The Looking Out Foundation (LOF) 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 multiple Grammy winning artists Brandi Carlile, Tim and Phil Hanseroth, we band together with fans, non-profits and female LGBTQ+ owned businesses to translate voices of song to voices of action. We are nimble to the ever-changing needs of the human race, and adapt to support the diverse demographic we serve. Every campaign we launch is backed by our passionate donors and fans, and $2 from every concert ticket sold goes directly toward our efforts.
Since its inception, LOF has donated almost $6 million to support social justice and humanitarian causes across the US and globally, providing vital funding for disaster relief aid, protection for children and families in war torn countries, food insecurity programs, racial justice, incarceration prevention, and self-defense workshops for marginalized communities. With an average donation of $25 per campaign, our community of supporters exemplifies the global impact of grassroots level activism and fundraising.
Together, we are making Music Mean More.
We are fueled by the spirit of our fans and donors and reciprocate that energy back into communities around the world.
We believe it is our job as artists to generate awareness about issues and injustices in our world, and we are on a constant quest to grow our support base and create change.
We are bound by our shared passion for music and it serves as a vehicle for the impact we aim to deliver.
$10 could provide a welcome day school kit for children in need of essential school supplies including a bag, paper, pencil, drawing book and eraser to equip them with the basic necessities to participate in activities in a preschool program.
$25 could help a person below the poverty line reach their goal and start a small business through micro financing. Helping to create opportunity around the world and connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.
$50 could buy enough seeds to produce 450lbs of potatoes for a community garden in underserved and underprivileged communities across the United States.
$100 could provide a music therapy class for students with a range of challenges such as autism, dementia, mental health problems, stroke, brain injury, depression and life-threatening or terminal illnesses.
$250 could provide life saving fistula repair surgery for victims of sexual violence and obstructed labor, providing critical access to health services for vulnerable women and girls in eastern Congo.
$500 could pay for a month’s worth of Fight The Fear workshops in your local community. Providing training in basic self-defense skills including awareness, de-escalation, boundary setting, assertive communication, and fighting techniques.
$1,000 could provide a grant to grassroots environmental organizations that seek to educate and implement high-quality, solution-based programs that empower youth to become environmental stewards and global environmental change-makers.
$5,000 could provide a home and essential job training for a family in Transitional Housing for 6 months. Helping to break the cycle of homelessness by helping parents and their children build lives of hope, stability and greater self-sufficiency.
$10,000 could provide over 35,000 meals at your local food bank. Enabling them to distribute food through food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless and residential shelters, youth programs, senior centers, and low-income daycare centers and directly to those in need.
$25,000 could immunize over 12,000 children in third world countries against the six major childhood diseases; measles, polio, whopping cough, tetanus, diphtheria, and tuberculosis. All of which are due to conditions of poverty and the absence of existing health safety nets.
$50,000 could assist disaster relief organizations by providing emergency health kits containing enough medical supplies to meet the needs of 40,000 people for three months and 60 basic family water kits containing enough collapsible water containers, buckets, soap, and water purification tablets to meet the needs of 600 families.
Catherine Carlile has been the Looking Out Foundation's Executive Director since 2012. Catherine also serves as President and a member of LOF's Board of Directors with overall strategic and operational responsibility for the organization’s program and vision, as well as execution and expansion of its mission. She is also responsible for coordinating biannual grant cycles, campaign management and cultivating new initiatives and partnerships to strengthen the organization's impact and overall fundraising capacity. Catherine has been the driving force behind LOF's most successful campaigns for over a decade, launching worldwide initiatives advocating for human and civil rights, gender equality and the empowerment of women, community development, education and environment, healthcare and the arts. Catherine has over 20 years of experience in the music industry and 15 years in the non-profit sector. In addition to her role at LOF, Catherine is also a published songwriter and author and the Creative Director for Brandi Carlile. She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her wife and two daughters.
Yvonne joined the Looking Out Foundation as our Communications Manager in 2023. She is responsible for managing LOF's communications and creative initiatives, including storytelling and community and social media management. Yvonne also assists in reviewing grant applications, researching crises and identifying potential partners working on the ground. Yvonne is a TV Producer in the UK with a special interest in current affairs. Prior to television, Yvonne won multiple awards for her work in events management. Yvonne comes from the Outer Hebrides of Scotland and has a deep appreciation for indigenous culture, language and music from around the world. She is also the mother of two cheeky rescue dogs - Douglas and Maggie!
Kellye has been LOF's Volunteer Coordinator since 2017. She is responsible for recruiting and leading LOF's volunteer coalition and onsite outreach at Brandi Carlile's concerts and events. Kellye has also volunteered her time with the Disabled American Veterans and Right To Be organizations. Kellye has 6 years of experience in the music industry and in addition to her role at LOF, she is an Assistant Production Manager for Brandi Carlile. She lives just outside of Seattle with her wife and son.
Fun Fact: Kellye was an air traffic controller in the Army!
Jason Anderson - Account Manager
Jason has been with LOF since 2012. He is responsible for financial oversight and donor support. In addition to the full and accurate accounts of receipts, donations, and disbursements, as well as assisting in the execution of grants. Jason has over 21 years of experience in the music industry and non-profit sector.