Looking Out amplifies the impact of music by empowering those without a voice. From neighborhood to nation, we help fund causes and organizations that often go unnoticed. Founded in 2008 by Grammy-nominated artists Brandi Carlile, Tim and Phil Hanseroth, we band together with fans, nonprofits, and corporations to translate voices of song to voices of action. Find out more.

Causes We Care About


We believe in the power of expression through art and support organizations that allow creative spirits to thrive.


We provide funding to organizations that work to improve their communities, no matter how big or small they may be.


We work relentlessly in fighting for gender equality and fund programs that empower women globally.


We advocate for and fund programs that educate and inform so that everyone can make better decisions for their lives and for the planet.


We support organizations that deliver direct care and services to the people who need it most, and who are often overlooked.


We combat social injustices by backing organizations who are on the front lines of the resistance to inequality.

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    September's Newsletter has arrived!...

    How you helped make music mean more... Dear Looking Out Supporters,Welcome to our September newsletter, what a year it's been so far!...As you know, the Looking Out Foundation has been focussing it's efforts for the last two years on The Story Campaign, culminating in the release of Cover Stories back in May. With your help Cover Stories garnered commercial success and critical acclaim, transcended genres, galvanized new fans, activists and audiences worldwide and sold over 20,000 copies in it's first week! So far we have raised over $300,000 through The Story Campaign and these funds will go directly towards War Child UK to support their efforts to protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children in war.We'd like to sincerely thank all of our supporters and the artists involved for helping us get closer to our $1 million fundraising goal. But we're only a third of the way there and we still have work to do!...   Click HERE to read our newsletter in full. With Gratitude, Catherine Carlile  
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    Meet Salma, Age 12, Syria

    Syria "I really enjoy learning maths and Arabic”, Salma said. “I made two friends, and I want to continue coming here. I love my teacher, and I want to become one myself in the future." 12-year-old Salma grew up in a village in southern Syria, living a peaceful, tranquil life with her friends and family until tragedy struck. She had barely finished second grade when the events of the Syrian crisis began to unravel, changing her life forever.
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    Brandi Carlile & Tom Douglas Cookin' For A Cause!

    Brandi & Tom Cookin' For A Cause Saturday October 14th 6pm - 9pm at the Hot Stove Society in Seattle, WA.   In recognition of a very important campaign of Brandi Carlile’s Looking Out Foundation, Tom and Brandi are combining talents to cook you dinner and raise money for War Child. War Child is an organization devoted to supporting children affected by conflict. Brandi is using a new release of her 2007 album, The Story, which now features covers of her songs by some of her awesome talented friends (including Adele, Pearl Jam and Dolly Parton) to generate the money for the The Story Campaign. Every artist that contributed to Cover Stories donated their time, so all proceeds from the sale of the record go to The Story Campaign benefiting War Child.  An intimate evening at Hot Stove Society will be an important part of the fundraising. Tom created the menu and will demo and engage Brandi as his sous chef and cocktail specialist. There will be a meet and greet with Brandi at 6 followed by a short presentation on Cover Stories and The Story Campaign. Cooking and delicious tastes starts at 6:45. After dinner there will be a short musical performance. Dessert and mingling at 8:30. This will be a fun-filled, inspiring evening, and we hope you can attend. 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit War Child. If you have a question about this class or would like to be put on a wait list, contact hotstove@tomdouglas.com and include the name and date of the class with your question. Limited availability - get your tickets now and help us reach our $1 million fundraising goal for The Story Campaign!#cookinforacuase
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    Meet Okello, Age 17 Uganda

    Uganda "Children like us are just left. People think that there is no hope for us and that we are useless because there is no help we can give to the community." The nearest school is 10km away. There's no proper roads, and no bus to take you there. And you're blind. Which way would you start walking? Okello's future looked pretty dark.
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    NPR Weekend Edition - Brandi Carlile Enlists Big Stars To Cover Her Songs For A Cause

      NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Brandi Carlile, whose new album features covers of her songs by the likes of Dolly Parton and Pearl Jam. The proceeds are designated for children in conflict zones.
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    NPR All Songs +1: Brandi Carlile Reflects On 10 Years Of 'The Story'

    NPR All Songs +1: Brandi Carlile Reflects On 10 Years Of 'The Story'  
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