Songs of Love Foundation

Rating: 4.89 stars   79 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Human Services

Location: PO Box 750809 Forest Hills NY 11375 USA

Mission: As each child is unique, so is every "song of love" composition. In 13 years, the Songs of Love Foundation has reached out to over 19,000 children in over 500 hospitals and health care facilities in all 50 states. The songs have often been played to alleviate pain and trauma during painful and scary hospital treatments. The song recipients have played their "songs of love" in all kinds of situations and settings such as car trips to the hospital, show and tell at school, for family and friends in person or on the phone, and even for the doctors and nurses. The children have their "songs of love" always available to them whenever they are feeling down.Songs have also been played at funerals as a memorial to the child''s beauty and spirit.
Results: Over 20,000 children have received a "song of love".
Target demographics: Seriously ill children and teens from 1-21 years of age.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,000
Geographic areas served: Nationwide
Programs: Songs of Love reaches out daily to new facilities to inform them of our unique free service. 100 New facilities a year are sent materials to enable them to request personalized songs for the children under their care.As a way to reach out to many more children, beside receiving monetary contributions from the public, our vehicle donation program called CARS(Children Are Receiving Songs)wascreated to bring in additional funds to help many more children.The vehicle donation program is completely self-sufficient and all its administrative expenses are paid from the proceeds of donated vehicles. The rest is used to further our mission of music. Because of the high cost of advertising and towing fees, it effects our ratio of programmatic vs administrative/fundraising expenses as a whole. Anyone wanting to donate cash to Songs of Love must keep in mind that 80% of their donation will go towards program services expenses and only 20% towards administrative expenses. We ask that all donors look at our CARS program as a separate entity set up to help us increase our program funding. Advertising and towing costs are necessary expenses to ensure the success of our CARS program.Songs of Love without its CARS program proudly allocates 80% of its monetary donations to program services.To date over 500 children's hospitals and healthcare facilites have used our service and over 100 songwriters are currently creating songs for children all over the world. Songs have been written in over 30 languages and in 10 different countries.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Thank you for the song for Elijah, We listen to it often and remember Eli a little more when we hear the lyrics.
I am sorry that Eli never got to hear it, He loves it I am sure.
He passed the weekend before the song arrived.
It has been 5 years since loosing you Eli, I love and cherish your song even more now. Lil Ricky asks to hear it all the time.
Thank you Songs of Love, what you do for our kids is GREAT.
Elijah's Dad

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter received a song when she was in the hospital shortly after receiving a new liver. The song came at the perfect time. It had been a hard day for her (only 4 at the time) and hearing her name and the things she loved to do in a song brought one of the few smiles that day. We listened to it all the time while we were in the hospital and when we returned home 5 weeks later. It still brings a smile (and tears) to my face when it comes up on my ipod. They say laughter is the best medicine, but a personal song written just for your child will do much more.

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter loved her song of love from the first words that she heard. In the first 3 days she listened to her song at least 100 times. Not only does she like listening to it she has shared it with all of the important people in her life, including her Dr.'s and nurses.

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A lot

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son was able to benefit from the Songs Of Love. We got an awesome song that was so fun and we all can dance and sing and just have fun with it! It was written well, and they cared about what he was about! They really did a amazing job!

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

NOt a thing!

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter was blessed with a song from this wonderfully charitable foundation! She was 13 at the time she received her CD. She is now 18 and still has the CD. She occasionally listens to it and when she does, it still lights up her face. With her condition, music is a saving grace!! I was only hoping there was an option (above) for a 10 star rating!! Thank you John for everything you do!

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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Rating: 5 stars  

The volunteer songwriters are caring, responsive and good listeners. My son loves his song! It is a lovely testament to who he is and great for sharing with those who love him.

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A lot

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son Michael was dying of Liver and Lung Cancer and we submitted a song for him. He was 2 years old at the time we received his song. I love the song and he said that is my name in this song mom. My Mom heard it and was crying. It really touch our family. We were going through so much at that time that we just needed something to lift our spirits. Our story did not have a sad ending, even tho Michael was given less than 5% chance to live, a miracle happen and he survived and still listens to his song today. Thanks Song of Love.

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Keep up the great work that you do.

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2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

When our son Adrain was 2 1/2 he was diagnosed with leukemia. We spent a grueling year in the hospital and it was a very frightening experience for him- people poking needles into his skin, wearing masks and gloves, waking up with a central line sticking out of his chest, noisy machines, bright lights, painful eye drops every four hours. He wasn't old enough to understand how these scary and painful experiences were going to ultimately save his life. Before a surgery one of the nurses noticed the powerful effect that music had to calm him and she made a referral for Adrain to have his own song written through the Songs of Love Foundation. The songwriter called me to make sure that his information was accurate and the song he wrote fit our little guy's warm, happy personality perfectly. Music heals, it lifts the spirits and brightens dark scary days. To have a song written to speak directly to our son who has gone through so much means more than any words could ever say. Adrain's song really is a Song of Love.

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I really love the song they made for my daughter. It really made her feel re really special

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Make no changes

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

You wrote a WONDERFUL song for my daughter, during a very scary medical crisis in our lives. We are blessed to have her with us and continue to celebrate each day together. Your Song of Love made a world of difference for my then, 2 y/o child. Today she is 8y/o, and she still dances and sings to her song of love when she needs a lift, (with a smile from ear to ear. ) Thanks you SONGS of LOVE. You made our girl VERY HAPPY!

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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