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  

5 people found this review helpful

Songs of Love is a unique and valuable service providing the medicine of music for children, their families and communities. The organization's staff amazes me with their commitment to provide this free for these challenged kids and i am honored to be involved. The other testimonies posted here describe better than I could what it's worth to the families and why any support you can provide to Songs of Love is well worthwhile.

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

feedback from the recipients of the music

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

the opportunity to provide my abilities to its efforts

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

dedicated and professional.

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

provide the medicine of music for 40,000 children!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I have been writing songs for Songs of Love for about 4 years and I am so thrilled at this opportunity. Songs Of Love is an incredible organization and I have built some precious relationships with families as a result of writing for their children.

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

hearing from families for whom I have written songs for. I receive letters, e-mails, phone calls and pictures of the children and have personally heard how the songs touch the lives of those who receive a song.

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

Getting to use my musical gifts to touch other people.

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

touch thousands of families around the world by giving them a personalized song meant just for them. It would enable families with very ill children/youth to have something encouraging to listen to during hard times.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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11 people found this review helpful

Having been a writer for Songs Of Love for more than four years now i can honestly say that this organization is really special in that it reaches the hearts of the children who really need some joy and hope in a very direct and personal way.I've received letters from some of the families I've done songs for and they are very,very rewarding and most heartwarming.Please support Songs Of Love in anyway you can,and spread the word to one and all about this great cause.

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

direct feedback from the children and families i have written songs for.

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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8 people found this review helpful

I first met Songs Of Love when I performed a fundraising concert with SOL's founder, John Beltzer. I was so moved by his desire to get a PERSONAL and ORIGINAL song in the hand of chronically and terminally ill children. If that was not enough, I listened to the promotional CD that was given to me prior to the concert. I was BLOWN AWAY! You know the kiosks in the mall that offer... "your child's name in music... for $30!!!!? Well...those CDs are nice... and, honestly, THAT'S what I expected from the Songs Of Love CD I stuck in my player... music started.... "wow, nice horn....WHAT!!! David Lee Roth SINGING???!!!!" Not only was a successful singer singing the song, the song was, well.... good.... REALLY GOOD! I love the heart of this organization! I love the gift SOL musically brings to (now over) 20,000 kids. Need I say more??

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

Reading letters and emails from mothers and fathers, grandmas and grandpas who's child's live was moved and changed because of their VERY OWN Song Of Love!

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

Get them the money and resources they need to meet the demand.

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

Their desire to keep each song: 1) original 2) REALLY good

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

Kind. Generous. Filled with their own Songs Of Love:-)

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

Reach about 30,000+ MORE children and move/change their lives!

Ways to make it better...

My experience could NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER!

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

Funding.

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

I have already said it... but I WILL say it again... What SOL does is REALLY GOOD! No cookie cutter songs where one child's name is replaced with the next. Each song is NEW and ORIGINAL and written specifically for each child!

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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