Philanthropic rockers Incubus have announced plans to lend support to the victims of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia and Eastern Africa. Through their nonprofit organization, the Make Yourself Foundation, the group will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund.
"We started the MYF as a vehicle to try and help people who have not been as fortunate as us," the bandmembers said in a statement. "Last year, we spent the year raising money and bringing attention to a number of worthy causes. When we sat down in December to allocate the money, we had no idea of the disaster that was about to happen. The magnitude of the tsunami disaster is truly overwhelming and we can only hope that this donation can help bring some relief to the people who've been affected by it."
The Make Yourself Foundation is a nonprofit organization that contributes to causes and charities that are particularly important to the band, including Future Forests (an organization dedicated to slowing global warming), the Surfrider Foundation (which works to preserve the world's oceans and beaches), Break the Cycle (which helps empower youth to stop domestic violence) and others. The band donates money to the foundation through its concert revenue, royalties, online auctions of Incubus concert tickets and memorabilia (see "Britney, Strokes, Incubus Raising Money For Storm Victims"), and a series of official-bootleg CDs, all profits from which go to MYF (see "Incubus Get Charitable With Series Of Official Bootlegs").
The band has raised $400,000 since the foundation was begun in October 2003. In addition to the $100,000 Incubus are donating to the Red Cross' tsunami-relief effort, they will distribute the remaining $300,000 to some of the above organizations, along with Save the Music, the California environmental group Heal the Bay, and the Institute of Music and Neurologic Function.
On the foundation's Web site, Incubus singer Brandon Boyd wrote: "We are certain that with the participation of everyone here and our wonderfully supportive fans that we will succeed in the first of what will be many goals in the future. One person working diligently alone can work wonders, but many people working harmoniously together can accomplish worlds."
To learn more about what you can do for the tsunami-relief effort, see "Tsunami Relief: What You Can Do To Help."