Home base: Champaign-Urbana, Ill.
What it does: Raises money -- with no administrative costs -- to support oncology nurses working with patients undergoing bone marrow and stem cell transplants.
Total funds raised: More than $1 million to date.
Origin: In the late 1980s, Josh Gottheil brought indie's most influential acts (The Pixies, Jane's Addiction) to Champaign-Urbana. "At 14 he started booking bands he had no business booking, at clubs he wasn't legally allowed into," says his sister, music executive Lisa Gottheil, who co-founded Grandstand Media & Management. After a 19-year-old Josh succumbed to lymphoma in 1989, the fund was created to give back to the nurses who cared for him.
His legacy "To this day, [Gottheil's memory] helps me stand strong in my efforts to keep music alive," says Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses, one of the acts he booked. His personal papers are archived at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In tribute Champaign-Urbana's Sept. 25-28 Pygmalion Festival, which featured Chvrches, EMA and Panda Bear, was dedicated to Josh's memory, and mayor Don Gerard proclaimed Sept. 27 Josh Gottheil Day.
How to help To learn more or donate, go to joshsfund.org.