The mission of The Better Life Foundation is to make a positive change in the lives of children in need of food, shelter and medical assistance, and to enhance the lives of children and young adults in need. Each year The Better Life Foundation works to raise money that can be distributed to organizations and hospitals that serve as the vehicle to fulfill the mission of children being afforded a better life in which they can develop their potential, achieve their goals, and, become caring and responsible adults.
3 Doors Down established The Better Life Foundation in March of 2004 with the mission to make a positive change in the lives of children and young adults. The organization is a 501(c)(3) federally tax exempt charity.
Each year the benefit weekend is the primary source of donations and funding for the foundation. The Better Life Foundation weekend in Cherokee, NC took place October 19, 2023 - October 22, 2023. This year's concert occurred on October 21 with special guest Candlebox. To date the foundation has raised and distributed over $3,000,000 to reputable children’s charities, local municipalities and faith-based groups to achieve its goals in helping communities and children in need.
In 2005 when hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, The Better Life Foundation was committed to donating funds, providing support and relief to southern Mississippi that was largely overlooked by the press and media. Working directly with local municipalities the foundation provided funding to support the rebuilding process as well as buying fire trucks and police cars.
The artist, music community and luminaries from the world of sports and racing have rallied around 3 Doors Down and their efforts through The Better Life Foundation for over a decade. Past guest performers have included: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tracey Lawrence, Shinedown, Staind, Hinder, Sara Evans, Muzikmafia, Daughtry, Theory of a Deadman, Jamey Johnson, SEETHER, Saving Abel and more.