Our Mission

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.

Musically inspired

We are bound by our shared passion for music and it serves as a vehicle for the impact we aim to deliver.

Causes We Care About


Americana Music Association FoundationChildren’s Music FoundationColor Me CountryDaniel’s Music FoundationEqualizeHerFanny's School Of MusicGirls Rock Camp ATLGreater Good MusicInk People Center for the ArtsInstruments of Healing Inc.Kettle River Music FestivalLive ConnectionsMaple Valley Youth Symphony OrchestraMelodic Caring ProjectMonterey Jazz FestivalMoore College Of Art & DesignMoPOP SeattleMusicaresNewport Festivals FoundationNotes for NotesOnce and Future SoundsPledge MusicPongo PublishingRainey Day FundRed Curtain Foundation For The ArtsSeattle Theatre GroupSeattle Youth SymphonyShe Rock She RockShelter Music BostonSoundwaves Art FoundationTeen TixThe Bridge SchoolThe Possibility ProjectTotem StarZumix


360 CommunitiesAmerican Red CrossAmerican Red Cross South CarolinaAtlanta AngelsAtlanta Children’s ShelterAttain HousingAugust Wilson Cultural CenterAustin Disaster Relief NetworkBaker RipleyBallard Food BankBirthday DreamsBlue Mountain Action CouncilBoys and Girls HavenBuilding BridgesByte BackCamp VictoryCasa MarianellaCharity:waterChinle Planting HopeChristian Family SolutionsClothes To Kids From DenverCocoon HouseCommunity enCompassCommunity Food Bank of New JerseyCommunity for YouthCongregations For The HomelessCoos County Friends of PublicCrisis ConnectionsDirect ReliefDowntown Streets TeamEast Nashville Hope ExchangeEaster Seals Disability ServicesExceptional EquestriansFairbanks Community FoodbankFamily Access NetworkFamily PromiseFamily Promise of Monroe CountyFamily Reconciliation CenterFeed the People DallasFeeding FloridaFight The Fear CampaignFlagstaff Shelter ServicesFocus Points Family Resource CenterFood Bank of NYCFood Bank of the RockiesGeorgia Food Bank AssociationGoodie Two ShoesGreen Doors Homes Through Community PartnershipHaiti MamaHappy Face Kids CharityHomes for the BraveHomes of Hope InternationalHope AbidesHope For KidsHopelinkHope HouseHot Bread KitchenHousing CatalystIt Takes A Village CollaborativeKent Food Bank & EmergencyKent Senior CenterKids in ConcertLos Angeles Regional Food BankMaple Valley Food BankMeals on Wheels AmericaMission K9 RescueMother Hubbards CupboardNative Horsemanship Youth ProgramNeighborhood MinistriesNorthern Illinois Food BankNorthwest Youth ServicesOpen Your HeartParkview ServicesPennsylvania Elks Home Service ProgramPennsylvania Elks Major ProjectPongo PublishingProject Angel FoodRegional Foodbank of OklahomaReignite HopeReunion Sportive d’HaitiSalvation ArmySeattle Foundation (The Plate Fund)Seattle Neighborhood GroupSeattle Police FoundationSeniors Resource CenterShelter Music BostonSolid GroundStreet Youth MinistriesThe Access FoundationThe Family PromiseThe Greater Boston Food BankThe If ProjectThe Journey InstituteThe Possibility ProjectThe Vera ProjectTLC Child & Family ServicesUNICEFUnsung Heroes Living History ProjectUrban Peak Youth ShelterUrban Rural ActionVine Maple PlaceVoices of TomorrowWest Seattle FoodbankWorkforce Development CenterWorld Food ProgrammeYMCA NashvilleYMCA of OlympiaYouth CareYouth Feed IndiaYouth HomesYouth Oasis


