The Waterwheel Foundation


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What is WaterWheel?

The WaterWheel Foundation was created by Phish in 1997 to oversee the band’s various charitable activities.

Our primary effort then and now is our Touring Division, though in keeping with our “Local” mission we also support Vermont-based non-profits and others in need. From its debut through the most current tour, the mission of WaterWheel’s Touring Division has been to raise funds for pre-selected non-profits in each community that Phish visits while on tour.

In essence, WaterWheel is the Phish community coming together to share in positive ways with the local communities we all visit on tour stops. The net proceeds raised at each show – fan donations plus the sale of WaterWheel logo merchandise and items autographed by the band – are donated to the organization tabling at the show, after deducting overhead costs.

The WaterWheel Foundation chooses non-profits from a large sphere of needs including social services, primarily those benefitting women and children; environmental, with a focus on clean water and land conservation with public access; as well as food banks, urban gardening and the like. Thanks to the generosity of the fans, since its creation WaterWheel’s Touring Division has donated over $1,000,000 to more than 425 groups.

Additionally, Waterwheel merchandise can be purchased on the road and via Phish Dry Goods

To contact WaterWheel email or write to WaterWheel, PO Box 4400, Burlington VT 05406-4400.  Looking to donate to our efforts?

To make a donation, click here and specify if you would like your contribution to go to our Touring division, Vermont support or specific WaterWheel efforts. No donation is too small. Donations to The WaterWheel Foundation via the link to the right are tax deductible to the extent of the law.