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April 8, 2013

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April 8, 2013

I had never heard of coachart until a couple of years ago when they brought on Dr. Thyonne Gordon as executive director. She has grown the organization tremendously and has led the staff to follow in her image. The work that they do for chronically ill youth is life changing and it makes me feel great to donate to such a good cause and well ran organization.

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011

As Executive Director of another organization, I came to know CoachArt through their volunteers who came to help our organization with an event. The folks at CoachArt are warm and welcoming with a passion for giving back and making a difference in the lives of others. The programs they offer children with chronic illness impact those they serve in the most meaningful of ways. Whether in-home or in-hospital, the CoachArt mentors give the children they work with a sense of self and a sense of control when their disease tries to take control away on a daily basis.

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

One of their participants, a teenager battling a brain tumor said, "CoachArt lessons have improved my self-confidence. What I do in my lessons is one of the only things I have control over."

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

find them more donors to be able to expand their programs and the number of children they're able to help.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

CoachArt sees past the diagnosis to see a child just wanting to be a child. The motto for their summer program sums it all up... the summer program is giving "permission to play."

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011

CoachArt is not merely just another nonprofit, it is a "breath of life" a "closed door opened" for kids and families that desire to focus more on enjoying life than chronic, life threatening illness. As the social media advisor, I'm told online through chats, tweets, and blogs of the indelible impact CoachArt has in the lives of the participants AND its volunteer mentors. These stories are a testament that dwelling on things that make you happy can improve health, raise self esteem, and overall improve the quality of life for those involved.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization by seeing the smiles, the creativity, and the hard work of the staff as a consultant.

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

If I had to make a change I would give it more staff.

June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011

CoachArt is a perfect blend of my passion for art and my desire to help patients with chronic illnesses - I started as a volunteer in October 2010 because I truly believed in their mission to improve lives by engaging the community and taking a holistic approach. The organization recognizes the importance of the arts and athletics as a means for the chronically ill youth to take their mind off of their debilitating illness. I was lucky enough to witness some of the activities we introduced the kids to turned into real passions and some mentor-youth relationships deepen over the years. The gratitude in the CoachArt parents' eyes and the kids' excitement confirmed that this was a meaningful way to improve the lives of these families. Yet the CoachArt families are not the only ones benefiting from this organization: the mentors unanimously report that their time mentoring CoachArt youth has been rewarding, eye-opening, and extremely special. What a wonderful organization that benefits every individual involved!

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As a volunteer, mentor, event planner, and mentor-youth coordinator, I've been able to see how CoachArt affects each and every member of its community. I've mentored three young children in painting, organized clinics and classes for kids in disadvantaged areas, brainstormed with volunteered for new classes, and helped organize our very first summer camp! CoachArt is ever-changing but the core mission to improve the lives of chronically ill children never changes.

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I would make the organization national. There are so many children around the country that need the support and help the way CoachArt provides it.

June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011

CoachArt truly helps to build communities of care! I really believe that everyone involved can feel this- it results in people taking action and doing something positive in the community to benefit a child with an illness.

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

witnessing the benefits of CoachArt and how it inspires people.

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

make it larger- turn it into a big center with both sports and arts facilities. This way, more people can get involved and interact.

June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011

I have worked at CoachArt for over a year now and it has completely changed my life! What drew me in was the mission and what has kept me here is the fierce passion our staff, board and volunteers have for carrying out the mission. Additionally, CoachArt's inclusion of siblings in our program absolutely underscores the importance of bringing a holistic approach to caring for children with chronic illnesses. It reminds us that diseases like cancer and sickle cell anemia don't just impact the patient.

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

seeing our kids being bold in the activities they do, knowing they have a support base in CoachArt- like the girl who grudgingly joined our adaptive kayaking trip with her brothers and ended up being the last to leave the lake, or the boy who won a karate competition after battling a year of chemo.

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

Continue to increase funding for unique programming, engage more working artists and athletes to serve as volunteers and encourage more community facilities to join us as Program Partners.

June 28, 2011

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June 28, 2011

When I first encountered CoachArt, I was taken by the importance of the service they provide. But it wasn't until I attended a CoachArt event at a hospital and looked into the faces of the children that were being served. Not only those undergoing various treatments, but their siblings as well who were made just for that day in that moment to feel special and only be concerned about having fun, instead of healing and mortality, which are things even as adults we struggle with grasping. I learned two lessons that day. The first was how incredibly resilient and strong these children were and the second how critical, important and outstanding this organization was. They serve an important need, and do it well.

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I have experienced the results of this organization by talking to and witnessing its impact with the populations it serves. They are genuinely thankful and truly moved by how it impacts their families.

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

None. I am a fairly analytical person, but think it is operating at a very high level of effectiveness. The only thing I would change is increasing the budget (if it were within my personal resources to do so). They need more money to do more of what they do!

June 21, 2011

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June 21, 2011

Okay so first of all I work for CoachArt so I might be a bit biased. However, I work for this organization because it restores my soul. Every day I come into the office I encounter a story of a volunteer, a child or a donor who's been transformed by the tremendous work we do. It's not easy to find a job that transforms you in a positive way.

CoachArt offers the A,B,C,D's in the best way possible.

The kids are the "A's" -- Awesome, Achievement driven, Aspiring. The staff is caring, committed and community driven (the 3 c's); the board is dedicated, daring and donor driven, they have the 3 d's); and the new people that come in -- well they are our "B" group -- bold, bodacious and brave.

That's the group you fit in when you get involved in our community of care. Join us if you dare!

From my first day with CoachArt I got involved. By the end of the first week I was a volunteer, board participant, kid at heart and a donor.

Get your heart in the game at CoachArt! It will be the best thing you can do for your spirit.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization as I attend special events like Celebrate Life seeing the children respond to the activities offered. Recently, I asked my 16 year old to volunteer. She doesn't always like to give back but when she began working with the CoachArt kids at a Children Mending Hearts event, she got engaged and invigorated. That's when I realized CoachArt changes the lives of everyone who gets their heart in the game.

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If I had to make changes to the organization I would hire more people to match more volunteers with more kids. I'd make sure the organization had an endowment that operationally supported the efforts of the staff and there would be no child left "unmatched".

June 21, 2011

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June 21, 2011

I have worked for CoachArt since January. My entire employment history is with non-profit organizations, and I have never worked for an organization that has as much vision, clear direction, and staff who are committed to that vision and direction. At the same time that CoachArt deeply cares for the well-being of its students, it also cares for the well-being and sustainability of its staff. I am so glad to have found a great employer with such an important and meaningful mission.

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

The positive attitudes of each student, family, volunteer, and staff person I have encountered and worked with here.

Ways to make it better...

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

Continue to build awareness of CoachArt's programs, and our funding to expand services to even more children.

June 15, 2011

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June 15, 2011

My son Blake has been involved with Coachart for almost three years. He takes golf lessons every week with the most caring, dedicated, heartwarming coach. Beyond the golf lessons, his coach Al has become a member of our family and takes care of Blake just like an uncle would. Coachart has given Blake a sense of pride that he can excel in something and has inspired him to have a life dream......to become a professional golfer. Something to strive for and look forward to. We all look forward to the lessons every week so we can get together with friends. An AMAZING organization!!!!

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I have seen how this organization has made my son smile every time he shows up for his lessons. It takes his mind off of all the other things going on in his life....even for just an hour a week.

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

Have more volunteers around the country so more kids could see the happiness and love.

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