Jay Brook Lipe
His background in social media and business development mixed with Philanthropy helps us grow as an organization,  one children's home at a time. 

Anita Rae Lipe
Our Chief of Operations is also Jay's mother. She has spent her years selflessly going beyond the capacity of a normal mom to make sure every child she encountered would be provided with love and sound advice .

Foundation History

recent programs

The 10th Annual Something Bigger Than Yourself music event will be held December 10th, 2017 at The Underground in Alton Illinois at 7pm. This is a free event.  

our leadership team

mission & vision   Raising awareness and helping less fortunate  children living in children's homes by providing them with musical equipment, sports equipment, and special dinner events.


Literally hundreds of people have volunteered  throughout the years to make a difference in the lives of children. If you would like to learn how to make a difference in your community, call us. 

Our founder

  1.  -2008: Jay Lipe and his daughter Samantha knock on the door to The Alton Illinois Children's home for the very first time bringing gifts.
  2.  2010: The very first "Something Bigger Than Yourself"  music event occurs at The Big Muddy Pub in Alton, Illinois. Enough funds were raised to send all the children living in the home to dinner at Golden Corral Buffet located in Alton, Illinois.

  3. 2017: Something Bigger Than Yourself has  currently worked with 10 different Children's homes throughout a 4 state region, given to terminally ill children across the United States, and have provided chocolate and flowers for 7 retirement communities in the state of Illinois.  

Something Bigger

Than Yourself

"Be the difference that you are searching for in others."

- Jay Brook Lipe