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Songs of Love Foundation

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Gift Distribution, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Music

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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