The Arc GatewayAustralian Red CrossAutistic Self Advocacy NetworkBooks To PrisonersCamp KoreyCaptain Planet FoundationCenter for Humanistic ChangeCommunities in SchoolsCommunities in SchoolsExceptional EquestriansExperience Learning CommunityFarmers Market CoalitionGivitGoodwin ConnectionsHonor The EarthInvestedJumping Mouse Children’s CenterLangton GreenLiteracy SourceMaine Organic Farmers and GardenersMainspring AcademyMission WearMissionvale USANAMI New York State Inc.NSW Rural Fire ServiceNSW WildlifePage Ahead Children's LiteracyPlant A Seed FoundationReverbSalmon StockSeek Common GroundSilver LiningValley Forge Educational ServicesWhatcom Intergenerational HighWild Fish ConservancyWiresZoological Society of New Jersey


Atlanta Children’s ShelterCamp KoreyCancer for CollegeChildren's Cancer AssociationChildren’s DispensaryCops With CancerCreighton Community FoundationCystic Fibrosis FoundationDoctors Without BordersEdna Adan University HospitalEpiscopal Social ServicesEvergreen Treatment ServicesExceptional Equestrians MissouriFacial Pain AssociationFriends of Recovery AssociationFull Life CareGCAPPGeorgia Breast Cancer Coalition FundGlobal Health CouncilHope House Inc.Inspiring Children FoundationInternational Medical CorpsJoe DiMaggio Children’s HospitalKeep A Breast FoundationLifeline ConnectionsLines for LifeLittle Bit Therapeutic RidingMichael J Fox FoundationMission OxygenMOAS Migrant Offshore Aid StationPower Packs ProjectProject HealRainier Foothills Wellness FoundationREDSaint Ann FoundationSaving GraceSeattle Musicians Access to Sustainable HealthcareSomali Health BoardSuicide Prevention Education AllianceThe Alzheimer's SocietyThe Center for Love & Light InstituteThe Healing PlaceThe Northern Lighthouse Inc.Turn Tulsa PinkUCP of Orange CountyWashington Association for Infant HealthWest Seattle FoodbankWhy HungerWoodley House Inc.Yakima Neighborhood Health Services


Abdrorrahman Boromand CenterAfghanaidAfro PunkAKUT Search and RescueAmnesty InternationalAviation For HumanityBEST Businesses Ending Sex Trafficking and SlaveryBeyond The BridgeBlack Future Co-op FundBlack Visions CollectiveBreak Free Inc Free Our GirlsBusinesses Ending Slavery & TraffickingCampaign ZeroCarolina Abortion FundCasa de PazCASA of Terrebonne Inc.Center for Human Rights in IranChildren In ConflictCLAWS Civil Lawyers Against Sex SlaveryColor Of ChangeDiversify Our NarrativeEl Centro de la RazaEquality Foundation of GeorgiaEvery Town for Gun Safety Support FundFamily EqualityFamily Law CASAFree 2 LuvFundacja Ocalenie - PolandGeorgia EqualityGender DiversityHoller Health JusticeHope for JusticeHuman Rights CampaignInternational Federation of Red CrossInternational Rescue CommitteeLGBTea DancesLift Up The VulnerableMiddle East Children's AllianceMidwest Access CoalitionNational Black Womens JusticeNew Israel FundNew Yorker's Against Gun ViolenceOut For ImmigrationOutright Action International PFLAG Seattle ChapterRockland County Pride CenterSafe House Of HopeTakeAction MinnesotaThe ACLU Foundation of North CarolinaThe Hello in There FoundationThe Legal Aid SocietyThe Marsha P. Johnson InstituteThe Trevor ProjectThe White Helmets of SyriaTogether RisingVoices of Children - UkraineWar Child UKWashington United For MarriageWeTheProtesters (Campaign Zero)Women's Reproductive Rights Assistance Project (WRRAP)World Food Programme




Catherine Carlile - Executive Director

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.
Fun Fact: Catherine is an adrenaline junkie!

Yvonne Murray - Communications Manager

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!
Fun Fact: Yvonne is a native Gaelic Speaker!

Kellye Serna - Volunteer Coordinator

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.
Fun Fact: Jason does not like delegating!