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February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

Jazz Bridge is one of the most dynamic and important advocates for the greater Philadelphia area jazz community and for those who enjoy listening to this most vulnerable of art forms. They are a vital link between members of the jazz community and all those that appreciate, are inspired by and want to support the music and the musicians that work so hard to keep it alive, fresh and exciting. The concerts that they offer to the various communities wherein they have established venues are highly valued – I’ve been to some in my own community at the Cheltenham Art Center – and I can tell you first-hand that the experience was warm, friendly, comfortable and at the same time very professional and first-rate! Of course, all of this enables them to help jazz musicians during times of crisis and need. I wish them continued success and growth for many years to come – Marc Adler

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

Attended concerts that they have promoted and presented at the Cheltenham Art Center in Cheltenham, PA

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Nothing comes to mind - they are doing a fine job as far as I can tell.

February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

I have attended several of the Jazz Bridge neighborhood concerts in Collingswood. They present great talents in a small setting at a
very minimal cost. The newsletter and e-mails are also very informative
about what is happening in the local jazz scene and about the fine work the
organization is doing in helping musicians in need.

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February 23, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 23, 2011

I became aware of the Jazz Bridge Project several years ago through a colleague who quickly became a friend: Harrison Ridley. I subscribed to the website, discovered immediately, that Jazz Bridge is extraordinarily responsive to the daily realities and needs of persons within our communities whose creative lives are enriching the culture we know as jazz. Jazz Bridge is a safe-space; a network of resources; a crisis-intervention center; and a community as expansive and embracing as the persons who choose to access, support, and attend to the business of ensuring lives of well-being for our creative artists.

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

...its creating conditions of solidarity and life-celebration on the occasion of Dr. Ridley's death, his memorial service, and the published testimonies to the greatness of his contributions to keeping alive and lively the traditions and directions in the music-lifeblood of composers, performers, and educators--all of whom comprise the ever-renewing seeds of artistic immortality.

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

...take inventory of existing donation and grant resources with the view to initiating a capital endowment campaign through a highly-publicized Capital Campaign Initiative directed to and drawn from private, local, state and federal funding sources.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Harrison Ridley

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

Went to a jazz concert at the local Unitarian church sponsored by Jazz
Bridge. It was a bright light in the midst of a cold, dreary winter night.
The trio was excellent and the night was wonderful. Please keep it
coming

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

attending a jazz concert

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

have more concerts

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

Jazz Bridge is doing so much for the "community" that it's hard to adequately quantify herein. A short list:
it sponsors and stages community jazz concerts and programs throughought the Philadelphia metro area;
it connects musicians to gigs, and gigs to musicians; it acts as a gateway and
clearinghouse for all manner of professional, medical, legal services, etc. for jazz musicians;
moreover, it promotes a sense that jazz and jazz musicians play a vital part in our culture, which in turn keeps the musicians themselves vital (often quite literally: keeping the musicians employed, healthy, and yes, alive.)
Thank you Jazz Bridge! Keep up the good work.
Others: you can throw your support (financial and otherwise) at Jazz Bridge with complete confidence that your gifts will be used responsibly and thoughtfully.
Yay!

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

...in being the recipient of their benefits, and observing the good it does to other recipients, i.e., other musicians and the greater community all around me.

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In a perfect world, Jazz Bridge could be funded to do more community outreach, more concert/ sponsorship, more individual assistance, have improved internal administrative resources, and so on.

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

Jazz Bridge presents high quality performances of regional artists. These concerts are interactive with jazz educators as well as with dedicated supporters. The performances are presented all around the community.

Jazz Bridge is also instrumental in providing important health service
information to musicians and performers, and has sponsored many benefit performances assisting musicians in need.

Jazz Bridge is a uniquely dedicated organization., they deserve greater support for their endeavors.

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

health and legal service information

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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?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

They really care about helping.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 22, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 22, 2011

WOW, bringing great Jazz musicians to the stage, and educating everyone (me!) about Jazz at the same time. Great artists, great venue and all in cheltenham township.

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concerts

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

nothing

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

When Suzanne and I co-founded Jazz Bridge five years ago, we thought what a good idea it would be to create an organization to respond to the needs of jazz and blues artists in times of crisis. As vocalists in the jazz community, we saw the personal sacrifices many were making in order to stay on top of their craft. These past five years have been a great adventure in bringing music makers and music lovers together to help those in need. It's the generosity of the jazz community that has provided Jazz Bridge with funds and volunteers to help us grow and fulfill our mission. The needs are as diverse as the musicians, themselves - we replaced a broken washing machine for a slightly disabled performer who was taking care of several grandchildren and had been carrying carloads of laundry to and from the Laundromat; got a new drumset and clothes for a drummer who lost everything in a house fire; advocated for medical health coverage for several musicians/vocalists; paid phone bills in order for musicians to get messages for gigs; set up a volunteer to drive a blind musician to and from jobs; created a fund to help cover medical and personal expenses for a musician's baby who suffered a brain injury in an accidental fall- these are only a handful of over a hundred individuals we've helped. Our website has assisted countless others with information on low and no-cost service providers for a variety of needs. I'm so proud of what we've accomplished and as our reputation is growing, we must grow and get funding so we can have a few paid staff people to enable us to reach the next level.

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

helping the musicians; the acknowledgement and gratitude of the work we're doing by the jazz community and their generosity of support; keeping musicians working and providing opportunities for people to enjoy the music with our Neighborhood Concert Series and Benefit concerts.

Ways to make it better...

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

Recruit Board members and volunteers who have legal, accounting, social work and financial experience.

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

I co-founded this nonprofit in 2005 with Wendy Simon Sinkler because of the many musicians I saw over the years who found themselves in crisis due to their courageous choice of dedicating their lives to making jazz music. It's not a life choice that brings in lots of money, 401K plans, health insurance, or even social security many times. From the beginning, Jazz Bridge was able to draw supportive folks as volunteers even though we struggled mightily for money to fulfill our mission. Starting a nonprofit is definitely NOT easy and we had some trying times (if fact we still do). Our biggest problem, right now, is attracting donors with signifcant financial resources to allow Jazz Bridge to hire some full time people, i.e. a volunteer coordinator, a grantwriter, etc. This would push our organization to the next level. I'm confident we'll get there, and with the jazz and blues community behind us, it won't take too long.

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

Helping the clients we've helped over the years and showcasing the fabulous musicians and singers at our neighborhood concerts series.

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

Recruit more board members with financial and legal experience.

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