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End of year message from Brandi & Catherine...

Dear Looking Out Foundation supporters & friends,As we near the end of 2017, we'd like to express our sincere gratitude to friends, volunteers and supporters of the Looking Out Foundation. With your help, this year we managed to raise almost $500,000 towards The Story Campaign. This means we are half way towards our $1 million goal! We are incredibly proud and humbled by our mission to support the work of Children In Conflict & War Child UK  to protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children whose lives have been torn apart by war. Click here to read our end of year newsletter in full!...
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Giving Tuesday

  We're reaching out to all of our Looking Out Foundation supporters and fierce advocates on this Giving Tuesday to ask for your help in reaching our $1 million goal for The Story Campaign. So far, thanks to you, we've raised almost $500,000 for Children In Conflict and War Child UK to help children and families impacted by war and conflict zones. You've heard their stories - the loss of loved ones, the abuse, and seeing hope fade away.
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Calling All Volunteers!...

The Story Campaign is continuing to tour with Brandi and the twins this winter and we need volunteers! “All of these lines across my face tell you the story of who I am.” To commemorate the 10 year anniversary of Brandi Carlile’s “The Story,” The Looking Out Foundation has partnered with War Child UK and Children In Conflict to launch The Story Campaign – a sharing of stories from children whose families, communities, and schools have been torn apart by war. Every month, we will be posting new stories from these resilient children and young adults so that their voices can be heard and so that we can raise funds to help them and the thousands of other people who are unfairly impacted by war. All proceeds from The Story Campaign will benefit War Child UK & Children In Conflict. “But these stories don’t mean anything when you’ve got no one to tell them to” We’re relying on our Looking Out community to share these stories and help us reach our $1 million fundraising goal for these extraordinary people. We are recruiting two volunteers per show to join our Looking Out Street Team. You will be armed with iPads to sign people up and collection buckets to raise funds and awareness for The Story Campaign. Selected Street Teamers will be provided with a ticket to Brandi’s show, a limited edition Street Teamer T-shirt and an amazing opportunity to help children in dire need across the globe. In addition, the Street Teamer who signs up the most people will win a VIP concert ticket package for any Brandi Carlile show in 2018. All we ask is that you are knowledgeable, enthusiastic and inspired by The Story Campaign. We are currently recruiting Looking Out Street Teamers for the following concerts: Dec 13House of BluesAnaheim, CA Dec 15Memorial AuditoriumStanford, CA Dec 16Mondavi Center for the Performing ArtsDavis, CA Dec 17Grass Valley Veterans Memorial AuditoriumGrass Valley, CA To apply to be a Looking Out Street Teamer, please contact volunteer@lookingoutfoundation.org with the following information: Name: Age: Show interested in attending (city, ST): Contact phone #: Contact email #: Q: Why are you interested in helping the Looking Out Foundation and The Story Campaign? See you out there and thank you for helping us make music mean more!
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Meet Vania, Age 12, Iraq

"This job is extremely hard and backbreaking. I need help to carry the equipment and materials. The factory prefers that its workers bring their families as additional labor." - Vania's father At the age of 12, Vania had never been to school. She was unable to read or write, though she’d always hoped to get a proper education. When War Child began literacy classes in her hometown, Vania eagerly joined. She was an engaging and determined student – eager to catch up on all those years of learning she’d missed.  When Vania suddenly stopped coming to the classes, War Child staff were concerned and tried to get in touch with her family. After several attempts, they discovered that Vania had been forced to move with her family to a remote area. Her father had found a job in a brick-making factory, and his family moved with him so they all could work there too. When they found Vania she was very sick from the hard physical work and upset that her father had forced her to give up her education. War Child contacted the local network of Child Protection Committees, and after several negotiating attempts they convinced her father to allow Vania to go back to the lessons. Vania moved in with her aunt and is attending literacy sessions on a regular basis. War Child is still in contact with her and her family, and they are pleased to report that Vania is proudly able to read and write. So much so that she’s now helping War Child staff in the literacy sessions.  Help children like Vania give back, please DONATE to The Story Campaign.
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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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