10 Incredible Charities That Grunge Artists Support


With the holiday season in full gear after Thanksgiving and with Christmas approaching, today is Giving Tuesday. As we’ve covered over the years on Alternative Nation, many of the artists we report on have worked with some great charity organizations, in particular members of Grunge bands. Here are a list of ten that if you have some extra money to give, would definitely be appreciate your support. If you know of any other charity organizations you think would interest our readers, let us know in the comments section.

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready)

Pearl Jam guitarist Mike and Ashley McCready helped raise over $350,000 for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and the Jennifer Jaff CareLine for People with IBD through two annual benefit events: The Annual Crohn’s and Colitis Luncheon and the Flight to Mars Shows.

The 2017 Annual Benefit Luncheon took place on May 10. Mike and Ashley presented the McCready Family Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award to Tiffany Meckle (photographed with Mike and Ashley below). The event raised $275,000 for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation to help advance groundbreaking research.

The Flight to Mars shows took place on May 12 and May 13. The shows were headlined by Mike’s UFO tribute band. Seattle-based Thunderpussy opened both nights. The shows raised an additional $75,000 for Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s Camp Oasis and the Jennifer Jaff Care Line for People with IBD.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (Stone Temple Pilots)

Stone Temple Pilots played a benefit show for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 2009, and since then have made social media posts supporting the hospital as recently as 2016. STP performed at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City 2013 with Chester Bennington, so if you want to donate to the type of charity that STP have a passion for, definitely think about a children’s hospital.

MusiCares (Alice In Chains)

Alice In Chains have done an annual fantasy football charity auction to benefit MusiCares, which helps musicians struggling with addiction issues. The band have also performed at MusiCares events in the past, and Jerry Cantrell received the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the 2012 MAP Awards.

Cantrell told Grammy.com in 2012, “A common part of the human experience is if you f*** around with it long enough, it’s gonna get a hold of you. That’s been the case for me and for a lot of people too. It’s not just explicitly musicians, but being a musician and [having] so many friends that are, it’s really nice to have an organization like MusiCares to take care of each other. I remember when I first came here in 2003, Buddy Arnold helped me out.”

EB Research Foundation (Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder)

EB is a group of devastating life-threatening genetic skin disorders impacting children that is characterized by skin blisters and erosions all over the body. For a child with EB, even the most delicate touch can cause the skin to tear apart, blister and shear off the body. There is currently no cure, and treatment often comes in the form of wound care, intensive bandaging and managing debilitating pain and infection.

Eddie Vedder, founding board member of EBRP said in 2014, “My wife Jill and I are thrilled to be able to support the brilliant work of leading doctors and researchers committed to identifying better treatments, and ultimately a cure for this cruel disease. Our close family friends have a young son with EB and we want to do everything we can to ensure a better quality of life for him and all children living with these types of genetic disorders.”

You can go to the EB Research Foundation’s website by clicking here.

PAWS Chicago (Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan)

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has done work with PAWS Chicago, including a photoshoot with his late cats Mr. Thom and Sammi.

According to their website, PAWS Chicago’s mission is:

To build No Kill communities – starting with a No Kill Chicago – that respect and value the life of every cat and dog.

To end the overpopulation of homeless animals through solutions, practices and education.

To transform animal welfare by setting higher standards in the way animals are treated and developing a sustainable, solutions-based model.

320 Changes Direction (In memory of Linkin Park & Stone Temple Pilots singer Chester Bennington)

Chester Bennington’s widow Talinda wrote on the 320 Changes Direction website (you can click here to donate):

“The idea for 320 was born out of my personal experience and the recognition that we can do better to address the needs of those who are suffering with mental health concerns and addiction. For 13 years I watched my husband Chester struggle with depression and substance use. I often felt scared and alone. I was uneducated about the challenges he faced and I wanted information – but finding answers to my questions and available help for our family was very difficult.

After my husband lost his battle with depression and addiction, I knew I had to make a change to the mental health landscape. I began speaking to as many mental health groups as I could find. Whitney Showler and Music For Relief have been very supportive and helpful on this journey.

So here is what I learned. We don’t need to create more programs – there are good ones out there. But we do need to do two things. We need to streamline access to the help that IS available. And we need to change the culture of mental health so that those in need – and their family members – are able to speak openly about their struggles so that they can seek the care they deserve.

I am proud to join Give an Hour, the lead organization for the Campaign to Change Direction, and the Campaign’s 500+ organizations working to drive culture change. And together with Give an Hour and other partners, we will build a new approach to ensure that those in need can easily find help – when they need it.”

Childhaven (Late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell)

Late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell first contributed to Childhaven in 2013. Since 1909, Childhaven has been a safe and caring place for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Today, their trailblazing childhood trauma treatment program heals the youngest survivors of abuse and neglect and prepares them for success in school and in life.

By improving parenting skills and strengthening relationships, their mission is to break the cycle of abuse and neglect and lay the foundation for generations of safe and nurturing families. Click here to donate.

Rhonda’s Kiss (Jane’s Addiction)

On December 8th, Jane’s Addiction will perform at the Hollywood Palladium, and the show will feature special guest appearances and touching speeches which aim to educate and inspire the community to help people fighting cancer practically and immediately. This is a benefit for Rhonda’s Kiss charity; profits directly benefit the Cedar Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and further the mission of Rhonda’s Kiss.

Rhonda’s Kiss believes in the whole care of a cancer patient. The cost of cancer can be insurmountable. It’s easy to picture the costs of diagnosis, the costs of treatment, and the costs of therapy. However, there is a hidden cost that is equally as vital to the patient’s wellness.

Rhonda’s Kiss is a 501c(3) that uses events to raise money for the patients they support. In 2017 an amazing performance by Kool and the Gang in Palm Beach FL allowed them to commit $100,000 to the Cleveland Clinic Florida. Last Year, Johnny Depp and Weezer headlined their event in Los Angeles with performances by Juliette Lewis, Dave Navarro, and Chester Bennington. This sold-out event committed $100,000 to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Click here to go to their website.

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Stand Up To Cancer (Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl)

Dave Grohl appeared at the 4th Biennial Stand Up To Cancer event in 2014 in Los Angeles.

Stand Up To Cancer’s (SU2C) mission is to raise funds to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking translational research that can get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.

SU2C brings together the best and the brightest researchers and mandates collaboration among the cancer community. By galvanizing the entertainment industry, SU2C has set out to generate awareness, educate the public on cancer prevention and help more people diagnosed with cancer become long-term survivors.

American Foundation For Suicide Prevention (Pearl Jam & Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron)

From PearlJam.com: Many of us have lost people to suicide. Our hearts go out in equal measure to those who leave the world this way, and to those who are left behind to miss them.  If you have lost someone, it’s important to know that you are not alone. There is help and support available to you.   

Each year, more than 44,000 people die by suicide in the U.S. and for every suicide there are 25 attempts. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness, funding scientific research and providing resources and support to those affected by suicide.

Matt Cameron directed $10,000 from Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation to help AFSP reduce the suicide rate through their education and support programs to local communities across the U.S.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide or you have lost someone to suicide, help is available here.You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text “Talk” to 741-741.

If you want to support AFSP and their work to prevent suicide, you can:

TAKE ACTION: Volunteer, Educate, Advocate + more

PARTICIPATE: International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day on Nov. 18

DONATE: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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    I have to give this to Billy Corgain: He loves cats (Just like I do).