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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Role: General Member of the Public
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.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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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Role: General Member of the Public
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!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

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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We adopted a multi-special needs child 8 years agao. We heard about the songs of love foundation from a friend at our church. We were and still are going thru some rough medical issues. She is under the palliative care unit at Childrens. She loves books and music. As soon as she heard her name she started to smile. She does not walk or talk. We do everything for her. This song had her smiling the entire time. Her three brothers that are my bioligical children were dancing around and singing the songs with her. They were telling everyone about this song. This brought joy to our house. We still play it several times a day. I want to say a very big thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

that it brought smiles and joys to our family that we have not seen in quite some time. Dealing with constant medical issues is very stressful. This brought joy, laughter and singing to my entire family.

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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6 people found this review helpful

My daughter was in the hospital waiting for a heart transplant when I cam across this foundation. They do not give away money or help with shelter, instead they offer something a bit more personal to each patient. I filled in the information about my daughter- her likes and dislikes and within a few weeks she received her very own song made just for her. It was soooo great to see her smile and laugh whenever she heard her name. I was so excited to hear the song to know someone produced this just for her. It's been over a year since she has received her song and we still sing it from time to time. These people are amazing, and to hear John Beltzers personal story as to why he does this, just hits home with any family that has a child with special needs.

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

Receiving Kaelyn's song. I think I was just as excited as she was. Everyone sings and dances still to her personal song.

Ways to make it better...

I sometimes do wish I would of waited til Kaelyn was older to get her, her own song, so then when she is older she will still be able to enjoy that particular type of music.

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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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