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  

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

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

Make no changes

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

When life surprises your family ending up living in between hospital and clinic, seeing your child suffering for pain getting to many treatments ,surgeries , to many side effects , not able to go, to school don't even knowing if one day he is going to be able. Can you imagine the economic issue .thanks to the many people that give us support, "SONGS OF LOVE FOUNDATION " they are amazing they made a beautiful song for my son for free ,the lyrics described him perfectly ,the music was exactly my sons favorite, they really take care of the details, I can express how music helps to forget about anything ,days were so hard, that you pray for a break for a good night , the song magically distress him, thanks to SONGS OF LOVE he had many good nights that help us to have the strength necessary for the next days, one day at a time starts better whit a good night at a time THANK YOU VERY MUCH SONGS OF LOVE.

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

donate so they can help the many ,many kids in this needs.

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?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I had my son who was born with a malformation in the brain I felt so sad, thinking he would never be able to play or grow normal,,one of the most beautiful things he likes is music, when he had his second head surgery at the,hospital imet Songs of Love they put al the love to this song made specialy for my baby all his first year of life in one song,, this changed my life my son loves to listen to his song over n over,, tears of joy fall from my eyes to see him so happy... Thank Songs of Love you are so special to my son.....

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

Not change anything...

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

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Rating: 5 stars  

As someone who has worked/volunteered for this charity for several years I wanted to share just how impactful their work is on the lives of the kids they help. Songs of Love has helped over 24,000 kids nationwide by giving them their very own song. I initially did not think much of it until I saw first hand how happy and excited the children get when listening to a song that is all about them. Children who are going through treatments and procedures that most adults could not endure are smiling because their song focus' on only the good and happy times of their lives. I love hearing music and can only imagine a song that is in the style that the child likes and lyrics all about them and how they can feel the "music therapy" doing its job. Songs of Love is doing a great one of a kind service and I just hope the music never stops.

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

Reach out to more children but alas more funding is needed to do that.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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4 people found this review helpful

I have worked with songs of love for about 5 years now and have seen it grow to help more families. Songs of Love has some of the most compassionate hard working people I know. I have recieved many letters and pictures from the children I have written songs for over the years. When I get the letter and read there words it makes me feel like I am actually a part of helping others. The letters and pictures really let you know how much Songs Of Love means to the family. It is a priviledge to work with such a wonderful organization.

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

Letters and pictures from the children I have written songs for.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

My Grandson, Zak is 6 and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 9 months old. We put his song into a slide show of family pics. He loves the song and I love Songs of Love. It brightens the life of these precious gifts from God. Zak cannot run and play, but he can play video games and is learning tread. I did send a copy of his movie to Songs of Love. I hope they share it with you all. Thank you Melanie for sharing this wonderful org. with me. God Bless All!

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

The look on Zaks face when he heard his song.

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

play more songs to advertise, and show slideshows with them.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The enjoyment my daughter has in watching the Zak song movie

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

brighten the lives of special needs children all over the world and make them feel like celebreties

Ways to make it better...

More artists would donate their gifts as far as vocals.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

of course.............donations

One thing I'd also say is that...

C'mon find someone to make a song of love for!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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5 people found this review helpful

My name is Trudy Perkins My son James DelRossi was Diagnosed at 14 with a Non-Germonomous Germ Cell Tumor We were sent to Nyu Medical Center and we also stayed at Ronald McDonald House for a 1 1/2 yrs for Treatment We were in the Kitchen Dinning area at Ronald McDonald House and these people walked in with these applications to fill out for Songs-of-love With everything going on the treatment making him either tired or Ill to weak to eat . This was a wonderful day his eyes lit up made him smile and when your going through this ordeal all you want to do is see your child have some joy . He filled out his profile and waited for the Cd they even personalize it with your picture and when he listened to it he started dancing and made him feel important My son is now 20 and in remmision and he still brings his Songs-of-Love Cd's for people to listen to Music is Healing just like laughter is for your soul you need it to Survive Thank You Trudy Perkins

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

The way they go to were the sick children are and give there personal touch

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

You get to see the joy

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

devoted caring and dedicated to there work you can see they love what they do

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

put on a giant concert and raise money for awareness throughout the country like they do with other causes . I tried to do a Fund Raiser with Hard rock I'm not sure what happenned there But Maybe make Tee-shirts crafts article to sell

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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3 people found this review helpful

Using songs to aide in the healing and comforting of children this organizatio​n is an organizatio​n that I have grown to love. Each song is unique and the happiness it brings a sick children is immeasurabl​e. We continue to listen to Felicia's song everyday, take a minute and watch along to a video my friend made for us. http://www.​youtube.com​/watch?v=VZ​6iWMPSVx0 This songs really made Felicia feel special during all her long hospital visit. Thank you Songs of Love. And if you know an organizatio​n that would like to donate or make a song for a child, Songs of Love will let you participate. What an amazing feeling that would be, knowing that you brought a smile to sick child's face and helped heal their soul

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

lonely long hospital visits with my child during her fight with cancer.

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

try to get more children involved with songs

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Everytime my child heard her song she had a smile on her face.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I never met any staff or volunteers

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

put smiles on children faces around the world.

Ways to make it better...

I could help make a song for a sick child.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of money

One thing I'd also say is that...

music makes everyone feel better

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I have been writing personal songs for children with the Songs of Love Foundation since 1998. So far I am up to 68 songs and counting. I can tell you that it would be far more if I did it full time. If ever there was an organization that truly thought of the children it represented with good will and intentions it's this non profit organization. Everyone I've known who worked with Songs of Love has always put in an ernest efffort to make sure that the emotional & theraputic needs of children and their families were met. Consider the healing power of music and you will understand what that means... Songwriter/Artist : Irving Louis Lattin

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

The feeling of gratitude to have contributed in the uplifting of spirits for children & their families through the gift of donated songs...

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

I have no answer to this question...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Writing songs in new & different ways based on having to include personal details not normally part of my typical writing style

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All friendly & enthusiatic people who work for the Songs of Love foundation

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide service for a greater amount of children... There are plenty of them in need of musical therapy...

Ways to make it better...

My experience has been great !

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding, funding, funding !!!

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope that the Songs of Love foundation can continue to grow to better fulfill it's purpose of providing musical therapy to children and their families...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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3 people found this review helpful

As a member of this foundation since it's inception, I must say that it is one of the greatest non profits out there. I have been privileged to experience the joy and comfort that these personalized songs bring to the children and their families. Music is indeed very powerful and has great healing powers. When a child hears a song that is all about them and all the great aspects of their life, they feel so proud. How cool is it to have your own song!?!? Not many people can say that.

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

the thank you letters that I have received from parents and children themselves who have gotten their own song

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that my gift as a musician is shared with beautiful children

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

real people..friendly, caring

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach about another 40,000 children with their own song!!!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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