Established in 2009, the Bonnaroo Works Fund was created to further the festival’s community investment and philanthropic endeavors. The Fund is administered by the East Tennessee Foundation (ETF), a 501(c)(3) community foundation which manages philanthropic endeavors for numerous businesses and organizations in Tennessee. Since its inception in 2002, Bonnaroo has demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting numerous local, regional and national non-profits, with a special focus on the Coffee County community where the festival is based. Bonnaroo has generated and distributed over $3,000,000, mostly in direct contributions to a variety of initiatives and causes, in Coffee County and all over the country.
Through a combination of programs – including ticket add-ons for charity and for the Coffee County general fund, the annual on-site Silent Auction, numerous other on site programs, and volunteer opportunities for local organizations – the Bonnaroo Music Festival has been a model in developing innovative ways to engage both fans and artists to support a variety of worthy and necessary causes in their community. Health and social services, educational programs, and a variety of community projects such as the Coffee County Recreation Center, the Skateboard Park, and the Manchester Performing Arts Center have all benefited from Bonnaroo contributions. Bonnaroo’s charitable efforts also extend beyond Middle Tennessee. The festival has also supported national non-profit organizations, including Doctors Without Borders, Head Count, Music Cares, Conscious Alliance, Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club of America, Rock the Earth, the American Red Cross, the Sierra Club and many others. Additionally, Bonnaroo has also provided aid to some of the country's and world's most tragic disasters such as the Haitian Earthquake Relief, Nashville Floods and Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Bonnaroo's commitment to the community is woven into the fabric of the festival and it is our goal to create a positive and lasting impact on the community where we work, play and live as well as the world-wide Bonnaroo community.