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Playing For Change Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, International, International Cultural Exchange, International Exchange

Mission: We are dedicated to creating positive social change through music education.

Results: Nine music schools and programs have been created in South Africa, Ghana, Mali, Rwanda, Nepal and Thailand. More than 700 kids attend free classes in dance, instruments, languages and musical theory, all taught by qualified local teachers. Projects also meet basic needs for some of the world’s most economically vulnerable children. This includes primary education, literacy, and the provision of humanitarian aid such as food, medicine, clothes, books and school supplies. Solar light and energy, laptop computers, and other modern technology have also been introduced in areas where previously unavailable.

Target demographics: provide music and inspiration to children

Geographic areas served: Africa, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Ghana, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Thailand, USA

Programs: free classes in music, dance, instruments, languages and musical theory, all taught by qualified local teachers Projects also meet basic needs for some of the world’s most economically vulnerable children. This includes primary education, literacy, and humanitarian aid such as food, medicine, clothes, books and school supplies. Solar light and energy, laptop computers, and other modern technology have also been introduced in areas where previously unavailable.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

6 Hannah30

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have helped to organise a fund-raising event annually for the last three years in the Uk for the Playing for Change organisation; primarily because I agree with their philosophy that music is a unifying force and language in a very fragmented world, and secondarily because it is good to see the fruits of this fund-raising benefitting children and young people all over the world through musical education. I know the events we have held in Cumbria (Uk) have been life-changing in a most positive way for all who have participated and attended as well as for all those who have benefitted from the money raised. I hope and trust that Playing for Change will continue to grow and help change the world for the better. Hannah Appleyard

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shauna Thank you so much for sharing these positive words, Hannah! We are so grateful to YOU for being part of the movement and for mobilizing your local community in support of the global community. Your efforts have, indeed, been life changing for many. One Love!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Playing for Change Foundation has an incredible mission and services communities and kids all over the world. What I find so valuable about this organization is the funding transparency and all around inclusiveness. The teachers are so passionate about their students and the team behind the scenes is truly dedicated. This is an organization that I hope will always continue to spread peace through music. After all, that is what our planet needs.

Katelyn9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Playing For Change Foundation has truly helped children all over the world through their music programs. It was an amazing experience to volunteer as an intern assisting with the donor relations and outreach team. Music and art is something I hold dear to me and I love seeing how this non profit organization positively changes the lives of many children throughout the world. Keep doing this magical work PFC, the world needs you

Yufei C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered as an Intern in Playing For Change Foundation to assist the program director. Working with her is such a enjoyable and learning experience. She is very open-minded and got me involved in many important and meaningful projects.
I love working there because everyone share the spirit of creating positive change through music and art education and they are all very committed to what they are doing. It was such a valuable and inspiring experience.

I hope more people can see their great job and get involved!
I hope more people can see their great job and get involved!
I hope more people can see their great job and get involved!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the Playing For Change Foundation office last year doing donor relations and outreach. It was such a lovely experience to work at an organization that helps to bring peace, love and understanding to the world through music. Everyone was an absolute joy to work with and they are all very dedicated to bettering the lives of children around the world. Very grateful I had the opportunity to contribute to PFCF's cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi there
I was asked by my friend Lui Di Martino to perform at an evening that he was organising for the Playing For Change Foundation. The evening was a great success and money was raised but the best part of the event was the awareness raised about the foundation and the positive difference that they make in developing countries especially in helping them become self sufficient and educate / feed themselves. The wonderful thing about Playing For Change is that it is using music as a vehicle for spreading their message of positivity, unity and hope which is a powerful tool while the media seem intent on focusing on negative stories of war, violence and social unrest. I am hoping to work with Lui next year to make the event bigger and more inclusive, possibly involving schools to help spread a positive message to younger people.

Lui M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I acted the same evening that I first saw a Playing For Change video and learned of the event they held every year. There was an instant desire to hold an event in my city. And this same intuitive feeling about them, that this was an important and right cause, was also communicated by most of the people who experienced the day, either the musicians involved or the supporters who attended the event.

I found out more about them as time progressed toward the 20th September. Their nine tuition free music schools in underserved countries, and desire to create peace and cross-cultural respect and friendship through the power of music. In corresponding with them I found them genuine and passionate about what they are doing. And we all seem to share that passion. We seem to understand what they are trying to do, without really being able to put it in to words.

They have made some life long fans here!

Lui Di Martino
Playing for Change Cambridge

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The PFC website is really easy to use to set up a PFC Day fundraiser, which was great for me because I have run other fundraisers that have been a lot more admin work for me, which is harder to manage with high school.
For the second year, I ran my own PFC Day fundraiser at the restaurant where I play on Saturdays.
I am in high school, and restaurant customers were very curious why I was doing it, and they
were pretty interested to hear about PFC. A lot looked it up on their phones.

Grace E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience volunteering with Playing for Change has been life changing. I have always believed that music is the universal language that we can use to connect with people from any culture, race or religion. I know that music is a means to peace, which is so needed in our world today. However, before working with Playing for Change I did not understand the depth of meaning music can hold in the heart of a child who would not have access to it without the help of this organization. I got to experience their music schools in Nepal and mostly worked with the children in Tintale and Katari. These children are bright with smiles bursting at the sight of a harmonium. Playing for Change is doing a beautiful thing by helping to preserve a cultures music while simultaneously providing such pure hearted joy to children. They work in areas where music means so much to the people yet they do not have access to instruments or the money to purchase them. Playing for Change is keeping music alive in these places and helping the heart of their cultures beat powerfully.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Este projeto é lindo!! Muda a vida de muitos através da arte.
Espero que muitas pessoas ao redor do mundo conheça.
Vida longa ao projeto!!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been so inspired and so gratified by the good work that Playing for Change has done since its creation. Being able to help them and share their good work around the globe gives me hope for the future!

2 Natalie42

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started an internship at this particular non-profit and I have to say that the experience has been life-changing. There is so much transparency on where the donations are allocated and there is a certain amount of respect and appreciation exchanged in the process of communicating with Playing For Change Day creators and volunteers.

I have seen first-hand the impact this organization has had on the general public by spreading it's message of uniting and empowering humanity through music. The message resonates with thousands of people worldwide and it inspires humankind to work together to help impact the lives of children with limited opportunities.

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of interning for the Playing For Change Foundation this summer. I have never worked with individuals as hard working and passionate as the members of this foundation. It is clear that each and every person cares very deeply about the cause and works tirelessly to make sure that the goals of this organization are met. I am so inspired by the incredible work that Playing For Change Foundation has achieved so far in its music programs around the world, and look forward to see what the future holds for this amazing organization.

Review from Guidestar