The We Are Family Foundation® (WAFF) was born in response to the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and named after the world renowned hit song "We Are Family," written in 1979 for the successful pop group Sister Sledge by legendary songwriter/producer Nile Rodgers and his late music partner, Bernard Edwards.
On the weekend of September 22, 2001, eleven days after the tragedy, Nile and Tommy Boy Music president Tom Silverman gathered 200 celebrities together to re-record "We Are Family" as a way to commence the healing process. This historic event was followed by the release of a music video directed by Spike Lee, a documentary film of the recording sessions directed by Danny Schechter entitled The Making and Meaning of We Are Family, and a children's "We Are Family" music video featuring more than 100 beloved children's television characters. These recordings proved the song's power to provide hope and solace through its uplifting beat and message of global unity.
The We Are Family Foundation (WAFF), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was formed in 2002 with the mission to celebrate the vision of a global family by creating and supporting programs that inspire and educate the next generation about respect, understanding and cultural diversity - while striving to solve some of our biggest global problems at the same time.