With Gordon Lightfoot, James Taylor and
John Denver at a benefit concert.

These four actually formed a not for profit called The Food Policy Center which was a lobbying group that monitored the President’s Commission on World Hunger of which Harry was a member.

The Harry Chapin Memorial Fund was created in 1981 with help from Harry's former manager Ken Kragen and Kenny Rogers who donated $150,000 from a benefit concert. Harry's widow Sandy Chapin has led the organization from the beginning. While the name was changed to the Harry Chapin Foundation, its mission has stayed the same - to help make a positive difference in communities around the country.

As of September of 2012 the Foundation has distributed over 1.7 million dollars to 413 organizations. Of these 219 grants were made to organizations in NYS and the remaining 180 in other states. Awards were made as follows:

  • $251,233 in awards to Arts In Education Programs
  • $474,126 to Community Education Programs
  • $955,136 to Agricultural and Environmental Programs

The mission of the Harry Chapin Foundation is to support organizations that have demonstrated their ability to dramatically improve the lives and livelihood of people by helping them to become self-sufficient.