Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund

Rating: 4.75 stars   12 reviews 248

Issues: Health, Human Services

Location: 580 Virginia Drive Suite 110 Fort Washington PA 19034 USA

Mission: The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund helps families caring for children with serious illnesses, disabilities, and injuries. We provide financial assistance for needs not covered by insurance, respite programs, and non-cash items to families in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware; we advocate for and provide education and information to families nationwide. Social workers, case managers, and healthcare professionals in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware request assistance on behalf of patients and their families. The Fund generally processes requests for assistance within 24 to 72 hours. Financial assistance is in the form of direct payments to vendors, ensuring patients' eligibility for assistance and avoiding the misappropriation of funds.
Results: The Fund has assisted approximately 24,000 families since 1976. We help keep the lights on, fill the oil tank, pay the rent, purchase handicap equipment, and provide relief to families with respite events and at the holidays.
Target demographics: families caring for children with serious illnesses, injuries and disabilities
Direct beneficiaries per year: approximately 1390 families who requested our assistance
Geographic areas served: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware for assistance programs; nationwide for advocacy, education, and information
Programs: Direct Financial Assistance Nancy and David Ward Adaptive Assistance Program Holiday Adopt-a-Family Program Family Fun Days
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EIN 23-2108560
215-643-0763
www.dolanfund.org
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have known of the KADMF for many years. They have been a fantastic support for many children and families with little to no resources. There has never been a fund like this, that provides for the services no one else does. As Peggy says often, "It is better to light a single candle, than curse the darkness".

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a joy it is to work with Peggy and the rest of the members. Each time we volunteer our time we are greeted with a big smile and THANK YOU. Many other programs don't do that. We LOVE supporting a Great cause for the Kelly Ann Dolan Memorial Fund as they do fantastic work for the ones in need

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Rating: 5 stars  

KADMF has been so helpful to the families I am assisting. It is so nice to work with an organization that understands the struggles of families with children who experience chronic illness.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am happy to be a part of such a great nonprofit. Everyone in the organization is truly committed to serving families affected by the chronic illness of a child.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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When I worked at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, I met Peggy Dolan in 1994 and was introduced to the good works of the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund. It has been an honor to know this organization and see first hand what good works they have done for the families of critically ill children. Since I am now retired and live in Florida, I continue to support the KADMF monetarily because I know the funds go to help the families.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I both work in the field and have a child with a disability. I've seen KADMF helps numerous families over the years. One family I referred to them received assistance with an overdue utility bill. Another is being referred for assistance with the high costs of frequent travel back and forth to the hospital. The staff at KADMF are wonderful to work with and truly caring people.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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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.

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

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  

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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.

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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.

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

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.

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Rating: 4 stars  

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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"...

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.

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