Singing for Change empowers people to become more self-sufficient.
Singing for Change supports nonprofit organizations that inspire personal growth, community integration, and the enhanced awareness that collectively, people can bring about positive change. We believe people can achieve sustainable self-sufficiency through dynamic, connected, diverse communities.
We focus our resources on inclusive, community-based organizations that rely strongly on volunteer efforts, where foundation support can make a significant difference. Most likely to be considered are organizations that keep their overhead low and collaborate with other groups in their community to find innovative ways of solving a common problem. SFC is interested in programs that empower individuals to effect positive change in their communities.
Singing for Change (aka SFC Charitable Foundation, Inc.) was created by Jimmy Buffett in 1995, and receives one dollar from each ticket Jimmy sells at his shows. We envision a world where nonprofit organizations, large and small, provide compelling opportunities for individuals to discover their power to make a difference. The foundation promotes work on the forefront of social change - helping people and communities become smarter, safer, stronger, healthier, and whole.
For the past 19 years, Singing for Change (SFC) has partnered with progressive, community-based organizations addressing the root causes of social or environmental problems. We recently narrowed our focus to projects designed to promote self-sufficiency.
Specifically, we look for groups that are:
- Working to engage individuals in their communities
- Helping people realize their full potential
- Creating lasting change in the communities they serve
Areas Of Interest:
Children and families: Grants are awarded to programs fostering self-sufficiency and stability. Individual therapy is not funded, nor are therapeutic or recreational camps or wish-fulfillment programs.
The environment: Grants are awarded to programs teaching people practical, everyday methods of conservation, protection and the responsible use of natural resources. Efforts to protect individual species or animals are not usually funded by SFC.
Disenfranchised groups: SFC defines these groups as people who have been marginalized in society because of their low levels of skill, education or income, people with disabilities, and people who are homeless.
Projects most likely to be considered are those which:
- Help people overcome social or economic barriers to education or employment
- Promote the empowerment of individuals toward self-sufficiency, and provide opportunities for personal growth that benefit their greater community
- Demonstrate human equality and encourage people to cross boundary lines to help others
Geographic Focus: United States. Grants are made internationally if so requested by a member of the Board of Directors or the founder.
Funding Categories: Grants range in size from $1,000.00 to $10,000.00.
Restrictions: Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code, or to organizations that have a sponsoring agency with this status. Please read the following restrictions carefully. You may not receive a response to your letter of interest if you request funding for a program or organization listed among these restricted areas. Use your time wisely: please feel free to email us before submitting a letter of interest if you are unsure if your program is a good fit with our mission.
SFC does not consider grants to:
- public or private schools
- government agencies
- art, music, or recreational programs (even if offered to disenfranchised groups), unless specifically asked to do so by a Board Member or our founder
- disaster relief
- political organizations
- religious organizations
- medical research, quality of life, wish fulfillment, or disease treatment organizations
- basic needs programs (that exist to supply food or clothing)
- single service programs such as individual counseling
- efforts to protect individual species or animals
1. Mission statement and/or one paragraph on your organization's history and purpose.
2. Description of the project, demonstrating how the project will solve problems or change conditions facing the community. We encourage you to include an honest assessment of the challenges you face and any efforts to date to address them. This narrative description should include project goals and objectives, whom it will serve or benefit, and the amount of funding requested. (For activity intended to be ongoing, anticipated sources of funding should be indicated.)
3. Description of the multiplier effect of the project, or how the primary beneficiaries are empowered to benefit others with newly acquired skills or resources (in under 750 words). Using their new resources and skills, the original beneficiaries/participants of your program will create a separate, positive impact in the community.
4. A project plan that includes:
- method(s) of measuring the project's impact
- the three top measurable results you expect to accomplish by the end of the grant period
- steps for achieving the objectives.
- a timetable with milestones.
5. Description of organizational readiness to undertake this work including:
- groundwork done previously by staff or board;
- individual staff and board leadership for the project;
- and structures that will ensure follow-through and implementation.
6. IRS letter confirming your organization's 501(c)(3) status
7. Itemized budget for the project if it is separate from your organization's budget
8. Letter from a responsible officer of your organization, stating that:
- To his or her knowledge, the organization's nonprofit status has not been revoked;
- The proposed grant from SFC will not result in the loss of the organization's nonprofit status (that by funding this project, SFC will not become the organization's predominant source of support);
- The present operation of the organization and its income are consistent with its nonprofit status (that the organization's mission and funding sources are the same as when it received 501(c)(3) classification).
9. Audited financial statements for the last four years in electronic format. If your organization was founded fewer than four years ago, please provide pertinent financial data showing your contribution base and program budget (990s are acceptable in this case).