THE MIMI FISHMAN FOUNDATION AND THE MOCKINGBIRD FOUNDATION RAISE
A COMBINED $1
MILLION FOR CHARITY
Two organizations founded and operated by fans of Phish announced that they have raised and distributed a combined $1,000,000 for
charity. The joint announcement was made by The Mimi Fishman Foundation, which raises funds
through online auctions, and The Mockingbird Foundation,
which publishes historical information about Phish in print and online. Both organizations are operated on an all-
volunteer basis, with no salaries, paid staff, or offices.
The Mockingbird Foundation was organized in 1996, by Craig DeLucia and a dozen other fans, to raise funds for
music education for children through the publication of an encyclopedic book about Phish and its music. Expanding
its efforts to include the cultivation and distribution of Phish-related intellectual property more generally, the
Foundation has published two editions of a 900-page book, released a double-disc tribute album, produced a
variety of tour-friendly merchandise, and re-launched the Phish.net website as a comprehensive database with a dozen mobile extensions.
As a result of these efforts, as well as direct donations, the Mockingbird Foundation has been able to fund 193 grants
(in 42 states) totaling over $613,000. [www.mbird.org]
The Mimi Fishman Foundation was organized in 1998, by Mimi Fishman (mother of Phish drummer Jon Fishman) and family friend David
Shulman, to raise funds for vision-related charities through online auctions of Phish-donated memorabilia. While
expanding its focus of charitable giving to include women, children, and animal-related charities, the Foundation
also expanded its musical reach by receiving donated auction items from other bands, including The String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Umphrey's McGee. The Mimi Fishman
Foundation has administered over 30 online auctions resulting in grants being made to 38 organizations totaling
over $390,000. [www.mimifishman.org]
The Mockingbird and Mimi Fishman Foundations look forward to many more years of serving Phish fans and grantees
alike. Each has already raised the funds for additional grants to be announced this fall, and each is underway with
new plans to continue their success.