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Empowering Individuals to make Positive Change in their Communities

Singing for Change was created by Jimmy Buffett in 1995, and initially funded with contributions from his summer concert tour. Since then, Singing for Change (SFC Charitable Foundation, Inc., aka SFC) has offered competitive grants to progressive, non-profit organizations that address the root causes of social or environmental problems.

We are working on a strategic plan and shifting our mission a bit, but continue to be interested in projects that empower individuals to effect positive change in their communities. Most likely to be considered are organizations that keep their overhead low, include community members in planning, and collaborate with other groups to find innovative ways of solving common problems. SFC aims to advance the common good by empowering people to thrive, and to strengthen and sustain vibrant, diverse communities.

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Who We Are

SFC Charitable Foundation, Inc., or "Singing for Change," is a private foundation established in 1995 by Jimmy Buffett, to reward the loyalty of friends, fans, and concert-goers around the country who supported his music career. Initially funded with contributions from Jimmy's 1995 summer tour, Singing for Change continues to receive one dollar from each concert ticket sold during his tours. (Yes...printed on the bottom of your tickets you may see the words "$1 to SFC Charitable Foundation" - that's us. And thanks for the contribution!) Funds raised during Jimmy's concert tour are redistributed each year in the form of grants to small, grassroots organizations located primarily in communities where he performs. Singing for Change has disbursed almost $9 million in grants in its 18-year history.

Much of our day-to-day work involves researching organizations that are making a difference in communities in the U.S. and abroad. Understanding the issues that affect children, families and our environment is essential in order for Singing for Change to act as an effective steward and partner to our friends in the nonprofit sector. We enjoy building relationships with the inspiring people whose programs receive grants, and make it a point to familiarize ourselves with their achievements and challenges. It's a pleasure to work alongside some of the most innovative, talented, hardworking people in the world. As Jimmy's tour progresses across the country each year we read proposals and award grants on a rolling basis, learning more about effective, progressive grantmaking as we grow.

Previous Grants

SFC offers competitive grants to progressive, community-based nonprofit organizations. Grants are awarded to programs that foster self sufficiency among individuals and promote positive change in a community.
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