A Registered 501(c)3 Public Charity

Joe Leslie Rock It Forward Foundation

Joe Leslie Rock It Forward Foundation

Providing Musical Resources to Kids Who Rock

Since 2012, the Rock it Forward Foundation (“RIFF”) has worked to provide musical resources to kids in need. Our efforts stretch from St. Louis to Denver, both places that Joe called home.  We are very proud of the $85K we have collectively raised for kids in need.  In St. Louis our efforts have been focused on the Christian Activity Center (CAC) in East St. Louis.  The funds raised have helped to provide children the ability to participate in music camps, music lessons, the purchase of instruments for local music programs, voice lessons, and much more.  These programs give the kids structure, direction, and the chance to pursue a love of music as a lifelong passion.  Because of your donations we have been able to offer voice, drums, and piano lessons year round at the CAC. We are excited to continue our partnership with this wonderful organization in 2016!  For additional information on the CAC please visit their website.

Please visit the RIFF Denver website To learn more about the efforts in Colorado.

Why We Rock

RIFF began in an effort to honor a dear friend, Joe Leslie. Joe passed away in January 2012 of a sudden heart attack at the young age of 41.  In keeping with the celebration of Joe, his life, and his love for music, this scholarship fund was created. Joe had a passion for many things, and that passion was evident in his love for music. We know Joe would have wanted to pass it along.

Fund Administrators

  • Barbara Savan


CharitySmith accepts donations in two ways:

By Mail:
Joe Leslie Rock It Forward
CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation
13100 Filly Lane
Truckee, CA 96161

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The above Memorial Fund is established as a division of CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation (EIN 87-0636433). All donations are tax deductible in accordance with federal tax law. Receipts for tax purposes are sent via US Mail within two weeks of donation. Please consider asking if your employer participates in a gift-matching program. If so, your donation may be matched by your employer. For questions regarding your donation or this memorial fund please contact CharitySmith.

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