EAR CANDY CHARITY

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education

Location: 200 E Curry Road Lower Level Tempe AZ 85281 USA

Mission: Providing youth access to music education.
Results: We are on track to IMPACT well over 15,000 youth each year in Arizona and we are actively working on expanding our sustainable community driven model to other areas of the country.
Target demographics: Children and Youth
Geographic areas served: Arizona and currently working on expanding to other areas of the country
Programs: 1.) Online Instrument Drives® connects Music Teachers with Instrument & Financial Donors to place high quality, refurbished instruments in the hands of their students. Old instruments become the solution to music education by getting a New life! 2.) Play It Forward is a service learning program that equips any group with the tools, training, and mentoring they need to create and host their own physical Instrument Drive. From businesses, schools, civic groups, places of worship, associations and clubs...Wherever there is a collection of passionate individuals who want to help give youth access to music education, there is a Play It Forward Instrument Drive ready to be launched! 3.) Backstage Class® music-based field trips expose youth to “the other side of music education,” through once in a lifetime opportunities to experience music in unique and impactful ways. The goal of Backstage Class field trips is to inspire youth to think differently about career opportunities available to them through the appreciation of music and culture.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have known the founder of this charity, Nate Anderson, for quite a while and have watched him with pride as he shares his love of music with others unable to be learn or even be exposed to music as the schools cut back. They have brought instruments, school programs and after school programs to these children. My family and I have helped raise funds and my children have volunteered and are now featured in the ad campaigns.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The childrens receipt of muscial instruments and the pride as they learn to play them are miraculous. The kids education in the beautiful world of music are so rewarding both for the kids and the community. I love the fact that all kinds of music is involved and even popular artists stand behind the campaign.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope that more volunteers can get involved and let their neighbors know to dig out those instruments that haven't been touched in years and donate them to this cause.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I donated a piano to Ear Candy, and have a friend who is active in their events. I'm following their newsletter and plan to donate again. I'm very impressed with their effectiveness, their many events and activities, and the professionalism of their communications and marketing.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They quickly put my donation to good use, and my friend has participated in their events.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Rating: 5 stars  

An incredible charity that actually performs on their mission without fail or unfulfilled hype. From the founder to the board, they share one single vision that has brought so much joy and relief in these difficult times (which I have witnessed first hand). I am very critical of charity groups with all of the dishonesty these days, but Ear Candy Charity has my full support.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending events and witnessing the program in action.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase their operating capital through personal donations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with many charities throughout my professional career and few come close to meeting or exceeding expectations than Ear Candy. Nate Anderson, the founder of Ear Candy, is both passionate and committed to their mission statement. In a state that currently ranks last (Arizona is 50th) for music education, Nate saw a void that needed to be filled.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

several of their instrument drives, talent shows and other community collectives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

look to expand this effort nationwide. I believe that it's imperative to include music education as part of a student's full scholastic experience to afford that student a well rounded education.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Ear Candy Charity has such a fantastic goal of keeping music in our under-funded public school system programs. The founder, Nate Anderson, works tirelessly to gather musical instruments and funding to run this charity and is a truly fantastic person. I highly recommend donating your unused musical instruments, time or money to help keep the music alive.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I got to help when instruments were delivered to a grade school and it was eye opening. The children were all extremely excited to recieve the instruments and be able to play them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them to expand their reach in more cities.

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Definitely

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Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

I have known Nate personally for years and believe in his goal of keeping music available to children in the public schools despite little or no funding.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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