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 was introduced to Songs of Love by my good friend and songwriter, David (not Lee) Roth. David is one of many songwriters from every genre that donates his time a talent to write personal songs for children who are ill, some who are terminal. Personal information is collected from parent/guardians about the child and that is forwarded to the songwriter to use to write the lyrics. Songwriters are often chosen because they have expertise in a specific music genre that the child favors. The songwriters do amazing magic to write, arrange, orchestrate and record the song in a very short period of time. Some of the recipients only have a short time. The song is then delivered to the child. The reactions are always heart expanding. I have seen video (available on YouTube) of the first time a child hears his or her song and I swear they get bigger and glow as they listen. I have also had the honor and privilege to participate in a workshop that David Roth facilitates where a group of people get together and collaborate to write a Song of Love. David takes the product of the workshop home and produces it.
I cannot encourage people enough to donate to this fine organization and the work it does. Music has been proven scientifically to heal the body, mind and spirit and who is more worthy of that healing than the dependent among us.

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

All organizations need to keep evolving and I am certain that Songs of Love will, too. As a donor on the outside looking in I see no need for change right now.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

I met one of the musicians who played on the songs for sick children in when I was at the cable tv store in mid-town Manhattan. My son Ian was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma at 17 and was being treated at the time so the charity resonated with me. Knowing first hand what children go through when they are really sick and how Songs for Love had the potential to put a smile back on their faces, I just had to donate. The reason why John Beltzer set up the organization is also extremely moving. it still is one of my favorite charities.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

As a longtime supporter of Songs of Love, I have seen numerous examples of their work in action. John Belzer has built an incredible organization based on his personal vision that has enriched the young lives it has touched.

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

twice participating in the recording of songs for special children.

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

the knowledge of the joy that a song from Songs of Love brings to the recipient.

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

ensure its future with an endowment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

My daughter, Haley was 3 years old when she was diagnosed with a Wilm's tumor. As you can imagine, we were devistated that this vibrant, beautiful, "perfect" child had cancer! While we were in the hospital absorbing all of the traumatizing details of what my daughter would be facing over the next several months, a social worker approached us about a foundation that writes individual songs about individual children battling medical conditions. We jumped on that opportunity - it gave us something to look forward to and allowed us to reflect on what was important in Haley's life! We played that CD over and over again for Haley and for anyone that would listen! It brought great joy for the entire family and is something that Haley can treasure for the rest of her life!

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

seeing the joy that it brought my daughter when she figured out that the song was all about her!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I am one of the writers for Songs of Love. It is no doubt one of my favorite organizations. The letters i have received from families have been wonderful. To know that i was able to bring joy to a child and or their families by composing a song specifically for them is a great joy. With Songs of Love, time is often of the essence. The sad part of being involved is that often the children do not survive... But i have received letters from families who have played the song at the child's memorial service. My own family and I wept a upon reading these letters but still were grateful that they thought enough of the song to have it featured in the service as a representation of the child's heart put to music. Thanks Songs of Love for what you do... if you haven't supported them in the past, please consider making a donation and partnering with us to bring joy into the lives of more children.

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

the feedback from song recipients.

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

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

the joy of giving and receiving.

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

very caring and very committed.

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

ease more pain, bring more joy and reach more kids...

Ways to make it better...

I could serve more kids.

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

funding.

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

it is a WORTHY cause...

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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