Chapin Legacy Society

"To know is to care. To care is to act. To act is to make a difference." Harry Chapin

Long Island Cares' Chapin Legacy Society was created to recognize and thank donors whose foresight will build the future of Long Island Cares through planned giving.

Harry Foster Chapin was an American singer-songwriter best known for his folk-rock songs including "Taxi," "W*O*L*D," "Flowers Are Red" and the number one hit "Cat's in the Cradle." Chapin was also a dedicated humanitarian who fought to end world hunger.

Although Harry died tragically in a car accident in 1981 just one year after founding Long Island Cares as the Island's first food bank, his legacy lives on in Long Island Cares, which has evolved into one of the region's most comprehensive hunger assistance organizations serving thousands of individuals and families in need.

A planned gift qualifies you to become a member of the Chapin Legacy Society. As a member, you will receive:

  • Satisfaction in knowing that your gift will honor Harry Chapin's work and
    • Will benefit many generations of Long Island residents who struggle with hunger and food insecurity
    • Will support programs that help families achieve self-sufficiency, and educate the general public about the causes and consequences of hunger on Long Island
  • Your name added to Long Island Cares' Chapin Legacy Society membership list
  • Special invitations to events held at or by Long Island Cares