Growing up, the founding members of The Roots attended a creative arts school in west Philadelphia called CAPA, and through a generous donation helped set up the CAPA foundation, where they now sit on the board. The roots partnership with the CAPA foundation also includes opportunities for students to perform on national stages, learn through internships the business side of show business and a master class series.

After watching the damning 2010 documentary waiting for superman, Questlove was inspired to raise money for Harlem village academies, a group of charter schools that boast top-tier performance while defying socio-economic expectations (74 percent of students enrolled qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch). By hosting a series of benefit concerts, Questlove was able to raise millions for the school.