Singer’s Foundation Provides More Than Just a ‘Cheeseburger in Paradise’

Singer Jimmy Buffet’s Singing for Change Charitable Foundation is interested in funding projects that improve the quality of life for people and empower individuals to effect positive change in their communities.

Buffet, known for whimsical tropical-vacation-themed musical hits like “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” is quite serious about funding his foundation and the work it does.

Deadline: Rolling

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 common problems. Grants usually fall in the $500 to $10,000 range. SFC was created from contributions acquired during Buffet’s 1995 tour.

SFC primarily funds projects that serve children and families, the environment, and disenfranchised groups. Working in specific issue areas enables SFC to link grantees in one part of the country with those working elsewhere for their mutual benefit and inspiration.

Youth projects are a priority. The Dignity Project Auto Club provides “at risk” teenage males with minor automotive repair training, academic assistance, character development, and a healthy environment to build relationships. One product of the participants’ training and hard work, a repaired automobile, benefits the Dignity Project’s Vehicle Donation recipients. These are usually single mothers, whose primary reason for being unable to maintain consistent employment, is a lack of dependable transportation. The boys present the car keys to the mothers in a Key Ceremony, and pledge to maintain the car for one year after it is donated.

Contact: 816/363-8132; email:

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education.

Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government.

Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.

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