard time, I want to repay them by giving back to those who are having a hard time.”[s]
In October 2020, Daniel participated in W Korea’s Love Your W breast cancer awareness campaign. In the ontact support message video, he emphasized that early diagnosis is important.[s] This marked his second year participating in this campaign. In the prior year, he promoted the KAWS breast cancer awareness shirt.[s] [s]
In December 2020, Kang Daniel, KONNECT staff, and his mother participated in virtual volunteering for Holt Children’s Service’s campaign Protect Me. They sewed 100 book covers in two weeks. The covers and donation funds will be used to provide mental and medical care, housing, living support, and educational support. Kang Daniel shared, “We participated in the campaign because we wanted to fill the cold winter and empty year-end at least a little bit with warmth. Since it’s a meaningful campaign, it would be great if many people could participate and give the children great strength.” DaniTV episode 9 covers the behind the scenes.[s]
In December 2022, Kang Daniel donated the hat he wore during his RETOLD album jacket photoshoot to the News1’s Bazaar of Love, an online and offline event held to raise money for the treatment and care of children with severe, rare and incurable diseases and children from low-income families. About his participation, Daniel commented, “It’s meaningful to be able to participate in a warm event. My cherished item is the hat I wore during the jacket shoot of this album. As it was an album that I worked with all my heart and soul, it contains special affection. It’s even more special that my hat can be with us not only to share these memories but also to share warmth with our neighbors.”[s] Furthermore, Daniel was revealed to be in the Save the Children Honors Club through a passing article welcoming a new member. A member is a donor who sponsored more than 30 million won or pledged to support within 3 years.[s]