This foundation was created by Amy’s father, Mitch, after the singer’s tragic death from alcohol poisoning in July 2011. The U.S. branch primarily focuses on music therapy and education programs, a significant portion of their work also looks to provide drug prevention programs and rehab services for children. They also have a Resilience Programme for Schools, launched with the help of Russell Brand, to offer drug and alcohol education programs in schools across the U.K.
Created by former NBA star Chris Herren, a former Oxycontin addict who has now been sober for over six years, the foundation was initially started to help pay for people’s drug treatment. Herren has since added numerous initiatives including Project Purple, which looks to create sober cultures for kids in schools, a Purple & Proud grant program to help create fun and substance-free after prom parties and events, and referral relationships with drug treatment centers across the country.
Formerly known as the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, this nonprofit has slightly changed its tune to focus on preventing teen substance abuse and working with families who have been affected by drug and alcohol addiction. In addition to providing parents with direct support for a child struggling with addiction, they also have numerous teen-targeted efforts such as Above the Influence. However, much of their work comes in the form of advocacy for greater access to treatment and support groups for teenagers, as well as an increase in youth prevention programs.
The Brent Shapiro Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Awareness
The Brent Shapiro Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Awareness
Endorsed by Khloe Kardashian shortly after her infamous DUI in March 2007, this L.A. based foundation works to create national awareness of drug and alcohol addiction. Among its initiatives are Brent’s Club, which partners with a local Boys and Girls Club to offer sober activities to over 160 middle and high-school students. Shapiro has also created Save A Life cards that have been passed out to more than two million people across the country. The foundation uses its funds to promote their original drug prevention PSAs, as well as two children’s books that were created to help parents introduce their children to the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
Although over 20 of their branches are in the Chicago and Rockford areas, Rosecrance offers addiction treatment for adolescents and adults across the country, serving more than 14,000 families each year. Their foundation specifically raises money for both substance abuse and mental health issues, with funds going towards building adolescent and adult recovery homes, teen programs and creating endowment funds to help pay for treatment. Underneath their umbrella is the Kinley Charity Care Fund, which has raised more than $6 million since 1984.
Started by Ted Danson (best known as Sam Malone on Cheers) this Los Angeles-based nonprofit reaches tens of thousands of families each year with their mission to address the crisis of teenagers and families impacted by drug and alcohol abuse. Emphasizing the power of storytelling and communication, they utilize this through providing teen assemblies and parent education meetings at high schools across the city, counseling for schools and family support groups. Some of the funds donated to Angel’s At Risk are also earmarked for scholarships that allow teenagers and families to receive outside counseling.
Formerly known as the Sundt Memorial Foundation, Natural High was created in response to the reality that the “Just Say No” style prevention programs were largely ineffective. With the goal of providing programs that allow youth to discover and pursue their own natural high so they don’t feel compelled to take drugs, their digital platform gives kids the chance to share their stories and connect with other drug-free youth. In addition to offering a wide range of curriculums and resources on their website for both educators and parents, more than 40 celebrities have provided video testimonials about why they’ve chosen to say no to drugs, including pro surfer Bethany Hamilton, U.S. World Cup goalie Tim Howard and Grammy Award-winning singer Mya.
Founded in March 2006, this nonprofit tackles a wide range of addiction and mental health issues including drug and alcohol abuse, depression, self-harm and thoughts of suicide. It originally began with the goal of funding drug treatment for then 19-year-old Renee Wohe, but has gone on to raise millions of dollars for worthy organizations across the world. Partnering with universities, social networking sites, and even music festivals like the Vans Warped Tour, they have used the added exposure to try and promote existing professional health organization rather than replace them. A portion of every donation goes to programs including Hopeline and InTheRooms.com, as well as their own original programs such as the high school-focused campaign “The Storytellers.” Celebrities including Miley Cyrus, Joaquin Phoenix and pop band OneRepublic have all endorsed their work.
Perhaps one of the most widely known non-profits for drug and alcohol rehabilitation, Phoenix House serves over 18,000 teens and adults each year with more than 130 programs across nine states. They offer a wide range of unique programs including support services for the military community, mother and child residential services, in addition to more conventional services such as screening and referral programs. In recent years, they’ve partnered with one of the best vocational schools in Brooklyn, NY to create the Phoenix House Career Academy, as well as an academy in Westchester, NY, which allows teen boys and girls to receive treatment in a residential environment while continuing their education.
Created by entrepreneur Gary Mendell after losing his son Brian to drug addiction in 2011, this nonprofit has raised an impressive $9 million since then. Through advocacy campaigns, lobbying for pieces of legislation to be passed, and addressing gaps in both funding and resourcing, they are hoping to help reduce the number of addicted Americans and drug-related deaths by 50% over the next 20 years. Shatterproof has also launched events in 30 cities across the country to help reduce the stigma of addiction. Their mission has earned them partnerships with several MLB franchise, while multiple hotels across the country donate to Shatterproof if a guest “declines” housekeeping services on specific days.
Launched by former R&B chart-topper Mario Barrett in 2007, the foundation focuses solely on youth development by giving education, awareness and support to children of addicted parents. Partnering with both local and national organizations, they fundraise for grassroots organizations and organize public speaking engagements across the country. Their evidence-based program was also approved in 2011 by the American Medical Association, White House Office of Drug Policy and U.S. Department of Education. Mario, whose mother struggled with drug addiction throughout his childhood, has maintained a hands-on role within the organization and regularly speaks to troubled youth throughout the year.
Founded in 2008, the sole mission of this public charity is to raise funds for research in areas involving the causes, identification, prevention, detection, treatment and cure of alcoholism. Some of the more recent projects they have provided funding for include a University of Pennsylvania pilot program testing a medication to reduce alcohol cravings and a Middlebury College project to examine the relationship between alcohol tolerance and alcoholism.
Launched by Toni Saiber after she nearly died during her own battle with an eating disorder, this foundation is solely devoted to preventing and eliminating eating disorders using an entirely volunteer base to implement their programs. Among these initiatives are presentations at schools and colleges both in the Denver area and across the country, partnering with local celebrities to raise awareness and holding conferences during National Eating Disorder Awareness week.
Launched by baseball legend Darryl Strawberry and his wife Tracy, the couple takes a Christian-centric approach to recovery with their foundation work. Donations can be earmarked specifically for their 28 day, residential Christian recovery centers in Orlando, FL, and Longview, TX, which also offer one-year continuing care plans that are custom made to meet the needs of each client.