Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund

Rating: 4.5 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Health, Human Services

Location: P.O. Box 556 602 S. Bethlehem Pike, Bldg. D Ambler PA 19002 USA

Mission: The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund advocates for families with seriously ill, physically and cognitively challenged, or severely injured children nationwide through information and education. Financial assistance for needs not covered by insurance is provided to families whose children are living in or cared for in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Families in crisis are referred to us by an extensive network of social workers, case managers, physical therapists, and healthcare professionals within hospitals, medical facilities, social service agencies, and treatment centers.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I became familiar with the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund in 1997. Peggy Dolan is Co-Founder and Executive Director (www.dolanfund.org). Founded in 1976 after the death of Peggy’s daughter, Kelly Anne, the Fund assists families caring for sick and injured children with needs not covered by insurance. In 35 years, the Fund has helped over 18,000 families inspired by the life of one little girl and her family’s story. The Fund has a four pronged mission. They provide direct financial assistance to families in crisis as a result of a child's illness or disability. They have an efficient process in place where referring healthcare professionals submit requests via an online platform and pay bills directly. They serve as an information resource to families seeking assistance, referring healthcare professionals and the general public. They provide education to students and the public about the complex circumstances of families caring for seriously ill children. And finally, Peggy is a wonderful advocate acting on behalf of families representing their special needs and interests to multiple audiences.

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I have attended family fun days, I have attended school functions and fundraisers. I have witnessed Peggy tell her story and I have been touched.

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

Period of great change. No organization is perfect, but the staff is sensitive to the complex issues of families, Peggy is an amazing advocate and they've put in place an efficient and leverageable process for paying bills on behalf of families. They are also in the process of redefining their programs and putting in place better metrics on the impact their work is having in the lives of families.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became familiar with The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund, when requested to serve on Pennsylvania's State Pediatric and Palliative Care Task Force, as Co-Chair of the Patient and Family Issues, Sub-Committee. Peggy Dolan, the Dolan's Fund's Founder and Executive Director, was assigned to my Committee, and that's how we met.
I learned of the extraordinary lengths the Fund went to in order to provide advocacy, education, information and financial assistance to the uninsured needs of families caring for terminally, critically, chronically ill, seriously disabled or severely injured children throughout PA, NJ and DE. Having had a profoundly disabled sister, for whom I personally advocated during her entire life, I immediately understood and appreciated the deep level of compassion, understanding and services required to care for a loved one. The Dolan Fund, moves on a dime, helping and supporting families in crisis, over and beyond what appears humanly possible, and filling the ever- growing financial and emotional gap that families are facing each and every day.
I salute the work that The Dolan Fund, the void that it fills, their outstanding professional staff, committed army of volunteers for the difference they have made over the years, as they approach their 35th Anniversary, having served almost 20,000 families, in need.
The world needs more Peggy Dolan's, more Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Funds, helping and truly making a difference.

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By watching, first hand, how Middle School students, from Long Branch, NJ, who read the People Magazine article, reached out, and were touched by the difference that The Dolan Fund had, and continues to make in the lives of so many in need. The students wrote to Peggy Dolan, and she reached out, and came to address their school, along with the Journalist who wrote the People Magazine article.

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

I would figure out a way to bring even more attention to The Kelly Anne Dolan Fund, so more families in need could benefit from the incredibly successful template they have created, on a National level.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a social worker for families with children with developmental disabilities and chronic medical conditions. KADMF has helped hundreds of families I have referred with immediate assistance to pay bills (such as electric, heat, rent/mortgage, water), or acquire necessary items (like air conditioners, strollers, exterminating, furniture, clothing) Families often use up their financial resources when a child is ill or hospitalized, lose jobs and wages, and may use extra utilities due to medical technology etc. KADMF is a provides basic cash assistance to help meet needs and alleviate a bit of stress related to financial pressures.

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Helping families access financial resources in urgent situations. Also significant are KADMF's winter holiday adoption program for gifts and periodic socialization opportunities (Spirit of Phila cruise, Longwood Garden outing).

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

Make more financial resources available to families.

Rating: 4 stars  

For several years, my primary job was to call the social workers to tell them how much money their client received from the KADMF. They were thrilled the client would get money to pay the electric/gas/phone bills. Or help pay for some piece of medical equipment, membership to a YMCA or special program the chil needed. Those were all heart warming conversations. My most painful were telling the agency worker that a funeral would be paid for or that a burial plot had been secured. I miss doing this job, because I actually got to read the requests for aid and could see the positive result in the form of payment in that regard. I wish we could have given more that the usual $150 per family per year. This job ended for me when a new computer program took over the job of notifying the social workers. Our program of taking the families of these seriously ill kids on an annual trip on the Spirit of Phila is a huge success thanks to the Spirit organization for donating ALL. Our Christmas program is amazing- numerous organizations/individuals take families and afford for them a memorable holiday. I wish that we would have gotten more fininacial support from People Magazine readers after Peggy was a "Hero among us"...

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

see above

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

have a board where every person participated in every event sponsored and each would spend a couple days at the fund office to see the nuts and bolts of the organization to get a truer appreciation of all that goes on there.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund generously donated six large gift baskets at Thanksgiving 2010 to six families of low income including several single moms. Each basket included a gift card averaging $25.00 and all the trimmings for a complete holiday meal, tablecloth, coloring book, etc. The families were so excited and appreciative.

Provided $110.00 balance needed for a total of 610.00 for a corner sitting chair with abductor for a four year old girl diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Family of eight were so grateful.

Provided $150.00 for a stair glide to be repaired for 16 year girl diagnosed with Spina Bifida. Family of three were so grateful.

Provided funding winter 2010 for a space heater and blankets for a 17 year old male diagnosed with cerebral palsy, wheelchair confined, lives in basement small row home, single mom, family of five.

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Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund generously donated six large gift baskets at Thanksgiving 2010 to six families of low income including several single moms. Each basket included a gift card averaging $25.00 and all the trimmings for a complete holiday meal, tablecloth, coloring book, etc. The families were so excited and appreciative. Provided $110.00 balance needed for a total of 610.00 for a corner sitting chair with abductor for a four year old girl diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Family of eight were s

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

tell the world how wonderful they are.

Rating: 4 stars  

The KADMF is a grassroots organization that fills a very unique void in support of families with seriously ill children. The beauty of the organization is two-fold, it is not disease specific, all families with seriously ill children can be helped by the fund, and it is very nimble and can address a families needs in a very timely and responsive manner. I have observed the staff in the office as they have worked with hospital social workers to define and address the needs of families in crisis and I am always amazed by the speed and efficiency with which they are able to work. It is both a financial and advocacy resource for families who are faced with caring for their sick children while trying to keep all the balls in the air for their jobs and other obligations.

This organization has been working at their mission for almost 35 years and assisted thousands of families in that time.

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

Observing the family respite programs(Spirit of Philadelphia cruises) and Holiday family sponsorships. I have also read the very personal and moving thank you notes from some of the children and families who have been helped.

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

Try to expand the visibility of the organization in their local community and create more corporate partnership relationships.

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