elliott smith memorial fund
We, the members of Elliott’s family, have been discussing some new options for the Elliott Smith Memorial Fund, and we have an exciting new development that we wanted all of you to know about. We’ve raised quite a bit of money, thanks to generous donations from so many of you, in Elliott’s name. All money raised thus far has gone to Free Arts for Abused Children. We’ve raised over $50,000, (quite possibly a LOT more than that, we’re waiting on some tallies from the organization,) and we decided that there are tons of other very worthy causes that we’d like you to know about, and possibly choose as well.
“Outside In” is a Portland-based not-for-profit organization aimed at helping homeless Portland youth. The organization provides all kinds of very important support, such as housing, medical clinics, a needle-exchange program, transgender/sexual identity services, and scholarships, among other things, for street kids. According to their website, 80% of homeless youth who go through their transitional housing program never return to the streets. Think about that statistic- this organization is changing kids’ lives in the biggest way possible- taking them off the streets and getting them started on a new, safe path through support and love. We think this organization will really benefit from our donations, and we invite you to check Outside In out for yourself. Their website is outsidein.org.
We feel that this organization is a good fit for Elliott’s fund for a number of reasons. Elliott was vocal about helping abused kids, and those are largely the population that Outside In serves, though it is not a requirement. Outside In hits close to home- their facilities are actually RIGHT across the street from Lincoln High School, where Elliott went to school. Finally, Elliott knew of Outside In and had actually agreed to do a benefit for their needle-exchange program. Sadly, he never got the chance, but now we have an opportunity to give to this organization is his name.
The Elliott Smith Memorial Fund will continue to support Free Arts for Abused Children, as we believe this is a great organization that does great things for so many kids, but we also encourage donors to “spread the wealth” and consider choosing Outside In for your next donation. The choice is yours!
Here’s how it works:
You, (or your group/organization/event,) decide to donate to the Elliott Smith Memorial Fund. (a huge THANK YOU, by the way… we know that many of Elliott’s fans are young and don’t have much money to speak of, and the smallest of donations really touch our hearts, knowing that someone sacrificed buying a CD or a t-shirt or DINNER that night to send the check…)
You CHOOSE which organization to send your money to.
To support OUTSIDE IN:
Make your check out directly to “Outside In”, and make sure to put “Elliott Smith Memorial Fund” in the MEMO field of your check. (If you forget, and follow the procedure we’ve been doing with Free Arts, they can also cash the checks if you make them out to “Outside In/Elliott Smith Memorial Fund”. The first method is preferable, however.)
Send OUTSIDE IN checks to:
To support FREE ARTS FOR ABUSED CHILDREN:
The procedure is the same as it has been. Make your check out to “Free Arts/Elliott Smith Memorial Fund”.
Send FREE ARTS checks to:
Smith Memorial Fund
We hope all of you are doing well and staying safe, happy, and healthy. Thank you for making Elliott’s music, and now his legacy, a part of your life. He did so many good things while he was here, and this fund is an extension of that spirit, embodied in all of you. Our deepest gratitude, along with the gratitude of the kids your money is helping, goes out to each and every one of you. Take care.
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