Arcade Fire's commitment to helping Haitian families achieve financial autonomy started long before the Montreal-based band became indie-rock royalty in the 2000s. "It's something that has been in our DNA forever," says singer Régine Chassagne. "We started playing in these punk-rock venues, and you'd bring $3 or a can of goods to give away."
After the release of 2007 album Neon Bible, the band brought that spirit on tour, donating $1 from each concert ticket sold to Partners in Health, earmarking the money for the nonprofit's initiatives in Haiti. And the group's continuing dedication to causes in that country -- from which Chassagne's family emigrated -- as well as the idea of setting aside $1 from each ticket sold, began to inspire other musicians to find ways to support causes important to them.
In 2014, Arcade Fire touring member Marika Anthony-Shaw established PLUS1. She calls it a "philanthropic concierge" that pairs acts -- including The National, St. Vincent, Broken Social Scene and New York hip-hop crew Beast Coast -- with causes they want to support but might not know how to get involved with.