mission & vision   Raising awareness and helping the less fortunate  by providing them with musical equipment, sports equipment, and special dinner events.

our leadership team

Foundation History

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

- Jay Brook Lipe

Our founder

  1. 1998 - 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. 2001 - 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. 2005 -  Something Bigger Than Yourself grows to donating enough musical equipment to The Alton Children's home to build a small music department.
  4. 2011 - Something Bigger Than Yourself becomes an Illinois registered corporation and is currently developing 7 music departments in 7 different Children's homes throughout a 3 state region.


Hundreds of people have volunteered for us throughout the years to make a difference in the lives of children. Find out how to become our partner.

Something Bigger

Than Yourself

recent programs

The 7th Annual Something Bigger Than Yourself music event will be held December 13th, 2014 at 300 State Street Alton Illinois at 7pm. This is a free event.  

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 .

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.