Carter Cook is the husband of a talented musician, the father of three delightful children, and a university attorney who coaches youth basketball, baseball, and soccer teams. In his free time, he enjoys playing the piano.
After playing the piano for nearly 35 years, Carter recorded his first CD, "Sundays In Belvedere," in April of 2011. The collection of familiar hymn arrangements was initially intended only as a gift for his grandparents, but its popularity among those who heard the music led Carter to believe he could do something more with it. Combining the concepts of the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) with the passage that follows on the Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25:31-46), Carter launched the Piano vs. Poverty project that May.
Piano vs. Poverty has grown to become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that encourages people to use their talents for the benefit of those in need, and functions as a record label for charitably inclined musicians. From the sale of music it produces, Piano vs. Poverty donates 100% of its income after expenses to charities that are directly involved in alleviating the effects of poverty. Half of those contributions are made to agencies with a global emphasis, and the other half are to locally focused organizations such as food banks and homeless shelters.
Word-of-mouth CD sales have allowed Piano vs. Poverty to increase awareness of the importance of helping those who are struggling financially, and to contribute thousands of dollars to provide assistance in times of crisis. While the sale of a few CDs can never solve a problem of the magnitude of global hunger, Carter is convinced that every little bit counts and is hopeful that Piano vs. Poverty can make the world a slightly better place - musically and financially.